KIA OPTIMA SLI and PLATINUM
Both models get 18-inch alloys and full-size spares, adding leather, power-adjustable driver’s seat (with two-position memory), cruise control, trip computer, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, sixspeaker Infinity sound, and, in Platinum, heated and cooled front seats. Warranty is five years/unlimited km, retained value 45 per cent.
VERDICT The Altima turns heads inV8 Supercars but it’s mid- pack on the road — roomy, comfortable and inoffensive, it will
appeal to many. The Kia’s ride quality is not necessarily a flaw, the drivetrain is enthusiastic and its road manners
are better suited to a broader range of surfaces.