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 a 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 £450 more than the saloon 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  –  £1049 Advance Payment (£68.35 + £209.09 wpms) or £1549 (£436.84 wpms) as ‘3’

Autumn Best Buy – Kia Optima ‘3’ 1.6 litre 134bhp diesel Automatic  –  £2049 Advance Payment (£936.85 wpms)