The most powerful V6 in Kia’s stable lives under the hood; a 3.3-liter that pumps out 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Power is transferred exclusively to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. To make the Cadenza a more engaging drive, it is fitted with a sport-tuned fully independent suspension and a “Sportmatic” manual shift mode complete with paddle shifters.
The real Cadenza story comes from the interior, a point of pride for Kia, as the brand claims it will “introduce a number of advanced systems that promise to set a new standard in the premium segment.”
Two option packages are available, either the premium package or the technology package. Standard features included on the base-level car are an eight-inch touchscreen complete with UVO infotainment, a 550-watt Infinity 12-speaker audio system, leather seat trim, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, keyless entry with push-button start and a 10-way power adjustable driver seat.
Opt for the premium package, and you get a panoramic sunroof, HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting system, LCD instrument cluster, Nappa leather seats, 12-way ventilated driver’s seat, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, as well as a power rear sunshade for enhanced comfort and privacy.
The technology package steps up the Kia’s driving performance, adding 19-inch alloy wheels, electric parking brake and Advanced Smart Cruise Control. It also includes a water-repellent hydrophobic windshield, a radar-based blind spot detection system and a lane departure warning system.
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