Op­ti­mised for space

NZ Autocar - - Fyi -

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.

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