Kia Optima

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How much does the Kia Optima cost to run?

The 1.7L diesel is the most economical Kia Optima to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Kia Optima 1.7L diesel costs £30.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band C.

It does just over 64 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Dacia Logan 1.5L diesel and the more thirsty Hyundai I40 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 19, which is lower than the Hyundai I40 1.7L diesel, but higher than the Vauxhall Insignia 1.6L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Dacia Logan has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.6L diesel1.7L diesel
mpg61.461.4 - 64.2
emissions121 - 122113 - 120
insuranceGroup 21 - 28Group 19 - 20

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Kia Optima: How big is the boot?

The Kia Optima has an above average boot space (549 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 3 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 4 large bags or 4 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Skoda Superb estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 4 large bags with its 644 litres.

Which Kia Optima has the best performance?

The fastest Kia Optima from 0-60, is the 1.7L diesel (if you’re a petrol head, it has 340 lbs/ft torque and 139 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 9.8 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Ford Mondeo 0L diesel, which will beat your Kia Optima to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.6L diesel1.7L diesel
zeroTo6210.8 - 11.49.8 - 10.7

What size caravan or trailer, can the Kia Optima tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Kia Optima 1.7L diesel which has 340 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1800kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.