2008 Kia Optima Review

2008 Kia Optima LX 2.4L I4 gasoline from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4L I4 gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired75 miles
Most recent distance9470 miles
Previous carIsuzu Trooper


An excellent buy


The car has given excellent service, but I have experienced rattles in either side of the dashboard. Hard to tell where they're coming from. I just turn up the radio, but they are annoying.

General Comments:

The car gets well over 30 MPG with little or no effort.

The acceleration is terrific with one or two people on board, easily acceleratingly to 55 mph in 9 seconds, and the ride is very smooth, but fully loaded with four adults the performance is merely adequate, and rough road surfaces can be jittery.

Cruising at 80 mph is quite, and the feel is solid. The steering is responsive with good feel, and the seats are comfortable.

The audio equipment is good, but not stellar.

The climate control works very well, and the variable speed fan control is a great feature.

From the front, the styling reminds me of the Infiniti Q45 but the rest of the auto is nondescript.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2008

26th Jun 2008, 07:16

I also experienced the rattling.

It's not a big deal because it's not that noticeable, but still annoying. Please post an update if you figure out what behind the dash is causing it.

3rd Jul 2008, 10:32

We had rattling on the drivers side of the dash with certain frequencies of the stereo in my wife's 2007 EX. My wife loves to crank her music, and it broke her heart not to be able to, especially with the premium sound system. We figured out that if you shoved a newspaper in-between the door and the dash it went away. We took it back to the dealer and they tightened some screws in the door, and we haven't heard it since.

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review