The revised Kia Optima saloon and Sportswagon estate are on sale now, with prices starting from £22,260 for the saloon, £23,100 for the Sportswagon, and £33,350 for the GT.
Across the range, the Optima has received new front bumpers, a revised ‘tiger nose’ grille, revised headlights and fog lights, and new alloy wheel designs, among other tweaks.
Inside, there’s a new steering wheel design and additional satin chrome trim, while GT-Line S models benefit from ambient lighting in a choice of colours.
Gadgetry starts with the touch-screen infotainment system with TomTom connected services, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and continues with goodies such as the 360-degree parking camera, 490W Harmon/Kardon hifi, wireless phone charger, multiple USB charging points, electric tailgate for the Sportswagon, and a whole slew of electro-safety gubbins from lane keeping to high beam assist.
Under the bonnet, there’s a new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel producing 134hp and 320Nm of torque, boasting economy of up to 64.2mpg and emissions from 117 g/km.
Transmissions are six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT dual-clutch auto.
Optima Sportswagon GT
However, the most appealing news is the launch of the long-awaited Sportswagon GT.
Power comes from the same 2.0-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine as the Kia Stinger, mated to a six-speed automatic. In the Sportswagon GT, its 241hp and 353Nm of torque equates to a 0-60mph time of 7.3 seconds and a 144mph top speed.
In common with the Stinger, the Sportswagon GT’s chassis has been developed by Albert Biermann’s team, and they’ve elected to use the same electronically-controlled set-up together with uprated brakes (larger by 30mm) and recalibrated steering.
The GT also receives its own styling treatment with five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, black mirrors, side sills and grille, plus chrome dual exhausts and a rear diffuser.
Inside, there are red leather sports seats with black bolsters, red stitching and GT logos, aluminium pedals, D-shaped leather steering wheel with red stitching, and a unique instrument cluster complete with boost gauge.
Sounds pretty enticing to us.
New Optima and Optima Sportswagon UK pricing
|Saloon ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG||£22,260|
|Saloon ‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG||£24,260|
|Saloon ‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG||£25,700|
|Sportswagon ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG||£23,100|
|Sportswagon ‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG||£25,300|
|Sportswagon ‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG||£26,700|
|Sportswagon ‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG||£31,400|
|Sportswagon ‘GT’ 2.0 T-GDi 6-speed automatic||£33,350|