The starting price for Optima 2.0 with "mechanics" (three percent of sales) fell by 10 thousand rubles, to 1.22 million - but now a 15 thousand surcharge is imposed for the color "metallic". The maximum rise in price for other versions is 30 thousand rubles.

Restyled Kia Optima sedans have reached the Russian market. These days, customers have already received vehicles with retouched front and rear lighting technology, an updated design of the radiator grille, bumpers and rims and other minor changes. I rode such an Optima to make sure that no technical changes had been prepared for us - and in comparison with the editorial Toyota Camry sedan, the Korean car assembled in Kaliningrad remained noisier and shaky on small bumps.


But the new top-end version "clipped" from below with gearshift paddles and chrome buttons turned out to be quite comfortable. The long-awaited progress has taken place with all-round cameras: their resolution has been increased from 0.3 to 1.0 megapixels - and the screen has become a pleasure to look at. Although similar systems from many German competitors provide sharper images, Kia's cameras are still not protected from dirt. The new function of broadcasting the image from the rear camera to the display at any speed will only work in the clean season.


The loss of a bi-xenon light with cornering illumination with static lamps in the headlights upset: this combination worked great. The only alternative to halogens were LED headlights with adaptive swivel modules - but without washers. This means that their luminous flux does not exceed 2000 lumens: above this value, a cleaning system would be mandatory. Fog lights were LED on most versions before, but now they are three-piece.


The list of the rest of the news is modest. The decor of the instrument panel and the engine start button has become richer. The GT Line and GT versions have red stitching on the interior - or a combination of red and black leather (looks a little clumsy). There was also no background lighting for the interior with a choice of one of six colors. A slight change in the trim levels is noteworthy in that the keyless entry system "went down" down the line, and a new Premium version has appeared, combining a basic two-liter engine (150 hp) with 18-inch wheels and a front end a la top GT Line (1.62 million rubles).


Optima's customers are surprisingly young for the segment: the majority are between 27 and 33 years old. Kia enchants them with sporty design and good value for money. That is, the Korean sedan is not so much winning the audience from the leader, Camry, but is attracting new customers. Even the share of sales to legal entities, according to Kia, is small - 22% versus 36 for Toyota and a half share for sedans Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat. The modesty of the update made it possible to keep prices at a rational level, so interest in Optima is unlikely to drop in the next year or two.

Things to know (Q&A)

What problems do Kia Optima have?

Here are the most commonly reported Optima problems:

  • Outdated Transmission Software. ...
  • Defective Throttle Position Switch (TPS) ...
  • Malfunctioning Door Latch. ...
  • Weak Alternator. ...
  • Faulty and Leaky Low Pressure Fuel Hose. ...
  • Engine Malfunction and Failure. ...
  • Steering Complications.

When was the Kia Optima redesigned?


The Kia Optima's 2016 redesign brought slightly updated styling, and the car is wider, longer and rides on a longer wheelbase. The interior is a bit roomier than the outgoing generation's and features revised materials.

Is Kia getting rid of the Optima?

The Kia K5 is, technically, “replacing” the Kia Optima; however, the K5 also is the Kia Optima. Outside of the United States, vehicle names can be changed or modified. This year, Kia decided to shed the name “Optima” and adopt the Korean moniker K5.

Does Kia Optima have engine problems?

For the Kia Optima, 2011 takes the cake, and with over 50 complaints of engine failures , it's serious. These owners, much like the owners of the 2013 models, shelled out an average of $4,670 to replace their engines. The problem became so widespread that Kia issued a recall on all 2011 through 2014 model Optima sedan

Is Kia discontinuing the Optima?

It looks like Kia is abandoning the Optima name for its next-generation mid-size sedan , according to an EPA filing for the new 2021 model. The redesigned version slated to arrive later this year will instead be called the Kia K5 to match the name it uses in Korea.

Why did Kia get rid of the Optima?

According to Kia, the Optima renamed the K5 in order to make it consistent with the brand's global identity . ... For example, the Kia Cadenza is also known as the Kia K7 in other countries.

Is Kia Optima being replaced?

The 2021 Kia K5 midsize family sedan -- and we'll brook no argument -- is drop-dead gorgeous. ... A replacement for the Optima, the all-new K5 is available in five trims: LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX and GT. Front-wheel drive is standard across the line while all-wheel drive is optional on LXS and GT-Line.

Is Kia making the Optima in 2021?

2021 Kia K5 (Optima) Performance Specs

The 2021 Kia Optima comes standard with a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine pushing out 180-hp with 195 lb-ft. of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It might also come with an all-wheel-drive powertrain for the new model year.

How long do Kia Optima engines last?

The Kia Optima has an average lifespan of 200,000 miles, which translates into roughly 13 years of service when taking into account the average miles driven per year of 15,000. This makes the Kia Optima an affordable choice in the used car market which is set to last you for years to com

Why are Kia engines failing?

In December 2018, Hyundai/Kia launched a safety campaign involving more than 218,000 vehicles covered by the 2015 and 2017 recalls that received the engine replacement repair because the high-pressure fuel pipe may have been damaged or improperly installed , allowing fuel leaks that could lead to fire

Has Kia fixed their engine problems?

In November of 2020, the agency announced that Hyundai and Kia would pay $137 million in fines and for safety improvements in an agreement to fix the engine problems. The announcement resolved a three-year government probe into the companies' behavior involving recalls of multiple models since the 2011 model yea

Is Kia Optima a reliable car?

The Kia Optima Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 24 for midsize cars . The average annual repair cost is $471 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Optima.