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Kia Optima, Sorento recalled for engine fix

Kia Australia has issued a recall for 4963 examples of its previous-generation 2011-2014 'TF' Optima sedan, and 16 units of its 2013 'XM' Sorento SUV, over concerns the 2.4-litre 'Theta' petrol engine could suddenly stall. The Korean manufacturer reports a manufacturing fault could cause premature bearing wear within the engine...

Kia Optima Sportswagon, Mazda MX-5 RF take top honours at Red Dot Awards

The Kia Optima Sportswagon and Mazda MX-5 RF have received "Best of the Best" titles at this year's Red Dot Awards for product design, while the Kia Niro and Kia Rio also nabbed wins in their respective categories...

2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon, Niro plug-in hybrids unveiled at Geneva

Following in the footsteps of the Kia Optima plug-in hybrid sedan revealed in early 2016, Kia has taken the covers off two new plug-in hybrid production models at the 2017 Geneva motor show, with the dual-powered Optima Sportswagon and Niro set to bring greater efficiency and practicality to the PHEV fraternity...

2015-16 Kia Optima Si recalled for driveshaft fix: 42 vehicles affected

Kia has issued a recall for 42 of its 2015 and 2016 model-year Optima Si sedans over concerns the front axle driveshaft could crack. According to the Korean manufacturer, the affected Optimas may experience a crack, or separation, of the the right front axle driveshaft due to a manufacturing fault...

2015-16 Kia Optima recalled in US for driveshaft fix, Australian models affected

Kia has issued a recall in the US for 12,214 of its 2015 and 2016 model-year Optima sedans equipped with the 2.4-litre petrol engine, over concerns the right-front axle driveshaft could crack. Vehicles with a cracked driveshaft may not be able to move forward, or could roll away even when the parking brake is engaged...

Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima get five-star ANCAP ratings

Front-drive versions of the Suzuki Vitara small SUV, plus the Kia Optima mid-sized sedan range, this week received five-star ANCAP safety ratings. Neither of these mid-tier sellers had ratings before. The Hungary-sourced Suzuki Vitara managed a good rating of 35.79 out of 37 against 2015 ratings (for reference, the top-selling Mazda CX-3 managed 36...

2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon unveiled

The Kia Optima Sportswagon, the company's largest wagon ever, has been revealed and detailed ahead of its full debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show at the end of this month. Styling aft of the C-pillar is derived from last year's Sportspace concept with wraparound LED tail-lights. The top-end GT model also boasts a Sportspace-inspired diffuser integrated into the rear bumper (photos here)...

Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid revealed in Chicago

The Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid has been unveiled and detailed on the media day of the 2016 Chicago auto show. As we revealed in November 2015, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid features a 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine with 115kW/189Nm, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that includes a 50kW electric motor...

2017 Kia Optima Sportspace wagon spied testing in final body

The recent four-door convertible version of the all-new 2016 Kia Optima will likely remain a show-car concept, but this much we know: the newly launched sedan will soon be joined by a wagon counterpart. The new Optima sedan was first teased as the Sportspace wagon concept, back in February, but it wasn’t until August that Kia confirmed it would introduce a second member to the family...

2016 Kia Optima Hybrid revealed, plug-in hybrid detailed

The latest-generation Kia Optima Hybrid has been revealed, while the company has also detailed the Optima Plug-in Hybrid that's due to be launched globally next year. The Optima Hybrid features a 115kW/189Nm 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder engine under the bonnet. This is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a built-in 38kW electric motor...

2016 Kia Optima pricing and specifications

The 2016 Kia Optima launches in Australia this week, giving the South Korean company an all-new challenger in the country's medium sedan segment that's undergone huge change this year. The fourth-generation Optima replaces the stylish and impressive third-gen sedan, a car that cemented Kia’s ability to design attractive vehicles that were also technologically up to date...