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2020 Kia Optima Interior Review


Interior: 8.1

The 2020 Kia Optima has an upscale cabin full of premium materials and soft-touch surfaces. Passenger and cargo space are good for the class, and the infotainment system is intuitive.

  • "The 5-seat cabin of Kia’s midsize Optima SX sedan is graced with high-quality materials, a huge glove box, easy-to-read gauges and a great-sounding 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2018)
  • "Kia went to great lengths to include honest-to-goodness double stitching on the Optima's dashboard, but that detail is largely lost in an expansive sea of black plastic. Materials are at least soft touch throughout the Optima's cabin." -- Left Lane News (2016)


The Optima seats five people in two rows. Cloth upholstery is standard. Synthetic leather upholstery is available, as are genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Head- and legroom are generous in both rows, even for taller occupants, and the seats are comfortable.

For securing child safety seats, the Optima has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as a third tether anchor on the rear middle seat.

  • "The front seats -- Euro-styled buckets unique to the SX with large side bolsters -- are trimmed in black leather with perforated seating surfaces done in red hide. Heated and cooled, these seats offer excellent cornering support but are remarkably comfortable over long distances. Headroom front and back, even with the SX’s giant panoramic moonroof, is excellent, and there’s enough available legroom for the Optima to accommodate four 6-footers comfortably." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats have plenty of space for larger passengers, and the range of adjustments will cover short and tall occupants. The rear seats benefit from an abundance of legroom, but headroom is merely adequate for the average adult." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Inside the Optima, the small exterior tweaks increased the available space for passengers. … The feeling of space is enhanced by the available panoramic sunroof. … Front legroom for both the driver and passenger is exceptional, and a reasonable compromise can be made between front and rear occupants to allow for comfortable seating for five adults." -- Autotrader (2016)

Interior Features

The entry-level Optima comes standard with the UVO infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free. Several safety features come standard too, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a pre-collision warning and braking system, lane change assist, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and a driver drowsiness monitor.

Available features include navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo, three additional USB ports, a panoramic sunroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. More driver aids are available as well, such as automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive headlights, a surround-view parking camera, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.

The UVO infotainment system is easy to use thanks to straightforward physical controls and a responsive touch screen with an intuitive menu layout.

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  • "The new navigation system is easy to use, with quick inputs, crisp graphics and clear directions. It's easy to enter a destination via the Optima's voice-recognition tech as well -- it has no trouble understanding complex street names." -- CNET (2019)
  • "The Uvo system is a cinch to use, with a logical menu structure and physical volume and tuning knobs. The standard six-speaker audio system won't win any awards, and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon system is a worthwhile addition on upper trims." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "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)


At 15.9 cubic feet, the Optima has a good amount of trunk space for a midsize car. A hands-free trunk lid is available.

  • "The Optima’s trunk holds nearly 16 cubic feet of cargo, a generous amount." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… though trunk space is generous at 15.9 cubic feet, a Honda Accord or Hyundai Sonata will carry more junk in its trunk." -- CNET (2019)
  • "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. There's ample interior storage as well." -- Edmunds (2018)
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