The 2021 Kia K5, Optima Replacement

For the 2021 Model year, Kia did something unusual for one of its sedans, the Korean carmaker will replace its Kia Optima, there no specific reason was given by the company about why they change Optima to K5, but many car experts belives the decision came after the current Optima didn’t go well on sale. Aside from its name gone, let find out what other changes the company applied to this sedan.

2021 Kia K5 Front View

2021 Kia K5 New Style Design

This brand new 2021 K5 is longer, lower, and wider than the sedan it replaces (Optima) and will be available with all-wheel drive. The New Kia K5 edition has deeply sculpted sides, a hawk-like nose bracketed by LED lighting, and a long band of metallic trim that soars along a roofline that’s dropped the visual party trick of blacked-out trim that gave the Optima a “floating” roof.

Honestly, this 2021 K5 closer to Hyundai Sonata, is in lights that slash around the sides and into the honeycomb grille. It wears a new grille that’s more hawkish, underscored by creases in the hoods that angle toward its beak. The hood lines wrap around the body and meet at the one juncture where the K5 looks unfinished—the intersection of a lot of lines just at the base of the windshield and the top of the fender.

On the Inside, the K5’s more ritzy versions, open-pore wood, and synthetic leather upholstery pull off the business-class look of the new Telluride and Kia Stinger, while GT-Line models and those below have more hard plain trim. The Sedan also comes with Longer in wheelbase, the K5 has more front-seat space to go with swell front-seat buckets. Four adult passengers fit easily, with room for a slim fifth and 16 cubic feet of cargo in the trunk.

Safety & Infotainment Features

To make its driver comfortable enough, Kia provides more infotainment features to this new K5, on the K5 Cabin you will get an automatic emergency braking, touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 5 years or 60,000 miles of warranty coverage. Options range from adaptive cruise control to Bose premium audio, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, woodgrain trim, synthetic leather upholstery, and cooled front seats that we’d skip since they turn those coddling chairs into flatter, harder affairs.

Engine & Performance

In the engine section, this 2021 K5 edition powered by a 180-hp 1.6-liter turbo-4 or a coming 290-hp turbo-4, it’s an alert, engaged companion for family drivers charmed as well by its strong warranty coverage and value. It’s sold in LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT versions. With the 180 horsepower generated by its 1.6-liter turbo-4, and 8-speed automatic, this 2021 Kia K5 is powerful enough for a family-sedans.

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2021 Kia K5 Powered with new engine

Pricing

The MSRP of 2021 K5 edition is $23,490. But if you want a higher trim you will need more bucks for that.