By Veeno Dewan

The 2012 Optima is Kia’s version of the new Hyundai Sonata sedan but in my opinion look much better with its dramatic styling.

The base Optima starts at just $21,995, while the EX Luxury + Navigation and the SX Turbo models list for $32,095 and $33,695 The list of standard features is very good leather seating, power heated and cooled front seats with memory, heated rear seats, automatic headlamps and windshield wipers, panorama sunroof, six airbags, ABS brakes, navigation, 530 watt Infinity sound system with eight speakers, power windows/locks/mirrors, rear view camera, automatic climate control, six-speed automatic transmission and a full complement of power accessories.

The interior of the Kia Optima is equally impressive with a sporty centre binnacle and the plush leather, metal trim and accents set off a net sporty cabin and there is plenty of room both front and rear. Cool features include the driver’s seat that slides back when the ignition is switched off. Incredibly even the glove box is cooled and you get heated and cooled front seat and heated rear seats. A panoramic sunroof is split front and rear and opens fully There’s room for five adults with cargo capacity of 437 litres.

Power wise, the EX gets a 200-hp, 2.4-litre inline four with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and the SX has a 2.0-litre turbo with intercooler that generates 274 hp. Both models use a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.

The Kia Optima’s is and remains incredible value for money.
2012 Kia Optima priced from $21,995 – $33,695