2013 Kia Optima SXL 2.4 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Big bang for value, and loaded with options


Nothing, all is good so far.

General Comments:

The ride is a little firm, and as mentioned in other reviews, tyre noise intrudes into the cabin; apparently replacing the default tyres resolves this issue.

I find the steering is weighted well, but there is no center feedback. An example is when turning into a 90 degree corner and straightening on the exit, you have to correct slightly back to center, whereas on other cars the steering would return back to the center by itself.

The SLX comes with most of the fruit: daylight driving lights, fold up mirrors, light washers, fog lights front and rear, interior foot well lights, and light vanity mirrors on both sides under the sun visors.

It has a high quality Infinity sound system with decent bass, a high quality sat nav with great options (works better than my new Tom Tom), and options to play MP3s from AUX, USB, and iPhone (I have a 64 Gig with tons of MP3s). It also has Bluetooth MP3 streaming from a smartphone, and good sync to a phone for calls and phone book display on the main screen.

Great dual climate control air con front and rear.

Memory driver's seat, full electric.

All windows are electric.

Roomy cabin, with very spacious back seats.

Leather steering wheel and gear stick.

Shift paddles work to a certain extent, but no DSG.

Reversing camera is a great addition; very clear with colored guide indicators for backing up (I find that you tend to rely on the camera too much, and have to remember to use the mirrors and look around when reversing).

The instrument cluster's three dials are clear, well positioned and fuss free.

The wiper and indicator stalks are well weighted and easy to use.

The cruise control is simple to use with a great preset speed option.

A left footrest is a good addition.

The leather and cloth combination for the seats looks great, and when seated it's comfortable.

The radio has AM / FM and a CD player.

The split rear seats, both can be moved forward to increase boot space, and the boot space is quite large.

It has full sized mag spare wheel, and all alloy mag wheels.

ABS brakes, plus traction control which you can turn off - I find the traction control to be quite intrusive, sometimes actually decelerating the throttle response. When there's a truck bearing down on you when pulling out into main stream traffic, this can be a little off putting (this is in the dry). When the traction control is switched off, this is not a problem, but I am aware of this issue and drive accordingly (my Ford Mondeo was worse).

Driving offers reasonable acceleration - I believe 0-100 km in 7.6 seconds.

There is good visibility out of the front, but there is a slight blind spot towards the rear, between the rear view mirror and side mirrors (most cars have this blind spot as well).

The official fuel consumption is 7.9 L / 100 km; as I put more km on, I find I am getting better average KM (around 6.9 - 7.4 L / 100), but I do drive like a granny to get these figures (in Eco mode).

It has remote boot open and central locking.

In Australia, KIA offer 5 years full warranty, 5 years of capped servicing, and 5 years of road side assistance.

I'm very pleased with the car, It has the noisy tyres and center steering, but the options far outweigh these slight issues. I believe the 2014 models have addressed these problems.

I paid AUS $23990 ex demo; it's a lot of car for the price (5000 km).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2014

2013 Kia Optima 4 cylinder from North America


Best car for the value, bar none


Nothing; the car is great.

If I have a complaint; the tires are not the best and the road noise is a tad loud.

The other complaint is the AM sound is tinny, but I listen to FM or CDs, which are both fine.

Passenger seat is low and cannot be raised.

General Comments:

The car has great jump for 4 cylinder.

The interior is spacious and comfortable.

Outside mirrors on the top of the line models can be folded.

GPS, screen and Bluetooth all work well, and are all harmonized on a touch screen.

Also the dashboard controls make it even more safe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2013

18th Jun 2013, 20:51

Road noise can definitely be caused by poor quality tires.

17th Sep 2013, 09:47

That's completely true! And it has been tested... Don't know why buying a low trim model will always get you noisy tires...

9th Feb 2018, 16:58

Did it ever occur to you that the manufacturer won't want to spend a lot of money for nice tires on a low-margin economy car?

10th Feb 2018, 20:16

It doesn't have to be a nice tyre - just a quieter one. Many tyres are priced within a very close range of each other. In Europe, many cars are fitted with Goodyear EfficientGrip tyres which are rated very highly overall, including quietness, and they can be fitted on cars as common as a Skoda Octavia.