New look and more fea­tures

Albany Extra - - News - Ewan Kennedy Your lo­cal Kia dealer is Al­bany Au­tos 9841 4555.

Fresh from the suc­cess of its sporty Stinger fam­ily car and the re­cent launch of a new Cer­ato, Kia Aus­tralia has given its Op­tima mid-sized sedan a makeover.

Styling changes to the front and rear give it a dif­fer­ent ap­pear­ance, though they haven’t greatly changed the char­ac­ter. More im­por­tant are spec­i­fi­ca­tion changes and changes to the prices of both the 2019 Op­tima Si and GT.

Kia Op­ti­mas have a new in­fo­tain­ment head unit, with a 7.0-inch screen in the Si and 8.0-inch for the GT. There is Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto com­pat­i­bil­ity.

With a price re­duc­tion of $1100, down to an RRP of $33,390, and the in­clu­sion of smart­phone com­pat­i­bil­ity the Op­tima Si no longer has satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and the HID head­lamps are re­placed by dual pro­jec­tion head­lamps. The Op­tima GT re­tains satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion through the new OEM head unit with 10-year MapCare and SUNA traf­fic in­for­ma­tion up­dates.

The GT has a $1200 price re­duc­tion (RRP now $43,290).

It no longer has a panoramic sun­roof, the front pas­sen­ger pow­ered seat is no more and you have to make man­ual ad­just­ments. Nei­ther GT front seat is now ven­ti­lated, though both are still heated.

The safety pack for both Op­tima mod­els has gained driver at­ten­tion alert and the lane de­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem. The lat­ter now fea­tures a more ad­vanced lane keep­ing assist pro­to­col.

Kia was one of the early lead­ers in hav­ing its ve­hi­cle sus­pen­sion and han­dling re­vised to suit Aus­tralian driv­ing con­di­tions and driver pref­er­ences.

For the 2019 mod­els, the en­gi­neer­ing team has made fur­ther changes to give us what they say are “im­proved ride and han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics”.

We have yet to drive the re­vised mod­els but will get back to you once we have done so. The Op­tima has a seven-year war­ranty, sev­enyear capped price ser­vic­ing and seven-year road­side assist.

Pic­tures: Warren Kirby

Neat styling of the Kia Op­tima is well suited to the tastes of the fam­ily car buyer.

The Kia Op­tima has a seven-year war­ranty.

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