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OPTIMA - FLAGSHIP OF THE KIA FLEET By Brian Foley

The Optima is the flagship of the Kia Fleet, a great value-for-money mid-size saloon with top quality finish and equipment to match the smart classic styling - plus the added attractive bonus of Kia's unique 7-Years Warranty. During a recet test drive of the Kia Optima, the car attracted lots of attention and favourable comment from the knowledgable motoring crowd at the two-day Phoeniox Park motor races. There is no doubt that a test drive would cement initial impressions. On the road the Optima with its punchy 1.7 litre diesel engine has plenty of performance and is altogether quite a refined car with lots of interior space for five adults and excellent ride comfort over all roads. All the kit is there in the comprehensive specification, including the panoramic glass roof for an airy ambience in the cabin (Platinum models) which makes for relaxing travel. Nice one indeed, and very worthy of an entry on the shopping list of buyers of a new family car with a lot going for it. Kia Optima prices start from €26,995 (6-speed manual) to €33.195 (automatic). Metallic paint €500 extra. All prices are ex-delivery and related charges.