Kia Sportage updated for 2014

9 Jan, 2014 5:31pm Jonathan Burn

A mid-life facelift for the Kia Sportage, now fitted with more kit at no extra cost

An updated version of the Kia Sportage SUV for 2014 has been revealed. It features tweaked styling and equipment upgrades over the previous model, with prices remaining the same, starting from £17,495 and rising to £29,495.

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The subtle redesign includes a new version of the ‘tiger-nosed’ grille, now framed with a chrome surround, plus restyled mesh on the central radiator. Round the back, the lights now offer better illumination and top-spec models are fitted with an LED rear cluster. New 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels are included, too.

Inside, new soft-touch materials have been added to the centre console and dashboard, plus a six-way adjustable driver's seat and heated steering wheel are now fitted as standard on top-spec models. A 4.2-inch TFT LCD screen is fitted between the dials displaying vital vehicle information, with selected models benefitting from a larger 4.3-inch screen with an integrated rear-view camera display.

A premium seven-speaker sound system is also available as an optional extra for the first time, with a tyre pressure monitoring system fitted as standard across the range. Another first is the Flex Steer system – standard on higher spec models – which varies the steering weight for easier parking and increased stability at higher speeds.

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Engine options remain the same but two new model variants have been added to the range, bringing the total number of models available up to 16. The additions include an all-wheel drive version of the entry-level spec model fitted with the 2.0-litre CRDi engine (£21,495) and a 1.7-litre CRDi diesel motor is an option on the top spec two-wheel drive model (£24,995).

The updated 2014 Kia Sportage is available to order now, with first deliveries set for February.