Kia Optima

kia-optima-motability-car-frontThe Kia Optima is a four door Saloon or 5 door estate car, similar in size to the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat. The Optima was restyled and updated for 2016 by Kia’s Chief of Design, Peter Schreyer, who was a previous designer for Volkswagen Group, AG, working mainly with their Audi division of luxury cars. The Optima may be something of a rarity on British roads but it is an important car for Kia, particularly in the US where it sells in great numbers and has won ‘international car of the year’ in 2013 and 2016. The Optima is a handsome and generously equipped car offering excellent internal space that is at home on the Motorway eating up the miles. The boot space of 510 litres is more than the 486 litre Mazda 6 but the Passat and Mondeo have bigger load bays at 586 litres and 550 litres respectively.

 

kia-optima-motability-car-dashThe Optima has a well designed dashboard but the Kia doesn’t feel as ‘grown-up’ as the latest Skoda Superb, for example. Equipment on the entry level ‘2’ is generous; sat-nav, an option on all main rivals, comes as standard. It operates via a seven-inch display that doubles as a monitor for the car’s reversing camera, you also also get climate control, 17 inch alloys, cruise control, heated and folding door mirrors and electrical lumbar adjustment for the driver’s seat. In the Optima 3 the infotainment display is increased in size to eight inches, you also get part leather seats (heated in the front) with eight-way electrical adjustment for the driver, xenon headlights, 18 inch alloys and an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system.

 

 

kia-optima-motability-car-sideThe Optima, compared to the Mondeo that has 14, has only one engine for the UK market. The 1.7 litre diesel can produce 139 brake horse power and make it to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in a respectable 9.7 seconds as a 6 speed manual or in 10.6 as a 7 speed dual clutch automatic. Claimed fuel economy is an excellent 67.3 miles per gallon as an manual car and 64.2 mpg as an Automatic.

The Optima is a very easy car to like though the single engine choice will be frustrating for some. If you spend your time on dual carriageways and want comfort, space and a saloon car then you will not be disappointed. The Estate car (Sportswagon) is similarly priced.

Summer Best Buy – Kia Optima ‘2’ 1.7 litre 139bhp diesel Manual  –  £1499 Advance Payment  (£445 wpms) or £1999 (£945 wpms) as ‘3’

Summer Best Buy – Kia Optima ‘3’ 1.7 litre 139bhp diesel Automatic  –  £2499 Advance Payment  (£1445 wpms)