8Kia Optima

Kia Optima

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8Kia Optima
3.8

33 reviews

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76% · 257 · 21%

Build Quality
4.0
Value for Money
4.1
Cleaning & Maintenance
3.9
Noise Level
3.8
Braking
3.9
Acceleration / Power
4.0
Gear Shifting
4.0
Suspension
3.9
Fuel Efficiency
3.9
Handling
4.1
Interior Design
4.3
Boot Size
4.7
Comfort
4.1
Features
4.3

Reviews

33 reviews
Lebohang M.
Lebohang M.
  JF GT

Great car

It is comfortable and drives nicely, i love that it is easy to maintain Show details
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johnnyq
johnnyqMelbourne6 posts
  TF

It was good until the engine stalled and caught on fire

The title basically says it all. The car was good until out of the blue the engine stalled and caught on fire. My car was destroyed. I will never buy another Kia. Show details
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Richard H.
Richard H.Australian Capital Territory2 posts
  JF GT
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Ann U.
Ann U.Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
  JF GT

KIA Optima GT magnificent!

I've own this car for five years. Covered 80,000 km without any problems. It's is an excellent car and I would strongly recommend. All the bells and whistles are fitted, including LED headlights that are self dipping. Radar cruise control etc etc I've changed the alloys and fitted an head up display and a CarPlay head unit - additional to existing unit. The car is used daily and serviced promptly by the KIA dealership in Frankston Show details
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Tee Moore
Tee Moore
  TF

Buyer Beware!!!

Engine just “died” after recall work was done to vehicle and corporate Kia has taken two months to decide on warranty coverage. I would definitely not recommend Kia Optima because they do not stand behind their product!!! TM Show details
Michelle
Michelle Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC3 posts
  JF GT

Beautiful, luxurious, sexy, all the bells and whistles

Great to drive, responsive, loads of safety features. For a sedan it has a huge back seat area with plenty of legroom for even the tallest passenger. Enormous boot area. Choice of Sport, normal or eco drive choices. Hugs the road beautifully when cornering. Cannot fault this car. Have had it over a year now and still love to drive it. Moon roof, sun roof are just some of the standard features on my model. Heated seats, steering wheel,lumbar support on both front seats makes long distance driving a comfort. Turbo does require 6 monthly services, but def worth it to keep the motor in top shape. Best choice in a car I have ever made and backed by Kia 7 year warranty. Show details
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Frank
Frank
  TF

Big End Bearings Gone at 130000

Purchased TF Optima MY14 2.4l second hand in May 2016 with 42500km. Had a great run no problems until a slight tick developed and escalated to a big rattle/knock. Mechanic called it as big end failure at 130700km. Needs a rebuild or secondhand engine $6000. This is not good enough for a modern vehicle.
It is the third the mechanic has had with this 2.4l motor in the last few weeks. Appears to be a problem with this motor. If it was 6 months younger it would have still been in warranty. Show details
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Eddie
EddieSouth East Queensland, QLD20 posts
  JF GT

Really great car

Loads of power yet economical when you want it to be, roomy and comfortable, sensible and attractive interior layout, and superb ride with a good variety of Drive modes. Would have liken ventilated seats, but everything else is there. Would recommend to anyone wanting an all-around car. Show details
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Hann
HannSydney, NSW2 posts
  JF GT

KIA Optima GT very Reliable

I have KIA optima for 4 years and have done 120,000 km. It still runs like brand new. Car regularly serviced at KIA dealer. Car service interval is short to 75,000 km, it should be at least 10,000 km. Show details
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Horrified
HorrifiedSydney, NSW3 posts
  JF GT
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Gavin E.
Gavin E.South East Queensland, QLD46 posts
  TF
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Gagan S.
Gagan S.Greater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC2 posts
  JF

Perfect

The Optima shares its platform, and many of its components, with its sister car: the Hyundai Sonata.

Targeted at other midsized sedans such as the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Mazda6, Ford Mondeo, Skoda Octavia, and Holden Commodore, the Optima features a big boot and a comfortable ride.

A six-speed torque converted automatic is the only transmission for both the naturally-aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines.

Variants range from the base $33,390 Optima Si to the top-of-the-range $44,490 Optima GT NAV (BLACK LEATHER) SUNROOF. Show details

Hann
HannSydney, NSW2 posts
  JF

Best car ever

Very reliable car and interior quality is better than German car. Very quiet and smooth ride. Turbo 2.0l is powerful enough. Have driven 80000 km and had not a single problem. Show details
Matthew
MatthewSydney Surrounds, NSW10 posts
  JF
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Mon
Mon
  JF GT

Need feed back

We have a new Kia Optima n when it reaches 60km then drops to 57kms the car jolts by itself every time .kia tell us this is a "feature" does anyone else have this terrible feature in there optima . 4 times back to fix it n finally they come up with this answer

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Questions & Answers

Gavin E.
Gavin E. · Optima TF (2011-2015)

I am disappointed that my Kia Optima has crankshaft knock from failed bearings at 180k's after I had it back to Kia Mt Gravatt for the recall and had the all clear.
I was told the crankshaft was within tolerances which I find it hard to believe that they removed the bottom sump and measured the crankshaft with the pistons removed and measured the crank where the big end bearings would run on the crank all this within a couple of hours,
I think the more likey scenario they checked the vin range for the defect and found my vehicle was not in the vin range and replaced the old dipstick with the new dipstick which i suspect the old dipstick was giving the wrong reading for measuring oil.
I want to know since I did work with the brand for 4 years and I have personally influenced some of my family and friends to purchase a Kia car so far 2 x Cerato and 1 x Sportage what would Kia do to assist in having the engine repaired? given there is a whole Kia forum with Optima 2.4L customers with the same issue.

kath
kath  

Hi did you get a response on this, our car has just done the same, very disappointed

Gavin E.
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CategorySedansSedansSedansSedans
Starting Price $43,290$33,390$31,490$25,990
TransmissionAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic and Manual
Drive TypeFront Wheel Drive (FWD)Front Wheel Drive (FWD)Front Wheel Drive (FWD)Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
Fuel TypePetrolPetrolPetrolPetrol
Wheels18" Alloy17" Alloy18" Alloy
ANCAP Safety Rating5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Fuel Consumption8.5 L/100km8.3 L/100km7.9 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L70 L70 L
Engine4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.4L4 Cylinder 2.4L6 Cylinder 2.5L
Max Power180kW @ 6000rpm138kW @ 6000rpm148kW @ 6300rpm
Max Torque350Nm @ 1350-4000rpm241Nm @ 4000rpm250Nm @ 4250rpm
Country of ManufactureSouth KoreaSouth KoreaSouth KoreaSouth Korea
Manufacturer Warranty7 year(s)7 year(s)7 year(s)
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