Kia Optima 2016 Specs, Tech, Review & Test

Kia Optima 2016 Specs, Tech, Review & Test

In a market full of family renewal, Kia Optima with unsheathed. Kia Optima 2016 , This new generation adapts more to the constraints of the European market while nursing a long list of amenities.

Originally designed for Korea and the United States, Optima, family sedan has never managed to establish itself in Europe and particularly in France because of malus she felt the full force . A weight handicap in a market where the majority is professional customer.

Kia corrects his mistake with this second generation is now equipped with a single engine, neutral penalty. With him, the Optima can meet a wider spectrum and not be put off because the pros is subject to a TVS (tax on company cars) very reasonable € 440. Unfortunately for the Korean, the agenda of its output falls at the worst time. One where the biggest names in the segment,Volkswagen Passat, Renault Talisman and Ford Mondeo have been renewed. The task will be difficult with a single engine whose power tops out at 141 hp but Kia phased in enriching the range Optima with an estate version, popular in the market and a very relevant plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Kia Optima 2016 Specs, Tech, Review & Test
Kia Optima 2016 Dashboard
Built on the same platform as the previous generation, the new Optima little change in dimensions. The length increased by 10 mm via the wheelbase to reach 4.86 m. In other words, it is part of the category of large as well as the Octavia or Talisman. Aesthetically, the team of Peter Schreyer – Dad the Audi TT, the New Beetlle and Kia Sportage – has sought to jump the line of Optima. This is also the back that changes the most. The gently sloping tailgate, the lights thinned and the appearance of a small window on the rear quarter panel are the distinctive elements of the new Optima.

Aboard the changes are more noticeable. The revisited totally cockpit is now split into two parts. The upper part is dedicated to information and the lower part to the commands. The design of the dashboard while length is inspired by the Sorento with a touch multimedia center screen. All works pretty well with perceived quality improvement over the past. The plastics on the top are better bill but objectively the level remains well below the standards offered by Volkswagen, Ford and even Renault.

Kia Optima 2016 Specs, Tech, Review & Test
behind the box hides an induction charger

However, in terms of reception, the Optima is a very good student. The rear seats are spacious and release more legroom that some stars like the Volkswagen Passat. Same story for storage. These are vast and numerous. As for the boot space there is in the average of the category with 510 liters but loading is penalized by a cut trunk which requires contort. Finally, Kia will propose to the first half of 2016, a wagon version design inspired by the elegant Sportspace concept, presented at the last show of Frankfurt.

Kia Optima 2016 Specs, Tech, Review & Test
the rear seats are among the best in the category
Kia Optima 2016 Specs, Tech, Review & Test
The boot space is average with 510 liters

Kia Optima 2016 On the road: a good level of comfort

In France, the Optima was previously penalized by the significant CO2 emissions from these engines. She could incur penalties ranging from € 1,600 to € 2,200 depending on version. Kia has completely revised its strategy by focusing on a single supply. This is the famous 4-cylinder 1.7 CRDi diesel whose power was increased to 141 hp. This Euro 6 engine, will now reject as 110 g CO2 / km to become neutral and finally penalty interest to professionals who represent the majority of customers. It can also benefit, which was not the case before, a DCT-7 dual clutch transmission from group (Hyundai / Kia). This last is not a model of speed but has the merit of being soft and fluid enough to use.

Kia Optima 2016 Specs, Tech, Review & Test

In general, the benefits and enjoyment of this diesel is well below a Renault Talisman and excellent dCi 130. It is controlled by a console sound level and consumption almost “normal” (7.1 l / 100 km raised during our test).

The catalog will be expanded in the months to be varnished by the arrival of a sporty GT version, powered by a supercharged 245 hp gasoline. Meanwhile, Kia will renew a hybrid version but this time rechargeable. Next Optima PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) will also be the first plug-in hybrid model proposed by Kia.

Kia has not disrupted the running gear of its sedan since it has retained the old chassis. The changes concerned the stiffening anchors and suspensions. It welcomes the compromise reached by Kia in comfort. Filtration is good and correct posture which makes traveling more pleasant.

However we still plague against this direction very artificial feeling. A zero points in sensation and almost as much in accuracy, as the front axle is lazy. Faced with competition from the Korean frame can bear comparison as soon as the road crosses. The Optima is a straight line traveler who requires a calm pace.

Kia Optima 2016 Equipments

Kia Optima 2016 Specs, Tech, Review & Test

For the French market, the range Optima is very simple and consists of two trim levels and two transmissions: BVA or BVM. The entrance ticket to the Optima, set at € 32,900 with “Premium” finish is already well equipped with standard, the hill start assistance, assistance in maintaining the track, the screen 7 inch touch navigation, audio system with Bluetooth, automatic climate control leather upholstery, reading panels, heated steering wheel, parking assistance associated with the reversing camera, four electric windows, cruise control, etc.

On paper, this level “entry level” appears not competitive in terms of prices facing a Renault Talisman sold from € 27,900. This salty price is justified by an abundant equipment that needs to be confronted with a high finish in the competition. For example it will compare the Kia Optima CRDi 141 DCT-7 to Talisman Intens dCi 130 EDC (€ 35,700).
The premium finish “Ultimate” at € 38,400 and exclusively associated with the DCT dual-clutch transmission 7, adds the 8-inch screen, the blind spot detector, the 360 ​​° camera, a phone charger induction, adaptive cruise control, alloy wheels 18 \’\’, the electric parking brake, the front seats and heated rear parking aid and automatic panoramic sunroof.

The high-tech point: induction charger

The Kia Optima 2016 loads a fairly sophisticated technology for a volume manufacturer. Among these new technologies we note the presence of an induction charger for mobile phones exclusively on DCT7 versions. Located at the base of the center console, the wireless charger allows users to charge their phone on the way, wirelessly. With a function of detecting foreign objects, 5W charger activates when compatible device is placed on the tray, and alert the user if he leaves his phone inside the vehicle as he leaves. The system indicates the telephone charge state on the vehicle instrumentation combined. At the moment very few smartphones are compatible with this charging system but Kia is among the first to propose the general.

Kia Optima 2016 Tecnical Specs

Start of marketing 11/19/2015
Warranty parts and labor: in km 150000 km
Warranty Parts and labor: in months 84 months
Displacement 1685 cm3
Number of cylinders 4
Number of valves per cylinder 4
Fiscal power 0 CV
Couple 340 Nm at 1750 rev / min
Fuel Diesel
Gearbox Automatic
Number of speeds 7
Din Power 141 Floor 4000 rev / min
Length 4855 mm
Width 1860 mm
Height 1465 mm
Mini safe volume 510 L
Number of seats 5
Kerb weight 1605 Kg
Performance / Consumption
CO2 emissions 116 g / km
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h 11 s
Extra-urban consumption 4.1 Liter / 100 km
Combined consumption 4.4 Liter / 100 km
Urban consumption 5.1 Liter / 100 km
Maximum speed 203 km / h

Kia Optima 2016 Price and Other Competitor price

  • The Kia Optima 2 (from 141 hp and € 32,900) was evaluated in the category of family sedans that includes:
  • The Ford Mondeo (from 110 hp and € 27,900)
  • The Renault Talisman (from 120 hp and € 26,900)
  • The Volkswagen Passat (120 hp from € 25,700)

Kia Optima 2016 Specs, Tech, Review & Test

The new Kia Optima 2016 arrives on the market at a time of family that many big names such as Renault Talisman, the Skoda Octavia, the Ford Mondeo, the Volkswagen Passat and even the aging Peugeot 508. Failing to be as sharp and dynamically offer such a wide range of engines, the Korean could capitalize on its price / equipment among the best in the category. It is neck and neck with the Ford Mondeo (engines and dynamic qualities less). The entrance of the Optima range is equivalent to a high finish, billed € 1,000 to € 2,000 more in competition. Its main competitors are challengers such as Hyundai i40 and the Toyota Avensis, more in line with the services delivered.

The prices

Version CO2 (g / km) Price Bonus Malus
II 1.7 IDRC 141 ISG PREMIUM 110 € 32,900 € 0
II 1.7 IDRC 141 ISG DCT7 PREMIUM 116 € 34,400 € 0
II 1.7 IDRC 141 ISG DCT7 ULTIMATE 116 € 38,400 € 0

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Kia Optima 2016 Specs, Tech, Review & Test

Kia has corrected this with this second generation. Now the Optima is neutral in penalty and can reach a wider audience (including professionals). Efforts made ​​to the perceived quality and running gear are on track but the Korean did not reach the level of the European. However it can boast of offering high-tech equipment to the height of prices (from € 32,900) from the first trim level such as assistance in maintaining the road, parking radar and a 7-year warranty.

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