Kia has updated the Optima with a mild facelift and a new diesel engine.
The Optima Saloon and Sportswagon are now available with Kia’s new 1.6-litre diesel engine.
It replaces the earlier 1.7-litre CRDi engine and produces 135hp and 320Nm of torque.
Kia says the updated car is aimed at business users. The most frugal Optima diesel emits 117g/km with average fuel consumption of 62.8mpg.
A new Drive Mode Selector lets Optima drivers switch between Eco, Comfort, Sport and Smart modes on automatic versions. Each mode enables the driver to customise the powertrain’s responses, prioritising fuel economy or more immediate acceleration.
Externally the car has revised bumpers and new front and rear LED lights.
The cabin features a new steering wheel and satin-chrome trim on the centre console which extends across the dashboard.
Kia has also modified the design of the Optima GT-Line S, which is now exclusively available in Sportswagon bodystyle.
There are two trim lines for the Optima Saloon – 2 and 3. The Sportswagon is also available in GT Line S.
The entry-level 2 grade comes with a seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav system with a reversing camera, climate control, cruise control, electric folding door mirrors and DAB.
Grade 3 features an 8in infotainment screen, electric driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, 18in alloy wheels, a Harman Kardon sound system and additional safety systems.
GT-Line S adds a 360-degree Around View Monitor, Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, a panoramic sunroof and LED headlights. The upholstery is finished in black leather with red stitching, and there’s ventilated front seats and heated outer rear seats.
Servicing is required every 20,000 miles or once a year and the Optima comes with a seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty.