The Optima has plenty of room for three adults in the back, while the massive boot comes with a full-size spare wheel.
On the road, this is a very solid motor and I would definitely recommend a test drive.
Prices start at €26,995 for the entry level EX model. There are lots of extras available for the Platinum model, which costs €28,995. The automatic Platinum edition that I test-drove costs €32,695. The automatic is a bit expensive and I reckon most people will go for the entry level or the Platinum.
There is only one engine size available, 1.7l diesel, which delivers 134 brake horse power, with C02 emissions of 133g/km that place the car in the B band for road tax.
Overall, I think the Optima will put Kia in the running for Car of the Year again this year.