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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Buying new

We think a manual Kia Optima Sportswagon 3 spec car gets you the best of most worlds, with lots of kit and lower running costs thanks to the more efficient box.

If you want the automatic then you can have it in this trim, or the GT Line S spec above. Beware though, the top spec is quite expensive and actually a bit slower than the bottom trim.

Buying used

With so many cars predicted to go to fleet buyers, you should be able to find a well looked-after bargain without too many miles on the clock.

Although these cars will have been meticulously looked after by fleet managers, it’s worth having a good look around for use and abuse from long motorway schleps, such as torn seats or worn-out touch-points (the wheel, gearshifter and carpets for example).


Make sure you keep a full service history and maintenance file and carry out any minor, cheap-to-fix repairs that may put off prospective buyers.

Higher specs with their larger rosters of kit should be easier to sell, thanks to all the gadgets you can tempt the new driver in with.

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