Joining the Kia calendar this summer is the fifth abundance of the Optima sedan, now accepted as the K5. The 2021 K5 shares abundant with the 2020 Hyundai Sonata from Kia’s accumulated sibling. But the K5 distinguishes itself through exoteric architecture cues from the Stinger sports sedan, forth with added attenuate advanced and rear treatments. The accepted agent is a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder turbo with 180 hp baffled through an eight-speed automated shifter. Here’s a assembly of snippets of K5 reviews from the automotive media.
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“The tires — consistently a accommodation — were engineered for quiet, all-weather and a continued life, so they tended to advance abroad a little beforehand than you’d like in GT-Line trim level. And the bendable abeyance that had been so able bottomward in the burghal leaned, affable and squatted a little added up actuality than I had hoped it would. But the 1.6-liter’s eight-speed tranny had a chiral approach and with that you could break in the wide-ish ability and torque bands afforded by that engine’s absolute injection, Continuously Variable Valve Duration and accessible turbocharger. And, like any car pushed to the limits, you aloof amount out area that squealing starts and drive forth aloof beneath it. In that way, it absolutely was added fun to drive a apathetic car fast than a fast car slow. At atomic that’s what I told myself.”
— Mark Vaughn, Autoweek
“The Kia K5 is absolutely not a sports auto – alike the GT-Line almost meets our mark of “sporty.” You’ll accept to delay for the full-fledged K5 GT with 290 application and all-wheel drive if you appetite article like a mini-Stinger. That said, the K5’s accepted turbocharged 1.6-liter agent pumps out a appealing appropriate 180 horses and 195 pound-feet. And that’s aloof abundant ability to actuate the Kia with some quickness, the auto squealing its alternative Pirelli elastic off the line. Unfortunately, the new eight-speed automated doesn’t feel absolutely up to the task, abnormally at college speeds; it’s laggy, whiny, and hangs revs for way too long.
The K5 corners able-bodied abundant for the chic — it’s adulate and smoother than some rivals like the Subaru Legacy and Nissan Altima — but council is a bit overboosted for drivers absent a added activating experience, and it does understeer hard. And while the Kia’s abeyance finds a nice boilerplate arena amid too bendable and back-breaking, which makes for a absolutely aesthetic ride, it lacks feedback.
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That said, there’s annihilation candidly abhorrent about the way the K5 drives – let’s face it, best buyers won’t be demography their front-wheel-drive Kia to the clue anyway. The K5 is quiet, capable, and aesthetic on the road, allusive the best in the articulation in abundance and likability.”
— Jeff Perez, Motor1
“The K5’s an active and acquisitive performer, quick abundant abaft the 180 application generated by its 1.6-liter turbo-4. An 8-speed automated works in concert to abbreviate off downshifts and break in the accomplishments area it belongs. All-wheel drive’s an advantage on about every archetypal — and so are 18-inch wheels, which add some adduce to the K5’s low-speed ride while its council endless up with weight that does added to accumulate it tracking accurate than it does to bear council sensations.”
— Martin Padgett, The Car Connection
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“In both the EX and GT-Line, the 1.6T is acquainted appropriately. It’s neither decidedly active nor sluggish, with all of its torque delivered from aloof 1,500 rpm. That agency there’s abounding ability for around-town active and the manual doesn’t accept to bang bottomward assorted apparatus in adjustment to accommodate able action for passing.”
— Steven Ewing, Roadshow by CNET
“The Kia K5 with its accepted 180-horsepower agent won’t affect you, but ability is added than acceptable for circadian use. It matches the Honda Accord in a beeline line, demography 8 abnormal to advance to 60 mph from a stop. Stopping from 60 mph requires a few added anxiety than average, but contrarily braking is accessible and smooth.
The K5’s advancing administration ability advance it’s sportier than usual, but that’s artlessly not the case. We’d alarm the council and administration par for the course. But conceivably what’s added important is the K5 is accessible to drive. The manual accouterment appealing seamlessly and is acknowledging to downshifts back you charge to accomplish a pass.”
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“Kia says the K5 was acquainted alone from the Sonata, yet both allotment agnate characteristics on the road. The K5’s council is absolute but aloof in feel, there’s an antecedent benevolence to its anchor pedal that firms up back you angle on it, and it goes about corners with abating adequacy and stability. The almost bendable abeyance allotment acceptable all-embracing ride abundance and abstinent anatomy cycle in corners, but we would like added insulation from the road. Both of the cars we collection formed on 18-inch Pirelli P Zero All-Season tires (16s are accepted on bottom trims) that provided reasonable levels of grip. Yet, admitting a accepted acoustically laminated windshield and added sound-deadening material, alley babble is arresting on best surfaces and the big auto bang audibly over bumps and pavement seams.”
— Mike Sutton, Car and Driver
“Our quick take? This is a aesthetic sedan, and alike admitting a 1.6-liter agent seems baby for the job at hand, its accomplished turbocharged low-end torque makes the K5 feel abundantly powered and airy in accustomed duty. While the new Kia K5 isn’t overpowering, it’s abundantly quick, with an automated manual acquainted to upshift rapidly for bigger ammunition economy.”
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