The eagerly-awaited (at least by us) new Kia Optima Sportswagon is set to go on sale in the UK from 15th September, with prices starting from £22,295.

Designed in and for Europe, the Optima Sportswagon was previewed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show by the well-received Sportspace concept, and the company has worked hard to ensure the final production version remains faithful to the original vision.

The Sportswagon is actually the same length as the saloon at 4,855mm, although the addition of roof rails give it an extra 5mm in height.

Cargo space starts at a useful 552 litres, rising to 1,686 litres with the rear seats folded, which they do in a 40:20:40 split.

The boot aperture features a low load-lip, while we particularly like the sound of the Smart Power Tailgate on top-spec models that automatically opens the tailgate when the key comes into close proximity for more than three seconds.

To start with, it will be offered only with the company’s 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine with 139hp and 340Nm of torque, although a performance GT model will follow in early 2017.

The diesel is no slouch, though – manual models accelerate to 60mph in 9.8 seconds, while seven-speed DCT models achieve the same sprint in 10.7 seconds.  Top speed is 124 mph.

Spring and damper rates have been tuned specifically for the Sportswagon to take its load-carrying nature into account.

Three trim levels are available – 2, 3 and GT-Line S – with all models benefiting from satnav with European mapping, reversing camera, front and rear USB ports, dual-zone climate control, DAB digital radio, and a host of electronic safety and driver aids.

Grade 3 upgrades the satnav touch-screen from 7 to 8 inches, and adds a Harmon/Kardon sound system, eight-way electric memory driver’s seat, heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, and other gadgets.

GT-Line S models go on to add a wireless phone charger, 360-degree around-view monitor, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, smart power tailgate, black leather seats, LED headlights and cornering lights, sportier 18-inch alloy wheels, ventilated leather seats, alloy pedals, stainless scuff plates, ambient lighting, and more.

All models will feature both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, although the later won’t be available on the initial production models.

Prices start at £22,295 for the Sportswagon 2, rising to £30,595 for the GT-Line S with 7DCT.

ModelPower bhpTorque Nm0–60 secMax speed mphAverage mpgC02 g/km
1.7 CRDi ‘2’1393409.812464.2113
1.7 CRDi ‘3’1393409.812464.2113
1.7 CRDi ‘3’ 7DCT13934010.712461.4120
1.7 CRDi ‘GT-Line S’ 7DCT13934010.712461.4120

Pricing

ModelPrice
1.7 CRDi ‘2’£22,295
1.7 CRDi ‘3’£24,495
1.7 CRDi ‘3’ 7DCT£25,895
1.7 CRDi ‘GT-Line S’ 7DCT£30,595