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Kia Optima Platinum (2014)

by John Ewing,reviewed June 2014

Three years on from its original release here, Kia’s Optima range has, in Kia’s words, been ‘fluffed and buffed’.

To you and me, that’s a mid-life make-over, including new design alloys, some finessing of body details, revised cabin, lighting system upgrades and new driver assistance safety features.
Despite a $1200 price increase, the range-topping Platinum still offers good value. That modest rise brings extras, including improved front seat design with heated/cooled seats for both occupants now, front parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring.
Cross-traffic alert makes life easier when backing out from driveways or between other cars in busy visibility-challenged environments like shopping centres, by detecting approaching vehicles and alerting the driver.
Able to detect vehicles, including motor bikes, the blind spot monitor and alert system is handy making lane changes in traffic safer, too. 
On the road, the updated Platinum proved a more than competent drive, delivering respectable performance, handling and ride quality. Arguably, though, it falls a little short of the best the class can deliver, such as the Mazda6 or some of the Euro offerings.
But it’s well-finished, attractively-styled and value for money and would be easy to live with. It’s certainly worthy of consideration.

Kia Optima Platinum 2014


Improvements, good value, pleasant to live with


Improvements, good value, pleasant to live with

Key features

ACCD, AW 18”, EPB, KE, PBS, LT, PFS, PSR, CC, XH, HFS and cooled, NAV, bluetooth, Infinity sound system with iPod compatibility.


ABS, BA, EBD, ESC, TC, HSA, PS (front/rear), RC, RSW, DRL, DFSCA, SBPT, active front headrests, rear cross traffic alert, cornering lamps, blind spot detection.

Car Details

Vehicle make Kia
Vehicle model Optima Platinum
Vehicle type Medium Under $50,000
Year 2014
Price when new $40,490
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 2.4-litre, GDI petrol, 4-cyl
Max power 148kW @ 6300rpm
Max torque 250Nm @ 4250rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 10.0 seconds (Si model, as tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 22.6m (Si model, as tested)
Driving wheels Front
Fuel type ULP
Economy ADR 7.9 litres/100km.
Emissions rating
4 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.