Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi Emotion Dynamics Eco-proof, elegant and distinguished

One of the most hear opinions about Kia is that relating to the leap in quality that have been involved in recent years, in fact the consensus is almost complete among colleagues. The clear evidence we have in the new Kia Optima, a good example of how one can build a very complete sedan that has almost everything without the price becomes inaccessible and deterrent to the point that we opt for popular segments today , as the crossover.

The brand itself defined the Kia Optima as a bold statement of intent, praising the work of the head of design Peter Schreyer. As we will see throughout our article, which tested a 1.7 CRDi VGT Kia Optima Emotion Eco-Dynamics this is a product with a quality / price ratio but also with very few alternatives to excel. Consider that currently only sold 1.7 CRDi engine with 136 hp waiting for a hybrid that will arrive before the year ends.

The Kia Optima is elegant and visually attractive
Without going so far in other reviews, at a glance the Kia Optima already has premium appearance. Think its 4.84 meters long – almost the same as an Audi A6 – his face radiates character with his tiger nose and LED daytime lighting, as standard across the range. Her waist width, its high back short overhang, the union of the lateral line the ceiling with a chrome crossbar, the radio antenna integrated into a tiny flap on the roof, or a discrete gills in the front wings, small details directly or subliminally give us good feelings.

Another touch of class, of course, your tires are 18 “in this case are only standard on the top end Emotion finish.

A well organized and elegant interior
We were again surprised by the quality of the Kia Optima, this time in the compartment aboard. Soft plastics, wood grain inserts on door armrests, center console and steering wheel lining, visible stitching and detailed. The dashboard and controls are all oriented towards the driver and maybe here appreciate two defects: first, the lower quality plastic used in this area that is at odds with the rest and perhaps the position of the browser, which preferably have been better located a little higher.

The steering wheel is comfortable and very pleasant both visually and by touch. The position of the shifter is the appropriate and just a bit annoying is the parking brake manually, it would be much appreciated an electric parking brake.

A large saloon, spacious and comfortable with panoramic sunroof
Its length, as you can imagine, guarantees a very spacious cabin especially in the rear of the Kia Optima. Much legroom back except to the central square is limited by the incursion of the center console and is more uncomfortable to be higher than the rest and have a less soft support for the armrests, removable tray. The head height in the rear seats, though sufficient, not too loose because of the limitations of such sedans by falling back of the roof.

Another detail we liked the Kia Optima is its panoramic glass roof divided into two parts with front bezel practicable. It is much appreciated that this is standard with finishes Drive and Emotion, because it contributes much to the comfort and quality of the cabin.

The trunk is as spacious as you would expect from its 4.84-meter long
One of the reasons for choosing a saloon of this size, comfort aside, is the cargo space of the trunk. The design of the trunk lid of this four-door makes loading mouth is not as practical as it could be a five-door, but the depth of the trunk causes the volume of total charge amount to 505 liters without sacrificing space passengers on board. A nice touch is that the system of opening and closing the trunk has “memory”, ie may be detained and kept open at different angles to avoid touching the ceiling in a garage under.

Kia Optima: Concept, Drive and Emotion
The finishing lines and equipment are divided into three options. The most basic or Concept and comes standard with alloy wheels 16 “, a full complement of safety with ESP, VSM (stability control), flashing brake lights on emergency braking and active front headrests. Also power outside mirrors, heated folding. Radio-CD with MP3 and iPod connection, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and speed limiter, upholstery fabric seats with heatable function for the front.

Drive line adds to the above 17 “wheels, headlight washers, panoramic sunroof, trunk network, improved instrument panel, rain sensors and lights, parking sensors front and rear parking assist system, leather upholstery mixed and electric adjustments with memory function for driver’s seat.

Finally Emotion line, in our test, also includes the above, 18 “wheels, control system tire pressure, lane keeping assist, xenon headlights, sports pack body, wood inserts, pedal alloy trim with inluminaciĆ³n browser with camera for parking assistance, Infinity audio system, leather upholstery and electrically adjustable passenger seat in four positions.

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