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Our Fleet Test Drive: Kia Optima - 10th Report

Date: 25 July 2012   |   Author: Guy Bird

Phone

My last report's comparison with the Peugeot 508 showed how close the two brands are, but also how it's the little details that make me glad to return to the Optima. Case in point, an irritating thing about the 508 is the lack of handy areas to put items such as a phone. You only have the door bins, where items can rattle around, or the centre armrest, which can make you forget them when you exit. The Kia's sunken rubber-matted areas forward of the gearstick or in the well of the door grab handle are more logical and useful for small stowage.

Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi 2 Tech (manual)
Mileage3551
Claimed combined
consumption
57.6mpg
Our average consumption38.1mpg
P11D price£21,640*
Model price range£19,595-£25,995
CO2 (tax) 128g/km/18%
BIK 20/40% per month£65/£130
Service interval 12,500 or 12months
Insurancegroup 17
Warranty7yrs/100,000 miles
Boot space 505 litres
Engine size/power1685cc/134hp
Top speed/0-62mph125mph/10.2secs
Why we’re running itTo see if Kia really
can mix-it with the
fleet’s big boys
PositiveSmart looks, spacious,
good value
NegativeSmall function niggles
to iron out
*Before options fitted: Metallic paint £475



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