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10 things we learned about the Kia Optima Sportswagon

Date: 24 March 2017   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Upper medium estate
Key rival: Skoda Superb
Model tested: 1.7 CRDi 3
Price as tested: £24,995

The Optima is back and this time it's versatile, reckons Al Suttie.

1 - The Optima Sportswagon might have kerb appeal with its looks, but the fleet appeal lies in the boot and under the bonnet.

2 - Starting at the back, there's 552-litres of load space seats up, which betters a Ford Mondeo but trails the Skoda Superb.

3 - Drop the back bench and you have a generous 1686-litres of cargo room, which again falls between the rivals mentioned above.


4 - Kia adds to the car's adaptable nature with under-floor storage and the 3 trim level we tried also had a handy rail divider.

5 - There's also bags of space for people in the front and rear seats, and the infotainment, heating and dials are clear and simple.

6 - All good, so far, and the 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine does a sound job with its 141hp and 251lb ft of torque.


7 - Combined economy and emissions lag slightly behind its key competitors, but Kia makes up for this with loads of standard kit.

8 - On the move, the Optima Sportswagon handles well and the engine is refined, even if it does need to be revved to give its best.

9 - However, the ride on the 3's 18-inch alloy wheels is too brittle and picks up on ripples where a Superb is smoothly fuss-free.

10 - We're also not impressed with the vague, overly light steering, which is a shame in an otherwise well balanced estate.