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2018 Kia Optima Sportswagon revealed

The revised 2018 Kia Optima has been revealed for Europe, with the company showing off the facelifted Sportswagon variant and detailing new powertrains for the first time. While the exterior revisions largely mirror that of the Korean-market 'K5' sedan, the European version is set to get a pair of new turbocharged engines – one petrol and one diesel...

CarAdvice podcast 87: What do our readers think of the new Commodore? 

This week you are joined by Mandy Turner and Mike Costello. In car news, reports have surfaced about the the Alfa Romeo 6C sports car being prepared for 2020, while 2018 BMW X2 pricing and specs have been released. Also, Kia Australia is standing by the slow-selling Optima, QLD police union says hidden speed cameras are ‘revenue raisers’ and don’t save lives, the Range Rover SV Coupe has been confirmed for Geneva, and reports the 2019 Jaguar XJ goes electric...

2018 Kia Optima facelift revealed in Korea

The facelifted 2018 Kia Optima has been revealed for the Korean market, ahead of an Australian launch later this year. Compared to the current version, the new Optima - named K5 in its home market - gets revised front- and rear-end treatments, new alloy wheels, and some technology updates...

Optima: Kia Australia to stand by its only slow seller

The past couple of years have seen the Kia brand stand out as a clear performer in the Australian new car market, with all but one model delivering marked sales growth. That one sore point is the Optima, a very good car in a dying segment, and now challenged from within by the four-cylinder Stinger liftback. By the end of 2017, Optima sales had fallen 46...

Kia Optima Sportwagon PHEV being re-considered for Australia

Kia Australia is re-thinking its decision not to import the Optima Sportwagon to sell alongside its sedan contemporary. However, it seems that if the company were to perform an about-face and offer the stylish load-carrier here, it’d come with a twist: a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain...

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...