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Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 1685
Engine size 1598
Engine size 1.6
Engine size 1.685
If you've never considered owning a medium range Mondeo-sized car with a Kia badge on the bonnet, then you're not alone. But you've probably reckoned without the brand's striking-looking Optima, a car launched in 2012 with the aim of winning new friends for the Korean maker in this segment. How does the original version stack up as a used buy?
Ten years before this Optima arrived in 2012, Kia launched its first generation Magentis saloon on the UK market, a car then seen, like this one, as a ground-breaking product for the brand. There was a momentum back then with that car that wasn't maintained as subsequent versions drifted back into the Asian mediocrity that Kia has striven so hard to break free from in recent years. But that was then. This is a marque very different these days and it hasn't allowed the same thing to happen again with the Optima. The South Koreans have to aspire beyond budget brand status if they're to avoid being steamrollered by emerging Chinese manufacturers and this Optima proved to be another step on the road to respectability alongside the Ford's Vauxhalls and Peugeots of this world.
For those willing to give it a try, this car has much to offer. It looks good, it drives well and will be practical to own. Families will enjoy the space and it'll certainly be a very smart set of wheels for the middle-ranking managers who sweep backwards and forwards across the country, from motorway service areas to shiny industrial estates then home again. A rare choice in the used Mondeo segment then; but a potentially satisfying one.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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