The Optima Sportswagon is nearly here, the stylish and spacious large estate car will be available in the UK on the 15th September 2016, starting from £22,295. The Sportswagon will look to expand the Optima range alongside the plug-in hybrid version, giving a number of new options for customers, especially company fleets.
The Optima was designed in Europe and will be sold only in Europe. The Optima Sportswagon has a minimum of 552 litres of cargo space, including two underfloor trays, and 1,686 litres with the rear seats folded, meaning style is not at the expense of practicality and versatility.
The Optima Sportwagon will have the same exterior style and interior class as the saloon, it will be of identical length and width, but 5mm taller due to the standard roof rails.
Three Trim Levels
The new Optima Sportswagon will be available in 2, 3 and GT-Line S. A sporty high-performance GT version will be available from early 2017.
Optima Sportswagon 2
The entry-level 2 grade comes as standard with a 7.0-inch satellite navigation system with European mapping and a reversing camera, steering wheel-mounted controls, front and rear USB ports, dual automatic air conditioning with ioniser, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, cruise control with a speed limiter, electrically heated folding mirrors, a six-speaker DAB radio with MP3 compatibility and Bluetooth with music streaming. It has 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, dual projection headlights with static cornering lights and LED daytime running lights, powered two-way driver’s seat lumbar adjustment and remote central locking with a fold-away key, while the comprehensive safety provisions include Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring and an Electronic Parking Brake.
Optima Sportswagon 3
Grade 3 upgrades the navigation screen to 8.0 inches, has an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s memory seat with four-way electronic lumbar adjustment, heated front seats and dual projection headlights. The exterior is distinguished by 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome and body colour exterior door handles, LED front foglights and rear combination lamps and chrome-coloured side sill mouldings. The black cloth seats have faux leather sections and there are satin chrome highlights on the touch-screen bezel. Rear electric windows with an auto up/down function and an anti-trap safety feature are also found on grade 3 along with a premium vision instrument cluster, satin chrome interior door handles and gloss black window switch panels. A harman/kardon Premium Sound system is also standard, while if the optional 7DCT automatic transmission is chosen there are paddle shifters for manual control and a Drive Mode Select function. Additional driver aids on grade 3 include Lane Keep Assist and a Speed Limit Warning.
Optima Sportswagon GT-Line S
GT-Line S supplements all this with different design 18-inch alloy wheels, a wireless mobile phone charger, 360-degree Around View Monitor, a Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, High Beam Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and a Smart Powered Tailgate. It has a tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof, LED headlights with automatic levelling, dynamic cornering lights, black leather upholstery with ventilated front seats and heated outer rear seats, alloy pedals, stainless steel door scuff plates, a smart key with illuminated start/stop button, LED front map lights and rear reading lights and ambient interior lighting.
Style and Practicality
Some estate cars provide lots of space but are boxy and square. Others have sharper, more rakish lines, but sacrifice practicality as a result. The Optima Sportswagon is the best of all worlds! Stand out features include:
- Practicality- Wide Tailgate and low lip make it easy to load heavy items, with the Smart Power Tailgate on the GT-Line S increasing ease of loading.
- 40:20:40 Folding Rear Seats– Two passengers can travel in the rear in comfort whilst leaving space for long loads. Grade 3 and GT-Line S are also equipped with adjustable sliding luggage rails helping to secure cargo.
- Minimal Alternation- The Sportswagon gives an option in the optima range with increased cargo space without altering the dimensions of the vehicle, meaning the footprint of the Sportswagon and Saloon are identical.
Modern High-Quality Interior
The Optima Sportswagon has the same modern, horizontally structured dash layout as the saloon, and the same high-quality fit and finish. Key features:
- Touch Screen- The fascia of the vehicle is focused towards the driver making it easy to absorb information quickly. The central 7.0 or 8.0 inch screen is at exactly the same height as the instruments in the main cluster.
- Options- Pick from Black Cloth, Black Cloth with Faux Leather or Black Leather, depending on the model grade.
- Impressive Quality- Soft-touch materials, greater refinement, un-cluttered cabin give the Optima Sportswagon a sense of real high quality.
The Optima Sportswagon comes with a full suite of connectivity features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
- Android Auto- connects the car to the user’s smartphone and, via pre-downloaded apps, gives access to Google Maps navigation, Google Play music, hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition.
- Apple CarPlay- available later in the production run, will enable full Siri voice control of the phone’s apps and functions while linking the car to Apple Maps, calls and text dictation, music streaming and audiobooks.
- Audio- Visual Navigation (AVN) System- operated via either a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touch-screen and featuring Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone connectivity with audio streaming. The navigation screen is linked to a rear parking camera. The AVN system includes a DAB digital radio or, on grades 3 and GT-Line S, a 490-watt harman/kardon eight-speaker Premium Sound system with an external amplifier and sub-woofer and Clari-Fi technology to restore the sound usually lost when digital music files are heavily compressed.
High- Strength Body and Active Safety Technologies
Like the Optima saloon, which earned a five-star rating in Euro NCAP impact tests, the Sportswagon will provide exemplary passive and active safety thanks to its high-strength lightweight body, occupant restraint systems and advanced active driver assistance features. Key aspects include:
- Advanced High- Strength Steels- Make up 51% of the body, reinforcing A and B- pillars, side sills, floor and front wheel arches.
- Safety as standard- Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management come as standard, and automatically counteract any loss of traction.
- Advanced Safety Features– Include Lane Keep Assist, Speed Limit Autonomous Information, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection, High Beam Assist
- Parking has never been so simple- The GT-Line S comes with 360-degree Around View Monitor and Smart Park Assist.
Warranty and After-Care
In keeping with every Kia, the Optima Sportswagon comes with the company’s unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. The warranty is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached. Should the car be sold through a Kia Used Approved dealership and the car is less than 18 months old or has fewer than 18,000 miles on the clock, it is topped up to match that of a new model.
For retail customers the Optima Sportswagon is available with Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages, offering fixed-cost, inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years.