Yes we know Kia’s aren’t the most desirable cars in the world, but no matter, the brand new Optima Sportswagon is still a slick looking vehicle! Few of the Concept’s little details remain, but the basic form remains mostly unaltered. We’d say it’s comfortably better-looking than, say, a Vauxhall Insignia wagon, particularly in semi-hot GT trim, complete with its 242bhp 2.0-litre turbo four, twin exhausts and biggish wheels.
What is Kia’s first go at an estate of this size will be offered with a choice of three engines when it goes on sale in the last quarter of this year. There’s a likely quite economical 1.7-litre diesel and a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol, plus the auto-only turbo of the GT. No word on performance figures yet, but bet on slow but worthy for the diesel and quite adequate for the GT.