2019 Kia Cadenza Review

May 22, 2023
David Sunnyside

Kia’s upscale Cadenza offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo with a premium look. Its sedan layout gives it an edge in a market full of SUVs. A modestly powered V-6 with front-wheel drive keeps the Cadenza’s price in line with many luxury competitors. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are standard, and a panoramic sunroof and upgraded audio are available. The Cadenza’s available active safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist.

While many owners praise the Cadenza’s quiet cabin and easy-to-use tech, some wish for more headroom in the back seat. Owners say the car’s sloping roof limits rear passenger headroom in some conditions, especially for those above 6 feet tall. Drivers report that the Cadenza’s power leg bolsters and ventilated front seats are comfortable, but some wish the seats were slightly more supportive for long drives.

The Cadenza’s spacious trunk holds six carry-on suitcases, which rivals that of more expensive luxury sedans. The Cadenza’s smart trunk opens when it senses the owner standing near it and the key fob is within range. It also has a power-folding feature that increases cargo capacity to 61.5 cubic feet. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, a 7-inch touch screen to control the stereo and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control and leather upholstery. Upscale options include a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad and a Harman Kardon premium sound system.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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