2019 Kia Optima GT

KIA has given its next version of its popular mid-sized sedan, the Optima, a makeover, with the 2019 model also getting a tidy up across the available variants, with just two options available, the base Si or the sporty GT.

External changes for the 2019 range are limited to the grille and front fascia, upper and lower rear panels and re-styled wheels. The engineering team have also revisited the Optima for improved ride and handling characteristics.

Inside, the Optima gets a new infotainment system (7-inch for the Si and 8-inch for the GT), with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Safety has been beefed up on both models too with driver attention alert and lane keeping assist added.

The Si gets a price drop too, down $1,100 to $33,390 (plus on-roads), but loses SatNav following the inclusion of smart phone comparability. It’s HID headlamps have also been replaced by dual projection versions.

The GT retains satellite navigation though, and includes 10 year MapCare and SUNA traffic information. It’s also had a price reduction of $1,200, to $43,290 (plus on-roads), but has lost a few things along the way too.

Gone is the front passenger power seat, replaced by a manual version, and both front seats are no longer ventilated but still heated. The panoramic sunroof has been deleted, and high beam assist and tyre pressure monitoring have also disappeared.

Kia Australia still offers a 7-year warranty, 7-year capped price servicing and 7-year roadside assist on the Optima.

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