Our Fleet Test Drive: Kia Optima - 11th Report
10 August 2012
Author: Guy Bird
Plenty of mainstream cars display practical interior design with basic ergonomics and cubbyholes galore, but few also achieve real interior design quality at a decent price.
The sub-£22,000 Optima is an exception. The time taken on the welcome screen's opening credits when you turn the key in the ignition is an example. A pleasant jingle tells you your action has started the process, the seat moves back to make access easier and then a perfectly rendered 3D image of the car plus a few flashes around the digital driver dial display tell you all is well.
Take a closer look at the interior door handle of the Optima in 2 Tech trim when getting in and you'll see simply first-rate fit and finish, the perforated leatherette-covered door cards, upmarket and branded speaker shields plus contrast stitching on the seating, add to the overall effect of real quality. It's a lasting impression too that still makes every journey feel enjoyable and special.
|Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi 2 Tech (manual)|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average consumption||38.4mpg|
|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|
|Boot space ||505 litres|
|Why we’re running it||To see if Kia really |
can mix-it with the
fleet’s big boys
|Positive||Smart exterior, excellent |
|Negative||Small function niggles |
to iron out
|*Before options fitted: Metallic paint £475|