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Kia Optima Si (2012)

by John Ewing,reviewed June 2012

It’s onwards and upwards for Kia with a lower-priced Si version of the Optima sedan now joining the highly-specified Platinum model.
It’s still pretty well kitted out, but a $6500 lower price tag means a number of niceties including high-cost items like leather trim, sunroof, premium audio system and xenon headlamps have vanished. Value, stylish looks inside and out, spaciousness, and long warranty remain positives. And to say the Si is still a decent drive and pleasant all-round package would be underselling it. With 17” alloys and 55 series tyres in lieu of the Platinum’s 18” wheels and wider, lower profile rubber, the ride felt slightly smoother than our recollections of the latter.
Kia Optima Si 2012


Value for money, space, long warranty


Foot park brake, boot hinges intrude into boot space

Key features

Climate control, 17” alloys, MP3 compatible CD with aux/usb, bluetooth, auto-dim interior mirror, auto headlamps


DFSCA, ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, TC, rear-view camera, rear park-sensors, hill-start assist control, active front headrests, front seatbelt pre-tensioners/load limiters

Car Details

Vehicle make Kia
Vehicle model Optima Si
Vehicle type Medium Under $50,000
Year 2012
Price when new $30,490 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 2.4-litre, direct injection petrol, 4-cyl

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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.