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2016 Kia Cadenza Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Kia Cadenza was new.


Interior: 8.4

The 2016 Kia Cadenza employs premium materials throughout a handsome interior, according to automotive writers. They enjoy the supportive seats in front and back. Some think there is ample headroom, though others comment that the available panoramic sunroof limits headroom for taller individuals. The UVO infotainment system impresses critics with its sharp graphics and user-friendly interface, and they say it surpasses many rival systems. The Cadenza has below-average trunk capacity for the class.

  • "As for build quality, time will tell, of course, but our initial impression is that Kia has raised its game to new heights. The materials look and feel upscale, and the dash-mounted analog clock only adds to the effect." -- AutoTrader
  • The Cadenza benefits from an elegantly simple design and excellent ergonomics. Materials quality exceeds expectations for the typical large sedan, though some switches and buttons fall short of what we'd consider high end." -- Edmunds
  • "The Cadenza's simple, attractive cabin design is garnished with wood-trim and chrome detailing and outfitted with a high level of technology equipment." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The cabin is tasteful and approachable, harmoniously channeling the exterior’s understated feel. Materials and fit and finish in our early production test car were impressive, and the UVO touch-screen infotainment system operated faultlessly and without frustration." -- Car and Driver (2014)


The 2016 Cadenza seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats. Upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are available. Test drivers find that the cabin is quiet and spacious, and the seats are suitably comfortable and supportive for longer trips. They add that visibility is good. Some critics say there's ample headroom, but others argue that sunroof-equipped models may leave taller passengers scraping their heads.

  • For the average-size adult, the cabin is adequately spacious, with well-shaped seats that are sufficiently padded for long-distance comfort. Further reducing fatigue is the lack of road and wind noise. Taller passengers may find comfort compromised by the reduced headroom from the panoramic sunroof, which is standard on Premium and Limited trims, and a lack of front seat thigh support." -- Edmunds
  • The front seats are comfortable, though not quite best-in-class, and the rear seat is as roomy as you expect from a large sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Settle into the driver's seat of the 2015 Kia Cadenza, and it immediately feels like a trusty companion. Whereas most other large, front-wheel-drive sedans feel, well, large, the Cadenza wraps around you with a driver-centric control panel and attractive, deep-set gauges." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "There's fantastic visibility thanks to the large daylight opening and … the back seat has great headroom." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Cadenza include dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, Bluetooth, push-button start, a rearview camera and the voice-activated UVO infotainment system with navigation and an 8-inch touch screen. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 12-speaker Infinity audio system, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning and a surround-view camera system.

Reviewers say that the infotainment system's touch screen has crisp graphics and reminds them of a tablet screen. They add that the system is easier to use than those found in rivals and that the dash controls are smartly arranged.

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  • "The Uvo infotainment system is particularly noteworthy for its ease of use and sharp graphics." -- Edmunds
  • "The Cadenza's main controls are logically laid out -- not always a given in a premium sedan -- and we're thoroughly impressed with the 8-in touchscreen, which follows in the iPad's footsteps with friendly icons and a high-resolution display." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "The Cadenza is a nicely equipped large sedan and it transforms to a credible near-luxury sedan with the optional premium package." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "The UVO infotainment system is easier to use than many luxury competitors." -- Motor Trend (2014)


The 2016 Cadenza has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is below average for the class. Some auto journalists complain about the trunk's size and wish the rear seats folded down to provide extra space, but others find the trunk space suitable to hold several golf bags. A few note that small-item cabin storage is limited.

  • "The Cadenza's 15.9-cubic-foot trunk is just a bit smaller than its chief rivals, but the inability to fold the rear seats limits the transport of larger items." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is large enough to swallow an entire foursome's golf bags." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Up front, storage isn't huge with a small glovebox and center console." -- AutoWeek (2014)

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