2011 Kia Cadenza | new car review

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 by








If you were ever in any doubt about ’s intention of becoming a top selling manufacturer of world-class cars, then you should take a look at the 2011 Cadenza.

It uses the same basic underpinnings as the Hyundai Genesis executive sedan – though unlike the Hyundai, the Kia is front-wheel drive.

It was designed by the former Audi designer Peter Schreyer and has a few hints of Lexus or Infiniti about its smooth lines. The Cadenza replaces the Opirus at head of the Kia family.

With plenty of space on board for five passengers, the Kia Cadenza offers the family man who’s looking for the best return on his investment an impressive proposition.

The Cadenza is offered with a 290bhp, 3.5-litre V6 engine which will provide plenty of performance through a modern six-speed automatic gearbox. With all-round independent suspension, the Cadenza should provide a comfortable for all those on board, whilst giving the driver an involving drive.

Three version are on sale in the UAE. The standard car rides on 16-inch alloy wheels and comes with dual zone air conditioning, cruise control, full electric options and front fog lamps. as well as an electrically-operated driver’s seat and rear parking sensors for 79,000AED.

The mid-range Cadenza is fitted with 17-inch alloys and adds a push-button starter, mood lighting and an electric passenger seat, as well as leather seats and a rear parking camera. It costs 89,900AED.

The full-option Cadenza costs 109,900 and features eight airbags (other versions only come with two), as well as a panoramic sunroof and satellite navigation. Bluetooth is also included, as is electronic stability control (sadly not available on the other models). Xenon headlights and a rear electric sunshade add to the premium feel.

You can see our road test of the 2011 Kia Cadenza here.

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