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Kia Optima Saloon and Sportswagon treated to a 2018 update

  • Family saloon and estate facelifted
  • New engines and more efficient engines, plus more tech
  • Tweaked exterior styling and interior trim

Kia has revealed a lightly updated version of its Optima Saloon and Optima Sportswagon models

While there have been a few cosmetic tweaks on the outside, the biggest news comes in the form of a pair of new engine options available for the first time.

Two new 1.6-litre engines for the Kia Optima

A cleaner 1.6-litre CRDi motor that produces 136hp and 320Nm of torque has replaced the old 1.7-litre diesel.

Kia promises vast improvements over the 1.7 when it comes to efficiency, but official figures for CO2 emissions and fuel economy have yet to be confirmed.

The other new engine is another 1.6-litre unit, this time a turbocharged petrol badged T-GDI producing 180hp. Sitting between the naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre with 163hp and the 245hp turbocharged 2.0-litre found in the Optima GT, it will come exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Tweaks to the Kia Optima’s styling and interior

As with any mid-life facelift, Kia has made some alterations to the look of the Optima, most notable of which are found on the outside.

It’s not extensive, though, with new lights and bumpers for both bodystyles, some more chrome on the grille and gloss black trim for higher-spec GT Line and GT models.

There’s a wider selection of alloy wheels available, a new Runway Red colour choice and a new set of LED foglights for GT Line and GT models.

The interior’s seen an even subtler set of modifications, comprising a new steering wheel, some silver trim for the dashboard and ambient lighting in a range of six colour options.

There’s also a selection of new seat colours, with black, black and grey and brown for the core Optima range, while GT Line and GT models are available with black and red leather upholstery.

More Kia Optima tech and safety kit

Unsurprisingly, a few additions to the kit list can be found on the new Optima. Safety-wise, the driver attention warning system now detects if the driver is drowsy, while autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane-keep assist now also feature.

On top of this, full LED headlamps are available with automatic high-beam, and a function whereby the lights turn with the direction of the wheels.

When can I buy the updated Kia Optima?

The facelifted Optima goes on sale in the UK in the autumn, so expect to see it to be available to order from the summer. Prices are expected to rise slightly compared with the pre-facelift range.

Find out more about these capacious family cars with Parkers’ full Kia Optima Saloon review and full Kia Optima Sportswagon review