The 2015 KIA Cadenza Is A Luxurious Cruiser That’s Not Crazy Expensive
Based on the same platform as the Hyundai Azera, the 2015 Kia Cadenza is definitely prettier of the two. No wonder there as the man who supervised the design of this car is a former Audi designer Peter Schreyer, appointed as the president of Kia Motors a few years ago. The Kia Cadenza isn’t a small car. It is a full sized sedan with some features on it that you could almost call it a luxury saloon. Of course, the Kia Cadenza is in a whole different price segment in comparison with the counterparts from Germany, but we can quite happily compare it with the Japanese and the US sedans of similar size.
As it is based on the Azera platform, the 2015 Kia Cadenza rides on a classic McPherson strut suspension at front while the independent multilink setup garnishes the rear suspension. Of course, the ride is perfected and customized to suit the needs of families and those who enjoy the utmost luxury on the highways. This is of course a highway cruiser so the subtle, elegant and quiet ride was at the top of the priorities for the team who designed it. Front wheels are driven by a V6 engine. You probably know for it from other Hyundai vehicles including the Azera. It has 3.3 liters of capacity and as it is naturally aspirated it develops a rather healthy 293 HP at 6,400 rpm and 255 lb-ft of torque at 5200 rpm. That is not supercar power at all, but it is enough to provide the Cadenza with decent performance even returning 19 mpg in the city and up to 28 mpg on the highway with the six speed automatic on board.
As ever, Kia is looking to provide the Cadenza with better value for money in comparison with all other offerings on the market. That is why the Cadenza offers a whole lot more of the luxurious and safety equipment compared to anything else. Even the entry level car with the Premium trim package comes equipped with rather large 18 inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, rear view camera, Dual zone Climate control, wood trimming on the dash and even leather upholstery. Kia is obviously generous and when you peek into the Limited trim package than the real equipment madness is on you. The special radiator grill and 19 inch alloys grace the outside, as well as the magnificent HID headlights. Inside, a seven inch touchscreen, with perfectly executed Kia UVO eServices keep you company, while the LED ambient lighting and upgraded stereo system keeps the fun in check.
Basically, the 2015 Kia Cadenza is something of a luxury car if your credit rating isn’t the best. It will provide you with all the bells and whistles other similar limousines can offer, but the only sacrifice you’d have to make is to learn how to live with a luxurious Korean car. For some, that can be a major problem.