2015 Kia Optima Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.2

The 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid’s cabin is filled with upscale materials and is built well, according to most test drivers, though some disagree and say the materials could be better. The seats are well-liked for their comfort and space, though most critics point out that rear-seat headroom is a bit tight. The Optima Hybrid has a small trunk for the class. Reviewers think the Optima Hybrid’s infotainment system is easy to use.

  • "While we love the look of the 2015 Kia Optima sedan's interior, some of the plastic on the dash and steering wheel still lack the quality look and feel found in Honda, Mazda and even some GM and Ford products." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior is stylish and it is offered with many features more commonly found in luxury cars, including ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside the 2015 Kia Optima, you'll find a distinctly modern, European-influenced design, as well as good overall interior quality and an abundance of soft-touch materials." -- Edmunds 
  • "Material quality is above-average for the segment, with nicely-grained plastics and well-placed soft-touch elements." -- Left Lane News


The 2015 Optima Hybrid seats five and is available with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a cooled driver’s seat, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Reviewers praise the Optima Hybrid’s roomy cabin and comfortable seats, though they caution that rear-seat passengers may be short on headroom due to the Optima Hybrid’s sloping roofline.

  • "There's plenty of legroom for all passengers, although rear headroom is slightly compromised by the dramatic roofline." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Optima has a fairly spacious cabin, with comfortable seats and a useful amount of legroom front and rear. Headroom in back is a bit tight due to the car's rakish, coupelike roof line, and taller consumers should think twice about getting the optional panoramic sunroof, as it further decreases headroom." -- Edmunds
  • "The seat cushions for the driver and front passenger seem a touch on the short side, not providing enough under-leg support for adults of average height. It may not be an issue for everyone, but pay attention to this area on a test drive." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "The interior features the same attractive, comfortable seats and swank décor as in other Optimas. …" -- Car and Driver (2011)

Interior Features

The 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid comes standard with satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary jacks, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and a cooled glove box. Optional features include Kia’s voice-activated UVO infotainment system, an Infinity audio system, navigation, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, power-folding side mirrors and a panoramic sunroof.

Test drivers think the Optima Hybrid’s infotainment system is simple to use, and while some note that the car’s gauges are easy to read, they point out that the controls on the steering wheel are hard to see.

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  • "We've found that Uvo works quite well. The touchscreen interface in navigation-equipped Optimas is also easy to use for navigation purposes and operating the stereo." -- Edmunds
  • "Backlit, inset gauges are easy to see in most any lighting condition. This is in direct contrast to the steering-wheel buttons, which are not well-lit at all. The available navigation system absorbs some audio functions, but the most basic settings are controlled with buttons on the steering wheel or center of the dashboard." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Where most midsize sedans follow a rather conservative path, the Optima ventures toward the exotic. Its interior is loaded with features virtually unheard of in the midsize family-sedan class (such as an available heated rear seat and panoramic glass roof) and absent even on some luxury brands." -- AutoTrader (2014)


The 2015 Optima Hybrid has 10.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small for a midsize hybrid car. In comparison, the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid have 13.1 and 12.7 cubic feet of space, respectively. The gas-only Optima also has a bigger trunk with 15.4 cubic feet of room. Though the Optima Hybrid’s back seat doesn’t fold down to extend trunk space, it does have a pass-through for longer items. Critics are disappointed with the Optima Hybrid’s small trunk, though some are happy with the interior storage spaces.

  • "Interior small-item storage is good." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "One significant demerit: The hybrid’s trunk volume is down by more than a third. …" -- Car and Driver (2011)
  • "Trunk volume is somewhat smaller than the base car due to the hybrid battery pack snuggled up tight against the backseat." -- Edmunds (2011)

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