Kia Optima K5 2.0 Review
More than good looks...

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
26 Mar 2014

Introduction, Exterior

Three years on, Peter Schreyer’s original design of the Optima K5 continues to endure as one of the most invigorating designs found in the mid-size sedan market. Next to the likes of the Camry and Accord, the Optima leaves them trailing when it comes to the looks department.

Kia has recently released an updated version of the K5 that serves to improve the original design in subtle ways.



Externally, the changes are subtle on this updated model. Much of the car remains the same except for the front fascia that has been given a more futuristic look. The daytime running lights have been shifted from the bumper to within the headlamp cluster.

The fog lamps have also been updated with LED units that are much brighter and give the sedan a look that commensurates with other sedans on the market.

Even with these piecemeal changes, the K5 remains in a class of its own compared to other mid-size sedans purely on looks alone. If not for the badge on the bonnet, one would easily assume it to be a European sedan. 

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Engine Capacity 1998cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Bore x Stroke (81x97)mm
Power 163bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 196Nm @ 4800rpm
Power to Weight 115 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 208 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 7.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4885 x 1830 x 1455) mm
Wheelbase 2795 mm
Kerb Weight 1417 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs