2009 Kia Optima | new car review

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 by

What was once at the top of the model range; the Optima, is now second in command, after the Opirus.

Perhaps Kia used their ‘biggest-sounding car name’ a bit early on in proceedings, for surely the Opirus should be called the Optima? But hey, never mind. The really good thing to come out of all of this is that the Optima’s ex-flagship status has left it with a nice spec and a bigger engine option.

The midsize sedan market is a busy and crowded place, but there are many ways to standout in that crowd. Where some manufacturers will try to look cutting-edge and fluent in design, the will simply wow you with its incredible low price and high specification level.

Again, picking-up much of its styling from international influences, such as Japan, the Optima still somehow manages to be even more bland than some of the already very uninspiring cars, also in this midsize segment. Still, on the flipside there is a solid, familiar and workmanlike look to this car that will reassure the end users.

2009 Kia Optima

The real aim of the Optima is, after all, to deliver five adults, plus their luggage to their next destination in relevantly high levels of comfort and ease, but at a price that the less badge conscious customers out there will find attractive. For your basic spend you get some decent features and if you spend a little more you can really enjoy life.

Standard kit can include air-conditioning, a radio cassette player with CD and MP3 capability and connectivity, a multi-function steering wheel, keyless entry system with power locks, cloth seating areas (with options for leather seats), power door mirrors, power windows, front fog lamps, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, ABS (anti-lock) brakes and dual front safety airbags.



2009 Kia Optima

There are two engine choices to look at with the Optima; a cheap to run but slow to drive two-litre, four-cylinder motor, or a more powerful and faster 2.7-litre V6 motor. At 145bhp and 189Nm of torque, the two-litre unit will struggle to get the fairly large Optima moving at any really decent rate, so faster drivers will look to the 188bhp V6 for their weekend fun. Power is sent to the front wheels in both instances, but there is a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes with either of the engines.

Again, taking into account that the price if very much right within the Kia range, more and more buyers are starting to ignore the overly soft styling, but instead looking deeper into the heart of the cars and taking a long look at the spec lists.

2009 Kia Optima


Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Saloon 2.0 145 189 5M / 4A
2.7 188 250 5M / 4A

Price Range (AED) 53,000–73,000


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