New Kia Optima: five things you need to know

Full details about the all-new Kia Optima have been released. While the looks and engine range might seem similar to the outgoing model, Kia has made a host of changes to help this model take on the latest Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat.

Here are five things you need to know about the new model. If you can’t wait until this car’s release at the end of this year, Kia dealers will be offering discounts on the outgoing model so see how much you could save by choosing your ideal Kia Optima in our car configurator.

More interior space and improved materials

Head- and Legroom for all occupants has improved thanks to the car being 25mm wider and 10mm taller than the outgoing model. Knee room has also been improved thanks to reshaped seats. Boot space gets a modest increase from 505 to 510 litres.

Kia used more luxurious cabin materials for the new model including new soft-touch plastics, more metallic and gloss trim. There are now fewer buttons in the cabin to improve ease of use with more functions being controlled from the infotainment system.

Enhanced safety

Thanks to being built from extra strong steel, the new Optima’s frame is 50% more rigid, making it safer than before. Optional safety features include autonomous braking, auto-dipping headlights, blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assistance.

Plenty of technology as standard

Kia has included plenty of tech as standard including a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, DAB radio, USB input and Bluetooth. What’s more, a glass panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable front seats and cruise control come as standard.

Upgraded diesel engine

The engine choices remain the same, but the more popular diesel engine has been extensively updated. The 1.7-litre, 139hp unit now returns 64.2mpg when mated to Kia’s new double-clutch automatic gearbox and emits 25 per cent less CO2 compared to the old auto model. With a manual, it averages 67.3mpg

The new model is also available with the same 2.0-litre petrol engine as the old model. It develops 161hp, can return a claimed 38.2mpg and, with the manual ‘box, is the fastest model in the range, hitting 62mph from rest in 9.4 seconds.

Useful optional extras

A tempting optional feature on the Optima is a wireless phone charger, which allows the driver to place their mobile device on a pad in the centre console and replenish its battery. If they’ve left their device on display, an alarm will sound when the driver gets out of the car.

Another handy optional feature is all-round parking cameras, which give a 360-degree view of the area to make even the tightest of spaces much more accessible.

What next?

Read our full comparison of the new Kia Optima against its predecessor to discover what’s changed. To see our best discounts, head over to our deals page or, if you’re still struggling to pick your next car, check out our car chooser.

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