The All-New Kia Optima K5 is Here, and It’s Lookin Funky

After almost a decade, Kia has finally, properly, updated the all-new Optima K5 sedan, and it is surely looking mighty stylish.

Underpinned by a new N3 platform, the Kia Optima now comes with a whole lot of new stuff revolving around the design, convenience, performance, and safety.

On the exterior, taking centre stage is the brand’s “Tiger face” front fascia which comprises a wide and thin Shark skin-inspired front grille, followed by “Heart Beat” DRLs, a low-slung fastback-ish silhouette, dual chrome exhaust tip garnish, Gloss black applique, as well as up to 19-inch wheels.

Inside, there is a newly designed infotainment display that seamlessly stretches into the instrument panel, creating a futuristic, three-dimensional layout and driver-centric space.

2021 K5 GT-Line AWD

Other interior highlights include an aircraft-type shift knob, a mix of upholstery options including red leatherette seating, satin chrome metallic and wood-like finishes on the dashboard and door panels, a Panoramic sunroof, and a flat-bottom, sport steering wheel (GT-Line, GT).

Sitting longer, lower and wider than the current model, the new Optima even promises a more exciting driving experience.

Additional highlights include improved suspension geometry, a more rigid body, and improved sound insulation.   

Under the hood, there will be two engine options:

2021 K5 GT
  • 2.5-litre turbo GDI + MPI four-cylinder engine making 290 hp and 422 Nm of torque, paired with the new 8-speed “wet” Dual Clutch Transmission (GT) goes 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds
  • 1.6-litre turbo GDI four-cylinder engine producing 180 hp and 264 Nm of torque, an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. There is also all-wheel drive (AWD) now, but only for the 1.6 variant.
2021 K5 GT

The list of standard equipment:

  • 8- or 10.25-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Multi-connection Bluetooth wireless connectivity
  • Bose Premium sound system with 12 high-performance speakers
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 
  • Wireless smartphone charging 
  • Voice recognition
  • Rear Occupant Alert
  • “Sound of Nature” ambient system

These are of course, on top of the mile-long list of safety and driver assistance features that are part of Kia’s Drive Wise Suite”.

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