Check the vision with the new Kia Optima sedan

Check the vision with the new Kia Optima sedan

kia optima In today’s video, 14 hours ago. Photo Drive and the company KIA New Kia Optima Kaliningrad Assembly for sale in all variations — from 9 March. The price range for sedans with the 2.0 engine (150 HP)— 1 069 900-1 399 900 rubles, with motor 2.4 (188) — 1 399 900-1 589 900. And the top model with the 2.0 turbo engine (245) is 1 719 900 rubles. At my neighbor’s Kia Optima, and her appearance I’m used to. So do not immediately believe that the new Optima is really new. Thought is not a change of generations, and another update: the same proportions, the silhouette, the familiar details… After the presentation, he compared the photos of cars of the third and fourth generations in the same angles — and was stunned: all body parts (except maybe the roof) — new. In the C-pillars cut out the Windows, changed the parting line of the trunk lid and hood. Is it possible to bother, in the sense to spend man-hours and money to anything, in fact, do not change!

The new Optima is built on the prescription of crossover Sorento Prime, that is, by deep modernization of the previous model. Wheelbase, as well as the length and height increased by 10 mm — up to 2805 mm, 4855 mm and 1465 respectively. Width plus 30 mm. of the Window can be closed remotely from the key.

Evolution, however, justified. This is the «first» and «second» Optima searched his face, even during scheduled updates changing beyond recognition. A «third» under the direction of Peter Schreyer, his found — and sales soared. For example, in America, on the main market of the model, from 27 thousand cars in 2010 to 159 414 in the past. In China for the relevant period — from three thousand to 38,000. Now Optima is one of the most successful models of the brand: last year the world has sold 308 683 car, eight thousand more than the year before. There’s something to globally change — only to spoil.

The Optima’s interior was visually lighter, the build quality is not to find fault. Flat bottom steering wheel — GT-feature. Noise and vibration are reduced by a few percent: insulation under the floor and behind the front panel longer and thicker window seals more effectively.

The front seats with a more rigid skeleton have no serious faults, but the comfort did not indulge. Rear — good: good geometry of planting and the spaciousness. The glass of the rear door is not fully lowered, manually pulling the curtains — only variants GT/GT line.

However, without local Optima of the gain of way: in Europe, for example, she failed. In 2015, sold only 3263 sedan — even forgotten by us Renault Laguna turned out to be twice as successful! The Europeans want a wagon and will now receive Sportswagon. We — no, because at similar sales (3096 machines last year) the cost of the promotion wagon, according to estimates of strategists KIA, in our market appear unwarranted. But we will have sportivanaya top version of the GT with 245-horsepower 2.0 turbo engine and disguised as her GT line 2.4 atmospheric unit with a capacity of 188 forces. They, for lack of basic Optima 2.0 (150 HP), and I traveled.

The external difference with the Optima basic atmospheric engine 2.0 — single pipe exhaust system. Sedan with units 2.4 GDI and 2.0 T-GDI — two. All trim levels except the initial and Classic Comfort, the rear lights are led.

Left Optima body kit in GT/GT line, and the right Camry. Such apparent similarity with Toyota has developed only in Russia and China. Toyota for America and Korea is not like Optima, and in Europe Japanese sedan no.

The back of the new Optima 50 per cent stiffer in torsion remained (the proportion of high-strength steels has grown from 20% to 51), and the interior due to the redesigned seats, door panels and ceiling slightly larger: in particular, the space in the legs rear passengers stretched by 25 mm, and shoulders came on 17. Mount the front subframe to the body has become tougher in the transverse direction, and the rear trailing arms are slightly lengthened and divided. All, they say, for the sake of increasing the transverse rigidity of the chassis and smoother testing irregularities. Koreans claim that Optima for their home market is superior to drive in the Passat. But we have other settings.

Display frame — a stock: in Prestige variants and GT/GT line he is eight inches and the other seven. Navigation TomTom warns you about traffic jams, and all-round vision system to enlarge the image with any of the four cameras. Sorry, they are all open dirt.

Devices austere and well-read. In two initial versions of the color display in the center of the smaller — not 4.3 inches, and 3.5. Plastic seam on the front panel — not decoration. Alas, he is even in the top variant of the GT, which, incidentally, provides a knee airbag for the driver.

KIA did not disclose how we divide market springs with shock absorbers (and especially for Russia with such volumes of sales to make, no one will), but we know that they’re different from European and American — including and because of the increased from 145 to 155 mm ground clearance. Plus the fact that my experimental Optima 2.4 chassis and steering wheel-mounted electric power on the shaft is configured the same as the base two-liter, — that is, it can be used to understand how go about 95% of the same name «Russian» sedans: on top version of the GT is predicted not more than five percent of sales. But the downside is — how it is configured.

Unlike Optima for Europe our there will be no diesel, no hybrid systems, nor the station wagon. And development of all-wheel drive, according to the research company, in nepremenno business class is not justified for any significant markets.

Blocks the climate control and multimedia system are made in the spirit of BMW. The selected temperature is displayed on the Central display next to the knobs «climate» can’t find her. Rear — conventional ducts, a 12 volt socket and a USB socket.

It would seem that rovnaky the autobahn, outside the window plus one, and the Optima shakes like it’s minus twenty. Invisible bumps sedan rounds, but finds them in surprisingly large numbers. The same parsley and a series of dents (got a spot on the way from Hamburg to Berlin): the impacts of mild, but more than you expect in the car business class. And what I do with the extra space back, if not to relax? Part of the situation can save 16 — and 17-inch tires vs. 18-inch in «my» version of the GT line, but excessive stiffness of the suspension they are, I’m sure, not completely negate. And electronically controlled shock absorbers ECS that could do us in contrast to Europe and is not offered for an extra charge.

Next to the selector «machine» — button heated steering wheel, a choice of driving modes and the system of the circular review. In versions GT/GT line is avtoparkovschik, three-stage heated and ventilated front seats. Convenient paddle shifters — all two-pedal OptiMax.

In embodiments, Prestige and GT/GT line at the base of the Central console provides a Playground for the induction charging of smartphones. The basic version of Classic with the «mechanics» of the Central tunnel is arranged differently, and the Cup holders are deprived of the blinds.

On the car for the driver, Optima does not pull. In an upright position, the force on the steering wheel is small and spread, in the corner, the sedan dives willingly, but the feeling of unity with itself does not give. The wheel — like computer, without the road vibrations. At top Optima GT electric power of its own design Hyundai-Kia is not on the shaft, and on the rail, like European cars with the diesel engine 1.7 CRDi. The response to the helm linane, near-zero void already, but the overall picture is the same — the crosswind pulls more to the eye than to the touch. Despite firmer shock absorbers, GT-suspension seemed a little more comfortable.

Red brake front calipers — a feature version of the GT line. If red and back — GT. Ribbed diffuser in the rear bumper is installed on both versions.

The pedal — floor. Aluminum lining, and a panoramic roof with electric sliding sunroof, a feature of both GT versions.

Two-liter «turboservice» capacity of 245 forces, of course, the most pleasant: rich rod with 1700-2000 rpm limit to 6000, is predictable over the entire range of the reaction gas. No claims and six-speed «automatic», despite his lack of sportrezhima. Here surprisingly great configured manual shift with paddle shifters — downshift can be almost at cutoff. The small jerk you feel that you control the transmission, and not electronics. When this is relaxed and the traction control — and then, when it «proucavanja» first gear.

The hinges of the tailgate is now Packed in plastic, but still are in the compartment. Next to them are the handles, which formed part of the rear seat backrest. Flexible floor panel in the raised position is not fixed.

The function for contactless opening of the trunk — profanation: higher than in the photo, the cover itself does not rise, but on the other OptiMax it barely usacialis from the castle. Spare wheel — full size. On the top shelf of the trunk — naked speaker: as before.

Peak thrust of the motor 2.4 (188 forces) is much higher — at 4000 Rev/min. Twist it has stronger, it buzzes louder and less harmonious, and the connection to accelerator here a little less than sincere. Overall, this unit combined with six-speed «automatic» for normal city driving enough. But less in the sense — base 150-strong «Quartet» of the series Nu, one does not want. Acoustic comfort is not a model Optima — hear the clatter of gravel in the wheel arches, the wind, Curling at high speed in the area of the side mirrors, but it is not expressed to the extent to be a cause for frustration.

This is Euro-Optima, but (only on 16-inch wheels) and our version looks Classic. The more expensive versions in the bumper grill foglights from diode three sectors each. Top-headlights — adaptive, bi-xenon, «in the database» — Halogens with led running lights.

Sad that the driving characteristics optimy is not balanced. The driver can be peppy motor, but none of the versions not pinpoint handling. Seats are spacious and comfortable, but the ride comfort is not supported. To say that the Optima goes bad, you can’t, but what discipline might take — some understatement. In my opinion, the justification of the choice of a sedan depends on the environment: for country trips on our roads I would Optimu not recommended, but for an urban hustle. Moreover, with similar equipment, it is more advantageous classmates at 50-130 thousand rubles. Except that outdated cheaper Hyundai i40.

Passport data

Model Kia Optima 2.4 GDI Kia Optima 2.0 T-GDI
The body
Body type sedan sedan
Number of doors/seats 4/5 4/5
Length, mm 4855 4855
Width, mm 1860 1860
Height, mm 1485 1485
Wheelbase, mm 2805 2805
Track front/rear, mm 1594/1595 1604/1605
Curb weight, kg 1685 1755
Full weight, kg 2050 2120
Trunk volume, l 510 510
Type petrol with direct fuel injection petrol with direct fuel injection and turbocharging
Location front, transversely front, transversely
The number and arrangement of cylinders 4 in a row 4 in a row
The number of valves 16 16
Working volume, cm3 2359 1998
Max. power, HP/rpm 188/6000 245/6000
Max. torque, N•m/rpm 241/4000 350/1400−4000
Gearbox automatic, six-speed automatic, six-speed
Drive front front
Front suspension independent, spring, McPherson independent, spring, McPherson
Rear suspension independent, spring, multi-link independent, spring, multi-link
The front brakes ventilated disc ventilated disc
The rear brakes disk disk
Tires 235/45 R18 235/45 R18
Ground clearance, mm 155 155
Performance characteristics
Maximum speed, km/h 210 240
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h, 9,1 7,4
Fuel consumption, l/100 km
— urban 12,0 12,5
— extra-urban cycle 6,2 6,3
— combined 8,3 8,5
Emissions standard Euro 5 Euro 5
Fuel tank capacity, l 70 70
Fuel AI-95 AI-95


Chassis Optima — upgraded. The McPherson front suspension subframe is mounted to the body does not after two as before, and four bushings, rear trailing arms are longer (hence plus 10 mm to the wheelbase, to 2805 mm), and silent blocks are tougher. The point of attachment of the two subframes to the body now spaced wider. Front wheel bearings — reinforced. And even alloy wheels, according to the creators, is 83% stiffer than before for reducing road vibration.

Russian OptiMax at all, except GT, electric power steering Hyundai-Kia is located at the steering shaft (left) and «Gee-tees» — on the rail. Pinpoint handling such diversity provides, and therefore looks wasteful. Choose Reiki, incidentally, is also different: the usual ratio is 13.29:1, GT — 14,34:1.

In the back of the Optima was still 20% of high-strength steels, lightweight 8.6 kg their new half. Hot stamping obtained 16 elements of the superstructure of the body against five previously: the front and middle racks, roof (highlighted in purple). Frame panoramic roof made of carbon fiber. The total length of adhesive joints has increased from 21 m to 119, the rigidity of the body torsion is 50%.

Four-cylinder aluminum engine 2.4 GDI (188 HP) of the Theta-II phasers on the intake and direct injection offered in our market instead of the previous unit 2.4 MPI (180 HP) with distributed injection. The quality of Russian gasoline, according to KIA, not concerned. Still «direct» the motor was mounted on American, Australian and South African Optima. In tandem with the «aspirated» 2.0 and 2.4 runs a six-speed «automatic» A6MF2, «turbochetverkoy» — A6LF2, designed for more torque.

The Story Of Leonid Popov

«First» Optima (Magentis number of markets), introduced in 2000, was a product of badge-engineering. With the original «fourth» Sonata she shared not only the platform Y4, but power the body frame, the roof, doors and part external panels. Car with wheelbase of 2700 mm and a length of 4745 was equipped with «four» 2.4 and V6 engines 2.5 and 2.7. In 2002 he was held restyling.

The second generation Optima (in some markets Lotze and Magentis again) entered the market in 2005. From Sonata of those years the car moved away, while shared with her some of the motors and transmission (five-speed «mechanics» and «machines» at four and five gears). Now, however, the sedan used the original platform Kia MG. Base added 20 mm, length 10 mm. the Choice of engines was expanded: this is a petrol units of 2.0, 2.4, 2.7 and two-liter diesel. In 2008 he was made a restyling (to the right), especially greatly changed the bow part, but reflected and aft, and at the cabin.

«Third» Optima (aka K5) was published in 2010. She again intermarried with the Sonata («sixth»), with whom he shared a «trolley» (as with the model i40). Drawn by Peter Schreyer the car noticeably rang (base increased to 2795 and a length of 4845, width — 1835 mm). In addition to the 2.0 diesel engine in some markets appeared 1.7 unit on heavy fuel. But the main acquisition of the generation — petrol engines with direct injection (2.4) and a two-liter unit c turbo. «Mechanics» and «automatic» are six-speed. In 2011, the range added a hybrid variant based on the 2.4 motor. In 2013 held the restyling, not too much changed look, but at the same time, improved finishes and equipment.

Behind the scenes

This time I learned that Hamburg has more bridges than Venice, — 2500, saw in the port a container ship China Shipping Line to nearly seven thousand of the containers — and took a walk in the tunnel under the Elbe, which opened in 1911: even now it is possible to drive for a couple of euros on the car, tentatively slid her in the Elevator! And on the unlimited section of the autobahn had a conversation with the police hidden behind a pillar camera they measure the distance, saying, «if that is less than half the speed — penalty».

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