Kia Optima Sportswagon review

Category: Estate car

Section: Passenger & boot space

Kia Optima Sportswagon
  • Kia Optima Sportswagon
  • Kia Optima Sportswagon

Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

There’ll be no complaints from those in the front, thanks to the generous head and leg room. The rear seats aren’t quite as humongous as they are in a Skoda Superb, but they're still relatively impressive for the class, seating two tall adults with knee and head room to spare, even when behind another couple of similar-size people in the front. As with most cars in this class, though, three large adults sitting side-by-side will feel a little cosy. 

A family estate is pointless without a boot size that can cope with everyday life, and in this respect, the Sportswagon holds its own in the class. It can't match the class-leading Superb's massive load bay, but it's bigger than the Mondeo's and provides good access, a low boot floor and no annoying lip at the boot entrance. A powered tailgate is standard on GT-Line S models.