The all-new 2016 Kia Optima 1.6 T is ready to woo the automobile fraternity in the mid-sized sedan segment. Like its predecessor, the new Optima is refined, classy and shows the exquisite blend of inimitable design, visual innovation, and functional enhancement. The availability of 7 lustrous and muscular metallic colors, tiger nose grill, and attenuated roof line show the proven skill and hard work of the European designers. Unlike the previous version, the new 2016 1.6 T model is 1.1 inches wider and a little longer, and at the same time maintains its essence in appearance.
Design that appeal:
Although the outer look of Kia Optima is almost same as the previous version apart from length, yet the sharp body line and elongated silhouettes flaunt its alluring facade. No doubt, some of the exterior features of Optima 1.6 T are innovative yet taboo for a formal sedan like the rear tapering greenhouse or the sport LED-type rear combination lamp. The car shouts the blend of Usual Sedan And Sports Sedan, while some features like long rear doors are exultant for the plus size people.
The interior is modern, tailored to today’s life, spacious and of the highest quality. The panoramic roof that can be maintained with a click of a button is a driver’s bliss. The warm space, high-quality leather seats and soft touch material with the palette of natural color bellows comfort. The best part is optimized cockpit and redesign dashboard that assures the driver’s attention totally on the road. The front seat is heated, well-ventilated with the thermal spread to convenience.
The car is equipped with the hands-free opening of the boot system and active car assist system alongside sensor, fire management system and automatic management of road light, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps to improve night vision, and a 360 degree panoramic intuitive monitor and abundance of infotainment features to connect the driver to the world while driving.
The smallest engine and dynamic driving:
The 1.7 CRDi diesel engine of 141 hp hits 60 Km/H speed in just 6.7 seconds. The 7-speed transmissions offer smooth acceleration and reduced fuel consumption with increased agility. The Kia Optima is available in three engines: 2.4l four-cylinder with 185hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, 2.0l turbo with 245hp and 260 lb-ft, and 1.6l turbo with 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torques. The LX 1.6T is undoubtedly more economical in terms of fuel and its ERA rating is 28/39 mpg at both city and highway.
The car weighs just 3241 pounds that is 200 pounds lighter than the Ford-Fusion 1.5lt. As compared to other cars in the same segment, the Kia is the ultimate fuel miser. The 16 Valve VGT and direct injection high pressure common rail add the X-factor in the engine, while only 1685 cm cube displacement makes it parking-friendly regardless of its length and width.
The stinging issues:
The Optima is a blend of sport and regular Sedan hence its regular features are more affluent. Some glaring feats are still a pain in the back like interior that is still basic. The rear seats are just good and not the best. The cushions are flat and very low so if you have a seat, you have to up your knees. Of course, for a very long drive, the posture is not appealing. For tall hunks, saving the head is the best precaution as you may bump your head with the headliner. Talking about the engine 1.6 l, it is available in the only one trim level, which is just a step ahead of its basic one. However, the well-padded arm length, a wide storage console is a delight to feel.
Overall, the Kia Optima 1.6T is a mid-size sedan that is worth of its ex-factory price of $24,800. It is neither cheap nor expensive. For a comfortable drive with a stunning look, the Optima, at the end of the day, is a good deal.