2020 Kia Optima Interior and Cargo

Kia Optima Interior & Cargo Rating

2020 Optima Interior

Though a lot of the Optima's interior is made up of mostly black materials, including the dash and door cards, all of these are high-quality materials with a soft-touch feel. The dash features simulated stitching, and gunmetal accents border the infotainment touchscreen and outer AC vents, with gloss black accents bordering the buttons and inner AC vents. The door-integrated armrests are nicely positioned along with the center armrest and are covered with comfortable soft-touch padding. The visual impression may be very plain, but the materials themselves accord the cabin with a high-value feel. The build quality is exceptional too; materials are properly integrated and fixtures and fittings firmly attached. The doors close with a solid feel, and the overall interior impression is one of comfort with impressive ergonomics.

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Seating and Interior Space

There is adequate seating for up to five occupants in the Optima, even for five adults, thanks to the rear outboard seats, which have been designed to utilize the available space effectively to create a spacious, wide seating area. And, whether it be with the cloth or leather upholstery, the seats are extraordinarily comfortable, they offer cushioned comfort even throughout extended journeys, and offer ample support thanks to sporty contouring and bolstering. The cabin is commodious too, with ample head and legroom provided throughout, even for adults who are six-feet tall. Ingress and egress are no issue either, thanks to the spacious cabin and sizable seats, which are set at moderate seating height. The driver's seating position is ergonomic and is set well behind the controls with everything in reach, and with good outward visibility all-round.

2020 Kia Optima Interior Dimensions:

Kia Optima TrimsLXSSEEXHybrid EXEX PremiumSXPlug-In Hybrid EX
Headroom Front Seat39.8 in.39.8 in.39.8 in.39.8 in.39.8 in.39.8 in.39.8 in.39.8 in.
Headroom Back Seat37.8 in.37.8 in.37.8 in.37.8 in.37.8 in.37.8 in.37.8 in.37.8 in.
Legroom Front Seat45.5 in.45.5 in.45.5 in.45.5 in.45.5 in.45.5 in.45.5 in.45.5 in.
Legroom Back Seat35.6 in.35.6 in.35.6 in.35.6 in.35.6 in.35.6 in.35.6 in.35.6 in.
Shoulder Room Front58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.58.1 in.
Shoulder Room Rear56.4 in.56.4 in.56.4 in.56.4 in.56.4 in.56.4 in.56.4 in.56.4 in.
Hip Room, Front56 in.56 in.56 in.56 in.56 in.56 in.56 in.56 in.
Hip Room, Rear56 in.56 in.56 in.56 in.56 in.56 in.56 in.56 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

Every Optima model comes with a cosmetically varying interior. The LX is equipped with seats upholstered in black cloth with brown cloth as an alternative option - a urethane steering wheel and a tricot headliner are standard, and behind the front seats are mesh type map pockets. The S's seats are upholstered in black leatherette and cloth, with black sport cloth upholstery optional, and features a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Genuine black leather seating is standard in the EX and EX Premium, with black and gray sport leather seating-appointments available, too. The seats in the SX are black sport leather with red stitching, although black and red sport leather upholstery is optional.

2020 Optima Trunk and Cargo Space

Despite the Optima's 15.9 cubic feet of trunk room not being the best in the segment, it's still a strong effort - rivals like the Honda Accord are a little more practical, with 16.7 cu-ft behind the rear seats, while the Toyota Camry offers only 15.1 cubes. The Optima's cargo space is good for safely hauling that new 65-inch TV and if it's an 80-inch you want, then you'll be happy to know that the rear seats are 60/40 split-folding and can accommodate bigger items.

There's an abundance of in-cabin storage solutions for passengers, with wide, bottle-holder integrated door side pockets on every door, a sealable front-center cubby, two open storage bins in the center console, a spacious center armrest cubby, dual cupholders, a sizable glove box compartment, two seatback map pockets, and dual cupholders in the rear center seat backrest.

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2020 Kia Optima Cargo Dimensions:

Kia Optima TrimsLXSSEEXHybrid EXEX PremiumSXPlug-In Hybrid EX
Trunk Volume15.9 cu. ft.15.9 cu. ft.15.9 cu. ft.15.9 cu. ft.13.4 cu. ft.15.9 cu. ft.15.9 cu. ft.9.9 cu. ft.

2020 Optima Infotainment and Features


The Optima lineup is value-packed with features, even from the base-spec trim. The LX comes standard with remote keyless access, a tilt/telescoping steering column, a 3.5-inch mono TFT LCD information display, a day/night rearview mirror, manual air conditioning, and six-way manually-adjustable front seats. Equipped in the Optima S is a smart key system with push-button start and smart trunk release, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-up/down front windows, and a ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat. The EX is fitted with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped gearshift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats. The EX Premium boasts a heated steering wheel, heated/ventilated front seats, a twelve-way power-adjustable driver's seat with a two-position memory system, a ten-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a panoramic sunroof, and ambient interior lighting with variable colors. The SX is upgraded with a 4.3-inch color TFT LCD information display and a leather-wrapped perforated D-shaped steering wheel with red stitching and "SX" emblem.

Kia's Drive Wise safety suite brings the driver assists to the table, with all models featuring a standard rearview camera, cruise control, hill-start assist, impact sensing door unlock functionality, blind-spot collision warning, lane change assist, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, driver attention warning, rear cross collision warning, rear park assist, forward collision warning, and forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection. The EX, EX Premium, and SX feature a smart cruise control system with stop-and-go functionality, too.


An eight-inch infotainment touchscreen display occupies the center dash of every Optima trim, and as of the EX model, is installed with Kia's latest UVO Link software, which includes full smartphone app remote start. Still, all trims get brightly displayed images and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. The system also allows for AM/FM/ radio connectivity with MP3 compatibility, although satellite radio is only introduced as of the EX trim along, with embedded telematics integrated W-Fi modem. Navigation, HD radio, and satellite digital radio are standard in the EX Premium and SX trims. Keeping up with the times, wireless smartphone charging is also standard on EX and SX trims and additionally features an extra charge-only USB port and power outlet in the front and rear of the center console, respectively, for access by rear passengers. While a stock six-speaker audio layout is standard in most trims, a ten-speaker Harman Kardon Quantum Logic premium surround-sound audio system is standard in the EX Premium and SX trims.

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