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Test Kia Optima Sportswagon 1.7 CRDi, the family is the first

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There are eight exterior body colours and alloy wheels between 16 and 18 inches

The popularity of the car bodies family is growing. It is not surprising, because of the greater practicality of these models with regard to the equivalent four-door sedan are added a few designs becoming more and more attractive. The Kia Optima Sportswagon is the latest to join the club.

The first family model of Kia in the segment D is already on sale in dealerships Spanish and we have come to your presentation to know him closely. Their elongated silhouette is still with fidelity to the strokes of the prototype Kia Sportspace Concept presented at the Geneva motor show of 2015, giving him a style of his own with a certain sportiness.

The front of the Korean model is identical to that of the Optima sedan, marking its differences in the posterior half. Here the aspect conservative of the sedan gives way to a waistline that is raised while the roof line is going to be fine, and drops subtly to the sloping rear window. In total, there are 4.855 mm length, exactly the same as the sedan.

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The Optima SW maintains the width and length of the sedan, but grow 5 mm in height for the new roof bars

The bulky rear overhang is finished off by a few pilots LED housings and one exhaust oval integrated in the diffuser. In the front is also used to light-emitting diodes, but only in the finishes above, with a few LED headlights directional. The versions equipped can also enjoy a huge panorama sunroof , which brings a great brightness to the interior.

The interior boasts of space streaming. The dashboard remains unchanged regarding the sedan and it is good news because it stands out for its sensational quality both by materials as per settings. Yes, its design is sober with details in shiny black and chrome as the only concession to the imagination.

There are three finishes: Concept, Drive, GT Line and GT. Among the items of equipment include the multimedia system with touch screen infotentretenimiento of 7 or 8 inch (depending on finish) with connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charger for mobile devices, or an audio system Harman Kardon 490 W system with Clari-Fi. Little to envy of the premium models.

Who opted for a vehicle type ranch usually look for an extra space to a sedan. And space, precisely, does not lack in the Optima Sportswagon. The squares in front are very livable while drivers higher will have the head very close to the ceiling, more than expected. The seats are very comfortable, and they may have heating and ventilation, settings power eight-way plus lumbar adjustment and upholstery fabric, mixed fabric and synthetic leather) or leather.

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Interior very neat and with good ergonomics

Back there is space even for adults tall. The rear seats are enormous, especially in space for the legs where, as is the case with the sedan, the Optima family is one of the best. In this area the passengers enjoy a sun protection extra to dispose of wipes, and tinted windows in the finished GT Line and GT.

Paths endings also offer a tailgate electric opening with hands-free function to allow access to a loading space of 552 litres, 42 litres more than the sedan of four doors. The hollow of the trunk is regular and very profitable, endowed in addition to some slider rails that allow you to secure the load easily. The rear seat backrest is hinged and is divided into sections 40:20:40 to achieve a stunning 1.686 litres in total.

Time to move on. We have been able to drive the motor turbo 1.7 CRDi 141 CV, mechanical, that, without doubt concentrate the highest volume of sales since the other option is the gasoline 2.0 T-GDi 245 HP in the Optima Sportswagon GT. With a range of propellant so small there is a lack of more mechanical options, both diesel and gasoline. Throughout 2017 will reach the Optima hybrid plug-in version family.

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The rear seats are outstanding

In any case, the 1.7 CRDi is a good choice because it provides a good balance between performance and consumption. You can link to a box six-speed manual that has a good touch and accuracy, or a automatic transmission of double clutch and seven relationships that stands out for its smoothness but that raises the final bill at 2,000 euros extra.

The engine CRDi develops 340 Nm of torque has a satisfactory performance despite being a little lazy. The long-standing relationships of up not help, forcing you to play with the change of time-to-time to make some overtaking but in general it is not powerful enough to move the bulky body of the family Korean without problems. It is not especially refined but the high level of sound insulation the passenger compartment well-concealed loudness.

The behavior is noble and stable at high speeds. There is No doubt that the Optima Sportswagon has opted for comfort with a suspension that allows for a number of oscillations of the body to change to absorb the irregularities of the asphalt accordingly. The family can assemble a suspension adaptive but not with the engine CRDi as it is only available in its GT version.

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it Is easy to load heavy objects, thanks to which the edge load is flat and low

in Addition, Kia has placed at our disposal a series of devices that ensure our security as the adaptive cruise control, the system of assistance of maintenance in rail, the detection system dead angle, the system of recognition of traffic signs, the assist system and emergency brake with pedestrian detection.

Perform maneuvers with the familiar Korean is easy because we can count on an camera vision of 360 that employs four cameras to display a picture straight down of the vehicle on the screen of the infotainment system. In addition we also have a traffic alert and rear a automatic system of assistance when parking (SPAS), which runs parking on line and on battery.

there is No doubt that the Kia Optima Sportswagon provides a more practical that the four-door sedan and has its own personality. Is available from 31.180 euros although there are several discounts that we can avail ourselves to reduce the final price up to levels which are very tempting. Of course, as is usual in the brand of Seoul, the Optima Sportswagon enjoy a seven-year warranty or 150.000 km

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