Optimised for space
If you’re not into crossovers and SUVs, the new Optima Sportswagon might be one for you. The new wagon would be a welcome addition to the local range as the choice of large ‘estates’ on the market is not wonderful. It’s the first time Kia has entered this segment and locally the company says it’s studying the suitability of the Sportswagon for our market. Seems like a no-brainer to us.
Globally the Optima has come to “define Kia, and is credited with kick-starting the brand’s design-led transformation”. The Sportswagon “adds an extra level of style and practicality” to that. It will launch first in Europe, where the market for tourers is still healthy, later in the year.
The Sportswagon is the same length and width as the sedan and is just 5mm taller. Kia says the extra sheet metal at the rear is “disguised elegantly by the raked rear window and tapering roofline, giving the Sportswagon a genuinely athletic stance in a typically conservative segment.”
In the boot there is 553L of luggage space up to the window line and the SW gets a safety net built into the back of the rear seats, while sliding luggage rails are included to help secure the cargo. A powered tailgate is also offered and the rear seat features 40:20:40 split-folding. Lower the centre section and Kia says longer loads like snow boards can be carried while two passengers can still sit either side.
Some of the available features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the infotainment system, a 360-degree camera, self-parking, active headlights and a wireless charging pad. In Europe the vehicle will be offered with a 2.0-litre turbopetrol and a 1.7-litre turbodiesel, while the top GT line version also comes with adaptive dampers.