What is it?
If you know your Transformers you’ll be aware that Optimus Prime is the strong, sharp-thinking leader of the Autobots. Kia is hoping its new Kia Optima Sportswagon will rise to a similarly lofty position and become leader of the D-segment estates.
This is no ‘stick your finger in the air and hope’ effort, either. The Optima Sportswagon was designed and built specifically for us Europeans (and yes, that term still includes us, if geographically rather than spiritually, these days) and will be fielded solely in this region of the globe. However, while some of our continental neighbours will have a petrol to choose from, we’re destined to have this 1.7-litre diesel only, with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
The version we’re testing here is fitted with the latter, and in top-spec GT-Line S trim, which quite frankly leaves you wanting for little in terms of toys. Some of the standard highlights include 18in alloys, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof and heated, ventilated seats. Of course, it comes with peace of mind as well, courtesy of Kia’s seven-year warranty.