The Optima is a big car: bigger than a Volkswagen Passat or Vauxhall Insignia, it is actually very similar in overall size to a Ford Mondeo
Ride and Handling
Predictable, sure-footed behaviour through the bends makes the Optima an agreeable car to drive. It handles pretty well, although dynamically it cannot be considered right up there with class leaders. The steering has reasonable feel, and gives sufficiently precise feedback about where the wheels are pointing, but it is not quite as communicative as some. The ride quality leaves something to be desired. On smooth road surfaces it is adequately absorbent, but as soon as the car encounters an uneven or broken surface or a few potholes, the ride becomes choppier and less serene than some of its better-damped rivals.
Ease of Use
The Optima is a big car: bigger than a Volkswagen Passat or Vauxhall Insignia, it is actually very similar in overall size to a Ford Mondeo, which is one of the biggest models in its class. Oddly, though, the Optima’s styling belies its size and it contrives to look smaller, neater and more lithe than the more bulk-styled Ford. All-round vision is pretty good, with rear pillars that are quite think, but not as intrusive as in some other similar-size cars. The boot is 505 litres, with a practical shape and a reasonable lip height, so loading it is not too much of an upwards heave. The rear side flanks of the car do curve quite sharply round at the back, though, so the width of the boot aperture is slightly restricted.