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; 17 inch alloy wheels, electronic parking brake,  7 inch Touchscreen with sat nav, reversing camera, dual automatic air conditioning, front & rear parking sensors and rear USB ports.  In the Optima 3 the infotainment display is increased in size to eight inches and the alloys to 18 inches, you also get fake leather seats heated in the front and a heated steering wheel, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat and and an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system.

 

kia-optima-motability-car-sideThe Optima has only one engine for the UK market. The 1.6 litre diesel can produce 134 brake horse power and make it to 62 miles per hour from a standstill in a respectable 10.6 seconds as a 6 speed manual or in 11.2 as a 7 speed dual clutch automatic. Claimed fuel economy is an excellent 61.4 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 and is also avaialble in sporty GT-Line as an automatic at £3749 Advance Payment.

 Autumn Best Buy – Kia Optima ‘2’ 1.6 litre 134bhp diesel Manual  –  £1499 Advance Payment  (£414 wpms) or £1999 (£914 wpms) as ‘3’

 Autumn Best Buy – Kia Optima ‘3’ 1.7 litre 139bhp diesel Automatic  –  £2499 Advance Payment  (£1414 wpms)

 

Kia Optima PHEV

Kia Optima Plugin Hybrid

Powered by a (non turbo) 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 154bhp and a 67bhp electric motor that can run on its own or with the combustion unit to deliver a total of 202bhp and 375Nm of torque resulting in a 0-62mph time of 9.1 seconds. The Electric only range is a claimed 33 miles and you have the advantage of a dual clutch six-speed automatic gearbox not a CVT as in the Outlander and Prius. The batteries eat into the Optima’s otherwise practical package. They reduce the boot capacity to a mere 307 litres, about the same as a Ford fiesta. Sitting at the top-of-range, equipment levels are high, so you get an around-view camera display, front and rear parking sensors, faux leather interior, LED lights all around, heated front seats and steering wheel, climate control, eight-inch touchscreen, sat-nav,  Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

 Autumn Best Buy – Kia Optima 2.0 litre petrol Plugin Hybrid  Automatic  –  £3749 Advance Payment (£2664 wpms)