Kia Optima

Kia has given its latest version of the Kia Optima a refresh to help keep it up-to-date with its rivals. Up against stiff competition from the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat, the mid-sized saloon gets a quieter interior and mild styling tweaks. The new Optima is only available with the 134bhp 1.7-litre diesel engine that is found in the Kia Sportage.

Kia Optima saloon

Price 
£19,995 - £27,350
4 Doors
4.2 / 5
Pros
  • Spacious cabin
  • Great value
  • Stylish looks
Cons
  • Boot could be bigger
  • Only one engine available – and it's noisy
  • Not as much fun to drive as a Ford Mondeo

In a class dominated by models like the Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat and Toyota Avensis, the Kia Optima certainly stands out. Its dramatic styling, great-value price tag and upmarket cabin will all help tempt buyers away from more established rivals. The driving experience isn't quite as good as cars like the Ford Mondeo, but the Optima offers a good blend of comfort, practicality and handling.