Kia already offers an estate car in the UK; the Cee'd Sportswagon, which is a surprisingly spacious and affordable choice. However, the Optima Sportswagon is even bigger, competing against estates in the next class up.
It doesn't get off to a great start, though, because while rivals such as the Skoda Superb Estate and Ford Mondeo Estate are offered with a multitude of engines, the Optima Sportswagon comes with just one: Kia's familiar 1.7-litre diesel that produces 139bhp.
However, the Sportswagon does come with the choice of three trims: 2, 3, and GT-Line S. Entry-level 2 cars have a six-speed manual gearbox, while 3 models can also be had with a seven-speed automatic. Range-topping GT-Line S cars come with the automatic 'box only.
Most importantly, though, how does the Kia Optima Sportswagon perform as load-carrying estate versus its main rivals? Click through to the next page and read on to find out.