Kia’s new saloon is quite a surprise to the UK market as it is renowned for specialising in small cars with the likes of the Rio and Picanto models.
But the new Optima is expected to give the current saloon market competition with its impressive emissions and luxurious qualities and provide an alternative to the likes of the Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo.
The Optima offers a 1.7-litre turbodiesel with a power output of 134hp, the only engine in the Optima range. This new engine emits just 128g/km and returns 57.6mpg. Alongside this new engine will also be the availability of both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.
When it comes to being a saloon, things like interior space and luxury are most important. The Optima doesn’t disappoint here with plenty of leg and head room, a 505-litre boot and cockpit like cabin. The seats for the Optima split 60:40 so that they fold flat, meaning longer objects can be transported, which is always useful for a business car.
The Optima comes with three available trim levels called the Optima 1, Optima 2 and Optima 3. However standard features of the entry level Optima 1 trim level are generous enough and include cruise control, a leather steering wheel and air conditioning.
In terms of BIK tax the Optima ranges from both an 18 per cent tax rate and a 24 per cent tax rate, depending on which trim level you choose. With the 18 per cent tax rate the Kia Optima costs just £19,595 on the road.
The Kia Optima is on sale from 1 February 2012 starts from £19,595. Kia vehicles are available from Perry’s Burnley, Preston and Rotherham dealerships.