Earlier today we reported that the Kia Optima was going on sale from the 1st February 2011.
One of the things that we like about the Optima is the equipment level across the three trim levels. Simplistically Kia have, like with all their new cars, three grades 1,2 and 3 but the mid-range 2 version Optima is available as either a 'Luxe' or 'Tech' variant.
Kia Optima 1
Standard features include alloy wheels, air conditioning, LED daytime running lamps, leather steering wheel, Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, all-round electric windows and electric folding mirrors as well as cruise control and a speed limiter.
Kia Optima 2
Adds solar glass with auto defogging, automatically activated wipers, an eight-way adjustable powered driver's seat with memory setting, heated front seats, dual zone auto air conditioning in place of air conditioning, reverse parking camera, iPod connectivity and a premium Supervision TFT instrument cluster and paddle shifts on automatic models.
The Optima '2 Luxe' version has grey leather seats with a grey cloth trim, panoramic sunroof with electric blinds, 18-inch alloy wheels, black front calipers, black and chrome radiator grille surround, sculptured side sill mouldings and front and rear valances and a reversing camera in the rear-view mirror.
The Optima '2 Tech' is equipped with black leather and cloth upholstery, a 12-speaker premium Infinity audio system - including a centre speaker, an external 11-channel amplifier and an eight inch subwoofer - 17-inch alloy wheels and a 7-inch touch-screen satellite navigation system with European mapping and an integrated reversing camera.
Kia Optima 3
The Optima 3 adds to the Optima 2 a panoramic sunroof, auto light control, Infinity audio system and touch-screen satellite navigation with integrated reversing camera. Xenon headlamps with automatic levelling, full black leather upholstery, a cool-ventilated driver's front seat, heated rear seats and an automatic parallel parking assist system are unique to the 3. Smart key with start/stop ignition button, stainless steel door scuff plates with front illumination and mood lighting.
The Kia Optima specs are very generous considering the proposed pricing, we hope to have a full review in place very shortly.Published 10 January 2012