2014 Kia Cadenza: Clear, Concise Gauges
January 10, 2014
One thing I like about the 2014 Kia Cadenza is its simplicity. For a car with such a long list of features, it's not overwhelming in the least. A good example of this is the gauge cluster.
As you can see, it's a pretty basic design. Some consider it too boring for a luxury car, much like the setup in our Cadillac ATS. But I like it for a few reasons.
One, it's easy to read at a glance in all types of lighting conditions. Two, all the basic info is there, but if you want to add miles to empty, a trip meter or various other kinds of auxiliary information, it can be done, and done easily. And finally, it matches the general styling aesthetic of the rest of the car. Most of the other controls are similar in their simplicity. One of the reasons the gauges seem so plain in our ATS is the fact that the rest of the controls are anything but plain and simple.
Overall, I think the general design of the Cadenza's interior leans toward usability over flash. And for a sedan like this, that's the right kind of theme.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,172 miles