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Kia Optima Sportswagon review

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Kia Optima Sportswagon
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24 Oct 2018 12:24 | Last updated: 1 Nov 2018 12:47

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Space & practicality

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.

Furthermore, the Sportswagon's rear seats split in a handy 40/20/40 configuration and fold down – using levers just inside the boot entrance – to leave a flat floor from boot entrance to the front seatbacks.

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It may be the entry-point to the range, but you get 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, and a 7.0in touchscreen with sat-nav, Bluetooth...View trim
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Well worth looking at if you like your toys. It adds 18in alloy wheels, privacy glass, eight-way electrically adjustable driver's seat, heated steer wheel, heated front seats, lane keep assist, and...View trim
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This top-spec model comes with the 2.0-litre petrol engine, some upgraded design details including red brake calipers and more agressive-looking bumpers, leather seats and all the other upgrades th...View trim
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