2018 Kia Cadenza Premium vs Limited

2018 Kia Cadenza Premium vs Limited

2018 Kia Cadenza Premium vs Limited

So you’ve decided the 2018 Kia Cadenza is going to be your next new car, but which trim level do you go for? The three available are the Premium, the Technology and the Limited, but here we’re going to look at the two top-tier trims, Premium and Limited, and see what you get that makes the Limited so much more expensive than the entry-level model.

Standard features and equipment

We’ll start off with the standard features and equipment offered with the Cadenza, which is inevitably the standard specification of the Premium model. At the entry level, the Cadenza sedan gets a full array of power features, leather upholstery, cruise control, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The infotainment system bundles with Kia’s UVO eServices app suite, which gives smartphone access to features such as parking reminders, roadside assistance, and the ability to remotely unlock the car. As most would expect, the top of the range Limited adds the likes of automatic headlights, adaptive cruise control, cooled seats, wireless smartphone charging, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, nappa leather, a suede headliner, a surround-view camera system and a head-up display.


Some manufacturers like to offer more powerful engines as buyers ascend through the trim levels, especially with more upscale vehicles. Here though, Kia sticks with the same powertrain in all three versions of the Cadenza. The unit in question is a 3.3-liter V-6 developing a healthy 290 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque, which comes mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. Perhaps surprisingly, even though the Premium and Limited share the same powertrain there are no upgrades, such as adaptive suspension for paying more for the Limited. This is a car that rides and drives extremely well, offers Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Smart modes and is as quiet as a mouse even at highway speeds, but you’ll get that kind of quality no matter the trim level.

On the outside

Both trims levels obviously share the same sport back body style, but there are some notable differences on the outside. For a start, the Limited gets 19-inch alloy wheels instead of the 18-inch rims on the Premium. Other Limited upgrades include a unique vertical design front grille, power-folding mirrors with chrome outer housing, panoramic sunroof, Smart Power Trunk and LED front fog lights and LED headlights.

On the inside

We’ve covered the standard features and equipment the Cadenza Premium offers, so now we have to see what extra goodies we get inside the Limited. The Limited includes a larger eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, Harman/Kardon 12-speaker sound system, wireless smartphone charging, surround-view monitor and a number of advanced safety features. These safety upgrades include Smart Blind Spot Detection (SBSD), Lane Change Assist, rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.