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2016 Kia Optima Hybrid Interior Review

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

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid’s cabin features quality materials, luxurious styling and an easy-to-use infotainment system, test drivers report. Still, there are rivals that offer better interior materials. While auto writers agree that the Optima Hybrid's front and rear seats are comfortable and have good legroom, they point out that the back seats have cramped head space. The Optima Hybrid has a very small trunk compared with the class as a whole and with rival hybrids.

  • "If you're looking for a touch of luxury in your hybrid sedan, the Optima Hybrid is a good choice." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "Material quality is above-average for the segment, with nicely-grained plastics and well-placed soft-touch elements." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid seats five and is available with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

The Optima Hybrid's seats are comfortable and provide good legroom for front- and back-seat occupants. Pay attention to front-seat cushions, however, as they may be too short for some. A sloping roofline limits headroom for rear-seat passengers.

  • The 2016 Optima Hybrid has a fairly spacious cabin, with comfortable seats and adequate legroom front and rear. However, headroom in back is a bit tight due to the car's rakish, coupelike roof line. Opting for the panoramic sunroof further decreases headroom." -- Edmunds
  • There's plenty of legroom for all passengers, although rear headroom is slightly compromised by the dramatic roofline." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • 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 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid's standard features include satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and a cooled glove box. Available 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.

The UVO infotainment system is easy to use, and its available navigation system provides crisp graphics as well as useful hybrid-related data. The system is controlled mostly with buttons on the dashboard or the steering wheel. Unfortunately, the steering wheel controls are not well lit, but the speedometer and other instruments are.

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  • "In our testing of Uvo, we've found that it works quite well. The touchscreen interface in navigation-equipped Optima Hybrids features high-resolution graphics that are among the segment's best, and it's easy to use, too. The screen also displays hybrid-specific information such as power flow diagrams and driving efficiency levels." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • 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)

Cargo

The 2016 Optima Hybrid has 10.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small for the class, as well as for a hybrid sedan. By comparison, the Toyota Camry Hybrid has 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space. The Optima Hybrid’s rear seats don’t fold to extend trunk space, however, they do have a pass-through for loading long items, and there is a decent amount of interior storage space.

  • "The Optima Hybrid's trunk offers 10.8 cubic feet of cargo space, considerably less than the non-hybrid Optima due to intrusion from the hybrid battery pack, and 1-2 cubes less than the competition." -- Edmunds
  • "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)

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