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2015 Kia Optima Interior Review

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


Interior: 7.6

The 2015 Kia Optima has an attractive, upscale interior, according to most critics, though some think a few plastic materials could be nicer. Reviewers agree that there is plenty of trunk and passenger space, however they note that the sloping roofline means taller passengers might not have enough headroom. Not only do test drivers like that the vivid touch screen makes it easy to control the navigation and audio systems, but they’re impressed that the Optima is available with so many ritzy features. 

  • "The Optima EX is well equipped yet undercuts its competitors by hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars when comparably equipped. Kia offers a number of features rarely found in this class, such as a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof and heated rear seats." -- AutoTrader
  • "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. Things get even better in the SXL trim level with its luxury car level of standard equipment and premium leather upholstery." -- Edmunds
  • While we love the look of the 2014 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 (2014)


The 2015 Optima is available with leather seats, premium Nappa leather seats, heated front seats, a cooled driver seat, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and power-adjustable front seats. Reviewers agree that the Kia Optima has ample legroom and comfortable seats in both rows, but they point out that the sloping roofline reduces back-seat headroom.

  • “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 front seats are pretty comfortable for tall folks, but the Optima's sharply raked rear roofline may cause some headroom issues for the rear-seat passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The available leather upholstery makes the cabin feel classy. The ability to get heated and cooled front seats, a heated rear seat, and a heated steering wheel in a car in this price class is practically unheard of." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Kia Optima include satellite radio, USB and auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth and a cooling glove box. The Optima can be equipped with power-folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, an Infinity surround-sound audio system, HD Radio, navigation, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, Kia’s UVO touch-screen infotainment system, push-button start, proximity key and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Test drivers like how easy it is to control the 2015 Optima’s navigation and audio system using the touch screen, adding that it is vivid and easy to see. Many reviewers are also impressed that the Optima is available with so many upscale features.

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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
  • "As expected, the controls are dead easy to find and decipher and the touch screen and gauges are crisp and bright." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • 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." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "We're talking about niceties like heated steering wheel, heated-and-ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats (the center of the bench isn't heated), panoramic sunroof and a glovebox that offers a cooling function. Stuff you can brag to your neighbors about." -- Kelley Blue Book (2011)


The 2015 Optima has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space. The Optima’s trunk size is typical for the class, though cars like the Hyundai Sonata and Chrysler 200 have bigger trunks at 16.3 and 16 cubic feet, respectively. Some critics think the Optima has a big trunk opening, while others think it’s too small, though they agree that there’s plenty of storage space in the cabin.

  • The Optima's 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space is about average for its class." -- Edmunds
  • "On the upside, the Optima's average-sized -- for a midsize sedan -- 15.4-cubic-foot trunk gained bonus points for its large, well-shaped decklid cutout that simplifies cargo loading/unloading chores." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • Trunk space is ample, but a fairly small opening and sickle-shaped hinges limit usefulness somewhat. The 60/40 split rear seat backs fold forward to increase cargo room, but the pass-through opening is rather small, and the resulting load floor isn't flat. Interior small-item storage is good." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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