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2017 Kia Optima Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Kia Optima was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.6

The Kia Optima's interior has a stylish design with soft-touch materials. There are plastics present, but they are high quality and don't feel or look cheap. The cabin feels more expensive than you'd expect from a car of this class, and it is quiet while driving.

  • "There is plenty of plastic used inside the Optima, but it's sturdy and attractively grained. Creaks and squeaks are nonexistent, and the car feels as solid as any other sedan in the class." -- Edmunds
  • "It's a clean design, and one that maintains the driver-oriented tilt of the previous car. All of the interior materials felt very high quality, with soft-touch surfaces on the door tops, dash and pretty much everywhere else you'd want them." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cleanly styled interior also looks and feels worthy of the price tag. Sharp-looking gauges are easy to read, the plastics are high quality, and the quilted Nappa leather adorning the seats is both attractive and plush." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Seating

The Optima seats five on cloth upholstery. Also standard are 60/40 split folding rear seats. Available features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, sport leather seating, and quilted Nappa leather upholstery.

There is plenty of leg- and headroom in the Optima, both in the front and rear seats. The adjustability capabilities and upper-trim amenities will keep the driver and passengers comfortable on short trips around town and on longer journeys. However, taller passengers may feel slightly snug when it comes to headroom in the back seats.

  • "In humble base LX trim, the Optima provides a good amount of comfort, and midlevel trims further benefit from features such as heated and ventilated seats. Long-distance road trips shouldn't be a problem for a variety of body types thanks to the roomy seats and smooth ride quality." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats were plenty comfortable, and the back seat is downright huge, offering ample legroom even for tall passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The backseat room is competitive with the class. With the driver's seat set where I'd want it, I had plenty of backseat room for my legs. My knees were raised slightly, but I don't think it'd be intolerable for a long-ish drive. It's certainly no worse than other midsize cars I've been in lately. Headroom is also good, even with the panoramic moonroof on the SXL model I drove." -- Cars.com (2016)

Interior Features

The 2017 Kia Optima comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, Drive Mode Select (Normal, Eco, and Sport), and remote keyless entry. Available features include heated outside mirrors, an auto-open trunk, push-button start, a 7-inch touch screen, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Dynamic Bending Light headlights, which move the headlight beam into upcoming turns to improve cornering visibility, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound audio system, rear park assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system, and lane departure warning.

The Optima's UVO infotainment system is easy to use. It has a logical layout with organized menus. The standard and available touch screens are responsive and have vibrant graphics. There are also knobs and buttons for users who prefer traditional controls.

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  • "The Optima gets high marks for its legible physical buttons that are logically placed. Primary controls fall right to hand as they should, and there's no guesswork with the others." -- Edmunds
  • "As hard as they try, the auto manufacturers just couldn't build an infotainment system to rival what Apple gave us with the first iPhone. Now, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, they don't have to. Just plug in your smartphone and a mirror image appears on the car's touch-screen interface." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Above all, the refreshingly simple array of buttons and knobs is logical to use and requires no learning curve to operate. Kia's Uvo touchscreen interface, which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities, is similarly intuitive, though the screen itself is a bit of a reach from the driver's seat." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 Kia Optima has 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space. This is large for the class. There are also many interior storage spaces for smaller items throughout the cabin. An auto-open trunk is available.

  • "The Optima's carrying capacity is about as good as it gets in this class. The trunk is expansive, with a low load height, tall roof and wide opening. It also opens automatically after a few seconds if you have the key in your pocket." -- Edmunds
  • [T]he 15.9-cubic-foot trunk is capacious." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

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