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Kia Optima
2015 Kia Optima 3 ISG CRDi 1.7 Front.jpg
Pre-facelift Kia Optima (fourth generation)
ManufacturerKia Motors
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive (2000–present)
Front-engine, all-wheel-drive (2020–present)
PredecessorKia Credos

The Kia Optima is a mid-size car manufactured by Kia Motors since 2000 and marketed globally through various nameplates. First generation cars were mostly marketed as the Optima, although the Kia Magentis name was used in Europe and Canada when sales began there in 2002. For the second generation models, Kia used the Kia Lotze and Kia K5 name for the South Korean market, and the Magentis name globally, except in the United States, Canada and Malaysia where the Optima name was retained until the 2021 model year. The Optima name is now going to be used for all markets except China, Saudi Arabia and the United States, where they will also use the K5 name. The 2021 Optima will not be sold in Europe due to disappointing sales for its predecessor.[1]

First generation (MS; 2000)[edit]

First generation (MS)
01-02 Kia Optima.jpg
Also called
  • Kia Magentis (Europe and Canada)
  • Kia Optima (South Korea)
  • Kia Optima Regal (KDM facelift)
  • 2000–2006
  • 2004–2011 (China)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
PlatformHyundai-Kia Y4
RelatedHyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Trajet
Kia Carnival/Sedona
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,745 mm (186.8 in)
Width2000–2005:1,815 mm (71.5 in)
2002–2005:1,820 mm (72 in)
Height1,420 mm (55.9 in)
PredecessorKia Credos

From 2000–2005 Optimas were a rebadged variant of the Hyundai Sonata, differing only from the Sonata in minor exterior styling details and equipment content.

In Australia, the Optima was introduced in May 2001, offered only with a 2.5 L V6 engine, and choice of manual or automatic transmission. The updated Optima was offered with a new 2.7 L engine, 4-speed automatic (the manual was dropped), and features such as full leather interior and alloy wheels were made standard. Thanks in part to better marketing, sales increased to 41,289 units in 2005, an all-time high. The Optima was sold until 2006, when it was replaced by the Magentis.


The 2001 Optima received Poor to Average ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).[3]

Test Rating
Overall: 1/5 stars
Moderate overlap front: Average
Side: Poor
Head restraints & seats: Poor


The 2002 Optima received a minor update. The car was a luxurious version of Kia Optima sold in South Korea. The grille was redesigned for the United States in 2003 (2004 model year) to feature the Kia badge, and the headlamps were restyled for 2004 (2005 model year).


Type Model Years Power@rpm Torque@rpm
2,351 cc (143.5 cu in) 2.4 L Sirius II I4 2001–2002 149 bhp (111 kW; 151 PS) @ 6000 rpm 156 lb⋅ft (212 N⋅m)@ 4500 rpm
2,351 cc (143.5 cu in) 2.4 L Sirius II I4 2003–2006 138 bhp (103 kW; 140 PS) @ 5500 rpm 147 lb⋅ft (199 N⋅m)@ 3000 rpm
2,493 cc (152.1 cu in) 2.5 L Delta V6 2001 170 bhp (127 kW; 172 PS) @ 6000 rpm 169 lb⋅ft (229 N⋅m)@ 4000 rpm
2,656 cc (162.1 cu in) 2.7 L Delta V6 2002–2006 170 bhp (127 kW; 172 PS) @ 6000 rpm 181 lb⋅ft (245 N⋅m)@ 4000 rpm

Second generation (MG; 2005)[edit]

Second generation (MG)
2008 Kia Magentis LS 2.0.jpg
2008 Kia Magentis LS 2.0 (UK; pre-facelift)
Also called
  • Kia Magentis (Europe, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Singapore)
  • Kia Lotze (South Korea)
  • Kia Lotze Advance (KDM model year)
  • Kia Lotze Innovation (KDM facelift)
DesignerPeter Schreyer
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
Wheelbase2,720 mm (107.1 in)
Length4,755–4,810 mm (187.2–189.4 in)
Width1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Height1,480 mm (58.3 in)
Kia Optima LX (US; pre-facelift)

The second generation Optima, known as the Kia Magentis globally except in United States and Malaysia, and as the Kia Lotze in South Korea, was launched in South Korea in November 2005. This generation differed further from the Hyundai Sonata donor vehicle than the previous model. Unlike the previous Optima though, this vehicle uses a global platform, unique to Kia, designated "MG". The car continues to be built in South Korea and shares its 2.4-liter inline-four engine, five-speed Sportmatic automatic or five-speed manual transmission with the Sonata.

The second generation Kia Optima was launched in Malaysia on 15 August 2007 powered by a 2.0 liter Theta DOHC CVVT engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission.


The Optima received a crash test rating of five stars from the NHTSA,[7] and four stars from EuroNCAP.[8] The 2006 Optima received Marginal to Good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).[9]

Test Rating
Overall: 3/5 stars
Moderate overlap front: Good
Side: Average
Roof strength: Marginal
Head restraints & seats: Good


Kia Optima EX (US; facelift)
Kia Optima SX (US; facelift)
Kia Optima LX (US; facelift)

The Optima was revised and updated in 2008, debuting at the New York International Auto Show (as a 2009 model year). This update features new front-end styling and tail lamps. In addition to the revised exterior, length is also slightly increased by roughly 70 millimetres (2.8 in) to approximately 4,800 mm (190 in) long. There is also a new engine and the interior has also been revised.[10] Main changes in the interior are a redesigned instrument cluster and a Sirius Satellite Radio/AM/FM/MP3/CD with an auxiliary jack. In certain markets, the option of satellite navigation is offered.

The new Theta II 2.4-liter I4 employs dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and a variable intake system (VIS) to increase power to 131 kW (176 hp), while returning improved fuel consumption over its predecessor. Torque is rated at 229 N⋅m (169 lbf⋅ft). There is a 2.0L I4 for other markets with either a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission. Power is rated at 164 hp (122 kW) at 6200 RPM and 197 N⋅m (145 lb⋅ft) of torque. Acceleration for the 2.0L is 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 9.2 seconds for the 5 speed manual and 10.1 seconds for the 4 speed automatic. Top speed rated up to 208 km/h (129 mph) outside of the US. The 2.7-liter V6 offers few changes to the previous model, though power is increased to 144 kW (193 hp), and torque to 249 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft). Acceleration for the 5-speed automatic takes it from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 8.9sec with a top speed up to 220 km/h (137 mph). A five-speed manual transmission is standard in the base model, and a five-speed automatic is included with mid- and high-end levels (or as an option in the base model).

2010 models see the addition of a Proximity Key with Push-Button Start and paddle shifters on SX models.

In Australia, the Magentis was introduced in August 2006, and replaced the Optima. Initially available with a choice of 2.4 L 4-cylinder or 2.7 L V6 engines, the Magentis' sales never caught on, with sales peaking at only 741 units in 2007. In 2008, the V6 engine was dropped, as was the EX-L model, leaving only the entry-level 2.4 L EX on sale until its discontinuation in 2009. While the facelifted 2010 model was never officially launched, a very small number were imported for "evaluation" purposes, and eventually sold to the public as demos.

U.S. engines[edit]

Type Model Years Power@rpm Torque@rpm
2,359 cc (144.0 cu in) 2.4 L Theta II I4 2006.5–2008 162 bhp (121 kW; 164 PS) @ 5800 164 lb⋅ft (222 N⋅m) @ 4000
2,359 cc (144.0 cu in) 2.4 L Theta II I4 2009–2010 175 bhp (130 kW; 177 PS) @ 6000 169 lb⋅ft (229 N⋅m) @ 4000
2,656 cc (162.1 cu in) 2.7 L Delta V6 2006 170 bhp (127 kW; 172 PS) @ 6000 181 lb⋅ft (245 N⋅m) @ 4000
2,657 cc (162.1 cu in) 2.7 L Mu V6 2006.5-2008 185 bhp (138 kW; 188 PS) @ 6000 182 lb⋅ft (247 N⋅m) @ 4000
2009–2010 194 bhp (145 kW; 197 PS) @ 6000 184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m) @ 4500

Third generation (TF; 2010)[edit]

Third generation (TF)
2011 Kia Optima SX -- 08-26-2011.jpg
Also called
  • Kia K5 (South Korea, China)
  • Kia Optima K5 (Malaysia)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
RelatedHyundai Sonata (YF)
Wheelbase2,795 mm (110.0 in)
Length4,845 mm (190.7 in)
Width1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Height1,455 mm (57.3 in)
Curb weight1,391–1,470 kg (3,067–3,241 lb) (2.0L/2.4L)
1,520–1,535 kg (3,351–3,384 lb) (2.0L Turbo)
1,570–1,583 kg (3,461–3,490 lb) (Hybrid)
Kia Optima Si (Australia; pre-facelift)

The completely redesigned Optima, sharing the same platform as its sibling Hyundai i40, named the Kia K5 in the South Korean and China market, made its world debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show. It features a much sleeker, sportier profile designed by new Kia design chief Peter Schreyer, following the new design language featured on the Kia Forte, Kia Sorento, and upcoming Kia Sportage and Kia Cadenza — and using Kia's new corporate grille, known as the Tiger Nose, also designed by Schreyer. Lead designer of the TF in the team of Peter Schreyer and Miklos Kovacs was the Italian Davide Limongelli. For the first time, this model will be using the Optima name worldwide, where the Magentis name had been used previously.

As with its Hyundai Sonata sibling, the Optima's lineup has been replaced with a universal GDI 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, either mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Eco dash display, or to a 6-speed manual transmission that is only standard on the LX model. Sales began in fall 2010. The new K5 was released in the South Korean market on 29 April 2010.

The new Optima retains its trim lines of the base LX, upscale EX, and sporty SX models. Standard equipment includes safety features such as electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS brakes, as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, cooled glove box, iPod connectivity, and handsfree Bluetooth phone operation. Starting in October 2013, on LX models, Kia will offer the UVO infotainment system by Microsoft as part of the convenience package. EX model options include Kia's new UVO infotainment system by Microsoft, integrated backup camera, and Proximity Key with Push-Button Start. A panoramic moonroof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and a navigation system are also available. SX models add a rear spoiler, metal pedals, black hybrid metal and carbon insert trim, paddle shifters, and illuminated scuff plates.

A Hybrid model and a Turbo model were also released. In addition, a wagon version was planned for European markets, and two-door coupé version was mooted for the United States.[12] The turbo model will have the same powertrain as the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T.[13] The turbocharged model will have 274 hp (204 kW) and 269 lb⋅ft (365 N⋅m) of torque in the North American model.[14] The car is estimated to obtain 34 mpg‑US (6.9 L/100 km; 41 mpg‑imp) on the highway.[15]

The third generation Kia Optima is built and manufactured in West Point, Georgia, which began in 2011 with the 2012 model.

In Australia, the new Optima went on sale in January 2011. Initially available in only one grade, the highly specified "Platinum", it was later joined by an entry-level "Si" model in the 2012 model year. Both models feature a 2.4L GDI engine with 6-speed automatic. A manual was not offered.

The facelifted 2014 model was unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in March.

The third generation Kia Optima was launched in Malaysia on 27 December 2011 powered by a 2.0 liter Theta II MPI engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission[16] and in January 2014 the facelift version was launched in Malaysia.[17]


The 2011 Optima received a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).[18]

Test Rating
Overall: 5/5 stars
Small overlap front: Average
Moderate overlap front: Good
Side: Good
Roof strength: Good
Head restraints & seats: Good


In a March 2012 comparison test by Car and Driver, the Optima came in third place out of six cars behind the first place Volkswagen Passat and the second place Honda Accord.[19]


2014 facelift
Model Years Transmission Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top Speed
2.0L Nu MPi 2013–2015 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
165 PS (121 kW; 163 hp) at 6500 rpm
172 PS (127 kW; 170 hp) at 6700 rpm
20 kg⋅m (196 N⋅m; 145 lbf⋅ft) at 4800 rpm
20.5 kg⋅m (201 N⋅m; 148 lbf⋅ft) at 4800 rpm
9.8s (Manual)
10.6s (Automatic)
210 km/h (130 mph) (Manual)
208 km/h (129 mph) (Automatic)
2.0L Nu MPi HEV 2011–2015 6–speed automatic 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) at 5500 rpm 9.4s 192 km/h (119 mph)
2.0L Theta II MPi 2010–2013 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
165 PS (121 kW; 163 hp) at 6200 rpm 20.2 kg⋅m (198 N⋅m; 146 lbf⋅ft) at 4600 rpm 9.8s (Manual)
10.9s (Automatic)
210 km/h (130 mph) (Manual)
202 km/h (126 mph) (Automatic)
2.0L Theta II GDi Turbo 2011–2015 6-speed automatic 271 PS (199 kW; 267 hp) at 6000 rpm 37.2 kg⋅m (365 N⋅m; 269 lbf⋅ft) at 1750-4500 rpm
2.4L Theta II MPi 2010–2015 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) at 6000 rpm 23.6 kg⋅m (231 N⋅m; 171 lbf⋅ft) at 4000 rpm 9.1s (Manual)
9.5s (Automatic)
210 km/h (130 mph)
2.4L Theta II GDi 6-speed automatic 201 PS (148 kW; 198 hp) at 6300 rpm 25.5 kg⋅m (250 N⋅m; 184 lbf⋅ft) at 4250 rpm 9.0s 210 km/h (130 mph)
2.0L Nu LPi 2011–2015 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
157 PS (115 kW; 155 hp) at 6200 rpm 20 kg⋅m (196 N⋅m; 145 lbf⋅ft) at 4200 rpm
2.0L Theta II LPi 2010–2011 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
144 PS (106 kW; 142 hp) at 6000 rpm 19.3 kg⋅m (189 N⋅m; 140 lbf⋅ft) at 4250 rpm
1.7L U II CRDi 2010–2015 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) at 4000 rpm 33.1 kg⋅m (325 N⋅m; 239 lbf⋅ft) at 2000–2500 rpm 10.3s (Manual)
11.6s (Automatic)
202 km/h (126 mph) (Manual)
197 km/h (122 mph) (Automatic)

Hybrid version[edit]

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid (US)
2013 Kia Optima Hybrid (Sweden)

The 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid was unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, and was launched in the U.S. market in November 2011. During its first month in the market sold 524 units.[20] Considering cumulative sales in the U.S. market through December 2011, with 19,672 units sold, together the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the Kia Optima Hybrid ranked second in hybrid sales for calendar year 2011, after the Toyota Prius.[21]

The Optima Hybrid uses the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid powertrain, combining a 2.4-liter MPI engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, and a 30kW electric motor and lightweight lithium polymer batteries to produce a full gasoline-electric hybrid with an estimated fuel consumption of 37 mpg‑US (6.4 L/100 km; 44 mpg‑imp) city and 39 mpg‑US (6.0 L/100 km; 47 mpg‑imp) highway.[22] The Optima Hybrid is able to travel up to 100 km/h (62 mph) in full electric mode, which helps it stand apart from many competitors.[23] Korean and European markets will get the Optima Hybrid with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.[24]

The only externally apparent features that differentiate it from the Kia Optima are the hybrid badging, application specific wheel design, a lowered ride height by approximately 1 in (25 mm), and the availability of a special light platinum graphite paint color. It also utilizes an active shutter system behind the upper grille, allowing the car to redirect airflow when the gas engine's heat levels allow (such as when the car is operating in EV mode to improve aerodynamics, or to assist in more rapid warming up of the gas engine).[25]

In September 2011, the Optima Hybrid set a Guinness World Record for "Lowest Fuel Consumption in a Hybrid Gasoline Vehicle" while driving across the continental United States for 14 days, starting from the Kia factory in West Point, Georgia. In its 7,899-mile drive across the 48 states, the car recorded an average of 64.55 miles per gallon while consuming a total of five and a half tanks of gasoline. In order to qualify for the record, the car had two people and luggage throughout the entire trip.[26][27]

Fourth generation (JF; 2015)[edit]

Fourth generation (JF)
Also calledKia K5 (South Korea and China)
DesignerPeter Schreyer
Body and chassis
Body style
RelatedHyundai Sonata (LF)
Wheelbase2,805 mm (110.4 in)
Length4,855 mm (191.1 in)
Width1,860 mm (73.2 in)
Height1,465 mm (57.7 in)
Curb weight1,440–1,565 kg (3,175–3,450 lb) (Petrol)
1,510–1,535 kg (3,329–3,384 lb) (Diesel)
1,580–1,600 kg (3,480–3,530 lb) (Hybrid)
Kia Optima

The 2016 Kia Optima went on-sale towards the end of 2015. It shares a platform with the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, and offers a new design, with new features and enhancements. As with the previous-generation Optima, the new model was designed by Kia's Chief of Design, Peter Schreyer, who was a previous designer for Volkswagen Group, AG, working mainly with their Audi division of luxury cars. The new K5 was released in the South Korean market on 15 July 2015.

For the Malaysian market, the fourth generation Kia Optima was launched in May 2017 powered by the Theta II 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission.[29]


Petrol engines
Model Years Transmission Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top Speed
1.6L Gamma II T-GDi 2015–2019 7–speed dual clutch 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) at 5500 rpm 27 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) at 1500–4500 rpm 8.9s 210 km/h (130 mph)
2.0L Nu GDi HEV 6–speed automatic 205 PS (151 kW; 202 hp) at 6000 rpm 9.4s 192 km/h (119 mph)
2.0L Nu MPi 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) at 6500 rpm 20 kg⋅m (196 N⋅m; 145 lbf⋅ft) at 4800 rpm 9.4s (Manual)
10.5s (Automatic)
210 km/h (130 mph) (Manual)
208 km/h (129 mph) (Automatic)
2.0L Theta II T-GDi 6-speed automatic 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) at 6000 rpm 36 kg⋅m (353 N⋅m; 260 lbf⋅ft) at 1350-4000 rpm 7.6s 240 km/h (149 mph) (Sedan)
232 km/h (144 mph) (Wagon)
2.4L Theta II GDi 188 PS (138 kW; 185 hp) at 6000 rpm 24.6 kg⋅m (241 N⋅m; 178 lbf⋅ft) at 4000 rpm
1.6L U II CRDi 2018–2019 6-speed manual
7-speed dual clutch
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) at 4000 rpm 32.6 kg⋅m (320 N⋅m; 236 lbf⋅ft) at 2000–2250 rpm 11.2s (Manual)
11.8s (DCT)
196 km/h (122 mph) (Manual)
195 km/h (121 mph) (DCT)
1.7L U II CRDi 2015–2018 141 PS (104 kW; 139 hp) at 4000 rpm 34.7 kg⋅m (340 N⋅m; 251 lbf⋅ft) at 1750–2500 rpm 10.2s (Manual)
11.1s (DCT)
200 km/h (124 mph)

Plug-in hybrid[edit]

Kia Optima plug-in hybrid

A plug-in hybrid variant was unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The Kia Optima PHEV shares the powertrain of the Hyundai Sonata PHEV, and like its sibling, it has a 9.8 kWh battery pack that delivers an all-electric range of 27 mi (43 km), but the Optima plug-in hybrid has a lower drag coefficient, which at 0.24 Cd is on par with the all-electric Tesla Model S. The Optima PHEV has an active grille, which automatically opens and closes at high and low speeds, contributing to reduce the Cd.[30] The plug-in hybrid features a 50 kW electric motor and 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder GDI engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.[31]

Retail deliveries began in the United States in January 2017 with 40 units sold.[32]

Kia Optima (JF) pre-facelift interior


Optima Sportswagon

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Kia revealed the Sportswagon variant of the Optima sedan. The introduction of the SW should broaden the appeal of the Optima. The SW variant is sold worldwide excluding the North American and South Korea market, as station wagons have been overtaken by Crossover Utility Vehicles as the standard family hauler.

Kia Optima Convertible Concept[edit]

Kia Optima Convertible Concept
Production2015 (concept car)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door convertible
LayoutFF layout
Engine1.6 L I4
Transmission6-speed automatic

The Kia Optima Convertible Concept was shown in 2015; a 4-door concept car similar to the Kia Optima sedan without a roof and rear-hinged doors for the rear passengers in place of the front-hinged doors of the production car. The new Optima will continue to offer its familiar 2.4L and 2.0T Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder engines, though will also offer a new engine option for 2016: an all-new 1.6T Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder engine. As before, no V6 engine options will be available. While the 2.4L and 2.0T engines will be paired with an automatic transmission, the 1.6T engine will be paired with an all-new seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). All engines will offer improved fuel economy ratings.

An all-new, upscale interior will offer an optional UVO infotainment system, with support for both Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto technologies. Top-of-the-line Optimas will include a hand-stitched dashboard, quilted luxury leather seating surfaces, high-quality aluminum interior trim panels, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, a Surround-View Monitor, and Bi-Xenon LED Front Headlamps with Auto-Leveling. Blind-Spot Detection and Backup Warning Sensors will also be available, as will Automatic Emergency Braking.

Standard features for the new Optima are expected to include, as with the current Optima: keyless entry, an A/M-F/M stereo with SIRIUS-XM Satellite Radio, single-disc CD/MP3 player, iPod/USB and auxiliary audio input jacks, and Bluetooth with hands-free stereo streaming of audio, six speakers, alloy wheels, and premium cloth seating surfaces.


The facelifted Kia Optima was officially revealed at the 2018 Geneva motor show. In January, the Facelifted Kia K5 was introduced in South Korean market.


The 2017 Optima received a "Top Safety Pick+" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).[33]

Test Rating
Overall: 5/5 stars
Small overlap front: Good
Moderate overlap front: Good
Side: Good
Roof strength: Good
Head restraints & seats: Good
Front crash prevention: Superior
Headlights: Good
Child seat anchors (Latch) ease of use: Acceptable


The Optima is a two-time winner of the International Car of the Year award. it also won the 2016 Red Dot "Best of the Best" Award.[34]

Fifth generation (DL3; 2019)[edit]

Fifth generation (DL3)
20191227 K5 Front Side.png
Also calledKia K5
Model years2021–present
DesignerKarim Habib
Body and chassis
Body style
PlatformHyundai N3
RelatedHyundai Sonata (DN8)
Wheelbase2,850 mm (112.2 in)[38]
2,900 mm (114.2 in) (China)
Length4,905 mm (193.1 in)
4,975 mm (195.9 in) (China)
Width1,860 mm (73 in)
Height1,445 mm (56.9 in)
Curb weight1,410–1,515 kg (3,109–3,340 lb)
Rear view

The fifth generation Optima's overall design is similar to that of the Sonata, with a fastback-like profile, a trend that began in the 1940s. However, the styling is unique, featuring Z-shaped running lights, a textured grille and a chrome strip that runs along the window line and becomes more prominent at the C-pillar. The interior has been redesigned significantly as well, with an optional 12.3-inch digital cluster and 10.3-inch center screen, augmented by Apple CarPlay & Android Auto and an optional 12-speaker Bose audio system.

Under the hood, engines mostly mirror that of the Sonata, but the Optima receives a high-performance 2.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged unit with 290 hp and 422 Nm of torque. All-wheel drive is newly available, further distinguishing it from the Sonata.

Depending on the market, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) include Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM) with Surround View Monitor (SVM) and Blind-spot Collision-avoid Assist (BCA), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) or Navigation-based SCC (NSCC), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), and Highway Driving Assist (HDA).[39]

On June 30, 2020, Kia unveiled the US-market Optima and announced that it would be renamed to K5, taking the name from the South Korean version.[40] Both the 1.6L and 2.5L Hyundai Smartstream engine family turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engines will be available with either Front Wheel Drive (FWD) or All Wheel Drive (AWD), and an eight-speed "Wet Clutch" automatic transmission. Trim levels include LX, LX-S, EX, and GT. United States specification models will be assembled at Kia's West Point, Georgia assembly plant (KMMG).

Kia K5 side view (United States)


Petrol engines
Model Years Transmission Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top Speed
Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi 2019–present 8–speed automatic 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) at 5500 rpm 27 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) at 1500–4500 rpm
Smartstream G2.0 LPi 6–speed automatic 146 PS (107 kW; 144 hp) at 6000 rpm 19.5 kg⋅m (191 N⋅m; 141 lbf⋅ft) at 4200 rpm
Smartstream G2.0 MPi 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) at 6500 rpm 20 kg⋅m (196 N⋅m; 145 lbf⋅ft) at 4800 rpm
Smartstream G2.0 Hybrid 195 PS (143 kW; 192 hp) at 6000 rpm
Smartstream G2.5 GDi 8–speed automatic 194 PS (143 kW; 191 hp) at 6100 rpm 25 kg⋅m (245 N⋅m; 181 lbf⋅ft) at 4000 rpm
Smartstream G2.5 T-GDi 8–speed dual clutch 290 PS (213 kW; 286 hp) at 6000 rpm 43 kg⋅m (422 N⋅m; 311 lbf⋅ft) at 1750–4000 rpm 6.6s


The third generation Kia Optima is an official entry in the Pirelli World Challenge. In June 2012, Michael Galati drove the Infinity Audio-sponsored Optima to Kia's first victory in round 8 of the 2012 season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, while teammate Mark Wilkins finished in second place.[41]

Kia Racing clinched the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Class Manufacturer Championship in only its third season of competition. Kia defeated rivals Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Aston Martin and Nissan to become the first Korean auto manufacturer to win the championship. Kia Racing finished the season with 13 podium finishes, including 5 race wins. Meanwhile, the turbocharged Optima race cars led more on-track miles than any other manufacturer in the class this season.

The race car weighs 2,950 pounds (1,340 kg) and is powered by an inline 4-cylinder engine generating 368 horsepower and uses a 6-speed sequential transmission. It reaches 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 km/h) in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 160 miles per hour (260 km/h).[42]


Calendar year United States[43] South Korea[44] Global
2000 97 31,505
2001 25,912 52,892
2002 26,793 48,032
2003 34,681 31,817
2004 53,492 29,956
2005 41,349 34,657
2006 38,408 34,704
2007 40,901 32,711
2008 44,904 43,958
2009 37,527 49,054
2010 27,382 79,491
2011 84,590 87,452
2012 152,399 77,952 259,551[45]
2013 155,893 63,007
2014 159,020 49,000
2015 159,414 58,619 308,683[46]
2016 124,203 44,636 238,281[47]
2017 107,493 38,184
2018 101,603 48,502
2019 96,623 39,668


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