Kia Optima offers good looks and solid warranty
The new Kia Optima offers an eye-catching appearance as well as generous equipment levels, economical engine and a seven-year Car Warranty. The Korean brand has made massive advances over the course of the last few years and the Optima could be seen as the final piece of the puzzle for the company in the United Kingdom, now offering real contenders for consumers' hard earned money in pretty much every major sector of the market.
The 1.7-litre CRDi with a bhp rating of 134 in "2 Tech" specification comes with a very impressive engine as well as plenty of kit for the money. It also comes in what is perhaps best called the Mondeo class - or the D-segment, as it is more technically referred to, which includes vehicles such as the likes of the Vauxhall Insignia, Mazda6, Skoda Superb, Toyota Avensis and the Peugeot 508.
The Optima is available only as a saloon, making its closest competitor arguably the Hyundai i40, although that is primarily being marketed as an estate (despite a saloon version being available). Hyundai is, of course, the parent company of Kia, though whatever their similarities, underneath the skin the two cars are far from identical.
There are many reasons why people would consider buying Optima - including the value and the car warranty, as well as the immediate sense that this is obviously an automobile that has been well constructed and thoughtfully laid out.
Author - Michael Barclay
published: 26/03/2012 14:00:00