2014 Kia Cadenza | new car review

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 by
2014 Kia Cadenza
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  • Rated 4 stars
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AEDAED 81,000 - 119,000
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  • Cadenza
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 75%
  • Features
    Editor: 85%
  • Performance
    Editor: 85%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The 2014 looks good, is filled with features and wears a reasonable price tag too!

Pros

Features

Cons

Cost cutting in areas such as the instrument cluster is evident

Looks

Up until the arrival of the Quoris in 2012, the Cadenza was the flagship model in Kia’s line-up. Designed by Peter Schreyer, distinct elements such as the tiger nose grille and Quoris inspired oblong headlights are present. With a decent amount of chrome on the bodywork, a black rear diffuser, oval exhaust tips, and optional 19 inch alloys, the Cadenza strikes a good balance between elegance and sportiness.

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Feels

With ample amounts of wood trim running along the dashboard, centre console, steering wheel and door panels, accompanied by a fair amount of leather, the Cadenza feels as good as it looks. For passengers riding in the back, the mid size luxury sedan offers seat warmers, a centre armrest with the option to control the multimedia system and an exceptional view of the star filled night sky through its panoramic roof.

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Engineering

In terms of tech, the Korean sedan packs in a decent amount of safety and entertainment features. With sensors located on either side of the rear bumper, the Cadenza keeps an eye out and informs the driver if there are any obstructions in their blind spots. The Cadenza also makes use of sensors with the Adaptive Cruise Control feature that makes highway cruising an absolute breeze. Audiophiles will enjoy their time in the Cadenza as it is equipped with a banging 12 speaker Infiniti sound system along with an external amplifier for stunning concert hall quality audio reproduction.

What’s on offer?

The Cadenza is equipped with a 3.5 litre V6 engine that produces 286 horsepower and 338 Nm of torque, while being mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. A press of the organ-type accelerator pedal and the Cadenza is expected to complete a 0 – 100km/h run in an impressive 6.4 seconds.

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Summing it…

The Kia looks good and is packed with features that the competition surely doesn’t offer in its price range. So if you’re in the market for a mid-luxury sedan and don’t care too much about the badge on the front of your car, the Cadenza may just tick all the right boxes.

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