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2018 Kia Optima Si review

Fresh faced as part of a midlife update, the 2018 Kia Optima plots a steady course in a declining market segment, but is Kia’s midsizer any better or worse than the rest of its often underappreciated competitors?

2019 Kia Optima GT review

Kia has face-lifted and tickled the spec on its Optima GT mid-sized sedan. But is it enough to lure buyers away from big-selling Camrys and Mazda 6s?

2016 Kia Optima Si Review

The fourth-generation Kia Optima has a new look and a new impressive list of standard features in the base model Si.

2016 Kia Optima Review

Kia's revised Optima launches with a new flagship turbocharged engine and GT replacing Platinum specification. Australians don't love medium and large sedans as much as they used to, but the Optima looks to be at the pointy end of the segment.

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2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon : 2016 Geneva Motor Show

The Kia Optima Sportswagon, the company’s largest wagon ever, has been shown at the 2016 Geneva motor show. 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)...

2016 Kia Optima Review : First Drive

The 2016 Kia Optima launches in Australia this week with subtle exterior styling tweaks and an even more premium interior in an attempt to breathe some life back into the medium/large sedan segments in Australia. The fourth generation Optima will replace the stylish and impressive third generation sedan, a car that cemented Kia’s ability to design attractive vehicles that were also technologically up to date...

2016 Kia Optima Walkaround : 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Read more about the Optima here. This is the new generation Kia Optima, and you'd be forgiven for thinking it looks similar to the previous generation, but if you look closely there's been a lot of subtle tweaks to the whole vehicle. As with previous Kia's the new Optima has been specifically tuned for Australian roads...

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Kia Optima Comparisons

Kia Optima 2.4 Si v Subaru Liberty 2.5i Premium Comparison

Mid-size sedans don't get much love in Australia anymore, but offering practicality, driving enjoyment and affordability, here we bring two of the segment's best examples together...

Kia Optima GT v Hyundai Sonata Premium : Comparison Review

There’s something to be said for sibling rivalry. Brothers and sisters often grow up trying to outdo one another, and to an extent the same can be said of car companies. Okay, so there probably aren’t awkward family photos of a Hyundai peering out of the corner of its headlight at a Kia...

Hyundai i45 vs Kia Optima comparison review

Models tested: Hyundai i45 Premium and Kia Optima Platinum: 2.4-litre, four cylinder petrol, six-speed automatic, four-door medium sedans. The crowded medium-size car category has two South Koreans shaking up the establishment. Based on specs alone, it's almost impossible to tell them apart; they're essentially cut from the same mould - after all it's the same parent company...

Kia Optima News

Every car leaving the Australian market in 2020

It was a big year for automotive in 2020, with the exit of Holden, the cancellation of international motor shows and the Australian Grand Prix due to coronavirus, and the steady decline of new car sales. In a challenging climate, it's perhaps unsurprising that carmakers reduced their ranges, discontinued under-performers and replaced older models with hybrids, electric cars or new creations altogether...

Kia Optima badge exits Australia

The Kia Optima, which survived through four generations in Australia, has now left local showrooms. It was only a couple of years ago that Kia's Australian division said it would stand by the slow-selling Optima, promising to "work harder" on its positioning. Then, in March last year, Kia confirmed the fourth-generation Optima (the second was sold here as the Magentis) would be the last offered in Australia...

2020 Kia Optima (K5) revealed, not for Oz

Kia has revealed the first images of its all-new K5/Optima mid-sized sedan, which is a marked departure from the vehicle that preceded it. Measuring 4905mm long and 1860mm wide, the new Optima is 50mm longer and 25mm wider than the current model, while the longer 2850mm wheelbase is claimed to provide a "stable driving character", while the 20mm lower roofline (1445mm) ensures a "low-slung sporty profile"...

Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

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Kia Optima Owner Reviews

2017 Kia Optima GT Nav review

I wrote a review of my Kia Optima GT shortly after I bought it, so I thought I would give an update on progress now that I've had it for about 12 months. It's still only done about 10,000km which has consisted mostly of about six or so long trips. I absolutely love this car and am extremely happy with it...

2017 Kia Optima GT Nav review

I'm the owner of an MY18 Kia Optima GT in red. In my opinion, it is a great car. Kia has come along way since the ’90s. Good on you, Kia. I have owned three cars made by the Kia group, and each time they have surprised me. As far as handling, performance, looks, comfort and economy go, it’s great. Each day since buying my Optima GT, I can’t wait to drive it again...

2017 Kia Optima GT review

As an owner of 4WD and SUV vehicles for the last 15 years, against the current trends, I decided to make the switch back to a mid-size sedan because of the value they currently represent, and I decided on the Kia Optima GT. I have to say I am extremely happy with this decision for a number of reasons...

2017 Kia Optima GT review

Having been a loyal Ford customer and the owner of six XR6 Falcons in a row, I thought it was time to try another brand as I could no longer buy another new XR6. After much online research, I decided on a Kia Optima GT. After finding a suitable colour, I did a deal over the phone and took delivery a couple of days later...

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