Kia Tackles Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)

November 7th, 2016 by

Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) is caused by the both contact between car components and between tires and the road. It can have a significant impact on driving comfort and pleasure.


Kia is focused on developing technologies to minimize NVH by reducing abrasive noise and maximizing pleasant sounds through Active Noise Control and Active Sound Design. The engine is one of the major sources of noise in a car. Kia has focused on improving engine mounting systems to reduce noise and vibration. In addition, it has installed sound-absorbing carpets to muffle road noise from tires. Refinements to external features such as side view mirrors reduce wind noise

Preventing unwelcome noises and distractions is only one part of the solution.  Kia engineers are working to create pleasing sounds for turn indicators, alerts and even opening and closing doors. Customers are even able to customize some sounds to personalize their driving experience. In addition, Kia has partnered with Harmon Kardon, to develop a premium audio system that delivers a high-resolution sound system.

Kia’s NVH technology reduces the stresses of everyday driving and improves the driving experience.