Buyers will have a choice of three engines – a 1.7-litre diesel with 139hp or two 2.0-litre petrol engines with either 160hp or 242hp. Sending power to the front wheels will be either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox for the basic petrol, and a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic for the diesel. The more powerful petrol engine will only be sold with the six speed automatic.
Cargo capacity is 553-litres, a little less than the Passat Estate’s 586-litres but 48 more than the Optima saloon. The Sportswagon’s rear seats can also be folded down to increase cargo room.
When it arrives, it will be one of the first Kias to feature Android Auto (for Android 5.0 and higher) and Apple CarPlay for iPhone 5 or newer. Both systems offer voice control allowing the driver to control the car’s systems while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
The new car will be available with driver assistance technologies including adaptive cruise control to maintain a safe distance from the car in front, automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist to help you stay within the lane markings. It will also feature blind spot detection and cross traffic alert which warns you of oncoming cars when you back out of a parking space. Finally, the instrument cluster will warn you of the speed limit.
The Optima Sportswagon will go on sale at the end of 2016 with prices likely to be around £23,000 for the base model. Like all new Kias, it’ll come as standard with the company’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
Kia Optima Sportswagon spy shots (updated January 2016)
The new Kia Optima Sportswagon estate will go on sale in the UK in late 2016 rivalling the Volkswagen Passat Estate, Ford Mondeo Estate, Hyundai i40 Tourer and Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer. Images courtesy of motor1.com reveal little thanks to its heavy cladding but definitely show the sloping roofline typical of modern estate cars.
Kia Optima Sportswagon styling
The styling will be influenced by the Sportspace concept revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. We expect a sloping roofline, unique taillight design and the firm’s latest signature ‘tiger’ grille design. The extended roofline should provide better headroom for rear passengers over the existing saloon variant. The angular rear windscreen could mean Kia has worked more on looks rather than sheer boot volume.
Kia Optima Sportswagon driving and engines
Like the Optima saloon, the 139hp 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine is expected to be offered with a choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox. A 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol producing around 250hp is expected later along with a plug-in hybrid variant.
The latter is expected to mate a 154hp 2.0-litre petrol with an electric motor producing 51hp for a total output of 202hp and is claimed to return nearly 119mpg on average. Mated to a six-speed automatic, the battery pack should propel the Kia in pure electric mode for 27 miles and, with the engine and motor working together, a sub-100g/km CO2 emissions rating is projected.
Kia Optima Sportswagon price
Prices for the Optima Sportswagon estate could be around £1,500 higher than those for the saloon. Considering the prices aren’t expected to change much for the new version, entry level Sportswagons could cost around £22,000 rising to £30,000 for top-spec versions.
Kia Optima Sportswagon release date
The car is due on sale in late 2016. Order books will open slightly before then so check back for updates.
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