At last, the 2016 Kia Optima was unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, a game-changing midsize sedan that will continue the success of the current model. Regarding the design, the 2016 Optima retains the identity of the outgoing model, but at the same time is a move forward in order to keep the car modern and fresh.
Kia extended the wheelbase of the new Optima by 0.4 inches, to 110.4 inches, while the width was increased by 1.0 inch to 73.2 inches. According to the manufacturer, these modifications bring more headroom, shoulder room and rear seat leg room, as well as more cargo capacity in the trunk.
The 2016 Kia Optima SX and SXL trims get the company’s tiger-nose grille that is hot stamped and composed into a sophisticated pinpoint design, inspired by the K900 flagship sedan. In addition, the new Optima receives Kia’s first application of bi-functional HID headlights with available Dynamic Bending Lamps and High Beam Assist.
LED halo-style taillights are inspired by those found on the Cadenza premium sedan. Furthermore, the 2016 Optima rides on alloy wheels ranging from 16 to 18 inches, with three unique 18-inch wheel designs. The interior is inspired by Kia’s premium and luxury sedans, which means that the Optima gets soft-touch materials with an impressive attention to detail.
UVO connectivity system is offered as standard with four additional eServices: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score. In addition, the 2016 Optima is Kia’s pilot vehicle for the introduction of Android Auto and Apple Carplay, allowing drivers to access a suite of core functions from their smartphones through the 8-inch touchscreen.
Also as standard, Kia offers a six-speaker audio system, while the Infinity Premium Audio System with 14-speakers, Clari-Fi technology and an upgraded 630-watt digital amplifier is offered as an option. Kia’s 2016 Optima comes with three engine choices, two powerplants taken from the previous generation and an all-new 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine.
The 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that powers the LX and EX models delivers an estimated 185 hp at 6,000 rpm and 178 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Meanwhile, a 2.0-liter turbo is available on the SXL and SX Turbo models, delivering 247 hp at 6,000 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 1,350 rpm.
Both engines are bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic shifting, while SX and SXL trims get paddle shifters. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine is offered on the LX trim and produces 178 hp at 5,500 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm. The engine is bolted to a seven-speed DCT gearbox. [source: Kia]