2009 Kia Opirus | new car review
Ten years ago you probably wouldn’t really have found yourself using the words ‘luxury’ and ‘Kia’ in the same sentence.
Thanks to the Opirus – introduced in 2003 – luxury in a Kia no longer means electric windows and bad plastic ‘wood’ – it now means soft leather, electric everything, and maybe, if you’re really lucky it could mean a fairly peppy engine, too.
You may find yourself looking nearly as surprised as the friendly front end of the car itself when I tell you that it is indeed Kia of South Korea that build this spec’d-up, big and comfortable car and offer it to you for significantly less than something of equivalent spec from the world’s big brands.
Ok, so you’ve probably guessed by looking at the pictures that the big Kia isn’t that big on style and panache, but there is a nice interior to help while away your travelling time.
That ‘surprised’ look of the front end comes mainly from the large and circular headlights taking up most of the Opirus’ facial area, while the extra set of smaller, also round headlights and the large, gapping front grille, don’t exactly make the car look mean either.
First glances at this friendly front end can tend to remind you of a midsize Mercedes-Benz from some forgotten 1980s era, but by the same token, you could also say that the Kia Opirus pulls-off a little bit of the ‘bling bling’ look, so well done to Kia for that.
At the end of the day it’s also quite good fun pointing out to your friends the multitude of different ‘inspirational cues’ from different international models there are to be found in the Opirus. Or you could just forget all the obvious exterior faux-pas, and enjoy that comfy interior.
There is a good amount of space inside this overgrown midsize saloon, and in keeping with a company’s flagship model, the Opirus comes with a liberal sprinkling of standard features. But, as usual with most manufacturers, if you want to go the whole-hog you’ll have to get friendly with the options list.
Mod-cons include a radio cassette player with MP3 connectivity and eight speakers, leather seating areas and surfaces, power-adjustable driver seat with electric lumbar support, power passenger seat, power-assisted steering, keyless entry system with power door locks, auto lighting control system, wood-effect surfaces, front fog lamps, electric windows, electric door mirrors, a multi-function steering wheel and automatic air-conditioning with independent controls for the passengers. Behind the 17-inch alloy wheels are ABS disc brakes and inside can be found front and side airbags and an active head restraint system.
It’s all about the comfort and space inside the Kia Opirus, and to lure you away from the slightly confused-looking exterior styling are a wealth of high-spec goodies and refinements, and it is after all, inside the car where you will be spending most of your time.
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Price Range (AED) 70,000–98,000