Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Kia Optima Saloon scored a full five-star crash test rating when it was tested by EuroNCAP late in 2015 and all cars come equipped with tyre pressure monitoring, ISOFIX mounting points, hill-start assist, numerous airbags and an alarm as standard.

Mid-range cars also get lane-departure warning system and a speed limit display system that comes in handy when travelling on unfamiliar roads.

You get a suite of advanced safety systems if you opt for top-of-the-range 4 cars, including an autonomous emergency braking system, automatic high beam and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert that notifies you of unseen cars when changing lanes or pulling out of junctions or parking spaces.

To avoid any bumps or scrapes in your local multi-storey, all cars come equipped with front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Only top-of-the-range cars are installed with a system to park the car for you into parallel and perpendicular spaces, though, and 4 cars also come equipped with a 360-degree around view camera.

  • Boot space not as big as rivals
  • Plenty of storage options available

This latest-generation Kia Optima Saloon is a practical car with plenty of ideal storage options around the cabin for all of your personal items. The highlights include a rear armrest, door pockets, a large centre cubby, cupholders and sunglasses holder.

Boot space has grown by just five litres up to 510 litres so the Optima still lags behind the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo. The opening has been made bigger though, making it easier to place larger items inside. There’s still easily enough space for the family holiday or weekly shop, plus there are metal hooks to help secure more fragile items.

Front and rear USB ports mean both you and the kids can have various devices charging for long journeys, plus top-spec cars come with a wireless charger too.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Optima (16-19).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Traction control
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

2 equipment

2 standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
2 optional equipment
None available

3 equipment

3 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
3 optional equipment
  • Front fog lights

4 equipment

4 standard equipment
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
4 optional equipment
None available

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Traction control
GT optional equipment
None available

GT-Line S equipment

GT-Line S standard equipment
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
GT-Line S optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Kia Optima (16-19) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2015
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 89%
Child Occupant: 86%
Vulnerable Road Users: 67%
Safety Assist: 71%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.