Niggles and Whines - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Niggles and Whines

May 17, 2011

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After spending five days in the Optima during the last week, I find myself less enamored with some elements of its interior detailing. The first is one we whine about ofter and one which is truly unmerited -- chrome gauge bezels. As you can see, they create distracting glare.

Why manufactures continue to put reflective materials in interiors -- particularly in places where you must look -- is beyond me.

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Also, the seat bolsters show imperfections at the edges where the mesh material is sewn to the leather. The above image is the driver's side seatback. It's unclear if this is a developing problem or perhaps something which was always this way, but it's noticeable.

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The above image shows that, unless you look closely, these are truly small imperfections, but they're something we'll need to watch carefully. Below is a close-up.

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Whether or not these imperfections matter at this point is largely subjective -- right now they're too small to be an issue for me. The bigger question is what they will look like in 20,000 miles.

Josh Jacquot, at about 5,500 miles


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