The next plank in Kia's design revolution is finally upon us with the arrival of the very swish-looking Optima family sedan. Because of the model's popularity overseas, here in Australia the Optima is currently only offered in one high-grade specification, with options limited to colour choices.
Standard fittings include dual-zone climate control air-con, keyless entry and start, fake wood, leather interior, cruise control, alloy pedals, a chilled glove box, automatic xenon headlights, three-piece panoramic sunroof, reversing camera, 18-inch alloys, and LED running lights and tail-lights.
Both front seats feature heating and electric adjustment, but only the driver's side benefits from ventilation and two memory settings. The audio system features an Infinity headunit, seven speakers, CD, radio, steering wheel controls, subwoofer, USB slot, iPod/iPhone connectivity and Bluetooth hands-free. The one big omission, in our opinion, is satellite navigation.
Under the bonnet is a 2.4-litre direct-injection engine with 148kW of power and 250Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a standard six-speed auto and can propel the Optima from zero to 100km/h in nine seconds. In official testing the Optima drinks 7.9L/100km on the combined city/highway cycle.
The Optima Platinum is on sale now for AU$36,990 after GST, but before dealer and statutory charges. Hybrid and turbo versions could arrive later into the model's life.