2011 Kia Optima: Cloth Bolsters = Great Idea
April 14, 2011
While I can't yet weigh-in on the long-distance comfort of the Optima's seats, I was immediately impressed with another aspect. That ring of cloth around the leather seems like a brilliant idea. The edges of side bolsters almost always wear down with leather, and sometimes quite quickly as we found in our long-term R8 and M3. Placing a more resiliant material such as the Optima's tech fabric or maybe Alcantara to these bolsters should not only reduce wear, but perhaps even increase grip. They look kinda cool, too. Of course, we'll see how they look after a year with us.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 4,175 miles