This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Kia Optima (16-19) review.

Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Optima drivers will get twin front airbags, twin side airbags and curtain airbags. All cars feature ABS with brake assist, emergency stop signalling, stability control, and vehicle stability management and hill-start assist. The car hasn't been crash-tested by Euro NCAP yet but Kia has a decent record and we expect it to perform well.

This is a four-door saloon so you don't get kind of the flexibility for loading as you would in a hatchback. Still, there's a sizeable boot of 505 litres and you can fold down the rear seats to increase the load capacity if need be. If you regularly want to transport larger items then you'll probably go for one of the competitor's more practical five-door hatchbacks.

There are some nice touches though. Rear passengers get cup-holders in a central fold-down armrest and in the side panels, and the 60:40 rear-seat fold-down mechanism is ridiculously easy: simply pull two toggles located inside the boot of the car and you get a near-flat loading area. It's not all great news though. The almost coupe-like sloping roof compromises headroom and it restricts visibility out of the rear.

Rear-seat legroom is more than ample though.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Optima (12-15).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • 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
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

1 equipment

1 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
1 optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat

2 equipment

2 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
2 optional equipment
None available

2 Luxe equipment

2 Luxe standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
2 Luxe optional equipment
None available

2 Tech equipment

2 Tech standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
2 Tech optional equipment
None available

3 equipment

3 standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
3 optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support