2014 Kia Forte: Using Uvo Voice Commands
March 31, 2014
Our 2014 Kia Forte EX comes standard with Kia's Uvo service. There are a lot of neat features within Uvo, such as having an Uvo app on your smartphone, maintenance notifications and indicators, emergency assistance and enhanced entertainment.
Uvo also includes voice command functionality for phone, audio and navigation on our Forte, and since it's something you can use frequently, I was curious to see how well it worked.
A lot of in-car navigation systems do offer voice commands, so being able to do it in our Forte isn't all that unique. But I've tried it out a couple of times and, at least on those times, it worked well. Assuming your destination is in the same state you're currently in, all you need to do is press the voice button on the steering wheel, say "Find Address," wait for your prompt and then say the address and city. Easy, and you can do it while driving.
The voice command functionality in our Forte for audio isn't as useful in my opinion. You can use it to select modes (AM, FM, satellite, etc.), presets and other main functions. It also has basic control of an audio player/iPod. But those are functions that are also easily done just using the buttons on the steering wheel or center stack.
Ideally, Uvo could also be used to select specific artists, tracks or music on your iPod like you can with Ford's Sync voice-command system, for instance. I find that to be very useful as it requires a lot less of my attention to just speak an album name rather than search for it using the touchscreen while driving. Unfortunately, though, this functionality isn't available on our Forte.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 15,103 miles