Stylistically, the K5's cabin design reminds of some pricier European luxury sedans with its horizontal theme and how the center console is gently tilted towards the driver. Quality isn't at the level of an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series, though, but it does a good job of matching or surpassing other midsize sedans it is priced to compete with. On the cheapest LXS, equipment includes remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, forward collision avoidance assist, driver attention warning, and lane keeping assist. Higher up in the range, features like remote start, synthetic leather upholstery, and power-adjustable seats evoke a more upscale feel. Rear parking sensors, safe exit assist, and cruise control with stop & go are also available. For the most part, the K5's cabin makes a fine impression.
No matter what, the K5 seats up to five people reasonably well, though the rear middle-seat passenger won't be a happy camper, as with most sedans. Rear legroom is good at 35.2 inches, offering plenty of space for two in the back or a tighter squeeze for three. Headroom up front is 40.2 inches without the sunroof, while rear headroom is 37.8 inches. At 105.3 cubic feet of passenger capacity, the K5 feels spacious compared to rivals, but the Accord is more accommodating of rear-seat occupants.
|Kia K5 Trims||LXS||GT-Line||EX||GT|
|Headroom Front Seat||40.2 in.||40.2 in.||38.4 in.||38.4 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||37.8 in.||37.8 in.||37.4 in.||37.4 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||46.1 in.||46.1 in.||46.1 in.||46.1 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||35.2 in.||35.2 in.||35.2 in.||35.2 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.||58 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||56.1 in.||56.1 in.||56.1 in.||56.1 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||56.6 in.||56.6 in.||56.6 in.||56.6 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||56.6 in.||56.6 in.||56.6 in.||56.6 in.|
It's disappointing that the lower trims don't have a leather-wrapped steering wheel and that none of the trims have a standard leather-wrapped shift handle. While this may sound trivial, these are the two touchpoints that the driver will most be interacting with. On the LXS, conservative black cloth is standard along with silver trim inlays. On the GT-Line, you get synthetic leather upholstery in either black or two-tone red. The EX comes with synthetic leather in Black or Ash Blue, and also adds wood trim to the dashboard and doors, while the GT has black synthetic leather with sporty red accents or Chestnut Brown.
The Honda Accord has one of the biggest trunks in the segment with 16.7 cubic feet of space, and the K5 nearly matches that with 16 cubes of its own behind the 60/40-split folding rear seats, which are standard on all but the LX. Folding down the rear seats expands cargo capacity usefully for longer or more awkwardly sized items.
Small-item storage in the cabin is catered for by twin cupholders alongside the shift lever and the center armrest storage compartment is well-sized. Ahead of this storage compartment is the available wireless charging pad for your phone, which is removable in case you buy a larger phone in the future. However, the door pockets aren't as accommodating as the armrest hinders the easy storage of longer bottles. All versions have front seatback pockets and all besides the base LX have a fold-down rear center armrest with cupholders.
|Kia K5 Trims||LXS||GT-Line||EX||GT|
|Trunk Volume||16 cu. ft.||16 cu. ft.||16 cu. ft.||16 cu. ft.|
With its high-value price tag, the LXS forgoes some of the most appealing luxuries of other trims in the range but still gets standard features like a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry and remote start, and six-way manually-adjustable front seats. The Kia Drive Wise suite packs in driver attention warning, forward-collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and rear occupant alert. A step up from this is GT-Line, which boasts a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, wireless phone charging, and a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel. The AWD GT-Line adds heated seats up front. On the EX, expect amenities rear air conditioning vents, LED interior lighting, heated/ventilated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof, which it shares with the GT. Rear park distance warning is added. Only the GT comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Kia has been on top of the game when it comes to infotainment, and the K5 improves the lead with a few more points in its favor. An eight-inch touchscreen comes standard on the LXS and features wireless support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The system can also connect to two Bluetooth devices instead of one, like most cars. A larger 10.25-inch touchscreen adds split-screen functionality, but oddly forgoes the wireless ability for CarPlay/Android. This screen is only available as an option on the GT-Line, EX, and GT models.
Both displays feature clear graphics and intuitive controls, and, on the EX and GT, a Bose Premium sound system is available with 12 speakers in place of the standard six. If you opt for the Bose system, you get a unique Sounds of Nature feature, which plays unique soundtracks like a rainforest, ocean, or fireplace. Kia has also improved its UVO telematics, which now features two connected user profiles tied to the seat position, outside mirror placement, and favorite radio stations.