Kia Optima

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This car replaces the old Magenits, taking the fight to the Ford Mondeo/Vauxhall Insignia sector. It’s a large four-door saloon and all models come with alloys, hill-start assist, Bluetooth and day-running lights, among other trinkets. For more information on the Optima, click on our further stories on the links below.

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This is not a popular Kia, registering very small numbers in the UK. Why? Because this large family car sector has collapsed in recent years, as buyers choose crossovers and MPVs, and Kia has concentrated on its smaller, better-value models. There’s only one engine to choose in the UK - the 1.7 diesel - but you can pick between a manual or automatic transmission. The rest will be familiar from sister brand Hyundai’s i40. It’s a bit of a sleeper to look at, with few other motorists knowing what it is. And there is some visual entertainment with the ice-cube style day-running lights for instance. When we first drove it, we found refinement a bit lacking, but they’ve added more sound-deadening and comfier seats to address these concerns. The result is a comfortable cruiser; pick a used 3-series if picking the back-route home is your thing but if you mostly stick to the M-ways for some high-mileage commuting, the Optima is an intriguing - if ultimately middle-of-the-road - choice.

The one we’d buy
1.7 CRDi

The one we’d avoid like the plague
Only one engine to pick 

Rivals to consider
Ford Mondeo, Mazda 6, Vauxhall Insignia

Oodles of equipment, Q-car vibe going on

Not that great to drive other than in a straight line

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