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Our Fleet Test Drive: Kia Optima - 13th Report

Date: 19 November 2012   |   Author: Guy Bird

Boot lid

Packing two large suitcases plus four sizeable wheelie bags recently tested the Optima's boot capacity - and flexibility - to the max.

Given the car is a saloon and the family holiday required four seats, there was no tonneau cover tossing or seat-folding or sliding options, as you might get with an MPV or estate, but with 505 litres listed on the spec sheet, confidence was high.

Although competitive compared with other big-booted rivals (Passat 485 litres, Mondeo 500), in practice the Optima's capacity has to be utilised with care. The boot is deep, but the wheel arches and boot lid struts intrude, while a more unusual obstacle is the loudspeaker undercarriage, which made swallowing six cases a little awkward. The solution was to put the two kids on either corner of the back seat and plonk the big stuff upright in the centre.

We found two other tiny boot niggles. Firstly, when you unlock the boot on the fob or using the switch in the cabin, the lid only hovers just above closed rather than rising all the way up. Secondly, having the hidden boot release on the right-hand side rather than the middle - like on most other cars - keeps catching us out.

Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi 2 Tech (manual)
Mileage4227
Claimed combined
consumption
57.6mpg
Our average consumption44.0mpg
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 exterior, excellent
interior quality
NegativeSmall function niggles
to iron out
*Before options fitted: Metallic paint £475



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