2008 Kia Optima | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

The Optima from Kia is one of the better examples of a mid-sized sedan offering. Once again, this European-flavoured car benefits from its Hyundai connection, but Kia have consciously stayed away from Hyundai’s styling influences and indeed the Optima sits on its platform all of its own. The styling is aimed at making the Optima look a bit more upmarket with the profile being more attuned to Western tastes. This endows the Optima with a maturity that was just not seen or felt before. ’s interior complements its smart exterior, although there’s not much to surprise or confuse the occupants. The overall quality of materials has improved significantly. The colour matches throughout the interior is reasonably good and the layout is just right with all controls within easy reach of the driver. From the accommodation point of view, the car is big enough to allow five adults to travel in comfort with most mod cons readily available. Seats are fairly comfortable and offer lateral support, especially at the rear. The 60/40 folding rear seat backrest increases the versatility of the Optima. The Optima is offered with a choice of two engines. The base being a 145bhp and 189Nm generating four-cylinder 2.0-litre, while the 2.7-litre V6 with 188hp and 250Nm should satisfy the requirements of customers seeking a bit more power. Both engines can be specified with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed auto. Passive safety features include adjustable headrest and six airbags including full-side curtain bags, while on the active safety front there is commonality with what’s available in the mid-size segment. The Optima comes in two trim levels: the economy-minded LX and the higher EX spec with more features and better materials. Till the Opirus came along, the Optima was Kia’s largest car offering. Providing a generous level of sophistication in its engine and  chassis, not to forget the interior as well, the Optima is competitively placed for its size and not just its price.

Technical Specifications
Engine2.0-litre 4-Cyl2.7-litre V6
Power145 Bhp188 Bhp
Torque189 Nm250 Nm
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 53,000 upto 73,000*

* 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.


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