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Kia K5 aka Optima Mid-Size Sedan (5th-gen, DL3)

NEX score 75%

Product Overview

The 5th-generation Kia Optima (K5) incorporates the powerful and bold design language of Kia Stinger. Built on the company's N3 platform, the K5 is longer, wider, and lower than ever.
In the US, the K5 features all-turbocharged inline-4 engine lineup with 8-speed automatic transmissions, including an 8-speed DCT for the highest-end 2.5 T-GDi model. AWD is available with the smaller 1.6 T-GDi engine.
The center piece of K5's exterior design is Kia's modernized "tiger face". Inside, a newly designed infotainment display seamlessly stretches into the instrument panel.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Surprisingly good fuel economy
  • Premium Bose audio system
  • Lots of safety tech
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent all-wheel drive
  • Good fuel economy
  • Gorgeous infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Lack of standard safety tech
  • Lack of tech features
  • Lackluster performance
  • Lackluster infotainment tech
  • Lane-centering isn't as smooth as with other K5s
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Specifications

Variants:
1.6 T-GDi
2.0 Hybrid
2.0 LPi
2.0 MPi
2.5 T-GDi

Chassis

Brakes | Front
12"
Brakes | Rear
11.2"
Suspension | Front
MacPherson
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
Turning Circle
5.5 ft

Construction

Trim Levels
LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, GT

Dimensions

Size | Height
1445 mm
Size | Length
4905 mm
Size | Width
1860 mm
Wheelbase
2850 mm

Performance

Fuel Economy
31-32 mpg

Powertrain

1.6 T-GDiEngine | Displacement
1.6 L
2.0 HybridEngine | Displacement
2.0 L
2.0 LPiEngine | Displacement
2.0 L
2.0 MPiEngine | Displacement
2.0 L
2.5 T-GDiEngine | Displacement
2.5 L
1.6 T-GDiEngine | Power
180 PS @ 5500 rpm
2.0 HybridEngine | Power
192 hp @ 6000 rpm
2.0 LPiEngine | Power
144 hp @ 6000 rpm
2.0 MPiEngine | Power
158 hp @ 6500 rpm
2.5 T-GDiEngine | Power
290 PS @ 6000 rpm
1.6 T-GDiEngine | Torque
265 Nm @ 1500-4500 rpm
2.0 LPiEngine | Torque
191 Nm @ 4200 rpm
2.0 MPiEngine | Torque
196 Nm @ 4800 rpm
2.5 T-GDiEngine | Torque
422 Nm @ 1750-4000 rpm
1.6 T-GDiEngine | Type
Turbo I4
2.0 HybridEngine | Type
I4 petrol
2.0 LPiEngine | Type
I4 petrol
2.0 MPiEngine | Type
I4 petrol
2.5 T-GDiEngine | Type
Turbo I4
Fuel Capacity
14.8 or 15.8 gal
Transmission | Gears
6- or 8-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic or DCT

Production

Debut
2019 (Korea) 2020 (US)
Made In
South Korea, USA

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
Despite its questionable name, the 2021 Kia K5 GT is one of the most pleasant sedans you can buy today. The upgraded system on the 10.3-inch screen is not only dead simple to use, it's easy on the eyes. Features like forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning are standard.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous infotainment system
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Lane-centering isn't as smooth as with other K5s

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The K5's list of standard safety features is impressive, but there are a few quirks. Kia's auto-light technologies are a touch too sensitive for my tastes. You can get the K5 with either an 8-inch or a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent all-wheel drive
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good fuel economy
Cons
  • Lack of standard safety tech
  • Lackluster infotainment tech

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The 2021 Kia K5 takes the solid foundation of the Optima and adds an extra dose of style and performance. It's a well-executed midsize sedan, but it also faces strong competition. The K5 received a “Top Safety Pick+” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-tuned chassis
  • Comfortable ride
  • Powerful engine
Cons
  • Lack of tech features
  • Lackluster performance

User Reviews

References

1. ^ 2021 Kia K5 GT review: Optima prime. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-kia-k5-gt-dct-fwd-review/. 2021-07-08. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
2. ^ 2021 Kia K5 review: The one to beat. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-kia-k5-review/. 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ 2021 Kia K5 2.5 GT review: A new era. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/car-reviews/2021-kia-k5-review/. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-07.

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