Skip advert
Advertisement
In-depth reviews

Kia Optima review - Reliability and Safety

Tried and tested engineering and sound safety credentials make the Kia Optima a reassuring package

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

Find your Kia Optima
Offers from our trusted partners on this car and its predecessors...
Hassle-free way to a brand new car
Or are you looking to sell your car?
Customers got an average £1000 more vs part exchange quotes
Advertisement

Korean car makers have gained a reputation for building reliable cars, so buying an Optima should be trouble-free. It shares its platform with the Hyundai i40, while the 1.7 CRDi diesel is found in a variety of other models, so its running gear should be reliable. The PHEV is relatively new, however, so reliability hasn't been proved.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The Optima wasn’t featured in our latest Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but the brand’s overall rating of 14th out of 32 manufacturers was a pretty good showing. Many owners will take comfort from the extraordinarily long warranty provision, and we’re not aware of any particular problems affecting either the new Optima or its predecessor.

The Optima hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, but its sister car, the Hyundai i40 has, and that model achieved five stars which should tell you all you need to know. All Optimas get six airbags, stability control, Isofix and ABS with brakeforce distribution, but if you want blind-spot detection and lane keeping, opt for the mid-spec Optima 3 model. The top-spec Optimas get 360-degree parking cameras too.

Warranty

Like all Kias, the Optima is delivered with the reassurance of a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty, which is pretty much unbeatable in terms of cover, and has doubtless helped the onwards and upwards march of Kia’s values on the second hand market.

Servicing

As a budget brand, you’d expect the servicing costs to be low and Kia comes up trumps with a three-year service plan that will set you back just £329. You can buy five-years of maintenance in advance for £609, which you can’t argue with either.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio 2024 twin test: hybrid supermini battle
Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio E-Tech - front tracking
Car group tests

Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio 2024 twin test: hybrid supermini battle

With more and more electrified rivals arriving, Toyota has given its hybrid-only Yaris a facelift. We put it up against Renault’s class-leading Clio.
13 Apr 2024
'The cure for slow electric car sales is simple - lower prices'
Mike Rutherford opinion - Skoda Enyaq tracking shot
Opinion

'The cure for slow electric car sales is simple - lower prices'

Mike Rutherford thinks the prices of electric cars is the number one thing deterring consumers from making the switch
14 Apr 2024
New Volkswagen Golf 2024: facelifted hatchback icon on sale from 11 April
Facelifted Volkswagen Golf - front static
News

New Volkswagen Golf 2024: facelifted hatchback icon on sale from 11 April

The eighth-generation Golf has been given a mid-life refresh - just in time for the model’s 50th birthday
9 Apr 2024