Kia Optima – A medium sized car with big style

Those of you who know this program well would be aware that I am a strong fan of the Kia Optima.  It’s classified as a medium sized car and you get a lot for your money.

It looks good.

It has a slopping sedan back not like a hatch back which is almost a station wagon but a lovely long slopping shape that flows along the car.  A distinctive style

Does it have the other necessary qualities to go with its looks – let’s ask Brent Davison from the Newcastle Herald and the Illawarra Mercury.


  • It was released in 2011 but it looks haven’t dated – there is a few things different
  • It’s a big car from the side it looks like a limousine – big boot
  • Looks are good
  • Australianised the handling
  • Inside, less chrome more satin metallic finishes
  • The instrument layout simple white-on-black treatment for the dials, switches and digital readouts.
  • Engine – Not huge but adequate In-line 4 cyl. DOHC GDI1  D-CVVT2 16 valve
    • Capacity (cc) 2,359
    • Max power (kW @ rpm) 148 @ 6,300
    • Max torque (Nm @ rpm) 250 @ 4,250


Base Model – Si

  • Hill start assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors with dash display
  • Rear view camera with mirror display & parking guidelines
  • Cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls
  • Auto only



  • LED daytime running light (DRL)
  • Static cornering lamps
  • Leather trim seats†
  • 8-way power driver’s seat
  • Satellite navigation multimedia system with traffic information (SUNA™)



  • Blind Spot Detection
  • RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert)
  • Smart key with push button start
  • 4-way power front passenger’s seat
  • Premium exterior highlights (unique grille mesh, lower air intake, rear diffuser)
  • Panoramic sunroof (powered)

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