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Kia Optima Sportswagon

Freitag, 18. Aug. 2017

Station wagons are versatile, useful and especially popular as company cars. But families also appreciate their roominess. Korean carmaker Kia's biggest station wagon is the Optima SW -- short for 'Sportswagon'. Its size makes it practical, but it manages to look sporty, too.

Station wagons are versatile, useful and especially popular as company cars. But families also appreciate their roominess. Korean carmaker Kia's biggest station wagon is the Optima SW -- short for 'Sportswagon'. Its size makes it practical, but it manages to look sporty, too.

The 1.7-liter, common rail diesel does its job well. With an output of 104 kilowatts, it propels the Optima SW to a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour. And while it takes the car some 11 seconds to go from 0 to 100, drivers can console themselves that at least it's thrifty. Official fuel consumption is 4.6 liters per 100 kilometers.

At 4.86 meters, Kia's Optima Sportswagon is roughly the same length as a BMW 5-Series Touring or an Audi A6 Avant. The base model Optima SW has a starting price of around 26-thousand Euros in Germany. And it comes with lots of equipment that many other manufacturers charge extra for.

On the outside, the car cuts a good figure. Kia's Optima Sportwagon even won a Red Dot Design Award this year -- being named "Best of the Best" in the vehicle design category. This model is also available as a plug-in hybrid.

In the GT version, the wagon is a bit sportier. It features Electronic Controlled Suspension, and its 2-liter, turbocharged gasoline engine generates 180 kilowatts of power.

Naturally, the Optima Sportwagon comes with Kia's signature front grille, too. For a starting price of 26-thousand Euros, European buyers get a 'versatile, spacious and sporty' vehicle.