Dave Conole road tests and reviews the 2015 Kia Optima Platinum.
The Kia Optima has been around for a while and the Platinum grade model took out Behind the Wheel Car of the Year back in 2011.
Sure, Kia has introduced some styling revisions and new technology and features over the past couple of years, though the Kia Optima styling remains quite fresh and distinctive.
I’m pleased to report that in most areas the 2015 Kia Optima Platinum remains a pleasing and easy to live with mid-size vehicle, there is just the one real complaint – fuel consumption.
Around town I averaged around 11.0L/100kms, the official claimed urban usage is 11.2L/100km. While on the highway I battled to get the Optima under 8.6L/100km. These figures really help take the shine off the big Kia sedan.
In saying that, the 148kW/250Nm four-cylinder petrol engine delivers reasonably good acceleration, though the engine does sound and feel like it’s working hard to get the Optima moving when enthusiastic acceleration is required. It will however happily cruise along at 110km/h.
Kia has given the Optima quite a firm ride, this is no doubt exacerbated by the Platinum grades 45 Series tyres fitted to the standard 18” alloys.
Speed bumps do intrude somewhat, but overall the Kia feels surefooted in the bends. Responsive steering is a plus and in normal driving the steering weight is light enough.
Inside the Kia Optima Platinum cabin you will find a quite clean and fresh look and feel. The climate and infotainment controls are simple to use and have a nice feel about them, while the steering wheel features most key control functions.
Electric seats are standard up front in the Platinum and both front seats get heaters. While other standard kit in the top of the range Kia Optima includes sat-nav, a reverse camera and a push-button ignition.
One thing missing though is digital radio, a function that comes standard in rivals like the Mondeo and Camry.
On the plus side legroom front and back is very generous and the Kia Optima boot is surprisingly roomy!
Premium/metallic paint options will cost you an additional $595 and the Kia Optima range boasts a full five-star ANCAP safety rating and Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty.
Summing it up; there’s not much the Kia Optima Platinum wants for. It looks sharp, drives nicely and has a certain style about it that shows just how far the Kia product has come.
The fuel economy really is the only sour point in an otherwise quite likeable and well-executed mid-size offering.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Kia Optima Platinum
Engine: 2.4 litre petrol producing 148kW and 250Nm
Transmission: Six-speed auto (only)
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Seven years
Origin: South Korea
Price: Platinum from $40,990
Dave Conole owns and writes the independent vehicle review and news website – A Wheel Thing.
With over 15 years of automotive journalism and reviewing experience, plus front line experience in vehicle sales, Dave is proud to be aligned with Behind the Wheel.