Test drive Kia Optima


Kia Optima managed to win its audience in many countries of the world. It is a large family sedan with a sporty character. This model has transformed the image of the brand. The car successfully competes with the Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry, but the main tool in the battle for the customer is the constant update, which took place again in 2020. So what does the new Kia Optima promise us?

Car design

Test drive Kia Optima

What is a facelift? Modification of the front grille, headlights and bumpers. The front xenon headlights were replaced by LED optics. The three-section fog lights have moved to the side air intakes that cool the brakes. Based on the shape of the front grille and headlights, it seems that the designers were inspired by the Toyota Camry 55.

Smooth lines flow along the body, passing to the trunk lid. Despite the fact that this is a full-fledged sedan, the bodywork is similar to the Gran turismo. Chrome stripes adorn the gutters and the lower part of the doors. Underline the sporty character of 18-radius alloy wheels with low-profile tires.

The rear of the body with long LED lights that extend from the fenders. The rear bumper has a black plastic lip and chrome tailpipe trims shine on the sides.

Dimensions (L / W / H): 4855x1860x1485mm.

How does the car go?

Test drive Kia Optima

The new generation Optima leaves a pleasant aftertaste after a long ride. The suspension is incredibly soft, “swallows” irregularities of any nature, and at high speeds, optimal stability is noted. It is noteworthy that the suspension has received new settings, especially for domestic roads, where you constantly have to overcome pits and waves.

The level of sound insulation falls short of business class norms, although this is a problem for even more expensive premium cars.

But for those who appreciate the sporty nature of the suspension, love to fly on turns - you need a sports car, although the Kia Optima has sporting habits, comfort is above all.

Regarding the driving modes: there are “Sport” and “Comfort” modes, and the latter turned out to be more organic. The Sport mode turned out to be tough, with characteristic jerks when shifting gears. This proves once again that the new Optima is more comfortable than sporty.


Test drive Kia Optima

Engine2.0 petrol2.0 petrol2.4 petrol
Fuel systemdistributed injectiondirect injectiondirect injection
Turbine availability-+-
Fuel typeA-95A-98A-95
Fuel tank volume (l)70similarlysimilarly
Power (hp)150245188
Maximum speed205240210
Acceleration to 100 / h (sec)
Checkpoint type6-MKPP6-speed automatic6-speed automatic
Drive unitfrontsimilarlysimilarly
Front suspensionIndependent McPhersonsimilarlysimilarly
Rear suspensionMulti-linksimilarlysimilarly
Front / rear brakesVentilated discs / discssimilarlysimilarly
Curb weight (kg)153015651575
Gross weight (kg)200021202050

As you can see, “Optima” decided not to deprive the engine with distributed injection and manual transmission, and this distinguishes the Korean from competitors. For lovers of high-speed driving on the highway, it is better to choose a car with a turbocharged engine. An intermediate version with automatic transmission and a 2.4 GDI gasoline unit is the most optimal version of the car.


Test drive Kia Optima


In the cabin, there are few changes: they added chrome around the dashboard, engine start buttons, changed the shape of the buttons on the steering wheel and added a new trim color - dark brown. But the most pleasant novelty is expected in the evening - the contour illumination of the armrests and the dashboard, and the color can be chosen independently or the color can be tied to the driving mode.

In the fourth generation of the model, the quality of finishing materials has significantly increased, possibly new assembly technologies have been applied. The plastic has become softer, more pleasant to the touch. Leather seats "hug" the driver and passengers, which is especially necessary on long journeys or on tight bends. The front seats are adjustable in 6 ranges. On the way, there is a good view around; 360 ° cameras are installed in the side mirrors.

The media system has also been updated. It is presented in two versions: with a 7 and 8 inch touch screen. The system integrates with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and also features premium sound quality, for which the “acoustics” of Harman / Kardon are responsible. Conveniently located USB, AUX and 12-volt charging sockets, which allows you to connect to the slots without distraction from driving.

Fuel consumption

Engine2.02.0 GDI2.4 GDI
City (l)10.412.512
Track (L)
Mixed cycle (l)

Maintenance cost

Table of the cost of maintaining Kia Optima with two engine options. Average annual mileage is 15 km. Version with 000 manual transmission engine:

1 year2 year3 year4 year5 year
Fuel800$800$800 $$800$800$

In just 5 years of operation: $ 5615

Version with 2.4 GDI engine automatic transmission:

1 year2 year3 year4 year5 year

In just 5 years of operation: 5760

Prices for Kia Optima

Test drive Kia Optima

The starting price for the Optima in the minimum Classic trim level with a 2-liter engine is $ 18100. This includes:

  • safety (front Airbags, curtain airbags,) ESC, ESS;
  • comfort (power windows 4 doors), cruise control, light sensor, Supervision dashboard, air conditioning, multimedia system.

The $ 19950 Comfort package includes (optional) heated all seats, electric heated mirrors, heated steering wheel, paddle shifters.

Luxe trim from $ 19500 includes (optional) seat memory, light sensor, button start engine (key card), automatic parking brake, LED headlights, Apple CarPlay and / or Android Auto support.

Prestige grade from $ 23900: headlight washer, climate control, adaptive cruise control, 360 camera, contactless trunk opening, driver's knee airbag, braking assist system (BAS), Hands free.


Kia Optima 4th generation is a great car for domestic roads. Thanks to the soft suspension, comfortable interior and many useful options, every trip is a small holiday for the driver and passengers.



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