With buyers being offered a choice between three engines and three seat covers, the 2016 Optima adds its style to a model package that is designed to succeed. All 2016 versions are front-wheel-drive with the option of 2-auto transmissions. Functional air ducts for cooling the braking system, have replaced the traditional fog lamps. Starting from the inside out, the driver has the advantage of two control facilities, a change from the usual clustered array within a centralized area. The 2016 Optima offers instead, a horizontal upper display area with the gauges and the infotainment screen center. This is angled at 8.5 degrees for driver convenience. Located beneath is the main control deck, with the necessary activators for such as audio, navigation and climatic conditions.
To conform to multi-choice options, the 2016 Kia Optima provides buyers with the option of three seating covers, from the base LX models “YES Essentials” cloth, the EX models, black or light grey leather, with dark wood trim and the SX version, with black leather and red stitching. If you decide on the SXL, you can relax in quilted Nappa leather!
The 2016 Optima offers three engines and two automatics, but no manual transmissions, with all front-drive. The well established 2.4 litre direct injection inline four-cylinder is related to the LX and mid-trim EX models. It generates 85 hp with 178 lb/-ft of torque and is combined with a six-speed automatic with a Sportmatic sequential manual transmission. It provides a fuel efficiency rating of 9.4 L/100 km in city driving and 6.1 L/100 km in highway driving.
Powering the 2016 Kia Optima SX and SXL models are the 2.0 litre direct injection turbo four-cylinder, generating 245 horsepower with 260 lb-ft torque. This will give you a fuel efficiency rating of 10.9/7.4L per 100 km. Then there is an original 1.6 litre turbo inline four-cylinder generating 178 horsepower with 195 lb-ft torque. This is combined with a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission with Sportmatic, which will give you a fuel ratio of 8.4/6.1L per 100 km.
Making the difference
It is in general recognized that Turbocharged engines require premium fuel, but not the 2016 Kia Optima, and to the extent that premium is not recommended!
All Optima models have Drive Mode Select as standard, which allows you to flip between Sport, Eco and Normal by the touch of a button located just behind the shift. This further enhances the advantages provided by a slightly wider track of 30 mm and a longer wheelbase of 10 mm, adding greater differences between the Optima and its market competitors.
The results of studies conducted by Kia revealed that Canadian intermediate buyers in general, rated in order; value, fuel economy and reliability as purchase priority influencers. However, regarding the Optima, 10 percent prioritized in order, value, exterior styling, and warranty!