Currently reading: Refreshed Kia Optima range led by £33,350 Sportswagon GT fast estate
Kia's saloon and its Sportswagon estate sibling get revised looks along with extra petrol and diesel engines; revised Optima range starts at £22,260

Kia has updated its Kia Optima saloon and Optima Sportswagon estate with revised styling, new engines and additional technology, with a new price of £22,260 for the entry-level saloon, and £33,350 for the fast, sporty Optima Sportswagon GT. 

The models were first displayed at the Geneva motor show, but are now open for order in the UK. Equivalent Sportswagons take a premium of around £860 over their saloon counterparts. 

A new 1.6-litre diesel engine with 134bhp and 236lb ft replaces the 139bhp 1.7 CRDi unit in the Optima. The new powerplant employs selective catalytic reduction, which, Kia claims, "significantly reduces emissions".

Kia's existing 178bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit, which is also used in the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Kona, has also been added to the engine line-up, slotting between the naturally aspirated 161bhp 2.0 GDi and the 242bhp 2.0 T-GDi of the Optima GT. This is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

In addition, a new drive mode selector, which alters accelerator and steering responses, lets drivers choose from four set-ups: Eco, Comfort, Sport and automatic.

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Styling revisions to the Optima include a new front bumper design, chrome grille highlights, headlight design, foglight design and LED tail-lights. The saloon also gains a new rear bumper design. There's also a fresh paint colour, Runway Red, and new 16in, 17in and 18in alloy wheel designs.

Sporty GT and GT-Line models add LED foglights, twin tailpipes and gloss black highlights for the door mirror caps, side sills and air intake grille.

Inside, a new steering wheel, extra trim on the dashboard and six-colour ambient lighting have been introduced, along with leather and brown cloth upholstery options.

The infotainment is Kia's latest system, displayed on a 7.0in or 8.0in touchscreen, featuring sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging and a new 360deg parking camera.


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In terms of safety tech, a driver awareness monitor joins lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

The update to the Optima follows a record year for the model in Europe, in which Kia shifted 16,800 examples, compared with 9600 in 2016, the model's first full year on sale.

Kia Europe CEO Michael Cole said: "The Optima is a key contributor to Kia’s sustainable growth in Europe, and its sales momentum has been maintained through the introduction of new variants in 2017, these including the Sportswagon, GT variants and plug-in hybrid".

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smokescreen38 9 August 2018

Kia Optima

Always liked the look of these pity about the one engine choice. With the petrol option these now look interesting.
gazza5 8 August 2018

At last a petrol engine!

thankfully they have finally found sense and put a petrol engine in this car - prevuiously it was diesel only. Therefore due to diesel only it was off my list - now its back on.

Peter Cavellini 8 August 2018

Nice Wagon!

 Yes, yes it is, a bit Mercedes, a compliment?, you decide...