Kia on March 28 unveiled its redesigned Optima at the New York International Auto Show, highlighting the midsize sedan’s revamped UVO telematics and infotainment system.
“Since its introduction in 2013, Kia’s UVO telematics and infotainment system has made it easier than ever for owners to interact with their Kia vehicles and also stay connected,” the automaker said in a news release. “With ever-increasing functionality and in-vehicle entertainment options, [Kia Motors America] is restructuring UVO into an easy-to-understand tiered system and the 2019 Optima is the first Kia to launch with this approach.”
UVO play is standard on the LX model. Featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, UVO play tethers the user’s compatible smartphone to the Optima’s audio system through a USB cable. Via voice recognition, drivers can use their compatible Apple or Android smartphones for navigation, to make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music all in a way that allows the driver to stay more focused on driving, according to Kia.
UVO link, available as standard equipment on the S and EX models, offers an extended suite of connected-car security and convenience features.
UVO link includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and adds features such as on-demand diagnostics, maintenance alerts, vehicle alarm notifications, geo fencing and speed alerts. Similar to the K900 luxury sedan, convenience features such as remote start with HVAC control, remote lock/unlocking and remote activation of the horn and lights are included in UVO link, according to the automaker.
The top-tier UVO link with Navigation is offered optionally on the EX with Premium Package and standard on the SX and SXL. Standard with all the features in UVO play and UVO link, UVO link with Navigation adds MY POIs and Map Care, which allows for two free map updates per year.