• Jan 7, 2010
Kia's UVO system hands-on – Click above to watch video after the jump

Tucked in between Google's hot new smartphone and a variety of other computer peripheral equipment at this year's CES show is a crossover. Not the jacked-up, tricked-out, neon-dragging customized type that we typically see around the Consumer Electronics Show, but a bone-stock, 2011 Kia Sorento. Well, stock except for one option: UVO.

We recently got a chance to try out the newly-announced system in the plastic, and while impressive in its own right, just hours after sitting down with Ford to check out the latest Sync and MyFord Touch, it's somewhat less than stunning. But, ignoring that for now, Kia's offering looks good and still ahead of the rest of the curve. It's functionally comparable to early Sync, enabling easy access to media on 1GB of internal storage, on a USB-connected drive or even on a CD. You can rip from CD straight to internal memory or to a thumb drive, an interesting feature we're not sure is particularly useful. The touchscreen display is a nice improvement over Ford's two-line Sync readout, but remember that if you get this system, you'll have to opt out of in-dash GPS. Good thing you splurged and got that Droid, right? Check out some screens in the gallery below, and there's a quick video demo after the break.






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      • 5 Years Ago
      Haven't read it, first thing that caught my attention was the memory, only 1 GB, come on, that's the same as nothing. Having the ability to rip CDs to the memory doesn't impress either, that's something you do at home. Imagine driving around and hitting a bump while ripping a CD...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do you honestly think the CD player wouldn't have a buffer for ripping just like it does for shock protection? What are you on?
        • 5 Years Ago
        With or without buffer, ripping a CD while driving is something I wouldn't been caught driving, never.

        I didn't even remember about buffering, haven't rip a CD in a long time. To me, that's something that belongs to the past.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So this is a bit of a disappointment...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can't GPS and UVO share the same screen? Seems to me like Kia missed the mark with this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You have to delete built-in GPS to get UVO? That sounds kinda negative... but I guess if someone already has a portable GPS device (like I do), it's not *that* much of a sacrifice...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kind of a pleasant surprise to be able to get this without being forced into the (overpriced?) built-in GPS system.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, to me that would be negative. I prefer everything integrated into one single unit, so, why having a large screen on the dash and still needing a GPS on a tiny screen?
      Brian Edgar
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a KIA Soul with built-in Bluetooth Phone. After 11000 miles it still does not recongnize my voice. I still have to dial by hand and then it goes to the built in system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rather simple, would be a rather slow day before I would buy a Microsoft equipped Kia.


      Did not look good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What I expect is that Kia's own navigation already has most of these features, so the UVO system is probably either standard or found on mid level trims and it acts as selling feature. I think this would be a welcome addition to any car especially if it comes standard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems kinda useless now that MyFord Touch is out but they get major credit for trying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd say being able to rip CD's, especially some of mine that are starting to show some damage, would be great. But I'm stunned Kia is coming to market with a system that makes you give up a Nav system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      proof that at least one person bought a Zune HD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes. The one that failed to place in the Top 10 MP3 players sold on Amazon (zune 16gb is currently 13, Zune 32gb is 17). The one that everybody raves about, but won't actually buy or be caught dead using.
        That MP3 player.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean the mp3 player with 400+ reviews on Amazon averaging 4.5/5 that every audiophile magazine has agreed outperforms the iPod? Just checking.
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