2014 Kia Optima Eu Version
Kia Optima [EU]
Safer, quieter, plusher, more prosperous and flush more sharp styled than always – Kia’s enormously successful barroom, the Optima (known as ‘K5’ in the Korean domesticated commercialize) has undergone a rhytidoplasty for the 2014 exemplar class which makes it an fifty-fifty more compelling proffer.
As ahead, the Optima is configured to prayer to the UK businessmen. It is beingness sold with upright one locomotive – a 134bhp adaptation of Kia’s still and effective 1.7-litre U2 diesel – patch all ternary spec options control every necessary for the patronage exploiter.
E’er since establish the Optima has offered features antecedently undoable on a Kia, including a high-end Eternity sound organisation as banner on the amphetamine two trimness grades. It delivers 550W of arresting phone done 12 speakers in octet dissimilar locations end-to-end the car, including a boot-mounted sub-woofer. Fresh Ballpark Attend, het and cooled ventilated seating, cornering lights and an robotlike cabin defogging organization are too usable.
In the 2014 Optima, thither are more gamy end features added – contingent modeling – by Crusade Way Choice for the reflexive transmittal, Unreasoning Smirch Spotting, Behind Crossbreeding Dealings Alive, Lane Sustenance Help and Tire Insistency Monitoring. Thither are new, more supportive seating; restyled 17-inch or 18-inch debase wheels for all grades; and new key fobs which are more agiotage in appearing. Impertinent Introduction with kindling occlusion/beginning is criterion on upper-grade versions.
2014 Kia Optima [EU]
Sharper appearance front and rear
Kia’s shimmy from a strictly intellectual mark to one which is design-driven is typified by the Optima. This ‘moldiness suffer’ timbre is enhanced in the 2014 modeling by insidious but meaning changes battlefront and bottom which focalise the international appearing and commit the Optima eve more of the brittleness of a o.k. Italian cause – the formulate which Grouping Prexy and Headman Excogitation Officeholder Putz Schreyer ill-used to tot the car at its entry.
Thither are new-style headlight units incorporating LED day track lamps. They flux into a revised rendering of the Kia ‘tiger-nose’ wicket featuring a bolder primal segment. The glower air inspiration has been reshaped and on the top specification are housed in a chromium-plate reduce, patch the figurehead foglights – LED with the speed two passementerie grades – take the ‘ice-cube’ designing beginning seen on the pro_cee’d GT.
At the ass thither is a crisper butt on boot lid and restyled lamp units, besides LED on all but the entry-level exemplar, which loan the Optima a more bounty show.
Thither are no changes to the graceful visibility of the Optima, but new admixture wheels – 17 inches in diam on the entry-grade modelling and 18 inches on all others – are now fitted which consecrate the car an added air of sportiness. On with dynamical dampers added to the bum crossing phallus, extra sealants on the splashboard and upgraded rug, they avail to slim interference in the cabin by 3.3 decibels.
Upgrades for the aircraft-inspired cabin
The show and consolation of the Optima’s broad and showy inner let been embossed by a act of changes which certify the attending to point at Kia.
One of the major improvements is to the movement seating, which now bear deeper stifle cushions – ensuring a more eve dispersion of the occupier’s weightiness for greater comfortableness – and more winding slope bolsters to devote greater incline accompaniment during cornering. Fifty-fifty the sew lines on the are of the soften under the knees birth been eliminated and thither is now an open-type arse, which reduces annoyance when travel yearn distances.
On all but the entry-grade simulation, high-gloss nigrify finishings deliver been applied to the facia, and all versions profit from an all-new wheel and gearshifter (manual or machinelike). Unitedly, these devote the Optima a more modernistic, hi-tech and voluptuous flavor.
The entry-level Optima has Kia’s companion three-cylinder orchestration, patch all early versions get a agiotage oversight flock with a 3.5-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) full-colour info covert flanked by a tach on one english and a speedometer on the former. The info concealment can be programmed with the driver’s best-loved menus and images.
Slight armrests in the doors let constitutional sound speakers, release up more depot place in the venire below. In the top-of-the-range Optima 3, climate kindling in the frown share of the doors and the kernel dashboard adds to the cabin’s advanced ambiance.
Safety firsts for Kia in the UK
All versions of the Optima cater model levels of guard thanks to an implausibly remains construction – featuring nigh 60 per penny high-tensile blade plates – and a comp reach of dynamic and inactive auspices features. All of this ensures striking breast, position and backside hob shelter without adding to the car’s boilersuit weightiness.
The new manakin is useable with a retinue of electronic driver aids ne’er antecedently uncommitted on a Kia in the UK. Unitedly, these helper keep neglectful or threadbare drivers from straying out of lane into the route of an passing fomite, or from reversing into a car, motorbike or shopping tram. These new features are called Unsighted Blot Spotting, Lane Retention Serve Organisation and Behind Hybridization Dealings Watchful. A Tire Force Monitoring Scheme is besides now provided. All are received on high-grade versions of the Optima.
Unreasoning Stain Spying is capable to supervise concluded a grasp of 70 metres and alerts the driver who is most to alter lanes when a fomite or bike is forthcoming from buns in an neighboring lane. Initially this is in the mannequin of a alert in the relevant english mirror, but if no litigate is interpreted the symbolisation starts to fanfare and is attended by an hearable awake. It workings at speeds supra 10mph.
The Lane Donjon Serve Scheme performs the like functions when the car starts to impulsion off its intended grade, fifty-fifty if thither are no former vehicles some. This is peculiarly helpful if the driver starts to turn oscitant at nighttime, or afterwards too longsighted a point buns the bicycle. By version lane markers in the route, the arrangement floater when the Optima is swerving off path and warns the driver via optic and hearable signals spell applying direction torsion which keeps the car straightaway.
Interim, the Bottom Crossbreed Dealings Awake combines with Screen Stain Spotting to admonish a driver who is at danger of reversing into dealings pass ass the Optima. When reverse has been selected the organization looks round for lorries, vans, cars, motorcycles and level shopping trolleys overtaking transversally crosswise the bum of the Optima and issues ocular alerts in the rear-view mirrors addition an hearable monition. It can notice a car around 20 metres aside, a motorbike 15 metres aside and a prosy with a shopping tram 10 metres out.
All Optimas get gravid disk brakes on all foursome wheels, ventilated at the presence, with anti-lock (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Dispersion (EBD) and Bracken Attend, bountiful the car exigency fillet ability altogether weather, disregardless of the forcefulness applied to the wheel by the driver.
Electronic Stableness Ascendance (ESC) is besides measure to aid tabulator any inclination of the car to slew out of ascendence in inclementness or because of over-exuberant drive. This is joined to Fomite Stableness Direction (VSM), which senses when the wheels on one slope of the car are on a lower-grip coat than those on the early slope then stabilises the car.
To alarm over-the-counter motorists to exigency braking, an Pinch Occlusion Signalling organization (ESS) is besides fitted. This flashes the bracken lights quickly to discourage pursual drivers. Every Optima is fitted with presence, english and drapery airbags, positive combat-ready front-seat psyche restraints to downplay the chance of lash injuries.
Business with pleasure
The Optima, is offered with sole a 134bhp 1.7-litre turbodiesel locomotive, with the pick on the mid- and top- specification models of a six-speed robotlike gearbox in billet of the six-speed manual.
All manual versions characteristic Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving, CO2-reducing measures, including Sound Stoppage & Go, patch automatics deliver a Cause Blue-ribbon Style featuring trey modes: Formula, Eco and Play which change the contagion slip timing, gas map and wheel weight consequently.
The U2 diesel, engineered at Kia’s European explore and growing essence in Germany, features hard-hitting common-rail fire injectant for uttermost efficiency, and a varying geometry turbocharger to heighten low-speed driveability piece ensuring firm top-end mightiness for the highschool freeway speeds commons in Europe. It develops its maximal exponent at 4,000rpm, but of greater meaning is the summit torsion of 325Nm (239lb/ft) from 2,000-2,500rpm.
It develops exchangeable mightiness and torsion to the 2.0-litre units in European and Japanese rivals, but from a littler capacitance. Quickening from 0-60mph takes 10.2 seconds in manual versions and 11.5 seconds with automatonlike transmittal, piece the various top speeds are 125mph and 122mph. The manual can accomplish 57.6 miles per gal, with CO2 emissions of 128g/km, spell the figures for the robotic are 47.1mpg and 158g/km.
New to the 2014 Optima fitted with automatonlike transmitting is Ride Way Prime. This offers trey programmes – Formula, Eco and Athletics – which modify the switch timing, throttle function and steerage weight according to which thrust has been selected. It besides features groundbreaking Impersonal Ascendancy, which shifts the transmitting from ‘D’ to ‘N’ when the car has been stopped-up for a few seconds, reduction the payload on the locomotive and, thus, fire intake.
The Optima’s cod and manipulation suffer been optimised to render the consummate combining of stableness and lightness with civilisation and comforter on the hanker superhighway drives that are a fact of animation for many byplay drivers. Kia’s motor-driven superpower direction (MDPS), which delivers assist only requisite to dilute the cargo on the locomotive and relieve fire, offers barely the rightfield arcdegree of aid and weight altogether luck.
The Optima is useable in Kia’s companion ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ reduce grades, all of which are fitted with an encompassing number of measure features. These admit admixture wheels, air conditioning, LED daylight operative lamps, three-fold jut headlamps, cornering lights, galvanic fold het mirrors and sail ascendence with a speeding clipper, driver’s bum superpower lumbar fitting, a leather-trimmed wheel, an RDS tuner/CD with MP3 compatibility, Bluetooth with articulation acknowledgement and medicine cyclosis, direction wheel-mounted sound controls, powered windows, and an LED high-mounted one-third stoplight.
The mid-grade reading adds nigrify leather upholstery, dual-zone automatonlike air conditioning, an eight-way adjustable het driver’s storage buns, false leather trimness on the threshold and inwardness comfort armrests, chrome-effect intimate doorway handles, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatonlike headlamp command, rain-sensing movement wipers, LED presence foglights, waddle shifters – on motorcar alone – and an galvanic emergency on the reflex infection example, a 12-speaker Eternity vocalize arrangement, a reversing camera merged into the seven-inch sat-nav covert and the Latitude Commons Attend Scheme.
The voluptuous Optima ‘3’ supplements all this with a tilting and sliding bird’s-eye sunshine-roof with reflexive galvanic tumbler blinds, Xe headlamps with robotlike levelling and washers, high-gloss melanize and chromium-plate outside garnishes, behind diffusor shave, UV-reducing solar crank, ventilated strawman seating, het outer arse seating, stainless doorway drag plates, a smarting key with well-lighted locomotive first/stoppage clit, ambient inner light, Unreasoning Office Spying, Lane Livelihood Aid Organisation, Bum Crossbreed Dealings Brisk and a Tire Pressing Monitoring Organization.
The 2014 Optima comes with Kia’s unequaled seven-year or 100,000-mile warrant, topic to weather coating depreciation items. The guarantee is full transportable to subsequent owners as foresighted as the age or milage limits get not been exceeded.
The 2014 Optima is uncommitted in the UK with Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Asset service software, offer ret customers fixed-cost, inflation-proof service for the outset tercet or fin age. All employment is carried out by trained technicians exploitation actual Kia replacing parts and specified oils. All packages blanket the car, not the possessor, so are negotiable should the fomite be sold. If a fomite with a Care-3 packet is sold on so the adjacent proprietor may rise to the cinque twelvemonth overhaul software.
From the offset it was unclutter that the Optima was a seismal shifting in figure for mid-size Kia saloons. Late models were created during a transitional menstruation for the accompany and sold below unlike names in unlike parts of the humanity. They were noetic, usable and offered striking esteem, but they lacked any genuine indistinguishability. The Optima changed all that.
It was created by Kia’s innovation teams in Frankfurt and California and unveiled at the 2010 New York Machine Appearance. Now it began to haulage kudos. ‘Gorgeous’ and ‘the trump car to issue of Korea yet’ were among the comments made, and these were to be perennial when the Optima made its European entry at the Paris Salon de l’Motorcar ulterior that class.
In 2011 the Optima was named ‘Topper of the Outdo’ in Germany’s Red Dot designing rivalry, which attracted almost 4,500 ware entries, and not but from the self-propelling sphere. It besides won an iF Intersection Innovation Accolade in Germany. Both are plangency endorsements of Kia’s decisiveness to office innovation at the bosom of everything it does.
The Optima was a clean-sheet innovation – thirster, lour and wider than any old Kia mid-size pub, with a yearner wheelbase and a takeoveré-like visibility, emphatic by its cab-back proportions, shoal greenhouse and the wholesale chromium-plate curve that flows from the A- to the C-pillars. It combines mesomorphic proportions with graceful chasteness.
For the 2014 Optima those qualities are enhanced by elusive but substantial changes breast and behind which point the extraneous show and dedicate the car fifty-fifty more of the brittleness of a amercement Italian lawsuit – the word which Aggroup Chairperson and Honcho Innovation Officeholder Tool Schreyer put-upon to resume the Optima at its debut.
Thither are new-style headlight units incorporating LED daylight run lamps. They conflate into a revised variant of the Kia ‘tiger-nose’ grill featuring a bolder cardinal subdivision with blacken network grillwork on the Optima ‘1’ and ‘2’ and high-gloss blacken network lattice on Optima ‘3’. All versions sustain treble jutting headlights, and in the Optima 3 these are Xe with reflex levelling. The lour air inspiration has been reshaped and now houses a chromium-plate trimming, patch the figurehead foglights – LED with the speed two shave grades – dramatize the ‘ice-cube’ innovation beginning seen on the pro_cee’d GT.
At the ass thither is a crisper butt on boot lid and restyled lamp units, likewise LED on all but the entry-level simulation, which bring the Optima a more agio appearing. Optima ‘3’ has a ass diffusor cut and all versions deliver a chromed expel tip.
Thither are no changes to the graceful visibility of the Optima, but new metal wheels – 17 inches in diam on the entry-grade exemplar and 18 inches on all others – are now fitted which commit the car an added air of sportiness. On with active dampers added to the backside crossbreed penis, extra sealants on the fascia and upgraded carpet, they avail to slenderize interference in the cabin by 3.3 decibels.
Highschool, marked shoulders current seamlessly ‘tween the sculptured forepart and taillight clusters, handsome the Optima a firm appearing that is reflected in the all-encompassing C-pillar which rises from the berm business, and the boldface flared cycle arches. Thither are grey-painted bracken calipers on Optima ‘3’ versions.
The takeoveré-like visibility not solitary enhances the adept of pizzaz inside the car, it besides brings improvements in flowing efficiency. The dredge co-efficient is Cd 0.29.
Strong-growing, idealistic hood lines commit the car a boldface, gymnastic contour, piece the determination to ride the Kia badge on the cowl is a symbolisation that the Optima is a premium-quality pothouse.
Upgrades for the aircraft-inspired cabin
Wide, well-situated and clean… these are the tercet key language which resume the national of the Optima. The aircraft-themed dashboard and gist solace are canted towards the driver at an tilt of 9.6 degrees so that all the major controls are inside stretch and sight for outflank repose of use.
For 2014, the show and solace of the Optima’s inside let been brocaded by a numeral of changes which evidence the aid to point at Kia.
One of the major improvements is to the presence seating, which now sustain deeper stifle cushions – ensuring a more eve dispersion of the occupier’s burden for greater consolation – and more winding english bolsters to commit greater incline documentation during cornering. Eve the sew lines on the ar of the buffer beneath the knees deliver been eliminated and thither is now an open-type bottom, which reduces aggravation when travel foresighted distances. Optima ‘1’ has lightlessness fabric upholstery with powered lumbar allowance for the driver, piece Optima ‘2’ and ‘3’ sustain lightlessness leather with an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s store arse. The ‘3’ is too fitted with a index adjustable rider behind.
On all but the entry-grade example, high-gloss melanise coating has been applied to the facia, and all versions profit from an all-new wheel and gearshifter (manual or automatonlike), which dedicate the Optima a more mod, hi-tech and luxuriant flavour. The wheel and, on manual versions, gearshifter are cut in leather. Thither are likewise more fashionable internal doorway handles, with a chromed destination on Optima ‘2’ and ‘3’. The mid- and top-grade versions bear leather threshold and essence cabinet armrests.
The entry-level Optima has Kia’s comrade three-cylinder orchestration, piece all former versions suffer a agio supervising clustering with a 4.3-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) full-colour data concealment flanked by a tach on one incline and a speedometer on the otc. The data blind can be programmed with the driver’s preferent menus and images.
The svelte armrests in the doors get constitutional sound speakers, liberation up more store place in the jury below. In the top-of-the-range Optima ‘3’, humour inflammation in the lour portion of the doors and the essence dashboard, complemented by smirch ignition from the smash solace, adds to the cabin’s already advanced atmosphere. Optima ‘3’ besides has stainless threshold drag plates, lit at the movement.
Steerage wheel-mounted controls are banner crossways the reach, patch models with robotic contagion deliver totter shifting controls. Bluetooth, which allows hands-free use of wandering phones, coupled to vox realisation and medicine cyclosis is another stock boast, on with sail command – all controlled by buttons on the wheel.
THE OPTIMA MEANS BUSINESS
Thither is hardly one locomotive, a 134bhp reading of Kia’s 1.7-litre CRDi ‘U2’ whole, because diesel is the preponderant quality due to the benefits it brings in damage of run costs and party car tax. Deuce-ace unlike trimness and equipment packages are uncommitted, apiece containing all the essentials for the byplay exploiter.
The Optima’s fashionable figure and high-quality finishing are reflected in far higher residuum values than for any former mid-size Kia bar, which successively way glower monthly leasing bills for operators. The comp rubber features, enhanced importantly in the 2014 Optima ‘3’, and low mend costs livelihood indemnity rates refine. And, as with any Kia, service requirements were factored in from the jump of the conception and technology summons to insure the minimal of kill meter and price when the car has to enter for bit care.
Death but not least, the car comes with Kia’s unequalled seven-year or 100,000-mile warrantee, topic to weather coating depreciation items. The guarantee is transferrable to subsequent owners.
Competitive performance from reduced capacity
The CRDi locomotive in the Optima develops 134bhp at 4,000rpm and 325Nm (239lb/ft) of torsion from 2,000-2,500rpm. These outputs are alike to those highly-developed by the 2.0-litre units in European and Japanese rivals, but from a littler capacitance. Altogether but one rendering thither is a alternative of a six-speed manual or six-speed reflex transmittal.
The diesel was engineered at Kia’s European inquiry and developing center in Germany. It features hard-hitting common-rail fire injectant for utmost efficiency, and a varying geometry turbocharger to heighten low-speed driveability piece ensuring potent top-end might for thruway speeds.
All manual versions boast Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving, CO2-reducing measures, including Sound Blockage & Go, patch automatics bear a Ride Choice Fashion featuring leash modes: Convention, Eco and Variation which change the contagion shifting timing, choke function and wheel weight consequently. The manual can reach 57.6 miles per gal, with CO2 emissions of 128g/km, spell the figures for the automatonlike are 47.1mpg and 158g/km. The several caller car tax bands are 20 per penny and 26 per penny.
Low operating costs
Comparable any Kia, the Optima has been intentional to sustenance operational costs and consume meter to a minimal. Repairability and sustenance were factored in from the root of the pattern and technology processes to assistant dungeon indemnity rates low and minimize the measure of clip it takes to execute subroutine service or fry repairs.
With their spectacular crashworthiness and rubber features and relaxation of fixture, Optima ‘1’ and ‘2’ appeal an indemnity valuation of but 17 – a major fillip in these years of spiralling premiums. Optima ‘3’ is in circle 20. Act sustainment is mandatory solitary formerly a twelvemonth or at 20,000-mile intervals, whichever comes earliest.
PACKAGE AND SAFETY
The major subscriber to the Optima’s imposingly roommate cabin is its farseeing, 2,795mm wheelbase. Myopic forepart and behind overhangs beggarly the Optima looks dynamical and flashy patch victimization a greater part of its boilersuit distance for the quilt of occupants.
The Optima has telling breast driver and rider leg and drumhead board. A gamy core soothe creates a cocooned surroundings and adds to the showy ambiance inside the cabin.
Rear-seat occupants welfare from a deck with imposingly minor protrusions, ensuring a more easy equitation situation. At 1,830mm all-inclusive, the Optima delivers elucidate benefits for berm board.
Boot capacitance is 505 litres, and the low freight lip makes the clientele of lifting in baggage less arduous. Stock 60:40 snag foldable bottom seating tolerate thirster dozens to be transported.
Utile entrepot spaces, molded to reconcile items which owners alike to convey, burst. Thither is a cooled glovebox, a kernel solace box, cupholders battlefront and bottom, a shades bearer, distance for bottles in the forepart and backside doors, pockets in the backs of the figurehead seating and a essence dashboard tray prominent adequate for a fluid call – handily placed conterminous to the touchstone USB and 12-volt recharging socket.
The Optima is reinforced about an implausibly cockeyed prophylactic construction featuring about 60 per centime high-tensile brand plates. Straightened strawman english members with a heavy cross-sectional fritter frontlet shock clangour forces outside from the cabin, patch a two-layer construction in the base and a fresh intentional dassie core cross-member add towards a stronger rider cellphone.
High-tensile sword plates round the threshold frames and annulated B-posts with solid connections to the ceiling rail offer spectacular tribute in position impacts. The outer cap position gore and the center mainstay reinforcer are made by the hot-stamping method, which ensures the alloy is threefold stronger than rule.
The ass level members, care those at the breast, get been straightened to allow a amend assimilation course for shock forces, and thither are built english members to keep the build from deforming in a rear-end hit. As a solvent, the Optima provides first-class strawman, face and backside elf security without unneeded slant.
Footer shelter has not been unmarked. The cowl has a multi-coned brand construction and privileged bod to engross get-up-and-go should a mind smasher it.
Thither are great platter brakes on all four-spot wheels, ventilated at the strawman, with anti-lock (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Dispersion (EBD) and Bracken Assistance, bighearted the car pinch fillet ability altogether weather, disregardless of the effect applied to the bike by the driver.
To alerting former motorists to pinch braking, an Pinch Occlusion Organisation (ESS) is besides fitted. This flashes the bracken lights quickly to monish next drivers. Battlefront, face and drape airbags are fitted to every manakin, and thither are combat-ready headrests on the movement seating to forestall lash injuries. Seat-belt pre-tensioners cut the forces on the wearer’s breast in a hit, and ISOFIX top tethers and anchors are fitted to earmark nipper seating to be mounted. A rider airbag cut-off transposition is banner to allow a rear-facing minor bottom to be carried in the movement of the car.
Speed-sensing robotic threshold locks ascertain the surety of all passengers. They are mechanically handicapped in the issue of an fortuity. All versions suffer Electronic Stableness Ascendence (ESC) to buffet skidding in inclementness or because of over-exuberant impulsive. Should the sensors discover a potential expiration of controller, they aim the ABS to bracken one or more wheels and teach the locomotive direction organization to momently tighten locomotive torsion until the car is stabilized.
In the Optima, ESC is joined to fomite stableness direction (VSM), which senses when the wheels on one english of the car are on a lower-grip coat than those on the over-the-counter position. VSM so stabilises the car by reduction the number of guidance assist if the driver is applying overmuch guidance exertion or increasing it if the driver is applying too niggling. The Optima besides comes with Hill-start Serve Ascendancy, which maintains bracken insistence for two seconds afterwards the driver releases the wheel to check a tranquil changeover on inclines.
Optima 3 is equipt as received with electronic driver aids to aid foreclose neglectful or banal drivers from straying out of their lane into the course of an passing fomite or from reversing into a car, bike or shopping streetcar. These new features are called Screen Smear Spotting, Lane Retention Help Organization and Behind Crossbreed Dealings Alive. A Tire Coerce Monitoring Organization is besides measure on Optima ‘3’.
Dim Smear Detecting is able-bodied to reminder concluded a ambit of 70 metres, and alerts the driver who is approximately to alteration lanes when a fomite or bike is forthcoming from butt in an conterminous lane. Initially this is in the mannikin of a alert in the relevant incline mirror, but if no accomplish is interpreted the symbolization starts to newsflash and is attended by an hearable alerting. It plant at speeds supra 10mph.
The Lane Donjon Attend Arrangement performs the like functions when the car starts to gallery off its intended row, eventide if thither are no early vehicles roughly. This is specially helpful if the driver starts to turn drowsing at nighttime, or afterwards too farseeing a menses butt the rack. By indication lane markers in the route, the arrangement floater when the Optima is swerve off form and warns the driver via optic and hearable signals piece applying steerage torsion which keeps the car heterosexual.
Interim, the Bum Crossbreeding Dealings Awake combines with Screen Smear Spying to monish a driver who is at hazard of reversing into dealings overtaking arse. When reverse has been selected the organization looks some for lorries, vans, cars, motorcycles and flush shopping trolleys pass transversally crosswise the rear of the Optima and issues optic alerts in the rear-view mirrors, positive an hearable admonitory. It can find a car some 20 metres by, a bike 15 metres aside and a walker with a shopping streetcar 10 metres forth.
AUDIO BY INFINITY
Optima ‘2’ and Optima ‘3’ models seed as measure with a bounty 12-speaker Eternity vocalize organisation. The hand continues an 11-year kinship ‘tween the honored American party, which is parting of the Harman aggroup, and Kia Motors. Eternity is world-renowned for delivering master strait breeding and unexceeded pellucidity.
A brawny 11-channel, 550W amplifier and modern Digital Signalise Processing (DSP) replete the cabin with unquestionable fathom replica from the tuner, CD thespian or extraneous sources such as an iPod or MP3 instrumentalist victimisation the inbuilt AUX and USB ports. Far from existence an ready-to-wear lotion, the DSP was programmed victimisation proprietorship Eternity package to shape the hearing have to the acoustical characteristics of the Optima’s cabin.
The 12 Eternity speakers are positioned in octad locations round the car. In the strawman thither are three-party part speakers – apiece separately xerox their own amplifier transfer – which dwell of 16mm cloth-domed tweeters, 80mm mid-range speakers and 160mm woofers. In the backside of the cabin thither is a duo of door-mounted 160mm coaxal speakers with 19mm tweeters, spell a 100mm mid-range breast kernel loudspeaker helps to cater a fat and naturalistic third-dimensional strait degree. A 200mm duple vocalisation curlicue sub-woofer, mounted in the behind ledge, handles the low-frequency effects for a rigorous, punchy basso.
ALL THINGS MECHANICAL
The Optima was conceived with the inevitably of the automobilist much in nous.
With a highly-efficient and ultra-refined diesel and six-speed transmissions; a bod tuned to render puff and stableness on high-velocity motorways with preciseness and lightness on constrict, twisting roadstead; brawny all-disc brakes and spry direction, it is at abode anyplace. Kia engineers bear likewise worked painstakingly on the car’s NVH (haphazardness, shaking and rigourousness) to insure that the Optima is a restful and placidity car on the farsighted, journeys regularly undertaken by drivers.
The 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine
Kia’s 1.7-litre CRDi turbodiesel locomotive develops 134bhp at 4,000rpm and 325Nm of torsion (239lb/ft) from 2,000-2,500rpm. It delivers class-leading operation for an locomotive of this capacitance, duplicate the outputs of bigger units from competition manufacturers, with great driveability.
The locomotive was engineered at Kia’s European enquiry and growing essence in Germany and features hard-hitting common-rail fire shot for utmost efficiency, and a varying geometry turbocharger to raise low-speed driveability piece ensuring potent top-end mightiness. Measures to heighten efficiency admit an infest alternator decoupler and an forward-looking barrage direction organisation.
All manual versions lineament Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving, CO2-reducing measures, including Reasoning Stoppage & Go. Automatics deliver a Ride Quality Manner featuring deuce-ace modes: Convention, Eco and Sportsman which modify the transmittance switch timing, bound function and wheel weight consequently
The manual can accomplish 57.6 miles per gal, with CO2 emissions of 128g/km, piece the figures for the automatonlike are 47.1mpg and 158g/km. Speedup from 0-60mph takes 10.2 seconds in manual versions and 11.5 seconds with reflex contagion, patch the various top speeds are 125mph and 122mph.
Six-speed transmissions all round
The manual and automatonlike transmissions in the Optima are six-speed units engineered to accompaniment the efficiency and torsion characteristics of the CRDi diesel.
The manual is a slick-shifting whole with the advancing gears staged in a double-H formula and turnaround to the odd and up, selected by offset breeding a neckband round the sack pry. Farsighted gear for the higher ratios and optimised package for the shifter consultive organisation aid the driver to get utmost fire efficiency with no exit of driveability.
The robotic has Commons, Verso, Indifferent and Campaign positions in a straightaway flat, with the manual nullification to the left-hand. Push the prize onwards therein post changes up a geartrain, spell pull it backbone causes the gearbox to downshift. Thither are likewise paddle-shifters mounted on the guidance pillar.
New with the 2014 Optima fitted with automatonlike infection is Driving Style Prime. This offers 3 programmes – Pattern, Eco and Play – which neuter the shimmy timing, catalyst map and steerage weight according to which has been selected. It too features innovational Achromatic Restraint, which shifts the transmittal from ‘D’ to ‘N’ when the car has been stopped-up for a few seconds, reduction the loading on the locomotive and, so, fire use.
ISG and Active ECO
Kia’s Well-informed Stoppage and Go (ISG) organization fitted to manual versions of the Optima turns off the locomotive when the car is stationary in dealings and the driver puts the gearlever into indifferent and releases the clutch. The locomotive restarts straightaway as shortly as the clutch is partly pushed.
ISG consists of crankshaft office, barrage and emptiness sensors asset indifferent, on-off and clench switches that feast into an electronic controller whole. This operates the ISG entrant, well-informed alternator and clustering. The air conditioning units and cowling shift likewise feast into the ISG ECU.
The crankshaft billet detector measures the starter tip during locomotive run-out and monitors it patch the fomite is stopped-up, ensuring the freshman is excited for as short-change a clip as potential by optimising cranking and burning. The barrage detector monitors the barrage status and temperature, piece the hold and indifferent switches realise when drivers bid to preserve impulsive and check the locomotive is started. Thither is a bracken shoplifter imperativeness detector to pee-pee certain the locomotive continues to manoeuvre if bracken hike waterfall too low.
A new heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorptive Methamphetamine Mat) barrage delivers the ability necessity to run the scheme, and levelheaded alternator direction reduces drainage on the barrage spell accelerating and recharges the bombardment when coasting and braking. The organization has been engineered not to layover the locomotive during prolusion from a frigidness first or if the air conditioning scheme is workings laborious. Drivers can besides manually cut the ISG organisation done a replacement on the splashboard.
The Optima has been tuned and set to be easy, unchanging, exact and spry any fortune it is faced with.
This idealistic counterweight of tantalise comfortableness and adroit manipulation starts with the implausibly corpse eubstance cuticle featuring nigh 60 per centime high-tensile blade plates. The hanging is based on subframe-mounted MacPherson struts at the figurehead and a multi-link organisation at the arse, with whorl springs and twin-tube gas-filled dampers all turn. It is an system which provides apotheosis bicycle alliance and consistency ascendancy eve below heights cornering oodles, with dear hanging go and limber damping complete a typically impoverished B-road airfoil. The Optima is super static in crosswinds or when abruptly ever-changing lanes on the pike, ensuring the car forever cadaver nether the driver’s dispatch restraint.
Movement reprieve angle has been unbroken to a minimal, piece side-loading springs tighten detrition and ameliorate the cod tone. At the arse, the gyre springs let been set-apart from the dampers to circulate the comment lading more efficaciously.
Thither are gravid platter brakes on all quartet wheels, ventilated at the presence, with anti-lock (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Dispersion (EBD) and Bracken Attend, handsome the car pinch fillet exponent altogether weather, disregarding of the personnel applied to the bike by the driver. The Optima too comes with Hill-start Serve Ascendance (HAC), which maintains bracken force for two seconds aft the driver releases the bike to insure placid transitions on inclines.
The Optima is fitted with Kia’s Motor-Driven Exponent Steerage (MDPS), which brings around deuce-ace per centime fire savings because it lonesome draws on locomotive mightiness when the car is turn. MDPS is able-bodied to ply greater assist at low fastness for parking, with a firmer, weightier on-centre flavour when traveling more apace in a full-strength contrast. It requires good nether leash turns from operate to curl for a besotted turn lap of but 10.9 metres.
Comp measures to parry NVH (stochasticity, oscillation and inclemency) control that the Optima meets the strict standards demanded by drivers. The clay bodyshell again provides an paragon chopine for this, piece the low haul co-efficient of 0.29 brings around important improvements in twist racket.
New debase wheels – 17 inches in diam on the entry-grade framework and 18 inches on all others -give the car an added air of sportiness. They are stiffer than those on the late framework, which contributes towards improved levels of NVH. On with active dampers added to the bottom crossmember, extra sealants on the splasher and upgraded carpet, they avail to cut interference in the cabin by 3.3 decibels.
MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT
European versions of the Optima are reinforced at the Hwasung engraft in Asan Bay aboard the Sorento, Kia’s great SUV, and a act of models which are not exported to the UK.
Hwasung is Kia’s largest flora, with a product content of 600,000 cars a yr. It open in 1989 and output began in 1991. Hwasung is besides plate to a 200-acre proving priming with 16 impulsive courses, open in 1993, and it houses an employee sports inwardness, gift the 12,000 workers and their families approach to gymnasiums, liquid pools, squeeze courts, weight-training and community facilities.
In late eld Hwasung has undergone major changes to better the tone of yield processes and the cars departure the mill gates. The improved caliber has been accepted by the American issue Consumer Reports.
Invariable efforts are besides existence made to minimize the engraft’s essence on the environs. Thither bear been major initiatives to step-up recycling, slim the number of pollutants and dissipation in the yield treat, depress nursery gas emissions and cut air befoulment done more eco-friendly product systems. Energy-saving measures get besides been introduced and Hwasung has sent no wasteland to landfill since 2008.
Improved blusher facilities sustain been installed and every expression of fomite product has been scrutinised to see the set uses less vim and produces less barren. Pee and exponent uptake, junk, CO2, contaminants and dissipation volumes per fomite let all been decreased.
Kia has made reduction the total of raw materials existence fed into the product outgrowth a major precedence in apiece of its yield facilities some the earth. The end few eld sustain seen pregnant advance in reduction wastefulness, increasing recycling and development cleanser yield processes.
The boilersuit barren generated by Hwasung is nether unremitting follow-up and a issue of programmes suffer seen spectacular improvements. Recycling has increased and now stands at overflow 90 per centime. Beat pollutants from Hwasung – rubble, NOx and SO2 – birth likewise reduced dramatically.
New engineering is acting a meaning office in environmental melioration. Distinctive roll liquescent furnaces grow enceinte amounts of junk, and contained inside this is a eminent symmetry of zn. The captured dot is hardened and the zn extracted earlier beingness re-used inside the product procedure.
Heart invertors suffer been fitted to coolant and collectant pumps to restraint the rpm according to loading. This has led to push savings of about 4,000 lashings of CO2 p.a. in Hwasung unique.
Another uncomplicated energy-saving summons has been enforced inside Hwasung’s brobdingnagian and composite air conditioning systems. A frozen number of hotness was supplied, irrespective of the exterior temperatures, to around areas of the engraft. Exploitation hurt ascendance units, the fans now run to add oestrus lone where and when needful.
More engineering is beingness employed in the machining shops where gearboxes are produced. Tight air is exploited as a coolant when machining intricate gearbox internals, kinda than keen oil, portion to concentrate oil use to less than one-half of one per penny.
The k landscape about apiece adroitness is an significant parting of apiece flora composition. One on-going program is based on a numeral of bionomics gardens which are filled with trees and plants immune and besides spiritualist to environmental changes in air befoulment. This has the added benefits of providing a more well-fixed surround for the stave and local universe and offsetting approximately of the CO2 production from the adroitness.
These gardens are continually monitored since they bit real-world indicators of air character. Apiece locate is widening the common patches in and about its heighten and forever monitors air befoulment in neighbouring communities. A monthly tax for apiece adeptness is the ‘One Watercourse Clean-up’ program, where Kia cleans and maintains local, rude streams. This is not but to varan cleanliness but too to dungeon them retained for the local communities to love.
The boilersuit force of the many commons initiatives has resulted in Hwasung organism formally accepted as an eco-friendly worksite by the Korean Ministry of the Surroundings.