KIA is known for making quite good looking SUVs and stylish super minis, but succeeding in the saloon market in Europe has evaded them an they are hoping to change all that with the new KIA Optima.
It looks great from the exterior, with its strong lines and that distinctive KIA nose helping it to stand out, but things do take a bit of a nose dive once you get inside , it looks solid, well built, it has a great adjustment for the seats and the steering wheel , but it is just a very uninspiring place to be, it feels outdated and it is dominated by black.
The amount of equipment you get with the car compensates for the not too stylish interior,KIA has labeled the trim levels on their cars from 1 to 4. Entry level on the Optima is a 2 and it comes with 17 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning , a 7 inch touch screen sat Nav, electronic stability control, hill starter systems, Bluetooth connection and daylight LED lights.
It also has lots of practical storage areas, but the bins and cup holders are a little bit small .When it comes to space both front and back seat passengers have lots of it, there is lots of leg and head room in the back, you also get 2 ISOFIX child seat points , and a couple of storage areas on the back of the seats, and the booth is a good size too.
Out on the road it is a fairly relaxing and comfortable drive, the Optima’s steering feels slightly vague, which makes it hard to place the car with confidence on the road. The recently updated suspension does a good job of isolating you from potholes and broken tarmac, but it causes the Optima to lean too much when cornering quickly.
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