The striking Kia Optima range has a new estate model joining the line-up and it’s the firm’s first venture into the D-segment; there’s also a new plug-in hybrid version for the Optima being unveiled as well.
There are a lot of practical ideas on board, the new Sportswagon, it makes an ideal choice for families for instance, with one touch folding rear seats, a powered tailgate and luggage rails. The Kia Optima estate also has 552 litres of space, which expands to a useful 1,686 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.
New 1.7 litre diesel unit for the Optima Sportswagon
Kia have also introduced a new 1.7 litre diesel unit for the Optima Sportswagon which offers refinement and efficiencies and drivers should enjoy economy of 64 mpg with emissions of 113g/km.
The carmaker believes there is a big demand for sizeable estates among company car drivers with two thirds of D-Segment sales and around three quarters of all fleet sales in this class being snapped by company car drivers wanting estates.
The new model has been designed in Europe but will only be sold here despite its obvious attractions to other global markets and follows faithfully the much admired concept that was revealed at last year’s Geneva motor show.
The Kia Optima Sportswagon is the same length as the saloon model
Considering the market it is aimed at, there’s a lot of technology and safety equipment on-board including satnav, autonomous emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, smart cruise control and Android Auto. There’s also satnav too.
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Standard equipment includes privacy glass, reversing camera, USB ports and air conditioning. Other models come with Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed limiter and electrically heated folding mirrors. There’s also cornering lights and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The new Kia Optima Sportswagon will be available from the end of September priced at £22,295.