Kia Optima Sportswagon review

Category: Estate car

Section: Costs & verdict

Kia Optima Sportswagon
  • Kia Optima Sportswagon
  • Kia Optima Sportswagon
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

As is usual with Kia models, the Sportswagon comes with lots of standard equipment. Even the entry-level 2 model has plenty of luxuries, such as climate control, cruise control, power-folding door mirrors, 17in alloy wheels and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob. As a consequence, we’d stick with that to make the most of the Sportwagon’s competitive list price, although 3 trim is still worth considering if you like your toys.

Anyone who pays for their own fuel will appreciate the Sportwagon’s impressive claimed combined fuel consumption of up to 61.4mpg. Company car drivers will face fairly palatable monthly tax bills, with CO2 emissions from 121g/km for the diesel engine, but that’s still beaten by the Superb 2.0 TDI 150’s 113g/km and the Mondeo 2.0 TDCi’s 112g/km.


A good estate car that impresses on the practical side of things, with a decent boot and generous space inside, but in other areas it falls down. On the road the ride is unsettled at low speeds, while neither the noisy diesel engine nor the dull handling make it enjoyable to drive quickly. A Skoda Superb offers even better practicality along with a more enjoyable and comfortable driving experience.

  • Large, practical boot
  • Good passenger space
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Poor refinement
  • Lumpy low-speed ride
  • Dull handling