I have a 2015 Kia Optima SLi which I purchased new in June last year. Overall I like the car with plenty of interior room as well as boot space. The car is comfortable to drive and on a long journey I can get 7.5l/100kms. But there are a couple of things I feel Kia could look at. The side mirrors need a little more protection because when it rains the water runs all over them and it is hard to see what is behind you. Also the rear window needs a wiper on all models so again when it rains you can see a bit clear behind you. I think the shockies on mine at least could be upgraded as I compare them to the Camry Altise I use for work seem to be much better than mine.
Style with a bit of substance
The Optima is certainly a good-looker; it has heaps of extras - the reverse camera with sensors is great, otherwise rear vision would be limited. The Sat Nav is awkward - you have to reprogram it on arrival, otherwise it keeps barking at you to turn around, go up a tree or another irritating suggestion. Ride is harsh over speed humps etc but that's part of its sporty set-up. Optima is great for effortless touring.
Best 4 cylinder sedan
Excellent car I love it as it comes with tons of features. Friends and family love it as well to drive or be passengers.
Drives great, smooth to drive, sun and moon roof in black looks fantastic, quick of the line, easy to handle, cheap on fuel as it's a 4 cylinder and looks fantastic wherever you drive it.
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My cousin has a very nice car!
After being with my cousin (who owns this car)
I was impressed at how nice it looks, I am a little Bias as I own a Kia Sportage
Car did run very well, looks nice inside and out, quiet ride. Running costs are pretty good too.
However the car is a little expensive to buy. Kia helps you a lot after sale when you go into their dealer if you want anything.
Reliable and refined
Purchased new in 2005 and replaced 2012. Traveled 125000km. Always reliable and only item ever to require repair was the globe in the radio, brakes pads at 115k and normal filters ect. Only reason the car was replaced was that it was involved in a head-on crash with a Land-cruiser. The airbags worked and the body absorbed the impact very well. (The other car crossed onto the wrong side of the road)
Strong and very smooth and quite. Fantastic on Highways
This car is much like the Hyundai sister it joins. The differences are in the sheet metal and the interiors. The Optima has taken hints from Saab for the dashboard. It is well laid out and intuitive. The fit and finish inside is good and the materials are better than average. One thing some reports have indicated is that the seats are not very comfortable. I would rate them average. There is also a bit more blind space than the Hyundai with the Kias larger roof pillars getting into your vision.
The exterior is more conservative than th...e Hyundai but still up-tempo. Think of it as what an Acura could of been without the gaudy face. The finish of the paint is top notch. You can see and feel this upon inspection. Last but not least is the good warranty and the lower price against less-than-inspiring competitors. Fit and Finish of Interior, Excellent Paint and Warranty. Average seats and visual blind spots
Very good vehicle for the price
2001 Optima manual 2.5 V6
bought this in 2007 and drove till now.
This car was really reliable and economical as V6 engine.
10l/100km mixed, 8l/100km highway.
Mechanically very reliable, never gave me any problems.
I drove this car from Sydney to Perth in a week(many stop over for nice views!!). some road was unsealed.
Never give any problems! so strong car.
Reliable and good engine. economical
handling is nt that good. so so seat
great car will buy again,and recommend to others done 30000ks no problems.Dont like the service centre there slack,dont care attidude.
very low noise from engine heaps of extras great value for money.service intervalls 15000ks,good power if you need it
thirsty on fuel,but i can cope with it.
Questions & Answers
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.
|Transmission||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic and Manual||Automatic|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||17" Alloy||18" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||8.5 L/100km||8.3 L/100km||7.9 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||70 L||70 L||70 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.4L||6 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.4L|
|Max Power||180kW @ 6000rpm||138kW @ 6000rpm||148kW @ 6300rpm|
|Max Torque||350Nm @ 1350-4000rpm||241Nm @ 4000rpm||250Nm @ 4250rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea|
|Manufacturer Warranty||7 year(s)||7 year(s)||7 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2015||Jan 2015||Jan 2001||Jan 2011|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2006||Dec 2015|
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