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The Korean car-maker Kia unveiled the fifth generation of the Optima K5 in 2019 as a 2020 model year.

It was based on the same platform as the Hyundai Sonata.

Despite the ascending trend for the SUV segment, Kia decided to keep the K5 sedan in its lineup for those who doesn't look for expeditions and doesn't need or want an SUV. A light sedan could provide the same comfort and amenities as an SUV but being more fuel-efficient at the same time.

The new design language adopted by Kia for the Optima K5 was different than before, with angular shapes and a "Shark-skin" mesh-grill. It was not an evolution over its predecessor, but more like a leap. Despite being introduced in 2019, the marketing department decided not to fit the taillights with LED as standard, but to offer them on the options list, or only for the upper trim levels. It used the same strategy with headlights, and only the fog lights and the DRLs were with LED as standard.

The interior was another leap, with tons of gadgets and technologies available either as standard or on the options list. The infotainment system was floating on top of the center stack and almost got into the instrument panel. For the gear selector, Kia introduced an "aircraft-like" design, with a flat knob on top of it. The car-maker arranged a comfortable bench and enough legroom and headroom for the rear passengers despite the sloped roofline.

Under the hood, the K5 featured a choice of two engines. The base model featured a 1.6-liter unit while the top version was fitted with a 2.5-liter unit. All of them were turbocharged and feed via a direct fuel injection system. An all-wheel-drive traction system was available, but the 8-speed automatic transmission was fitted as standard.

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KIA K5 2020 - Present
  4 gasoline engines
  • 1.6L T-GDI 8AT (180 HP)
  • 1.6L T-GDI 8AT AWD (180 HP)
  • GT 1.6L T-GDI 8AT (180 HP)
  • GT 2.5L T-GDI 8AT (290 HP)

KIA K5 1.6L T-GDI 8AT (180 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L T-GDI 8AT (180 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1598 cm3
Power
132.4 KW @ 5500 RPM
180 HP @ 5500 RPM
178 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 RPM
264 Nm @ 1500-4500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.8 gallons (56.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P205/65R16 95H
DIMENSIONS
Length
193.1 in (4905 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
56.9 in (1445 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.3x64.6 in (1633 mm)
Wheelbase
112.2 in (2850 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
16 cuFT (453 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
Turning circle (curb to curb)
5.5 ft (1.7 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3115 lbs (1413 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4354 lbs (1975 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Highway
38 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)
Combined
32 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)

KIA K5 1.6L T-GDI 8AT AWD (180 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L T-GDI 8AT AWD (180 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1598 cm3
Power
132.4 KW @ 5500 RPM
180 HP @ 5500 RPM
178 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 RPM
264 Nm @ 1500-4500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.8 gallons (59.8 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P205/65R16 95H
DIMENSIONS
Length
193.1 in (4905 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
56.9 in (1445 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.3x64.6 in (1633 mm)
Wheelbase
112.2 in (2850 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
16 cuFT (453 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
Turning circle (curb to curb)
5.5 ft (1.7 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3148 lbs (1428 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4354 lbs (1975 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Highway
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
31 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)

KIA K5 GT 1.6L T-GDI 8AT (180 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  GT 1.6L T-GDI 8AT (180 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1598 cm3
Power
132.4 KW @ 5500 RPM
180 HP @ 5500 RPM
178 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 RPM
264 Nm @ 1500-4500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.8 gallons (59.8 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P205/65R16 95H
DIMENSIONS
Length
193.1 in (4905 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
56.9 in (1445 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.3x64.6 in (1633 mm)
Wheelbase
112.2 in (2850 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
16 cuFT (453 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
Turning circle (curb to curb)
5.5 ft (1.7 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3228 lbs (1464 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4354 lbs (1975 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Highway
37 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
31 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)

KIA K5 GT 2.5L T-GDI 8AT (290 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  GT 2.5L T-GDI 8AT (290 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2497 cm3
Power
213.3 KW @ 5800 RPM
290 HP @ 5800 RPM
286 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
311 lb-ft @ 1650-4000 RPM
422 Nm @ 1650-4000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.8 gallons (59.8 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P245/40R19 94W
DIMENSIONS
Length
193.1 in (4905 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
56.9 in (1445 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.3x64.6 in (1633 mm)
Wheelbase
112.2 in (2850 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
16 cuFT (453 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
Turning circle (curb to curb)
5.5 ft (1.7 m)
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