Facelifted Kia Cadenza is near luxury that’s not coming to Australia

Even after its recent facelift, the new-to-America Kia Cadenza isn’t anywhere near as handsome or as mould breaking as its smaller Optima sibling.


Sitting below the RWD Quoris in Kia’s international lineup, the Cadenza is a FWD “near luxury” sedan pitched at roughly the top end of the Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon and Toyota Camry/Aurion market. For its debut in North America, the Cadenza has been given a mild facelift with new headlights, bonnet, more prominent tiger nose grille and squarer LED tail-lights.

Features available on the Cadenza include active cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, Nappa leather seats, 12-way electric seats, powered adjustment for the steering wheel, heating for the seats and steering wheel, powered rear sunshade, xenon headlights with adaptive lighting, and a 7-inch touchscreen entertainment and nav system.

Powering the front wheels is a 3.3-litre direct injection V6 engine with 218kW (293hp) of power and 346Nm (255lb-ft) of torque.

The Cadenza, at least in this generation, won’t be making the trip down under.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]