At last year’s Geneva Motor Show, Kia confirmed that their well-received Sportspace concept would enter production as the Optima Sportswagon. This piqued our interest for several reasons, not the least of which was how the thing looked. So has Kia's first attempt at a Mondeo-rivalling estate car been a success, or merely a case of style over substance?
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.
The new Kia Optima PHEV plug-in hybrid is available to order now, with prices starting from £31,495 after a £2,500 Government grant.
Watch our video review of the 2016 Kia Optima.
If you judged a car entirely by its sales figures, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Kia Optima was a bit of a clunker. In 2014, Kia UK shifted just 736 of the things, but if you look further afield to the US market, you'll discover last year's Optima was the brand's best-selling car, racking up nearly 160,000 units all by itself. So do the Yanks know something we don't?
Kia used the 2016 Geneva Motor Show to show off two new models - the Kia Niro and Optima Sportswagon - as well as announce their new plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The Kia Optima has received a number of upgrades aimed at improving quality, refinement and safety and will go on sale in the UK in early 2014.
Kia is recalling 25,192 vehicles sold in the UK for the replacement of a faulty brake light switch on a variety of cars built between 2006 and 2011. Vehicles affected include the Carens, Sedona, Sorento, Sportage, Soul and Optima.
Kia Motors has unveiled a refreshed version of its Optima saloon, a car that has proved a global hit for Kia since its launch exactly three years ago. A European launch is anticipated towards the start of 2014.
The Kia Optima, the all-new flagship saloon that is the latest model to be launched in Kia’s design-led product offensive, goes on sale in the UK from 1 February, priced from £19,595 on-the-road
The all-new Optima Hybrid saloon makes its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, raising Kia’s environmental credentials to a new level