When I got the call that I was receiving a Kia Cadenza — the Korean automaker’s "luxury" rig — I began recalling the Kia Amanti , which was put out of its misery in 2009. This Jaguar X-Type wannabe was just north of a fully loaded Toyota Camry on the luxury scale, so my hopes were not too high for the Cadenza to impress me.
When the driver rolled up in the Cadenza, I instantly though "blah, just another old Kia," as its outward appearance doesn’t necessarily separate it from the rest of the Kia lineup. All of that changed once I got the chance to grab a seat in this Nappa leather-equipped bargain luxury car that featured an Alcatara-like headliner, panoramic sunroof and nearly every goodie you could imagine for a tad under $42k.
Sometimes, however, first impressions can be incorrect, and I was still anticipating a dud in the Cadenza.
Click past the jump to read my full Driven review of the 2014 Kia Cadenza to find out if it is a winner or just a repeat of the Amanti.