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2021 Kia Telluride Interior Review

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Interior: 8.3

The interior of the 2021 Kia Telluride impresses on all fronts. The cabin is stylish and trimmed with quality materials, the infotainment system is easy to use, and there are lots of standard tech and convenience features. Seating space and cargo room are among the best in the class as well.

  • "Kia always manages to make interiors assembled with cost in mind feel like money was close to no object, and things are even better in the Telluride. None of the wood or 'metal' surfaces are real, but if we didn’t mention that, you’d be hard-pressed to notice." -- Automobile Magazine (2020)
  • "Materials quality is outstanding throughout, and the top-level SX trim is impressive for the fact that none of the metal or wood trim is real, but damned if you won't think it is. Genuine Nappa leather covers those comfortable seats, which can hold seven or eight occupants depending on which seating option you've chosen." -- Cars.com (2020)
  • "But it's inside where the Telluride shines, thanks to the use of soft-touch materials, attractive plastics, and attentive ergonomics. All trim levels boast leather or synthetic leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The available faux-wood inserts and simulated brushed metal that split the dash are tastefully executed and help the Telluride to teeter on the edge of luxury." -- Car and Driver (2020)

Cargo

The Kia Telluride has 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, 46 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 87 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. That’s above-average cargo space for a midsize SUV. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "Cargo room is ample, with 21 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row, which expands to 46 cubic feet with the way-back bench folded. With both rows folded flat, the Telluride offers 87 cubic feet of space, which is about equal with the Subaru Ascent. Only the Volkswagen Atlas offers more cargo room -- a whopping 97 cubic feet." -- CNET (2020)
  • "And truth be told, there’s not a whole lot of space behind the rear bench seat, which splits 60/40. With rear seat in use, there’s maybe enough room back there for a few carry-on bags (or a load of groceries), not much else. On a positive note, the reclining rear bench folds forward with ease to increase the Telluride’s cargo capacity, via manual straps. And if you want the center row folded as well, it’s simply a matter of pushing the individual buttons on the driver’s side of the Telluride’s cargo area." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
  • "But at 21 cubic feet, the cargo area behind the third row eclipses the Expedition's." -- Car and Driver (2020)

Seating

The Kia Telluride is available in seven- and eight-seat configurations. The first- and second-row seats are well-cushioned and offer generous headroom and legroom, even for taller occupants. The driving position is comfy, and visibility is good in all directions. The third row offers less seat padding and legroom, though there’s still ample space for a pair of adults to sit comfortably, and there’s plenty of room for kids.

Synthetic leather upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard. Options include genuine leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated first- and second-row seats, and ventilated first- and second-row seats.

For installing child safety seats, the Telluride has three complete sets of LATCH connectors, two for the second-row outboard seats and one for the third-row driver’s side seat. This Kia also comes with tether anchors for the second- and third-row middle seats.

  • "Of note, the Telluride’s adjustable second row seat is super spacious, roomy enough for a person who’s 6-foot-4 to sit behind a driver of the same height. That third row, however, is best suited for two people of, say, 5-foot-7 or shorter, because of headroom concerns. You might also squeeze three small kids onto that back bench reasonably comfortably." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
  • "Inside, the Telluride is spacious, quiet and comfortable. The front seats have excellent thigh support, plenty of width and just enough bolstering to keep you in place without being too flat or too padded." -- Cars.com (2020)
  • "The Telluride also distinguishes itself with a few cool features. One is an easy-moving second-row seat, which is even simpler to move out of the way than the second row in competitors: all you have to do is push a button, and it slides forward to create easy access to the third row." -- Autotrader (2020)

Interior Features

The Kia Telluride’s standard features include keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

The touch screen has an intuitive menu structure, slick graphics, and responds quickly to inputs. Physical controls are offered as well, making it easy to adjust the climate and audio functions on the go.

A 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, an intercom, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, an additional USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, rear sunshades, and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and a rear seat alert. Front parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, a head-up display, and automatic high-beam headlights are available.

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  • "Kudos to Kia for also including a row of physical buttons below the screen to make navigating the various systems much easier (and less distracting) while driving." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard on all trim levels, projected through either the standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen or higher trim’s 10.3-inch unit. Don’t worry about waking the sleepy passengers in the back thanks to the new Quiet Mode that can restrict infotainment audio output to just the front row. Conversely, if it’s getting a little rowdy, Driver Talk allows the front passengers to project their voices to the rear through an integrated microphone system." -- Automobile Magazine (2020)
  • "An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard fare and can be upgraded to a 10.3-inch unit. The display renders crisp graphics, and the system is intuitive to operate and responsive to inputs. Audiophiles will appreciate the available Harman/Kardon system's sound quality." -- Car and Driver (2020)
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