2012 Kia Optima | new car review

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 by

The Optima is regarded as one of the best looking cars in the market today and we certainly don’t deny that. It was given a completely new face in 2010 and for the last two years the Optima has been pretty much the same with engine and transmission upgrades in 2011.

There really isn’t a huge difference between the 2010 and the car that was launched back in 2005. It’s a traditional mid-size sedan destined to compete against the likes of the Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6 and Nissan Altima amongst many others. It’s a pretty competitive sector of the market in the region.

There’s a choice of two engines, a 2-litre in the base variant and a 2.4-litre in the mid and top variants. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder musters up 162bhp and is connected to a 6-speed automatic that replaces the older 4-speed automatic. However, if you’re planning on using the Optima as a ship in which to traverse the length of the UAE in, then the more potent 2.4-litre inline-4. Kia abandoned the older 2.7-litre V6 for this new 2.4-litre mill from the Hyundai Sonata. This engine produces 180bhp and is paired with a 6-speed automatic with steering mounted paddle shifters.

Five can sit in relative comfort in the simply appointed cabin and there’s a decent sized boot for the family’s shopping. There’s a decent stereo fitted with inputs for MP3 players and CD support.

All variants get cruise control, steering mounted audio controls and telescopic steering as standard equipment. The top two variants get climate control as standard.

The base level trim gets one airbag, the mid level variant gets two airbags and the top level variant gets six airbags. ABS is standard in the mid and the top level variants.



2-litre: NA
2.4-litre: AED 63,000 – AED 90,000


2-litre inline-4
Max power:
162bhp at 6200rpm
Max torque: 198Nm at 4600rpm

2.4-litre inline-4
Max power:
180bhp at 6000rpm
Max torque: 229Nm at 4000rpm


6-speed automatic with paddle shifters

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