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Kia Optima Specs

Engine 1999 cc
Power 160 hp
Transmission Type Automatic
Driver Airbag Yes
Air Conditioner Yes
Power Steering Yes
Seating Capacity 5 Seats
Central Locking Yes

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Optima Pros & Cons

By Abhishek Katariya on Dec 26, 2019
Things We Like in Optima

Attractive styling in and out

Refined engine

Things We Dont Like in Optima

Limited head room at the rear

Recent Updates of Optima

Kia discontinued the Optima and renamed it as the K5 which now comes with a fresh new look and specs. However, the Optima GT is still available for sale in the Malaysian market and comes priced at RM 139,888. Under the hood, the Optima GT is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 160hp of power and 196Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission gearbox. Standard features on the Optima GT includes rain sensing wipers, auto climate control, keyless entry, engine start-stop button and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to name a few.

Kia Optima Price

The Optima is priced at RM 139,888 .

Kia Optima Variants

There are 2 variants available of Optima: 2.0 EX and 2.0 GT.

Kia Optima Power-trains

The Optima is powered by a 1999cc 4-cylinder Petrol engine produces 160 hp of power and 196 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 6-Speed Automatic transmission gearbox.

Kia Optima Features

The feature list of Optima includes Central Locking, Power Door Locks, Anti Theft Device and Engine Immobilizer in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Power Windows Rear, Automatic Climate Control, Air Quality Control, Heater, Rear A/C Vents, Engine Start/Stop Button, Adjustable Seats, Height Adjustable Driver Seat, Heated Seats - Front, On Board Computer, Electric Folding Rear View Mirror, Automatic Headlamps, Accessory Power Outlet, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Foldable Rear Seat, Remote Trunk Opener, Low Fuel Warning Light, Rear Seat Headrest, Rear Seat Center Arm Rest, Cup Holders-Front, Cup Holders-Rear, Seat Lumbar Support, Bottle Holder, Vanity Mirror, Keyless Entry and Central Console Armrest.

Features for Entertainment & communication include Touch Screen, FM/AM/Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB & Auxiliary Input, CD Player, Speakers Front, Speakers Rear and Integrated 2DIN Audio.

Kia Optima Interior

The interior features include Tacho Meter, Electronic Multi Tripmeter, Leather Seats, Leather Steering Wheel, Digital Clock, Digital Odometer, Electric Adjustable Seats and Driving Experience Control Eco.

Kia Optima Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Adjustable Headlights, Fog Lights Front, Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror, Rain Sensing Wiper, Rear Window Defogger, Alloy Wheels, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Sun Roof, Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicator, Integrated Antenna and Remote Fuel Lid Opener.

Kia Optima Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag-Front, Side Airbag-Rear, Child Safety Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Ebd, Vehicle Stability Control System, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Day & Night Rear View Mirror, Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts, Rear Camera, Parking Sensors, Crash Sensor, Engine Check Warning, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams, Door Ajar Warning and Traction Control.

Kia Optima Competitors

The Optima Competitors are: Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda 3 Sedan, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra.

Kia Optima 2022 Price List

Variant Price Specifications  
Kia Optima 2.0 EX RM 139,888 *
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1999 cc, 160 hp, Automatic, Petrol

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Kia Optima Colors

Optima is available in 9 different colors - Aurora Black Pearl, Gravity Blue, Snow White Pearl, Clear White, Moss Gray, Platinum Graphite, Silky Silver, Pluto Brown and Runway Red.

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Kia Optima Review

By Abhishek Katariya on Dec 26, 2019
  • Optima Overview
  • Kia Optima Interior & Features
  • Optima Exterior
  • Kia Optima Mileage Running Cost
  • Optima Ride & Handling
  • Kia Optima Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Optima Braking & Safety
  • Kia Optima Verdict

Optima Overview

Currently the biggest and most premium sedan offering from Kia in Malaysia, the Kia Optima has been a well-received sedan globally, owing to the style and premium appeal it offers. The Kia Optima belongs to a category that is already dominated by some very well established names like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The Malaysian-spec Kia Optima is offered in a single powertrain option and four colours – white, black, grey and dark blue.

Kia Optima Interior & Features

Contrary to the extrovert styling of the Kia Optima, the interior cabin looks quite simple, but it is far from boring or staid. It is a good mixture of elegance and sportiness, which explains its true intentions of the car offering the best of both the worlds.

The multifunctional steering wheel looks nice with round centre boss and a nice looking silver spoke at the bottom. The simply designed instrument console with a 4.2-inch MID screen in between looks sober as well.

The outward theme for the dashboard looks and feels premium with soft-touch plastics, with a touchscreen infotainment system encased in a trapezoidal housing and a trapezoidal-shaped lower center console housing the array of buttons for automatic climate control. One can sense the layout of the entire dashboard to be much similar to that of the BMW’s sedans, which though is not a bad thing at all.

The Kia Optima is loaded with top of the line kit, including memory function for rearview mirrors and front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, sunroof, powered and heated front seats, Harman Kardon music system with 10 speakers, push-button start with keyless entry, auto cruise control, rear door sunshade, and 60:40 split rear seats, etc.

Optima Exterior

The Kia Optima is quite a looker, for the sedan looks big and stylish, with an essence of a coupe towards the rear. This is one of the best designs to come out of the house of this Korean manufacturer.

The Kia Optima too wears the company’s familiar tiger-nose grille, albeit in a sleeker form and with vertical chrome slats within it. The sweptback headlamps adjacent to this grille do come with dual LED projector bulbs as well as daytime running LEDs. What brings attention here is the very sleek and small set of LED fog lamps, which do standout here.

The side profile of the Kia Optima seeks a slight inspiration from the mighty Stinger GT, with a unique design for the C-pillar as well as super sporty alloy wheels. However, there is no other prominent character line here which can be specially mentioned. The very long and slightly rounded on the edges LED tail lamp do make the rear look wide and large.


Kia Optima Mileage Running Cost

The amalgamation of Multi-point fuel injection (MPI) and continuously variable valve timing (VCCL) in the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine allows it to deliver a decent mileage of 13.2 km/l. VCCL equipped in the engine, varies the height of valve opening according to the engine conditions, thus resulting in improved fuel economy and mileage.

Optima Ride & Handling

The Kia Optima not only is sporty in the way it looks, but also in the way it behaves on the tarmac. With what Kia calls as a sport-tuned suspension, the Kia Optima offers a tautness in its steering and suspension balance, which surely is engineered keeping enthusiastic drivers in mind.


Kia Optima Engine & Fuel Consumption

While the Kia Optima is sold with a variety of engine options overseas, the one sold in Malaysia comes with a single powertrain option of a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Coupled with a 6-speed torque converter, the engine produces a peak power output of 245 PS.

Optima Braking & Safety

For a premium sedan, the Kia Optima is equipped with all the range-topping features like front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, electronic stability control, traction control, front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera, blind spot collision warning, lane change assist, driver attention warning, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and around view monitor.

Kia Optima Verdict

The Kia Optima surely feels athletic and a current-generation car, whatever aspect of it you take into consideration. With a fastback styling, which looks super sleek and modern, sophisticated interior cabin design and equally sophisticated features and a powertrain and chassis balance which is a delight for the driving enthusiast, it ticks many right boxes. 

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    Hadees Feb 18, 2022 for Kia Optima

    Ever since the release of the new Kia Optima GT, I wanted to buy the car. I was really impressed by its appearance and it was a key reason I wanted to buy the car. But after buying it, I can say that the car is not just attractive but a perfect GT car in the segment and at its Read More

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    Rayzal Feb 15, 2022 for Kia Optima

    I recently bought the Kia Optima GT and have been driving it for a few months now. While I loved the exterior styling and the interior and cabin design of the car the most, I have been blown away by its performance. The car looks sophisticated and elegant with a bit of aggression and sportiness, but none can guess what Read More

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    Conrad Dec 06, 2021 for Kia Optima

    The Kia Optima GT is one of the finest looking D-segment sedans in the Malaysian market. I bought it simply for its amazing appearance that really impressed me at the showroom. Later on, when I drove the car on a regular basis, I was even more impressed. The car offers superior levels of comfort and has excellent driving dynamics with Read More

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    Schucryan Oct 01, 2021 for Kia Optima

    The Kia Optima GT is an incredible ride with an all-around performance. It never ceases to amaze me with its exemplary riding experience. The ride features automatic headlight range control, electrically adjustable seats, reversing camera, cruise control, and many such amazing features. The seats are very comfortable and ensure a perfect driving experience. This ride can be used for long-distance Read More

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    Farishah Jul 08, 2021 for Kia Optima

    Kia Optima GT is a multifunctional car with automatic headlight range control, electrically adjustable 8-way seats, cruise control, reversing camera and more. Optima GT’s seats are very good. Perforated leather seats ensure a comfortable driving experience. To make long-distance travel more comfortable, headroom needs more support: Optima GT's long wheelbase (4.8 m) provides plenty of room for the cabin. Optima Read More

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    Cabading May 20, 2021 for Kia Optima

    It has been more than a year, and I have been using the Kia Optima GT. To be honest, it still gives me the same feeling that it gave when I drove it for the first time. Its powerful engine delivers a high-quality ride, while its transmission setup makes your drive smooth and enjoyable. At the same time, it comes Read More

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    Manuel Mar 22, 2021 for Kia Optima

    The Kia Optima GT is a feature rich car with auto-leveling front lights, 8-way powered seats, cruise control, reversing camera and a number of other gadgetry. Seating inside the Optima GT is good. The perforated leather seats ensure a lot of comfort while travelling. There should have been a bit more under-thigh support to make longer rides more comfortable. The Read More

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    Zuljalal Dec 24, 2020 for Kia Optima

    I recently drove a 2020 Kia Optima and the experience was mixed. While the car has attractive styling, its performance and mileage are rather average. The Optima offers a controlled and comfortable ride. It even handles bumpy roads with ease. Sedan drivers rarely take their cars to challenge the limits. The Optima has excellent safety ratings. The automated emergency braking Read More

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    Adriel Nov 27, 2020 for Kia Optima

    The cabin of the Kia Optima is the best that I have been in. The seats are extremely comfortable. The seats are thick and provide ample cushion to all passengers. The legroom on the rear seats is huge though the foot-well is a bit narrow. The ambience of the car is something to be appreciated first-hand. Kia is known to Read More

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    Bernardino Oct 14, 2020 for Kia Optima

    If you are looking for a balanced, well-posed, powerful and value for money sedan in the Malaysian market then Kia Optima might just be the most “optimal” choice for you. Quite like its name, the car has been designed and optimized for the complete satisfaction of anyone who buys the car. I got the car last year and ever since Read More

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