Refreshed 2019 Kia Optima

 

The refreshed 2019 Kia Optima recently debuted at the New York International Auto Show Kia’s best-selling midsize sedan was unveiled with new design cues inside and out, expanded ADAS technology, a new UVO infotainment strategy and available European-inspired red and black two-tone sport leather-trimmed seats.  Additional available enhancements to the Optima line include new alloy wheel choices, ambient LED interior lighting, and a new Passion Red exterior color

The 2019 Optima receives a number of redesigned interior and exterior elements.  The LX comes standard with Stinger-inspired LED daytime running lights, a new 16-inch alloy wheel design and matte gray-finish grill. A long list of enhancements to the affordable S model emphasize sportiness and technology, including: new projection beam fog lamps, LED taillights, dual exhaust, sport side sills with gloss black trim, a gloss-black grill and 18-inch alloy wheels.  Standard push-button start, smart key, smart trunk and power front windows with auto up/down functionality add convenience. The EX boasts the turbocharged 178-horsepower engine with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with an adaptive Smart Shift drive mode.  It also adds new leather seating surfaces with front seat heaters.  A new 17-inch alloy wheel design and Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go1 are standard.  Similar to the S, the EX is equipped with standard fog lamps, LED taillights and dual exhaust. New LED fog lights, ambient interior lighting, sport steering wheel and Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go functionality are standard on both SX and SXL variants.  The SX features available European-styled red and black two-tone sport leather-trimmed seats, panoramic roof, a Harman Kardon®3 premium audio system with UVO link with Navigation, heated steering wheel, gloss black door pillars and side moldings, and a sport bumper with LED fog lamps.  The SXL is available with a striking new two-tone bronze and black interior with Nappa leather seating surfaces.

Offered as standard equipment across the Optima lineup are a number of ADAS1 features, a suite of technologies designed to work in concert to potentially lessen the severity of a collision or avoid it entirely.  UVO play is standard on the LX.  Featuring Apple CarPlay®5 and Android Auto™6 capability, UVO play tethers the user’s compatible smartphone to the Optima’s audio system through a USB cable7.  Via voice recognition8, drivers may use their compatible Apple9 or Android10 smartphones for navigation, to make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music all in a way that allows the driver to stay more focused on driving.