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Ep.2 GoAuto.com.au presents the 2011 Kia Optima

Mar 29 2011

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Address: Suite 1, 77 Beach Rd, Sandringham VIC

The Kia Optima comes with absolutely everything you would expect plus a lot more. Standard you get 18 inch flush-faced alloy wheels, high-gloss black A and B-pillar treatment to match the all-black roof with 3 sunroofs, black-bezelled Xenon headlights with washers and static cornering lights, foglights, tail-lights, wing mirror-integrated side repeater lights and twin chromed tipped exhaust outlets.

Last year the Optima was a smash hit in the very competitive US and Korean car markets and much of this success can be linked to its sleek styling and unexpected sporty performance. Inside, the fully-featured cabin is dominated by a luxurious cockpit-style dashboard with a centre stack that’s angled towards the driver. 

Soft-touch surfaces abound the dash-top and doors, there are big oddments and bottle holders in all four doors to compliment the large glovebox and under-armrest centre console. The overall fit and finish is impeccable. There is class-leading legroom for rear passengers but, although the centre floorpan tunnel is a surprisingly low, the centre rear occupants sit high on a hump, that makes headroom even tighter than in the outboard positions.

Stand-out features include the classy and programmable TFT trip computer display between the easy-to-read instrument dials and the handy colour reverse camera display in the rear-vision mirror, while attention to detail is obvious in features like the lane-change indicator function and auto up/down function for both front windows. The Optima’s two point four cylinder petrol engine delivers solid bottom and top-end performance and never sounds loud or coarse.

To find out more about the Kia Optima, or read more in depth car reviews and automotive tips go to goauto.com.au