2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon 1.7 CRDi GT-Line S DCT review
It has the raw ingredients to be a decent car, but sadly the Kia Optima Sportswagon hasn’t the polish to really shine
If you know your Transformers you’ll be aware that Optimus Prime is the strong, sharp-thinking leader of the Autobots. Kia is hoping its new Kia Optima Sportswagon will rise to a similarly lofty position and become leader of the D-segment estates.This is no ‘stick your finger in the air and hope’ effort, either. The Optima Sportswagon was designed and built specifically for us Europeans (and yes, that term still includes us, if only geographically rather than spiritually, these days) and will be fielded only in this region of the globe. However, while some of our continental neighbours will have a petrol to choose from, we’re destined to have this 1.7-litre diesel only, with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto. The version we’re testing here is fitted with the latter, and in top-spec GT-Line S trim, quite frankly it will leave you wanting for little in terms of toys. Some of the standard highlights include 18in alloys, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof and heated, ventilated seats. Of course, it comes with peace of mind as well, courtesy of Kia’s seven-year warranty.