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


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.


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.


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.


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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