- The car Kia Optima Sportswagon 1.7 CRDi ‘3’ 7-speed DCT auto ISG
- Run by Will Williams, photographer
- Why it’s here As one of the newer estates out there, we want to see if it makes more sense than the ubiquitous SUV
- Needs to Sip fuel, have a flexible and commodious load area and be comfortable on long journeys
Price £26,055 Price as tested £26,600 Miles covered 24,555 Official combined MPG 64.2mpg Test economy 41.6mpg CO2 120g/km Options Temptation Red paint (premium) £545
15 February 2018 – servicing satisfaction
In my last report I was on the fence about my new tyres. I’d opted for a cheaper set and wasn’t quite sure if they had made the ride worse. Now I’ve covered quite a lot of miles in the new set, I’ve fallen off the fence onto the rocks below.
I am now really noticing that they have given the car a firmer ride, and I wish I had gone for a straight replacement of the more expensive tyres that the car got as standard. I’ve made worse mistakes in my life – I do own a mark one Mazda MX-5 after all – but in hindsight, I should’ve forked out some extra cash for the excellent Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres that it came with as standard.
In the last month, though, the odometer ticked towards the 20,000-mile mark, so I booked it in for a service.
I went to Snows of Guildford and they carried it out for a reasonable £225. I generally think most car services are overpriced and expensive, but at least with the Sportswagon it wasn’t needed until 20,000 miles. In the Hyundai Ioniq I used to run – and many other cars – it was 10,000 miles.
The staff at Snows were very friendly and kept me posted on progress throughout the process. I was also interested to receive a video report from the technicians, showing an inspection of the underside of the car. Getting a video as part of a service is not something I’ve personally experienced before, but having spoken to other people it seems as though this is a growing trend. I think it’s a pretty good idea. You can see them checking items and if there are any issues it makes it easy to highlight – luckily there wasn’t anything to see on the Sportswagon.
It was all very uneventful, in the end, which is the best outcome in this situation. It was a smooth and professional experience; there had been no recalls, I’d recently changed the tyres, and the brakes still have a lot of wear left. Top marks all round, then.