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Kia Telluride Interior: Everything You Need to Know

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The Telluride's interior is the best you'll find in the mid-size SUV segment for reasons relating to size/dimensions, features, colors and more.

Interior size is impressive to say the least, as someone coming from full-size SUV's like the Lexus LX, Cadillac Escalade and later a Chevrolet Suburban, that now wants most of that capability packaged in something cheaper, the Telluride really stands out. It actually slots between the mid-size and full-size segments and is reflected in the facts and and visuals I posted below for anyone still on the fence.

Option lists for colors, materials have been included to. Along with pictures of them. Its information that helped with my buying experience.

Even within the growing three row mid-size segment, its size stands out overall on paper. It did to me especially with other non-interior stuff i'm sold on.

In fact, you're better off seeing them in person if you haven't already. BEFORE you do, going through segments of Doug DeMuro's video covering the interior will arm you with the necessary knowledge to make the most of that in-person experience, as I have.

Interior features are plenty. I listed all of them below by trim (LX, S, EX & SX).

SX (with AWD) was my choice for the Harman Kardon system, Blind-spot View Monitor, Parking Distance Warning, Supervision, Head-Up Display, Mood Lighting and the rest of the bells and whistles it comes loaded with. Enough to not miss owning a full-size. Even if you don't plan on forking over $40k to start, interiors on the LX, S and EX cabins still offer a lot.

These attractive interior features also help the Telluride stand out from the rest:
  • UVO link
  • 8.0-inch Touch-Screen Display
  • 6 USB Ports (5 Charging, 1 Media)
  • One-Touch Sliding & Folding 2nd-Row Seats
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)
I can't wait to see what interior configurations we get in the coming model years. More interior color options and better pairing of interior/exterior colors would be appreciated. Anyone who has gone through the Telluride configurator and/or seen them in person will realize this slight limitation. Broader customization can help Kia's bottom line and keep us happier :)

  • Grey Nappa Leather Seat Trim

  • Gray Leather Seat Trim

  • Dune Brown Nappa Leather Seat Trim

  • Espresso Brown Leather Seat Trim

  • Butter Scotch Leather Seat Trim

  • Black SOFINO Seat Trim

  • Black Nappa Leather

  • Black Leather

  • SOFINO (Leatherette)
  • Leather
  • Nappa Leather
  • Leather-Trimmed Upholstery
  • Trim: Wood or Brushed Metal

  • Wheelbase: 3,081 mm (121.3 in)
  • Length: 5,000 mm (196.9 in)
  • Width: 2,010 mm (79.1 in)
  • Height: 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
  • Passenger Seating Capacity: 7-8
  • Total Interior Volume: 178.1 cu. ft.
  • Headroom
    • Front (in.): 40.9 in.
    • Middle (in.): 40.2 in.
    • Rear (in.): 38.1 in.
  • Head room (single sunroof)
    • Front (in.): 39.5 in.
    • Middle (in.): 40.2 in.
    • Rear (in.): 38.1 in.
  • Leg Room
    • Front (in.): 44.1 in.
    • Middle (in.): 42.4 in.
    • Rear (in.): 31.4 in.
  • Shoulder Room
    • Front (in.): 61.6 in.
    • Middle (in.): 61.2 in.
    • Rear (in.): 55.3 in.
  • Hip Room
    • Front (in.): 58.9 in.
    • Middle (in.): 58.0 in.
    • Rear (in.): 43.7 in.
  • Cargo Volume (SAE)
    • Behind 1st-Row (cu. ft.): 87.0 cu. ft.
    • Behind 2nd-Row (cu. ft.): 46.0 cu. ft.
    • Behind 3rd-Row (cu. ft.): 21.0 cu. ft.
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Who does everyone think created a better interior, Hyundai or Kia?

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You're pretty much splitting hairs here but I'd go with the Telluride. I prefer having a gear shifter rather than a push-button transmission. I also like that the infotainment screen stands out from the instrument cluster.

But to be fair I wouldn't say no to the Palisade's interior either.
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I also prefer the console shifter to the push button gear select as well. But I like the cleaner look of the integrated screen on the palisade compared to the "pod" approach on the telluride.
Digital dash features of the info displays favors the palisade in my view too.
Are those photos comparing the highest trim levels on both?

Not sure about seat comfort between the 2. I wonder if they use essentially identical seat construction and foam firmness/shape?

Also not sure if the ventilated seat implementation is the same on both, but I can say the implementation on the telluride is one of the best I've experienced. Most ventilated seat, you can't tell the difference between the 3 fan levels and you'd essentially always leave it on max, but on the telluride, you might even be tempted to turn it down to 2. If the palisade vented seats are the same then that's a wash.

edit to add: I should probably go drive both on the same hot day to test AC effectiveness. A lot of AC implementations these days are really anemic if you live in a hot climate. I imagine the telluride and palisade use the same AC system parts though, but not positive.
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We'll have to get used to it. I believe this is Kia's attempt to offer a cheaper Ranger Rover.
Unfortunately console shifters are dying. Even Ford wants to kill them off but couldn't in police versions of the new Explorer due to muscle memory and space. Eventually Kia/Hyundai might give us some console knob like Range Rover to switch gears.
Unfortunately console shifters are dying. Even Ford wants to kill them off but couldn't in police versions of the new Explorer due to muscle memory and space. Eventually Kia/Hyundai might give us some console knob like Range Rover to switch gears.
Having driven a P71 crown vic, they will be missed. An interceptor Explorer might be in my future.
Is anyone planning to upgrade interior lighting to brighter LED's? Most factory interior lighting can be too dull, including the Telluride. As someone that drives around a lot at night its something i'm seriously considering.

This video is a good example of how dull it can be, for anyone that hasn't given it much though:
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