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The new Kia Optima is a saloon that's designed to take on the Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat and other large family cars on a more level footing than the dated Magentis that it replaces.
The Optima isn't as closely related to sister firm Hyundai's i40 as you might think; it's slightly longer in both overall length and wheelbase. However, UK cars will use the same 1.7-litre, 134bhp diesel engine as the i40. The Optima's nose design is Kia's boldest yet, with its chiselled corners and abundant LEDs, while shallow side windows top a wedgy, rising waistline. There's a Range Rover-like vent motif on the front wings, and top models get a glass roof with two electric blinds.Read Main Article "The Optima is Kia's first model in the saloon segment that can battle it out with the best thanks to its bold looks and well-rounded drive."
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