2007 Kia Opirus | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

Introduced to the region in 2003, the Opirus is Kia’s offering in the luxury segment. Also called ‘Amanti’ in certain markets, the Opirus competes with the likes of Toyota Avalon, Nissan’s Maxima , as well as the higher trend lines of popular mainstream sedans like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Kia markets its Opirus to budget-conscious individuals who desire some premium features at a comparatively lesser price.

It is sold in a single trim level and shares some components with its now-defunct corporate cousin, the Hyundai XG Grandeur, including its 3.5-litre V6 engine. It’s smooth and quiet out on the road with the engine delivering adequate performance. The V6 is coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission with a Sportmatic semi-manual feature delivering power to the front wheels.

As with many cars coming from Korea, the styling of the Opirus is in many ways strange with lots of chrome overkill. The front is dominated by its prominent grille. The conflict between the grille’s trapezoidal shape and the headlights’ elliptical outlines only seems to emphasise the grille’s dominance of the car’s fascia. Eye-like taillights wrap around the rear fenders to each side and bracket a chrome-framed license plate recess in the vertical face of the trunk lid. At night, the juxtaposition of the red taillights and backlighted license plate paints an especially striking picture.

While the exterior is a big jumble of coincidence, it is the inside that shows the true character of this car. Luxury cues abound inside with the instrument panel and dashboard looking as though they could have come from a number of more costly cars. There is a more than a hint of an American look to the interior design, with a heavy, eyelid-like hood running the width of the car.

Body TypeSedan
Price (in AED)75,000-92,000
Engine Size (litre)3.5
Power (bhp)200
Torque (Nm)295
Transmission5A

Also look at: Nissan Maxima, Hyundai Azera

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