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    Navigation versus UVO

    I'm trying to decide if opting for the Navigation (~$1400 more) is worth it over the UVO radio that is included in the premium package. I don't really need navigation, but this option does give a bigger screen. I didn't know if the Nav option provides better functionality with regard to the radio pre-sets and ease of use like switching back and forth between Sirius and FM or switching between various FM stations. I'm one of those that switches stations frequently and the UVO pre-sets seemed to be less intuitive than the traditional push buttons! (I know you can speak and have UVO switch the station for you) but to me that is yet another added step or two. I just want to punch a button. Any thoughts??

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    Save the money and go this route instead: Navigation versus UVO-img_0784.jpg

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    Use of the touchscreen and radio/Sirius/iPod/etc. presets and adjustments is quite intuitive with the Nav screen. The only exception is streaming audio from a Bluetooth device. That function does not show song title or other info, and the "Sound" adjustments (balance, fader, bass/mid/treble) are not directly accessible. You can change those settings in another mode and they will still apply in streaming mode.

    I didn't think I "needed" navigation either, but find that it can be pretty handy, even in an area that I know fairly well.

    BTW, I only use the voice commands for BT phone calls. Button/touchscreen operations are much faster and require minimal distraction from the business of driving.

    No idea how any of that compares with UVO operation, but there have not been many compliments on UVO around here. My apologies if I'm wrong in that summation.
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    Yes, the Tech package will give you more screen "real estate" and on screen controls. That said, I find the UVO navigation to be quite simple. I have 15 or so Sirius stations I listen to, but 4 of them are my go-to stations (90%+ of my listening). I have those grouped together in the preset menu. I simply press the up/down button on the steering wheel to toggle between those 4. Otherwise, I just use the voice command ("Sirus channel 2"). It changes in an instant. Here's one of the better threads about the tech package debate:

    Technology Package Worth It?

    These are the main advantages of the Tech package....

    --Navigation (duh!)
    --Bigger screen real estate and increased on screen controls
    --"Integration" (no separate GPS, wires, etc.)

    You have to ask yourself if these things are worth $1000 more (MSRP is $1400 but Optimas with Tech are generally selling for $1000 or so more than non-Tech). I opted not to go with Tech because I need a GPS in my Optima maybe 2-3 times a year (our Sorento is our travel car). And, the TomTom I have is simply a better GPS than the Kia, with "Live" services and other features (including lifetime maps and traffic). I keep my cars for 8+ years so I feared the Kia GPS would become so outdated by then. I'm a gadget guy who likes the latest!

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    Buy the NAV package and never look back! The integration is great and you will be very pleased. I asked the same question before I bought my car and was overwhelmingly told to get the NAV and I am glad I did.
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    I personally don't need a GPS in my Car so this seamed like a no-brainer to me; Unless it was thrown in, I didn't want it. The UVO voice command works well for me and I find no problems using the GUI to do what I need to do.
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    Nav and prem!!!! Compared to the overall cost of the vehicle....good investment!
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    I have the UVO and am left wandering what it's like to have nav... But it was the only thing around and I was tired of waiting. Get the nav.
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    Would have never bought the car without the nab package. Love the big screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shabadoo25 View Post
    Would have never bought the car without the nab package. Love the big screen.
    I do too, and I really like how it combines the climate controls as well...
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