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Kia Optima vs Skoda Superb

Kia has revamped the Optima to give it a better chance of competing with the Skoda Superb as a company car

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Our Verdict

Kia has done a credible job transforming the Optima from one of the worst cars in the class into something you wouldn’t be disappointed to drive about in.

Nevertheless, the Superb is a clear winner here; it beats the Kia in just about every area apart from performance, and the fact the Skoda is the cheaper option for company car drivers, who make up the majority of customers in this class, only adds to its appeal.

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1st – Skoda Superb

For Huge, classy interior; lower CO2; loads of kit; great driving position

Against Leggy gearing; so-so performance

Verdict A brilliant proposition, especially for company car drivers

Read the full Skoda Superb review


2nd – Kia Optima

For Stronger engine; sweeter gearchange; cheaper to lease

Against Pricey company car; numb steering; less practical; noisy

Verdict Better than it was, but still a long way off the class leaders

Read the full Kia Optima review


Specifications: Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi 139 2

Engine size 1.7-litre diesel

List price Β£21,495

Target Price Β£20,691

Power 139bhp

Torque 251lb ft

0-62mph 10.2sec

Top speed 121mph

Fuel economy 45.2mpg (True MPG)

CO2 emissions 110g/km


Specifications: Skoda Superb 1.6 TDI 120 Greenline SE Business

Engine size 1.6-litre diesel

Price from Β£22,255

Target Price Β£20,412

Power 118bhp

Torque 184lb ft

0-62mph 11.1sec

Top speed 130mph

Fuel economy 76.4mpg (Official combined)

CO2 emissions 95g/km

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