Generally pretty Good
Bought my Optima Platinum from my employer. 4 yrs old and low Km's. Looks good and has lots of options being the top model. I use this car daily as a sales rep vehicle so I get to use it in all conditions. Handles well but I aim to get brighter headlight globes. Looks pretty sporty. Having a few issues with the dash computer, sometimes screen locks on something different or won't change. Reverse camera plays up sometimes. But I have not used the 7 yr warranty to get it looked at yet. Car runs well and is somewhat good economy, depending on wher...e and how you are driving. Because it is a 4 cylinder is struggles a little bit from power esp if you have weight/passengers in the car but only an issue for race drivers (otherwise slow down and drive more carefully and you won't blow your motor). Has lots of safety sensors which can be a bit annoying at times eg when parked in front of the garage and starting the car first thing in the morning, the front sensor alarm goes off. Better to be safe than not have them, however, it is important not to rely on safety sensors and use the old fashioned look over your should plus looking in the mirrors as well! Quite low to the ground so if you have an issue with mobility then this isn't for you. Got to be a bit careful with large driving surface changes , speed bumps driveways so you don't bottom out or scrape the front bumper. Has a auto sunroof which is pretty good. The interior is pretty spacious for a smaller car. Sat Nav is pretty average esp as I could be using it daily but it sends me around the block and the long way. Give me Google Maps any day! In summary, this is a great little car, all cars have issues, it is just luck of the draw. 7 yr warranty is reassuring.
Purchased in October 2018 at Private for $15,000.00.
Well equipped, great drive, pity about the SatNav
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.
A great car for long trips
The Optima is probably the best handling car I have ever driven, although a little harsh on really rough roads. The interior is conservative, which I like, and all controls operate smoothly and positively. The car has given no problems at all and has been used for trips to Cairns and Melbourne, returning fuel consumption figures between 6.8 and 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres. Although a little noisy under acceleration, it is very quiet at highway speeds. The longer I own this car the better I like it.
Great safe family car
This car has great handling, and was spacious for our kids. I love how quiet the car is. It did sit a little to low to the ground for my taste. The loved the safety alarms for seat belts and the auto air bag control using weight limit to turn on or off. Glad we rented this car while our car was down. I will be trading my car I'm soon for one of these.
First purchased a Kia Optima about 5 years ago due to it being best bang for your buck in terms of interior & features, & upgraded recently to the Optima turbo GT. Whilst it was a bit pricier, it has the quality of a much more expensive European car. Features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, parking sensors & camera, GPS, leather, the list goes on. At first I thought it was a bit tame, but once I found Sport mode I soon changed my mind, it really has some zip. The GPS isn't perfect (but show me one that is...), & some safety alert features need turning off before they drive you insane, but overall it is a very classy drive that has not failed to impress.
I Love my Optima
We required to buy a new car and decided on another Kia. This time the Optima Platinum.
This vehicle not only looks great but performs and handles well. There is limited road noise and the standard tyres have a lot of grip. The car feels solid. Fuel economy is reasonable with a lot of city driving being 8.7 on Eco. Obviously on the highway it performs even better down around the 7.5.
Interior is sporty and comfortable with all the instrumentation easily readable. Even with my height there is still plenty of room for an adult behind the driver...
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.
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.
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
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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