Our Fleet Test Drive: Kia Optima - 5th Report
26 April 2012
Author: Guy Bird
The last time I used latitude and longitude was on a geography field trip aged 15, yet it's an option on the standard satellite navigation system of our Kia Optima.
But punching in a postcode isn't. It turns out, after much swearing and tribulation, you can input a full seven-digit postcode at the 'City' stage of the destination - I tried it by chance - but it then only acknowledges five of those digits. Thus Kia falls into the same sorry boat of many non-UK car brands and renders the postcode less useful than looking at a paper map.
You may cry 'just type in the street name', but many addresses don't have one and don't always crop up on points of interest either. A call to Kia to check I hadn't missed a trick only confirmed my fear: seven-digit postcodes are a no-go, and seemingly won't be resolved at mapping software upgrade time either.
However, there is a chink of light - the new Ceed launching this year will accept seven-digit postcodes, and all-new Kias thereafter should do too.
|Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi 2 Tech (manual)|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average consumption||42.5mpg|
|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 looks, spacious, |
|*Before options fitted: Metallic paint £475|