2008 Kia Opirus | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

Launched as an all-new
nameplate in 2004, the Opirus has been the mainstay of Kia’s luxury
mid-sized sedan aspirations ever since. The current version has
surprised even the staunch critic by its roominess and exceptional
levels of comfort. Without doubt, Kia’s first big luxury car
possesses all the trimmings that classify it as such.

For , the Opirus has
received a minor facelift and new engines. The new grille is unique
for the Middle East and the rear lamps are now vertical and placed at
the corners.

While the exterior is a
big jumble of juxtapositioning of European and American cues, it is
on the inside that the true character of this car comes to the fore.
Luxury cues abound inside the , and the instrument panel
and dashboard could have come from a number of more costly cars. The
wood grain trim on the dash and centre console looks good and it’s
not overdone – applied sparingly where it adds elegance, not just
slapped on any and every place glue can hold it in.

Leather upholstery is
standard along with an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat,
power windows and mirrors, a dash-mounted trip computer monitor and a
premium stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer, sunroof and
dual-zone climate control. Likewise, in fit and finish, the Opirus is
the best yet from South Korea with build quality close to that from
Japan’s finest.

The 3.5-litre V6 is the
engine available on the Opirus. It produces 200bhp and 298Nm of
torque with power sent to the front wheels via a five-speed automatic
transmission with a Sportmatic semi-manual feature. Safety features
include dual advanced frontal airbags and antilock brakes along with
ESP and traction control.

The Opirus truly astounds
with its interior features. The level of luxury could really put to
shame some cars costing double its price. Now that in itself says a
lot of the strides made by Kia through the years as it strive to join
the band of luxury car makers.

Technical Specifications
Engine3.5-litre V6
Power200 Bhp
Torque298 Nm
TransmissionAutomatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 70,000 upto 98,000*

 

 

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Hyundai Azera
Ford Five Hundred
Mercury Montego
Peugeot 607
Skoda Superb
Subaru Legacy
Toyota Avalon

 

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