Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Kia Optima saloon?
The first thing to check is that all the servicing has been carried out at a Kia main dealer, otherwise that handsome seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty will not be valid.
Also check the ends of the car for scuffs and dents picked up in multi-storey car parks and on tight urban rat runs. Check the front of the car for stone chips and the windscreen for any cracks.
Reported problems on the Optima are few. Most relate to non-engine electrics and have included the sat-nav and climate control systems. All problems tend to be fixed under warranty, though, and often take less than a week to resolve.
The Optima didn’t feature in our most recent reliability survey, but Kia cars generally did well, with the Picanto finishing in second place in its class and the Cee'd doing well in the family car class. Kia as a brand finished in 11th place out of 32 manufacturers.