The new Kia Optima goes on sale in the UK on the 1st February 2012, priced from £ 19,595 on-the-road.
Since its launch in 2010 demand has been very high with 300,000 units being sold worldwide to date.
Aimed at the Business User the Kia Optima is only available with a 134 bhp 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine there is the choice of either six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 10.2 seconds in manual version and 11.5 seconds with automatic transmission, while the respective top speeds are 125mph and 122mph.
The manual can achieve 57.6 miles per gallon, with CO2 emissions of 128g/km, while the figures for the automatic are 47.1mpg and 158g/km.
There are four trim levels and by previous Korean standards, equipment levels are very high which include options such a high-end 550 watt Infinity audio system with 12 speakers in eight different locations throughout the car, including a boot-mounted subwoofer. Other features include self-parking, heated and cool-ventilated seats, cornering lights, panoramic sunroof, reverse parking camera and an automatic cabin defogging system.
Attention to detail and design are highlighted by Kia using TFT instruments on all but the entry-level Optima – the Supervision system comprises of a 3.5-inch-colour information screen flanked by a tachometer on one side and a speedometer on the other. The information screen can be programmed with the driver's preferred menus and images.
The Kia Optima is protected by a seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to conditions covering wear and tear items. The warranty is fully transferable to subsequent owners.Published 10 January 2012