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Kia Optima GT 2018 review: snapshot

The Optima GT is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine with 180kW and 350Nm.
EXPERT RATING
7.5

The Kia Optima GT model lists at $43,290 plus on-roads - a $1200 price drop compared to the pre-facelift model. 

Over the Si, the GT has a new 8.0-inch media screen with extended smartphone connectivity and in-built sat nav (with 10 years of maps included and SUNA live traffic updates), and it also gains redesigned LED headlights but they lose the smart auto high-beam assistance of the old model. 

Other standard kit in the GT includes leather seats, electric driver’s seat adjustment with memory settings, smart key (keyless entry) and push button start, a sports body kit, a Harman Kardon audio system with 10 speakers and a subwoofer, wireless phone charging (Qi) but no WiFi hotspot, rear sunshades (but no tinted windows), different interior trim finishes, a heated steering wheel, and a colour driver-information screen. 

But compared with the pre-facelift model, there are some missing items: the front passenger seat is now manually operated (previously electric), the cooling/ventilation of the front seats has been deleted, and the panoramic sunroof of the previous model is gone, too. And while it rides on 18-inch rims with a new design, the tyre-pressure-monitoring system has been removed.

Safety for the GT includes driver-fatigue monitoring and an active lane-keeping assistance system (in place of the old lane-departure-warning buzzer). It also has auto emergency braking (AEB), a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.

The Optima GT is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine with 180kW and 350Nm. It also has a six-speed auto gearbox, and is FWD. Fuel use is claimed at 8.5L/100km.

Pricing guides

$20,990
Based on 18 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$29,888
Highest Price
$34,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
GT NAV (black Leather) 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $26,200 – 34,760 2018 Kia Optima 2018 GT NAV (black Leather) Pricing and Specs
GT NAV (black Leather) Sunroof 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $26,200 – 34,760 2018 Kia Optima 2018 GT NAV (black Leather) Sunroof Pricing and Specs
GT NAV (red Leather) 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $29,888 – 34,990 2018 Kia Optima 2018 GT NAV (red Leather) Pricing and Specs
Si 2.4L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $18,800 – 26,180 2018 Kia Optima 2018 Si Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.5
Matt Campbell
Senior Editor

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Pricing Guide

$29,888

Lowest price, based on 5 car listings in the last 6 months

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