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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Major revamp dramatically improves its appeal

Kia Optima Sportswagon (16 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

  • Added practicality
  • Smart looks
  • Solid cabin
  • Loads of kit

CONS

  • Expensive upper grades
  • Auto is slower
  • Only one engine (for now)

PROS

  • Added practicality
  • Smart looks
  • Solid cabin
  • Loads of kit

CONS

  • Expensive upper grades
  • Auto is slower
  • Only one engine (for now)

Kia Optima Sportswagon rivals

The most surprising thing about the new Kia Optima Sportswagon is that the Korean manufacturer hasn’t made one before.

Even sister company Hyundai has a wagon in this segment, the i40 Tourer, going up against the old benchmark Ford Mondeo Estate and slinky-looking Mazda 6 Estate.

With its sights set firmly on the company car market, Kia is hoping to find new customers for this pragmatic and smartly styled estate.

Similar trim levels to saloon with lots of kit

Even entry-level 2 cars come packed-out with equipment, including a seven-inch sat-nav system, reversing camera, air-con and cruise control.

Kia Optima Sportswagon

From there you can upgrade to 3 spec and finally a sporty-looking GT Line S, distinguished by a subtle bodykit and larger alloy wheels.

Top-spec cars enjoy a generous equipment list including things like wireless phone charging, 360-degree camera, automatic parking, adaptive cruise control and bright LED headlights.

Diesel engine with low CO2

For the time being there is only one engine, a 1.7-litre diesel, until the performance-biased petrol GT comes along in 2017.

The standard unit should appeal to fleet drivers though with 113g/km of CO2, just three grams more than the saloon. In fact Kia reckons three-quarters of Optima Sportswagons will go to company car drivers.

Manual cars also crack the 0-62mph sprint in less than 10 seconds, with the diesel motor providing suitable mid-range punch for overtaking.

Kia Optima Sportswagon rivals

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