Optima: Spacious, Family-Friendly Sedan


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Kia Optima


The Kia Optima is a mid-sized sedan which is perfect for families or drivers who need a bit more space. A generous range of features and excellent on the road performance make this a top pick.

Kia Optima: A Midsize Sedan Which Offers Style and Practicality


The Kia Optima is a sedan which is perfect for drivers looking for a medium-sized car that performs well without sacrificing a touch of luxury.

Drivers will have a choice of engines with Kia offering gas, diesel and also a hybrid engine too. The latter uses power intelligently, pulling on the gas and electricity for more demanding driving such as uphill or rapid acceleration. At lower speeds the electric engine can be used in isolation, providing top-notch fuel economy and also noise reduction.

If you opt for one of the more traditional engines, you’ll be able to pick from either a 1.7 or 2.0 litre for the gas, with the diesel available in the 1.7 only. Fuel economy is around 6.0 L/100km for city driving and 5.1 L/100km for highway with 192 of horsepower.

Combining Luxury and Function


Inside the vehicle, you’ll find that it has an abundance of space, having plenty of legroom in both the front and the back. The trunk has plenty of room for storage which can be extended further by dropping the rear seats. The hybrid engine offers slightly less because of the need to accommodate the battery.

The cabin offers plenty of practicality and luxury with functional features such as deep pockets and wells, plus multi-way adjustable seating with lumbar supports. Leather trim, heated and air-cooled front seats and dual-zone climate control make the interior comfortable. There are driver aids too with cruise control, remote keyless entry, steering wheel audio controls and an automatic defog system.

Scoring Well for Safety


When it comes to safety, drivers will be reassured to hear that the Optima performed well in testing, becoming nominated as a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To qualify for this award, a car needs to score highly on a number of different safety aspects including front, roof, side and head restraints.

If you look through the list of safety features available on the Optima, it’s not difficult to see why it scored so well as it’s generously fitted. However, the exact specification will depend on the trim you select. Some of the safety features available include electronic stability control, hill assist control, tire pressure monitoring system, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, ABS, rear view camera and parking sensors. Protection is offered via front, side and curtain airbags with an additional knee airbag for the driver.

The Kia Optima is a real contender in the crowded market of midsize sedans with a well-equipped trim that both drivers and passengers will really appreciate.