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KIA Optima 2016-2019

Segment: Medium
Production years: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

The fourth generation of the Kia Optima was launched in July 2015 for the Korean market and, later on, in other countries.

The Optima represented another design success signed by the former Audi designer Peter Schreyer. Its lines and features were another step toward a mass-market vehicle with premium touches, both inside and outside.

While the wheelbase of the 2015 Optima was increased by 10 mm (0.4") the overall length increased only with half than that. But a different interior layout made more room available for the rear passengers inside the medium-sized sedan. For the exterior look, the design team made a European approach, with a raked windshield and a sport-sedan look for the vehicle. On the front fascia, the swept headlights enhanced the sporty appearance of the vehicle.

Inside, the cabin was larger than on the former Optima. Besides the slightly longer wheelbase, the wider vehicle made more shoulder-room for the passengers. To improve comfort, more soft materials were used for the interior, with higher quality contact surfaces. New features were added, such as heated and ventilated front seats. The Nappa leather was offered as an option. For the infotainment system, an 8" touch-screen display was available and it included the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The sound system was created by Infinity and included a 14-speaker arrangement.

Under the hood, there were three engine choices: a 2.0-liter turbo, a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated, and a new 1.6-liter turbo. While the first two are mated to a standard 6-speed automatic, the latter sent its torque to the wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

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KIA Optima 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  5 gasoline engines
  • 1.6L Turbo 7AT (178 HP)
  • 2.0L CVVL 6MT (163 HP)
  • 2.0L Turbo 6AT (245 HP)
  • 2.0T 7AT (180 HP)
  • 2.4L 6AT (185 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 1.7L CRDi 6MT (141 HP)
  • 1.7L CRDi 7AT (141 HP)
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KIA Optima 1.6L Turbo 7AT (178 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L Turbo 7AT (178 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1591 cm3
Power
132.7 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
18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic (DCT)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/65R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
191.1 in (4854 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.9/63.1 in (1,598/1,603 mm)
Wheelbase
110.4 in (2804 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3224 lbs (1462 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4409 lbs (2000 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Highway
39 mpg US (6 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
US model

KIA Optima 2.0L CVVL 6MT (163 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L CVVL 6MT (163 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1999 cm3
Power
119.9 KW @ 6500 RPM
163 HP @ 6500 RPM
161 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
145 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
196 Nm @ 4800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60 R16 95V
DIMENSIONS
Length
191.1 in (4854 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.9/63.1 in (1,598/1,603 mm)
Wheelbase
110.4 in (2804 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3373 lbs (1530 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4409 lbs (2000 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Highway
39.9 mpg US (5.9 L/100Km)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
173 g/km

KIA Optima 2.0L Turbo 6AT (245 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L Turbo 6AT (245 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
182.7 KW @ 6000 RPM
248 HP @ 6000 RPM
245 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
260 lb-ft @ 1350-4000 RPM
353 Nm @ 1350-4000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic (Sportmatic)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/45R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
191.1 in (4854 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.9/63.1 in (1,598/1,603 mm)
Wheelbase
110.4 in (2804 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3494 lbs (1585 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4519 lbs (2050 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)
Highway
32 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
US model

KIA Optima 2.0T 7AT (180 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0T 7AT (180 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
132.4 KW @ 6000 RPM
180 HP @ 6000 RPM
178 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
260 lb-ft @ 1350-4000 RPM
353 Nm @ 1350-4000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/45R-18
DIMENSIONS
Length
191.1 in (4854 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.9/63.1 in (1,598/1,603 mm)
Wheelbase
110.4 in (2804 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3494 lbs (1585 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4519 lbs (2050 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)
Highway
32 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
US model

KIA Optima 2.4L 6AT (185 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L 6AT (185 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2359 cm3
Power
138 KW @ 6000 RPM
188 HP @ 6000 RPM
185 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
178 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
241 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic (Sportmatic)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/65R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
191.1 in (4854 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.9/63.1 in (1,598/1,603 mm)
Wheelbase
110.4 in (2804 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3219 lbs (1460 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4409 lbs (2000 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Highway
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
US model

KIA Optima 1.7L CRDi 6MT (141 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.7L CRDi 6MT (141 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1685 cm3
Power
103.7 KW @ 4000 RPM
141 HP @ 4000 RPM
139 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
251 lb-ft @ 1750-2500 RPM
340 Nm @ 1750-2500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60 R16 95V
DIMENSIONS
Length
191.1 in (4854 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.9/63.1 in (1,598/1,603 mm)
Wheelbase
110.4 in (2804 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3505 lbs (1590 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4564 lbs (2070 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
Highway
63.6 mpg US (3.7 L/100Km)
Combined
56 mpg US (4.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
110 g/km

KIA Optima 1.7L CRDi 7AT (141 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.7L CRDi 7AT (141 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1685 cm3
Power
103.7 KW @ 4000 RPM
141 HP @ 4000 RPM
139 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
251 lb-ft @ 1750-2500 RPM
340 Nm @ 1750-2500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
126 mph (203 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60 R16 95V
DIMENSIONS
Length
191.1 in (4854 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.9/63.1 in (1,598/1,603 mm)
Wheelbase
110.4 in (2804 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3538 lbs (1605 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4586 lbs (2080 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
Highway
57.4 mpg US (4.1 L/100Km)
Combined
53.5 mpg US (4.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
116 g/km
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