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Kia Optima

Kia Optima

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  • Build Quality
    4.3 (9)
  • Value for Money
    4.3 (9)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.1 (9)
  • Noise Level
    3.9 (9)
  • Braking
    3.9 (7)
  • Acceleration / Power
    4.0 (7)
  • Gear Shifting
    4.0 (7)
  • Suspension
    4.0 (8)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    4.0 (8)
  • Handling
    4.1 (8)
  • Interior Design
    4.3 (8)
  • Boot Size
    4.8 (8)
  • Comfort
    4.1 (8)
  • Features
    4.1 (8)
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Ann U.
Ann U.Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

KIA Optima GT magnificent!

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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

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Purchased in for $35,000.

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Buyer Beware!!!

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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

Purchased in .

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  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Year2014
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Michelle
Michelle Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
  • 2 reviews

Beautiful, luxurious, sexy, all the bells and whistles

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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.

Purchased in for $31,000.

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Big End Bearings Gone at 130000

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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.

Purchased in for $15,990.

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Eddie
EddieSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 6 reviews
  • 5 likes

Really great car.

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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.

Purchased in at Cricks Highway.

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Hann
HannSydney, NSW
  • 2 reviews

KIA Optima GT very Reliable

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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.

Purchased in for $38,000.

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Horrified
HorrifiedSydney, NSW
  • 3 reviews
  • 5 likes

DEATH TRAP - Kia has zero concern for human life!

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Purchased in at Peter Warren Automotive for $45,000.

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Gavin E.
Gavin E.South East Queensland, QLD
  • 25 reviews
  • 17 likes

Engine Failure

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Purchased in at Private for $20,000.

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Gagan S.
Gagan S.Greater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC
  • 2 reviews

Perfect

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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.

Purchased in for $16,999.

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  • TransmissionAutomatic
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Hann
HannSydney, NSW
  • 2 reviews

Best car ever

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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.

Purchased in .

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Matthew
MatthewSydney Surrounds, NSW
  • 6 reviews

Generally pretty Good

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Purchased in at Private for $15,000.

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Need feed back

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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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  • Engine Size2.4
  • TransmissionAutomatic
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JayJ
JayJAdelaide
  • 11 reviews
  • 6 likes

Well equipped, great drive, pity about the SatNav

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I bought this ex-lease car about 11 months from first registration. Was like new but at a much lower price. Very well equipped, drives well, feels well designed.Great having the 7 year warranty. The major downside is that this model misses out on any Satnav updates even though 2 were promised to new car buyers earlier, and it has many inaccuracies. Much better to use my portable TomTom with lifetime updates, and stuck to the windscreen.

  • BadgeSi
  • Engine Size2.4
  • TransmissionAutomatic
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Amir
AmirAdelaide
  • 6 reviews
  • 7 likes

I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER KIA

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  • Engine Size2.4
  • TransmissionAutomatic
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Excellent reliable

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Great car, no problem at all. it has all the features, leather heated and cool seat, very reliable and had none fault. service interval 15000 km and very cheap around $200. Excellent handling. I love the panoramic roof.Better than German cars Audi and Bmw etc. I would recommend to everyone.

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  • Engine Size2.4
  • TransmissionAutomatic
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Questions & Answers

Gavin E.
Gavin E.asked
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.

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kath

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

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CategorySedansSedansSedansSedans
Starting Price $43,290.00$33,390.00$25,990.00$31,490.00
TransmissionAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic and ManualAutomatic
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 2.4L6 Cylinder 2.5L4 Cylinder 2.4L
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)
Release date
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