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Our Fleet Test Drive: Kia Optima - 6th Report

Date: 26 April 2012   |   Author: Guy Bird


Seatbelts aren't usually this annoying.

I've wracked my brain's fairly large road test data bank but I can't think of another car with seatbelt sockets that disappear into their holes so readily as on the Optima when you push the metal part of the seatbelt into them. Such elusive sockets are particularly irritating when leaning over your kid and the child Seat is so close to the socket it's nigh on impossible to wrestle the socket back out again without heavy lifting of the child and child seat to one side. Note to Kia's design and engineering team: Please resolve on the facelift. Thank you.

Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi 2 Tech (manual)
Claimed combined
Our average consumption42.5mpg
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
NegativeAnnoying satnav
*Before options fitted: Metallic paint £475