The Kia Optima is a mid-size car manufactured by Kia Motors since 2000 and marketed globally through various nameplates. First generation cars were mostly marketed as the Optima, although the Kia Magentis name was used in Europe and Canada when sales began there in 2002. For the second generation models, Kia used the Kia Lotze and Kia K5 name for the South Korean market, and the Magentis name globally, except in the United States, Canada and Malaysia where the Optima name was retained. The Optima name is now going to be used for all markets except China, where they will also use the South Korean market name.

Kia Optima
2015 Kia Optima 3 ISG CRDi 1.7 Front.jpg
ManufacturerKia Motors
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PredecessorKia Credos

First generation (2000–2005)Edit

First generation (MS)
Also called
  • Kia Magentis (Europe and Canada)
  • Kia Optima (South Korea)
  • Kia Optima Regal (KDM facelift)
  • 2000–2006
  • 2004–2011 (China)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
PlatformHyundai-Kia Y4
RelatedHyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Trajet
Kia Carnival/Sedona
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,745 mm (186.8 in)
Width2000–2005:1,815 mm (71.5 in)
2002–2005:1,820 mm (72 in)
Height1,420 mm (55.9 in)
PredecessorKia Credos

From 2000–2005 Optimas were a rebadged variant of the Hyundai Sonata, differing only from the Sonata in minor exterior styling details and equipment content.

In Australia, the Optima was introduced in May 2001, offered only with a 2.5 L V6 engine, and choice of manual or automatic transmission. The updated Optima was offered with a new 2.7 L engine, 4-speed automatic (the manual was dropped), and features such as full leather interior and alloy wheels were made standard. Thanks in part to better marketing, sales increased to 41,289 units in 2005, an all-time high. The Optima was sold until 2006, when it was replaced by the Magentis.


The 2001 Optima received Poor to Average ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).[2]

Test Rating
Moderate overlap front: Average
Side: Poor
Head restraints & seats: Poor


The 2002 Optima received a minor update. The car was a luxurious version of Kia Optima sold in South Korea. The grille was redesigned for the United States in 2003 (2004 model year) to feature the Kia badge, and the headlamps were restyled for 2004 (2005 model year).


Type Model Years Power@rpm Torque@rpm
2,351 cc (143.5 cu in) 2.4 L Sirius II I4 2001–2002 149 bhp (111 kW; 151 PS) @ 6000 rpm 156 lb⋅ft (212 N⋅m)@ 4500 rpm
2,351 cc (143.5 cu in) 2.4 L Sirius II I4 2003–2006 138 bhp (103 kW; 140 PS) @ 5500 rpm 147 lb⋅ft (199 N⋅m)@ 3000 rpm
2,493 cc (152.1 cu in) 2.5 L Delta V6 2001 170 bhp (127 kW; 172 PS) @ 6000 rpm 169 lb⋅ft (229 N⋅m)@ 4000 rpm
2,656 cc (162.1 cu in) 2.7 L Delta V6 2002–2006 170 bhp (127 kW; 172 PS) @ 6000 rpm 181 lb⋅ft (245 N⋅m)@ 4000 rpm

Second generation (2005–2010)Edit

Second generation (MG)
2008 Kia Magentis LS 2.0 (UK; pre-facelift)
Also called
  • Kia Magentis (Europe, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Singapore)
  • Kia Lotze (South Korea)
  • Kia Lotze Advance (KDM model year)
  • Kia Lotze Innovation (KDM facelift)
DesignerPeter Schreyer
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
Wheelbase2,720 mm (107.1 in)
Length4,755–4,810 mm (187.2–189.4 in)
Width1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Height1,480 mm (58.3 in)
Kia Optima LX (US; pre-facelift)

The second generation Optima, known as the Kia Magentis globally except in United States and Malaysia, and as the Kia Lotze in South Korea, was launched in South Korea in November 2005. This generation differed further from the Hyundai Sonata donor vehicle than the previous model. Unlike the previous Optima though, this vehicle uses a global platform, unique to Kia, designated "MG". The car continues to be built in South Korea and shares its 2.4-liter inline-four engine, five-speed Sportmatic automatic or five-speed manual transmission with the Sonata.

The second generation Kia Optima was launched in Malaysia on 15 August 2007 powered by a 2.0 liter Theta DOHC CVVT engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission.


The Optima received a crash test rating of five stars from the NHTSA,[6] and four stars from EuroNCAP.[7] The 2006 Optima received Marginal to Good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).[8]

Test Rating
Moderate overlap front: Good
Side: Average
Roof strength: Marginal
Head restraints & seats: Good


Kia Optima EX (US; facelift)
Kia Optima SX (US; facelift)
Kia Optima LX (US; facelift)

The Optima was revised and updated in 2008, debuting at the New York International Auto Show (as a 2009 model year). This update features new front-end styling and tail lamps. In addition to the revised exterior, length is also slightly increased by roughly 70 millimetres (2.8 in) to approximately 4,800 mm (190 in) long. There is also a new engine and the interior has also been revised.[9] Main changes in the interior are a redesigned instrument cluster and a Sirius Satellite Radio/AM/FM/MP3/CD with an auxiliary jack. In certain markets, the option of satellite navigation is offered.

The new Theta II 2.4-liter I4 employs dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and a variable intake system (VIS) to increase power to 131 kW (176 hp) while returning improved fuel consumption over its predecessor. Torque is rated at 229 N⋅m (169 lbf⋅ft) there is 2.0 L for other markets middle east etc. a 2.0 L 4cyl with 5 manual or 4 automatic gearbox with power 164 hp (122 kW) at 6200 rpm and 197 N⋅m (145 lb⋅ft) torque takes it from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 9.2 sec for manual and 10.1 for auto with top speed up to 208 km/h (129 mph) outside the US. The 2.7-liter V6 has few changes to the previous model, though power is increased to 144 kW (193 hp), and torque to 249 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) with standard 5-speed automatic takes it from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 8.9sec with top speed up to 220 km/h (137 mph). A five-speed manual transmission is standard in the base model, and a five-speed automatic is included with mid- and high-end levels (or as an option in the base model).

2010 models see the addition of a Proximity Key with Push-Button Start and paddle shifters on SX models.

In Australia, the Magentis was introduced in August 2006, and replaced the Optima. Initially available with a choice of 2.4 L 4-cylinder or 2.7 L V6 engines, the Magentis' sales never caught on, with sales peaking at only 741 units in 2007. In 2008, the V6 engine was dropped, as was the EX-L model, leaving only the entry-level 2.4 L EX on sale until its discontinuation in 2009. While the facelifted 2010 model was never officially launched, a very small number were imported for "evaluation" purposes, and eventually sold to the public as demos.

U.S. enginesEdit

Type Model Years Power@rpm Torque@rpm
2,359 cc (144.0 cu in) 2.4 L Theta II I4 2006.5–2008 162 bhp (121 kW; 164 PS) @ 5800 164 lb⋅ft (222 N⋅m) @ 4000
2,359 cc (144.0 cu in) 2.4 L Theta II I4 2009–2010 175 bhp (130 kW; 177 PS) @ 6000 169 lb⋅ft (229 N⋅m) @ 4000
2,656 cc (162.1 cu in) 2.7 L Delta V6 2006 170 bhp (127 kW; 172 PS) @ 6000 181 lb⋅ft (245 N⋅m) @ 4000
2,657 cc (162.1 cu in) 2.7 L Mu V6 2006.5-2008 185 bhp (138 kW; 188 PS) @ 6000 182 lb⋅ft (247 N⋅m) @ 4000
2009–2010 194 bhp (145 kW; 197 PS) @ 6000 184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m) @ 4500

Third generation (2010–2015)Edit

Third generation (TF)
Also called
  • Kia K5 (South Korea, China)
  • Kia Optima K5 (Malaysia)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
RelatedHyundai Sonata (YF)
Wheelbase2,795 mm (110.0 in)
Length4,845 mm (190.7 in)
Width1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Height1,455 mm (57.3 in)
Curb weight1,391–1,411 kg (3,067–3,111 lb)
1,535 kg (3,384 lb) (Turbo)
1,583 kg (3,490 lb) (Hybrid)
Kia Optima Si (Australia; pre-facelift)

The completely redesigned Optima, sharing the same platform as its sibling Hyundai i40, named the Kia K5 in the South Korean and China market, made its world debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show. It features a much sleeker, sportier profile designed by new Kia design chief Peter Schreyer, following the new design language featured on the Kia Forte, Kia Sorento, and upcoming Kia Sportage and Kia Cadenza — and using Kia's new corporate grille, known as the Tiger Nose, also designed by Schreyer. Lead designer of the TF in the team of Peter Schreyer and Miklos Kovacs was the Italian Davide Limongelli. For the first time, this model will be using the Optima name worldwide, where the Magentis name had been used previously.

As with its Hyundai Sonata sibling, the Optima's lineup has been replaced with a universal GDI 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, either mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Eco dash display, or to a 6-speed manual transmission that is only standard on the LX model. Sales began in fall 2010. The new K5 was released in the South Korean market on 29 April 2010.

The new Optima retains its trim lines of the base LX, upscale EX, and sporty SX models. Standard equipment includes safety features such as electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS brakes, as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, cooled glove box, iPod connectivity, and handsfree Bluetooth phone operation. Starting in October 2013, on LX models, Kia will offer the UVO infotainment system by Microsoft as part of the convenience package. EX model options include Kia's new UVO infotainment system by Microsoft, integrated backup camera, and Proximity Key with Push-Button Start. A panoramic moonroof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and a navigation system are also available. SX models add a rear spoiler, metal pedals, black hybrid metal and carbon insert trim, paddle shifters, and illuminated scuff plates.

A Hybrid model and a Turbo model were also released. In addition, a wagon version was planned for European markets, and two-door coupé version was mooted for the United States.[11] The turbo model will have the same powertrain as the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T.[12] The turbocharged model will have 274 hp (204 kW) and 269 lb⋅ft (365 N⋅m) of torque in the North American model.[13] The car is estimated to obtain 34 mpg‑US (6.9 L/100 km; 41 mpg‑imp) on the highway.[14]

The third generation Kia Optima is built and manufactured in West Point, Georgia, which began in 2011 with the 2012 model.

In Australia, the new Optima went on sale in January 2011. Initially available in only one grade, the highly specified "Platinum", it was later joined by an entry-level "Si" model in the 2012 model year. Both models feature a 2.4L GDI engine with 6-speed automatic. A manual is not offered.

The facelifted 2014 model was unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in March.

The third generation Kia Optima was launched in Malaysia on 27 December 2011 powered by a 2.0 liter Theta II MPI engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission[15] and in January 2014 the facelift version was launched in Malaysia.[16]


The 2011 Optima received a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).[17]

Test Rating
Small overlap front: Average
Moderate overlap front: Good
Side: Good
Roof strength: Good
Head restraints & seats: Good


In a March 2012 comparison test by Car and Driver, the Optima came in third place out of six cars behind the first place Volkswagen Passat and the second place Honda Accord.[18]


2014 facelift
Model Engine type Power, torque@rpm Note
Diesel engines
1.7 CRDi 1,685 cc (102.8 cu in) I4 U2 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @ 4000 rpm
33.7 kg⋅m (330 N⋅m; 244 lbf⋅ft) @ 2000–2500 rpm
2.0 CRDi 1,991 cc (121.5 cu in) I4 D4EA 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) @ 4000 rpm
29 kg⋅m (280 N⋅m; 210 lbf⋅ft) @ 2000–2500 rpm
Gasoline engines
2.0 MPI 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 Theta II 165 PS (121 kW; 163 hp) @ 6200 rpm
20.2 kg⋅m (198 N⋅m; 146 lbf⋅ft) @ 4600 rpm
Europe and Middle East
2.4 MPI 2,359 cc (144.0 cu in) I4 Theta II 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) @ 6000 rpm
23.6 kg⋅m (231 N⋅m; 171 lbf⋅ft) @ 4000 rpm
Europe, Middle East and South Africa
2.0L Turbo 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 turbo Theta II 274 hp (204 kW; 278 PS) @ 6000 rpm
269 lbf⋅ft (365 N⋅m) @ 1750 rpm
North America
2.4L GDI 2,359 cc (144.0 cu in) I4 Theta II 200 hp (149 kW; 203 PS) @ 6300 rpm
186 lbf⋅ft (252 N⋅m) @ 4250 rpm
North America, Australia and South Africa (Since 2013)


Hybrid versionEdit

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid (US)
2013 Kia Optima Hybrid (Sweden)

The 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid was unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, and was launched in the U.S. market in November 2011. During its first month in the market sold 524 units.[21] Considering cumulative sales in the U.S. market through December 2011, with 19,672 units sold, together the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the Kia Optima Hybrid ranked second in hybrid sales for calendar year 2011, after the Toyota Prius.[22]

The Optima Hybrid uses the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid powertrain, combining a 2.4-liter MPI engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, and a 30kW electric motor and lightweight lithium polymer batteries to produce a full gasoline-electric hybrid with an estimated fuel consumption of 37 mpg‑US (6.4 L/100 km; 44 mpg‑imp) city and 39 mpg‑US (6.0 L/100 km; 47 mpg‑imp) highway.[23] The Optima Hybrid is able to travel up to 100 km/h (62 mph) in full electric mode, which helps it stand apart from many competitors.[24] Korean and European markets will get the Optima Hybrid with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.[25]

The only externally apparent features that differentiate it from the Kia Optima are the hybrid badging, application specific wheel design, a lowered ride height by approximately 1 in (25 mm), and the availability of a special light platinum graphite paint color. It also utilizes an active shutter system behind the upper grille, allowing the car to redirect airflow when the gas engine's heat levels allow (such as when the car is operating in EV mode to improve aerodynamics, or to assist in more rapid warming up of the gas engine).[26]

In September 2011, the Optima Hybrid set a Guinness World Record for "Lowest Fuel Consumption in a Hybrid Gasoline Vehicle" while driving across the continental United States for 14 days, starting from the Kia factory in West Point, Georgia. In its 7,899-mile drive across the 48 states, the car recorded an average of 64.55 miles per gallon while consuming a total of five and a half tanks of gasoline. In order to qualify for the record, the car had two people and luggage throughout the entire trip.[27][28]

Fourth generation (2015–2019)Edit

Fourth generation (JF)
Also calledKia K5 (South Korea and China)
DesignerPeter Schreyer
Body and chassis
Body style
RelatedHyundai Sonata (LF)
Wheelbase2,805 mm (110.4 in)
Length191.1 in (4,850 mm)
Width73.2 in (1,860 mm)
Height57.7 in (1,470 mm)
Curb weight3,219–3,362 lb (1,460–1,525 kg)
Kia Optima
Kia Optima (JF)

The 2016 Kia Optima went on-sale towards the end of 2015. It shares a platform with the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, and offers a new design, with new features and enhancements. As with the previous-generation Optima, the new model was designed by Kia's Chief of Design, Peter Schreyer, who was a previous designer for Volkswagen Group, AG, working mainly with their Audi division of luxury cars. The new K5 was released in the South Korean market on 15 July 2015.

For the Malaysian market, the fourth generation Kia Optima was launched in May 2017 powered by the Theta II 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission.[30]


The 2017 Optima received a "Top Safety Pick+" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).[31]

Test Rating
Small overlap front: Good
Moderate overlap front: Good
Side: Good
Roof strength: Good
Head restraints & seats: Good
Front crash prevention: Superior
Headlights: Good
Child seat anchors (Latch) ease of use: Acceptable


Type Model Years Power@rpm Torque@rpm
1,591 cc (97.1 cu in) 1.6 L G4FJ turbo I4 2016-present 178 bhp (133 kW; 180 PS) @ 5500 195 lb⋅ft (264 N⋅m) @ 1500
2,359 cc (144.0 cu in) 2.4 L Theta II I4 2016-present 185 bhp (138 kW; 188 PS) @ 6000 178 lb⋅ft (241 N⋅m) @ 4000
1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) 2.0 L Theta turbo I4 2016-present 245 bhp (183 kW; 248 PS) @ 6000 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) @ 1350
1,685 cc (102.8 cu in) 1.7CRDi L U2 turbo I4 2015-present 139 bhp (104 kW; 141 PS) @ 4000 251 lb⋅ft (340 N⋅m) @ 2000-2500

Plug-in hybridEdit

Kia Optima plug-in hybrid

A plug-in hybrid variant was unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The Kia Optima PHEV shares the powertrain of the Hyundai Sonata PHEV, and like its sibling, it has a 9.8 kWh battery pack that delivers an all-electric range of 27 mi (43 km), but the Optima plug-in hybrid has a lower drag coefficient, which at 0.24 Cd is on par with the all-electric Tesla Model S. The Optima PHEV has an active grille, which automatically opens and closes at high and low speeds, contributing to reduce the Cd.[32] The plug-in hybrid features a 50 kW electric motor and 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder GDI engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.[33]

Retail deliveries began in the United States in January 2017 with 40 units sold.[34]


Optima Sportswagon

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Kia revealed the Sportswagon variant of the Optima sedan. The introduction of the SW should broaden the appeal of the Optima. The SW variant is sold worldwide excluding the North American and South Korea market, as station wagons have been overtaken by Crossover Utility Vehicles as the standard family hauler.

Kia Optima Convertible ConceptEdit

Kia Optima Convertible Concept
Production2015 (concept car)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door convertible
LayoutFF layout
Engine1.6 L I4
Transmission6-speed automatic

The Kia Optima Convertible Concept was shown in 2015; a 4-door concept car similar to the Kia Optima sedan without a roof and rear-hinged doors for the rear passengers in place of the front-hinged doors of the production car. The new Optima will continue to offer its familiar 2.4L and 2.0T Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder engines, though will also offer a new engine option for 2016: an all-new 1.6T Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder engine. As before, no V6 engine options will be available. While the 2.4L and 2.0T engines will be paired with an automatic transmission, the 1.6T engine will be paired with an all-new seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). All engines will offer improved fuel economy ratings.

A Hybrid version has not yet been announced, however, it is likely that Kia will release a hybrid Optima by 2017. Like its Hyundai Sonata Hybrid platform mate, the existing Optima Hybrid will most likely continue to be sold as a 2016 model, with the new model debuting by mid-2016.

An all-new, upscale interior will offer an optional UVO infotainment system, with support for both Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto technologies. Top-of-the-line Optimas will include a hand-stitched dashboard, quilted luxury leather seating surfaces, high-quality aluminum interior trim panels, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, a Surround-View Monitor, and Bi-Xenon LED Front Headlamps with Auto-Leveling. Blind-Spot Detection and Backup Warning Sensors will also be available, as will Automatic Emergency Braking.

Standard features for the new Optima are expected to include, as with the current Optima: keyless entry, an A/M-F/M stereo with SIRIUS-XM Satellite Radio, single-disc CD/MP3 player, iPod/USB and auxiliary audio input jacks, and Bluetooth with hands-free stereo streaming of audio, six speakers, alloy wheels, and premium cloth seating surfaces.


The facelifted model of Kia Optima was presented officially in 2018 Geneva motor show. In January, the Facelifted Kia K5 was introduced in South Korean market.


The Optima is a two-time winner of the International Car of the Year award. it also won the 2016 Red Dot "Best of the Best" Award.[35]

Fifth generation (2019–present)Edit

Fifth generation (DL3)
Also calledKia K5 (South Korea and China)
Body and chassis
Body style
PlatformHyundai Motor Group’s 3rd-Generation Platform
Wheelbase2,850 mm (112.2 in)[38]
Length4,905 mm (193.1 in)
Width1,860 mm (73 in)
Height1,445 mm (56.9 in)

The fifth generation Optima's overall design is similar to that of the Sonata, with a fastback-like profile, a trend that began in the 1940s. However, the styling is unique with differing sheetmetal, featuring a chrome strip that runs along the window line (instead of the hood) and becomes more prominent at the C-pillar. Full-width taillamps are present at the rear, but are not C-shaped like the Sonata. The front is bisected into two grilles with Kia's signature "Tiger Nose" aesthetic rather than the Sonata's cascading grille which dominates the entire front of the car; . Under the hood, engines mirror that of the Sonata as well, although it receives an exclusive high-performance 2.5L turbocharged I4 which produces 286 horsepower. The interior has been redesigned significantly as well, with an optional 12.3 inch digital cluster and 10.3 inch center screen. All-wheel drive is newly available as well, further distinguishing it from the Sonata.


The third generation Kia Optima is an official entry in the Pirelli World Challenge. In June 2012, Michael Galati drove the Infinity Audio-sponsored Optima to Kia's first victory in round 8 of the 2012 season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, while teammate Mark Wilkins finished in second place.[39]

Kia Racing clinched the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Class Manufacturer Championship in only its third season of competition. Kia defeated rivals Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Aston Martin and Nissan to become the first Korean auto manufacturer to win the championship. Kia Racing finished the season with 13 podium finishes, including 5 race wins. Meanwhile, the turbocharged Optima race cars led more on-track miles than any other manufacturer in the class this season.

The race car weighs 2,950 pounds (1,340 kg) and is powered by an inline 4-cylinder engine generating 368 horsepower and uses a 6-speed sequential transmission. It reaches 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 km/h) in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 160 miles per hour (260 km/h).[40]


Calendar year United States[41] Global
2000 97
2001 25,912
2002 26,793
2003 34,681
2004 53,492
2005 41,349
2006 38,408
2007 40,901
2008 44,904
2009 37,527
2010 27,382
2011 84,590
2012 152,399 259,551[42]
2013 155,893
2014 159,020
2015 159,414 308,683[43]
2016 124,203 238,281[44]
2017 107,493
2018 101,603


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