Overview KIA has made significant progress over the years, going from a boring consumer brand to one of the most exciting. They have been on fire
KIA has made significant progress over the years, going from a boring consumer brand to one of the most exciting. They have been on fire lately, with the recent launch of the all-new Telluride and Stinger several years ago. Once again, KIA is stepping up its game with the introduction of the all-new Optima, known as the K5 overseas. The new Optima looks to be very exciting. It offers a stunning fastback design, several powertrains options, a new eight-speed wet double-clutch transmission (8DCT), and a gorgeous modern interior design. While the Optima isn’t particularly entertaining to drive, its powertrain and ride provide a refined experience. A spacious back seat and generous trunk also make it a useful alternative to popular crossover SUVs, especially with its potentially optional all-wheel-drive system. The death of the mid-size sedan may be imminent, but the 2021 Optima aims to be one of the best left.
What’s New for 2021 Kia Optima
Kia completely redesigned the Optima for 2021, with a bolder exterior and a truly luxurious interior. It also shares a platform with its corporate counterpart, the Hyundai Sonata, which was all new for 2020. While it’s not confirmed, the fifth-generation Optima could be called K5 here in the states, and it could also be available with all-wheel drive for the first time. Regardless, the Korean company has exceeded expectations with the latest iteration of its mid-size sedan.
2021 Kia Optima Engines
First engine 4 cylinder Smart Stream MPI injection points with a capacity of 2.0 liters PS PS 152 European horsepower equivalent to American HP150 hp and torque 192 Newton meters 6-speed automatic transmission.
The second engine 4 cylinders Smart Stream direct injection GDI 2.5 liter capacity PS 194 European horsepower equivalent to 191 American horsepower and torque of 246 Newton meters with automatic transmission 8 speeds.
New Engine Offering & 8-Speed
KIA is now offering its ‘Smartstream’ 1.6-liter T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine on the Optima. It’s able to produce 177 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 195 ft-lb of torque across a wide range of engine speeds (1,500-4,500 rpm). Having driven this new powertrain, I can tell you it’s very responsive and should make consumers very happy looking for an efficient yet smooth powertrain. It’s certainly not going to blow your doors off with 177 horsepower, but it manages to feel powerful enough for day-to-day driving.
The New 2021 Kia Optima Interior&Exterior First Look
2021 Kia Optima Transmission and Performance
The Optima will offer a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder when it arrives in America. The engine is currently available on the Sonata, which makes 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. We expect the Kia version to be equally as powerful, and we know it’ll be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a chance the 2021 Optima will offer all-wheel drive for the first time. The version we drove was front-wheel drive and demonstrated decent acceleration around town. However, it was less impressive at highway speeds, where it needed extra time to execute passes. Still, its dutiful automatic transmission and well-insulated cabin helped ensure its engine noise never rose above a dull roar. Although it won’t be available right away, the sportier Optima GT will have a more powerful turbocharged engine. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder is expected to make 290 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. It’ll pair with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.
2021 Kia Optima Interior
The all-new Optima offers drivers an entirely new interior design that aims to be minimalistic and open. Having driven it, I can attest to the roomy feeling and excellent interior material choices. Depending on the trim level you choose, KIA offers a natural-looking wood trim, sharp metal accents, a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel, and a new digital gauge cluster and multimedia system.
2021 Kia Optima Exterior
The designers decided to take the Optima in a sporty direction as it features an aggressive ‘tiger-nose’ grille with integrated LED headlamps and unique daytime running light signatures. The body itself has a fastback look to it with a sloping rear, allowing it to look more like a sports sedan than a family car.
2021 Kia Optima Price
When it goes on sale, the 2021 Kia Optima will compete with top mid-size such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry which is mechanically related to the Kia Optima. Kia hasn’t yet said how much it will cost, but it’s likely to cost more than the outgoing 2020 Optima’s ₦8.7 million starting price.
Kia K5 2020 Lengths and dimensions
- Height / 4,905mm
- Width / 1,860 mm
- Height / 1,445mm
- The wheelbase is 2,850 mm
KIA’s latest multimedia system seen on the K5 is very good, as it’s easy to use, has a friendly design interface, and makes simple functions like finding a navigation destination easy. The display itself is 10.25 inches, and the digital instrument cluster is 12.3 inches and even comes with four different gauge cluster layouts.