2015 Kia Optima Isn’t as Posh as Premium Cars, But It’s surprisingly close
In 2012, Kia released a Super Bowl commercial for the 2013 Optima. The car was new, nice looking and Victoria Angles were featured in that Super Bowl commercial which drew more attention that you could imagine. Now, for the 2015 model year, Kia released the new Optima but the car isn’t changed much in comparison with the 2014 Optima which was slightly redesigned.
The looks stayed impressive and elegant. The Optima was always a nice stylistic effort and the looks of it showed that there are much more ideas that can be drawn from the well-known shape of a sedan.
The 2015 Kia Optima still looks sharp and strong and four years on the market did not make it any less appealing than before. Novelties for the 2015 model year don’t include much. The Kia Optima received laminated windshield with considerably lower sound penetrating into the cabin at high speeds. This way the Kia Optima became even more in line with luxurious segment offerings from other manufacturers, but thanks to its affordable price the Optima remained deep below premium market segment. In accordance with the offerings from other similar cars (Ford Fusion, Volkswagen Passat or Honda Accord), the 2015 Kia Optima received updated infotainment system and better safety system which now includes UVO eServices with geo fencing and speed alert. Adding this to the already impressive list of safety and entertainment equipment made the latest Kia Optima probably the most appealing sedan on the market.
In accordance with the previous versions, the 2015 Kia Optima can be has two impressive engines. The entry engine is a 2.4-liter four banger developing exactly 200 HP. Even though this is not the most advanced engine on the market, the sheer power of it is enough to make most drivers satisfied. However, for those who want more, Kia does not offer larger and more powerful naturally aspirated V6 engines as some other producers do. Instead, Kia can install an award winning two liter four cylinder engine with a turbocharger in it. With 275 HP, the engine is available only with sporty SX trim which brings 18 inch alloys, LED rear lights, better transmission with six gears and steering mounted shift paddles. As this is a front wheel drive car, sporty credentials cannot be as impressive as those of some other similar cars with RWD or all-wheel drive configurations. However, Kia did the best it could to provide the best possible steering feedback, engaging driving characteristics and nicely weighted gas and brake pedals.
Even though the ride in the Kia is far away from any serious sport effort, the occasional drive up the curvy road might leave you surprised because of the nicely set up suspension.
That, interestingly, did not affect fuel efficiency which is on par with the best cars from the segment. Some changes on the transmission and on the engines made the Optima even slightly more efficient than before.
All in all, with impressive equipment, nicely done interior which certainly draws inspiration from a bit older Audi vehicles and with top notch engines, the 2015 Kia Optima remains as one of the most appealing sedans on the market. The new model is expected to hit the market next year (or the year after), but until then you can be sure that Kia offers one of the best mid-sized sedans on the market.