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KIA Optima Specs

Engine 2359 cc
Power 185 hp
Transmission Automatic
Anti-Lock Braking System Yes

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By Sippi Vig on 16 Jan, 2020
Things We Like in Optima

Essential driving assistance features as standard

Easy to use infotainment system

Upscale ride quality and handling. 

Things We Dont Like in Optima

Clumsy base engine

Average fuel efficiency

Moderate second row and trunk space.

Recent Updates of Optima

The 2020 Kia Optima delivers much the same promise which it was always known for. It is an affordable midsize sedan that has a nice interior, a comfortable ride and a lot of premium kit that you would otherwise find on something much more expensive. There are five trims with three different petrol engines including a turbocharged 2L making 245 hp and 260 lb-ft. The engine choices even include two hybrid powertrains. The Optima also offers premium features like an 8” touchscreen infotainment with a rear-view camera and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, auto emergency braking, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping and lane following. This equipment level in a premium-feeling cabin and at prices starting from $23190 allows it to be a strong competitor to the likes of the Hyundai Sonata and the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. 

KIA Optima Price

The Optima is priced between $22,990 and $31,990 .

KIA Optima Variants

There are 4 variants available of Optima: LX, S, EX and SX.

KIA Optima Power-trains

The Optima is powered by a 2359cc 4-cylinder Petrol engine produces 185 hp of power and 241 Nm of torque, 1591cc 4-cylinder Petrol engine produces 178 hp of power and 264 Nm of torque and 1998cc 4-cylinder Petrol engine produces 245 hp of power and 353 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 6-Speed Automatic and 7-Speed Dual Clutch transmission gearbox.

KIA Optima Features

The feature list of Optima includes Smart Access Card Entry, Central Locking, Power Door Locks and Engine Immobilizer in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Automatic Climate Control, Heater, Rear A/C Vents, Engine Start/Stop Button, Adjustable Seats, Height Adjustable Driver Seat, Heated Seats - Front, On Board Computer, Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddle, Accessory Power Outlet, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Foldable Rear Seat, Remote Trunk Opener, Low Fuel Warning Light, Rear Seat Headrest, Rear Seat Center Arm Rest, Cup Holders-Front, Cup Holders-Rear, Seat Lumbar Support, Bottle Holder, Vanity Mirror, Keyless Entry and Centre Console Armrest.

Features for Entertainment & communication include Touch Screen, FM/AM/Radio, Navigation System, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB & Auxiliary Input, DVD Player, Speakers Front, Speakers Rear, Integrated 2DIN Audio and Voice Control.

KIA Optima Interior

The interior features include Tacho Meter, Electronic Multi Tripmeter, Digital Clock, Digital Odometer, Electric Adjustable Seats and Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank.

KIA Optima Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Adjustable Headlights, Fog Lights Front, Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror, Rain Sensing Wiper, Alloy Wheels, Rear Spoiler, Removable Convertible Top, Sun Roof, Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicator, Integrated Antenna and Remote Fuel Lid Opener.

KIA Optima Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Side Airbag-Front, Driver Airbag, Child Safety Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Ebd, Vehicle Stability Control System, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts, Rear Camera, Crash Sensor, Engine Check Warning, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams, Door Ajar Warning and Traction Control.

KIA Optima 2022 Price List

Variant Price Specifications  
KIA Optima LX $22,990 *
OTR Price
2359 cc, 185 hp, Automatic, Petrol
KIA Optima S $24,990 *
OTR Price
2359 cc, 185 hp, Automatic, Petrol
KIA Optima EX $26,890 *
OTR Price
1591 cc, 178 hp, Dual Clutch, Petrol
KIA Optima SX $31,990 *
OTR Price
1998 cc, 245 hp, Automatic, Petrol

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KIA Optima Colors

Optima is available in 6 different colors - Ebony Black, Horizon Blue, Platinum Graphite, Sangria, Snow White Pearl and Sparkling Silver.

KIA Optima Review

By Sippi Vig on 16 Jan, 2020
  • Optima Overview
  • KIA Optima Interior & Features
  • Optima Exterior
  • KIA Optima Ride & Handling
  • Optima Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • KIA Optima Braking & Safety
  • Optima Verdict

Optima Overview

Kia Optima is a mid-range sedan available in five grades with starting prices of $23,190. It offers attractive styling, striking appearance, and expresses a sleek aerodynamic profile. The 2020 Optima comes with little changes to the standard features like the base grades LX and S now get the forward collision mitigation system with pedestrian detection feature. Whereas, the LX’s Premium and SX’s Limited package has been removed from the available packages. Moreover, the EX Premium, which was earlier an optional package. Now comes as a separate grade and features a premium audio system, navigation system, ventilated seats, panoramic sunroof, and overhead LED headlamps in the front and rear. Also, the EX and SX grades now come with the wireless charging feature. Kia Optima is available in three engine options available as per grade. The 2.4 L GDI 4-cylinder engine powers the first two grades. EX and EX Premium are powered by the 1.6 L Turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder engine. While the top trim comes with the 2.4 L Turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder engine. Kia Optima's standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen, and plenty of driving assistance features, such as high beam assist, auto emergency braking, rear cross-traffic collision warning, blind-spot collision warning with lane change assist, lane departure warning, and rearview monitor with parking guidance. However, when it comes to the rear seat, it's compact and not comfortable for tall adults.

KIA Optima Interior & Features

Kia Optima offers a spacious and quiet cabin for five passengers. The front seats are power-adjustable and add an extra layer of comfort with the heated and ventilated feature. There‘s plenty of space for both first and second-row passengers. It gets more comfortable with the seat bolstering available in the SX grade. However, despite the captivating cabin design, the downward sloping roofline intrudes with the headroom of second-row passengers. The standard interior features incorporate an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes, and a six-speaker audio system.

Optima Exterior

The 2020 Kia Optima is a carryover of 2019's Optima. The exterior design of this sedan is highlighted with captivating elements. In the front fascia, the tiger-nose grille and LED headlights intensify the styling while ensuring better illumination. The LED daytime running lights compose a distinctive front appearance and make the front fascia more engaging than many of its rivals. The rear fascia of Optima doesn’t reflect the same engagement and style. With many sedans available in the identical taillight design as of Optima, it looks a bit traditional. 

KIA Optima Ride & Handling

Kia Optima provides a gentle and composed ride quality. The MacPherson strut suspension and stabilizer bar in the front, which significantly helps in maintaining the balance of Optima over bumpy roads. The multi-link suspension in the rear strengthens the ride quality and handling. The top-trim SX is equipped with the sport-tuned suspension, it hardens the ride quality instead of making it better. In terms of handling, Kia Optima maintains the genuine reciprocity with the track and acts responsively as per the driver's input. 

Optima Engine & Fuel Consumption

The five grades of Kia Optima are available in three engine options. The first two base grades LX and S are powered by the 2.4-L engine. It can deliver an exhilarating power of 185 hp at 6,000 rpm and torque of 178 lb.-ft. at4,000 rpm. This engine is mated with the 6-speed automatic transmission system and delivers better fuel-efficiency of 29 mpg combined. However, as the 2.4L engine isn’t punchy enough, this powertrain is best suited for city rides. To make your ride more powerful, you can pick higher trims. Like the EX and EX Premium are powered by the 1.6-L Turbocharged engine. It’s mated with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and ensures maximum power output of 178 hp at 5,500 rpm and torque of 195 lb.-ft. at 1,500–4,500 rpm. The 1.6L turbo engine can deliver a combined fuel efficiency of 31 mpg. Moreover, the top trim SX features a more agile 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated with the six-speed automatic transmission. Optima’s SX can produce the maximum power of 245 hp at 6,000 rpm and torque of 260 lb.-ft. at 1,350–4,000 rpm. This engine is more energetic among the lineup but presents the lowest combined fuel efficiency of 24 mpg. 

KIA Optima Braking & Safety

The base grades of Optima LX and S come standard with 12-inch ventilated disc brakes in the front wheels and 11-inch solid disc brakes in the rear wheels. These grades also get the standard features including lane keep assist, lane change assist, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and driver drowsiness monitor. Whereas, the rest of the grades are equipped with the 12.6-inch ventilated disc brakes in the front and 11.2-inch solid disc brakes in the rear wheel. And, also arrives with more advanced safety features, such as adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree camera, etc.

Optima Verdict

Each grade of Optima is packed with standard driving assistance and infotainment features. Despite it, Optima is priced reasonably in the highly competent mid-size sedan segment. It’s available in three engine options and offers top of the line ride quality. However, on the handling front, Optima performs average than many of its rivals. 

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    Brandon 06 Jan, 2020 for KIA Optima

    The stunning look of this car won my first attention among loads of other cars in the Kia showroom on the very first day I had a glimpse of the car. The car looks splendid from both outside and inside. The sporty and luxury feel of this car caught my interest and I must say I was pretty knocked down Read More

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