2014 Kia Optima Review : Platinum
  • Good levels of standard equipment; revised interior looks neater and is more comfortable and quiet; strong ownership credentials with capped price servicing and long warranty coverage
  • Not as polished as some of its main rivals to drive; ride is poor in urban driving; engine isn\'t zingy enough

OUR RATING
6.5 / 10

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2014 Kia Optima Review : Platinum

The Kia Optima has been refreshed for 2014, with a revamped interior, more equipment and an exterior nip-and-tuck...

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Kia Optima Hybrid : facelifted mid-sizer no closer to Australian showrooms
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Kia Optima Hybrid : facelifted mid-sizer no closer to Australian showrooms

The Kia Optima Hybrid appears no closer to being offered in Australian showrooms, despite an upgraded version making its international debut at the Chicago auto show. With peak outputs of 148kW and 319Nm from its 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, the Optima Hybrid claims combined cycle fuel consumption of 6...


2014 Kia Optima facelift brings more equipment, higher prices
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2014 Kia Optima facelift brings more equipment, higher prices

Styling updates and specification enhancements will be accompanied by small price rises when the 2014 Kia Optima launches in Australia next week. The price of the entry-level Optima Si increases $300 to $30,990 before on-road costs, while the mid-spec SLi rises $1000 to $35,990 and the flagship Platinum $1200 to $40,490...


Kia Optima: mid-life facelift debuts
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Kia Optima: mid-life facelift debuts

Three years after its launch, the current generation Kia Optima has been facelifted, introducing new convenience and safety technologies and a revised styling package. The 2014 Kia Optima is identified by a new front bumper, featuring sweeping black inserts and four-bezel LED fog lights on some models, and redesigned rear diffuser with new LED tail-lights...


Kia Optima Hybrid improves efficiency
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Kia Optima Hybrid improves efficiency

The Kia Optima Hybrid has optimised its environmental performance. The South Korean brand has announced an upgrade for the petrol-electric medium car – a variant that is not yet available in Australia. Tweaks to the Kia Optima’s parallel hybrid system see fuel economy improve by 0.3 litres per 100km to 5...


Kia Optima Turbo Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Kia Optima Turbo Review

The Kia Optima Turbo is the ideal compromise between a family-friendly sedan and a performance-orientated sports car. It’s also the first real performance car from the consistently expanding Korean brand and, as of very recently, it has become available for right-hand-drive production. From the outset the Optima Turbo may not appear all that unique...

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$30,490

Kia's Justice League-inspired Optima and Rio at LA auto show
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Kia's Justice League-inspired Optima and Rio at LA auto show

One of the highlights of this year's Los Angeles auto show is Kia's ever-expanding range of Justice League-inspired cars, which have been created with guidance from famous comic book artist and DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee. The two new cars, the Batman-inspired Optima and the Aquaman-inspired Rio five-door were a big hit with the crowd and certainly showcase what could happen if you let a bunch of car and comic enthusiasts come together...


Kia Optima Turbo under consideration for Australia
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Kia Optima Turbo under consideration for Australia

The Kia Optima Turbo has been made available to right hand drive markets for the first time and Kia Australia is considering the performance sedan to spearhead its range for 2013. The Kia Optima Turbo, which is powered by a 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged GDI engine, puts out 204kW of power and 365Nm of torque...


Kia Optima Hybrid unveiled with new powertrain
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Kia Optima Hybrid unveiled with new powertrain

Despite the lack of popularity for hybrids in Europe, Korea's second largest vehicle manufacturer has just unveiled the Kia Optima Hybrid for the European market at the Paris Motor Show. Unlike the Kia Optima Hybrid offered in North America, the European specification Optima Hybrid uses a 2.0-litre engine coupled to an electric motor instead of a 2...


Kia Optima Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Kia Optima Review

When Kia launched the latest-generation Kia Optima in Australia in January 2011, it was hailed as a quantum leap in design next to its predecessor - the uninspiring Kia Magentis. Here was an affordable medium-size sedan from Korea with clean lines and sleek styling that had the global motoring media doing double takes...

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$30,490 to $36,990

Kia Australia adds satellite navigation to Optima, Sorento, Sportage
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Kia Australia adds satellite navigation to Optima, Sorento, Sportage

Kia Australia has announced the availability of satellite navigation in three of its vehicles for the first time in the local brand’s history. The sat-nav units will become standard in the flagship Platinum models in the Optima, Sorento and Sportage line-ups – adding $990 to the price of those models – and will be a $1500 option in the SLi variants of the two SUVs...


Kia Optima Si $30,490 new variant
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Kia Optima Si $30,490 new variant

Kia Australia has today released details of a new Optima variant, named Si. Priced at $30,490, $6,500 less than the Optima Platinum (pictured), the Si comes with the same engine and transmission, but cuts out a few of the luxury features to give customers more choice in the medium car segment. For a start, the front disc brakes are slightly smaller, measuring 11...


Mazda BT-50, Ford FG MkII Falcon, Kia Optima, Rio get five-star ANCAP rating
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Mazda BT-50, Ford FG MkII Falcon, Kia Optima, Rio get five-star ANCAP rating

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has just released its latest round of vehicle crash test results, with every vehicle tested awarded the maximum five-star rating. The latest members of ANCAP's five-star club include: the BMW 1 Series, Citroen C4, Citroen DS3, Ford Falcon FG MkII sedan and ute, Ford Kuga, Holden Captiva Series 2, Kia Optima, Kia Rio, Mazda BT-50, Mercedes Benz M-Class, Volkswagen Jetta, and the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet...


Kia Optima wins Design Award at the Australian International Design Awards
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Kia Optima wins Design Award at the Australian International Design Awards

Kia has come away with a Design Award at the 2011 Australian International Design Awards (AIDA). Held yearly, the AIDA recognises excellence in design and functionality in a number of categories, as judged by a panel of industry experts. The Automotive and Transport category featured cars from Kia (Optima), Hyundai (Elantra), Audi (A7), Peugeot (3008 and RCZ) and Ford (Ranger), with the Audi A7 taking out the best in category award...


Kia Optima Video Review
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Video: Blake Griffin slam-dunks over a Kia Optima

It’s not every day that you see someone jump over a Kia Optima to make a slam-dunk. LA Clippers basketball player Blake Griffin did just that during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest over the weekend. Kia Motors has wasted no time either, already turning the dunk into an advertising campaign for the midsized sedan...


Video: Kia Optima 'One Epic Ride' Super Bowl commercial
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Video: Kia Optima 'One Epic Ride' Super Bowl commercial

With the American Super Bowl kick off just around the corner, companies and brands are putting their best foot forward in the direction of advertising to come up with cracker ads. Take a look at one of the latest commercials starring the new Kia Optima. Some of the best ads will be presented during the annual event, and with 30-second slots costing up to $3 million, these brands want to create something special to stand out from the rest...


Kia Optima Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Kia Optima Review

The 2011 Kia Optima is a big knock-out punch to the face of competitors in the segment. For those of us that still remember the old days of Kia, the last five years have come as a bit of a shock. The Korean brand's insistence on breaking its negative brand-persona has led to one of the biggest turn-arounds of any automotive manufacturer to date...

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2011 KIA Optima Driving Footage
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2011 KIA Optima Driving Footage

The all-new Kia Optima, driving footage shot around Melbourne Australia. For a full written review check out CarAdvice.com.au...


Kia Optima and Kia Sportage win iF Design Awards
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Kia Optima and Kia Sportage win iF Design Awards

And so they should. The new Kia Optima in particular is a great looking car. It was designed by Peter Schreyer - a former design chief from Volkswagen and Audi (the guy behind the first Audi TT concept) - and it looks as good and as modern as any other medium sedan out there. The new Kia Sportage is also a sophisticated yet crisp design, featuring much of the same design language as the Optima...


2011 Kia Optima Hybrid at Los Angeles Auto Show
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2011 Kia Optima Hybrid at Los Angeles Auto Show

The all-new 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan has been unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show ahead of its US launch early next year. Kia Motors Australia is launching the standard, non-hybrid Optima in January 2011, and chief operating officer Tony Barlow said the marque is keeping a close eye on the Hybrid model...


Kia Optima at 2010 AIMS
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Kia Optima at 2010 AIMS

It wasn't long before Kia's new design language made its way into the brand's medium car, the Kia Optima. Replacing the Magentis nameplate, the new Optima will go on sale locally January next year but you can get your first glimpse of it at this year's 2010 Sydney Motorshow. For a rather long time Korean cars were not seen as pretty, stylish or in some cases, even easy on the eye...


Kia Optima Coupe, Optima Wagon under consideration
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Kia Optima Coupe, Optima Wagon under consideration

UK-based site Autocar has recently reported that Kia is considering building a two-door Optima coupe and five-door Optima wagon to join its recently launched mid-size, four-door Optima sedan. According to the report, Kia design director, Peter Schreyer is enthusiastic about the notion of the two future variants...


2011 Kia Optima coming to Australia
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2011 Kia Optima coming to Australia

Update: Kia Optima Review The all-new Kia Optima has just been unveiled at the New York International Auto Show and we can confirm that it's headed to Australia to replace the Magentis towards the end of this year. Jan 22nd 2011 Update - KIA Australia has announced prices at $36,990 for the Optima Platinum as the only variant in the range...