The 2021 Kia K5 replaces the long-running Kia Optima because the model’s midsize household sedan, and it brings with it daring, aggressive exterior styling and a severely snug driving expertise. Not solely that, it’s a great worth in comparison with the competitors. And whereas it does sacrifice some sportiness for its consolation, Kia will introduce a high-performance GT mannequin by the tip of the yr that ought to rectify the dearth of driving pleasure. There are some sedans in the marketplace with a barely higher mix of sportiness and luxury, comparable to certainly one of our favorites, the Honda Accord, in addition to the gracefully aging Mazda6, however the Kia’s sturdy factors are sufficient to make it a must-see for midsize automobile consumers.

What’s new for 2020?

The Kia K5 is a brand new mannequin launched this yr, however it might definitely be thought-about the next-generation Optima with a reputation change.

What is the K5’s inside and in-car expertise like?

Whereas the K5‘s exterior is daring and aggressive, the inside is much less in-your-face. That’s to not say it isn’t nonetheless fashionable, although. The dashboard has a novel design with separate ranges that offers it some visible curiosity. On most fashions, you get aluminum-look trim on the sprint and doorways, however the EX options pretty convincing matte-finish fake wooden trim. The plastics are all high-quality with a welcome variety of smooth contact surfaces and fascinating, enticing patterns.

The devices and infotainment display screen occupy a big monolith in entrance of the motive force and the middle of the sprint. The gauges are analog with a show nestled between them. The usual infotainment touchscreen is an 8-inch unit (within the pictures above) flanked by bodily shortcut buttons and knobs. It is the identical system that Kia has used for a number of years, which is simple to make use of however a bit dated in look. Obtainable as an possibility on the GT-Line and EX is a 10.25-inch display screen (pictured beneath). It’s bigger and options up to date graphics which might be nicer to have a look at, however it capabilities equally. That’s not a foul factor. As a substitute of regular shortcut buttons, this method additionally picks up touch-sensitive shortcut controls somewhat than bodily buttons. Fairly merely, they do not operate as effectively and we’re glad the local weather management sticks with conventional buttons and knobs no matter infotainment system.

Additionally value noting is that seating lodging are fairly snug. The entrance seats particularly are thickly cushioned with light bolstering. The seats have a number of adjustment so a snug place is simple to search out. The rear seats aren’t as good, however are removed from offensive. Area is cheap as effectively, and we go into better element with that within the subsequent part.

2021 K5 EX 1.6T FWD

How huge is the K5?

The K5 measures in at 193.1 inches lengthy, 73.2 inches large and 56.9 inches tall. It additionally has a wheelbase of 112.2 inches lengthy. In comparison with the Optima it replaces, it’s about 2 inches longer in each total size and wheelbase. It’s about the identical width and about an inch shorter than the Optima. Subsequent to section benchmarks such because the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the K5 is inside an inch both approach of each sedans.

Inside, the K5 provides loads of legroom and shoulder room for each entrance and rear passengers. Nevertheless, head room is a contact tight in each rows regardless of the specs displaying that the K5 has extra headroom than the Optima, Accord and Camry. On paper, shoulder room is sort of an identical to the Honda and Toyota. Legroom specs range significantly amongst these automobiles, however having sat within the again, there’s loads of legroom at the back of the K5 for adults to be snug for lengthy durations of time.

Cargo area for the Kia K5 is 16 cubic ft. That falls between the Accord and Camry. The Accord has 0.7 cubic foot extra space and the Camry has 0.9 cubic foot much less. It’s roughly similar to the Hyundai Sonata.

What is the K5’s efficiency and gasoline financial system?

Each Kia K5 aside from the GT will get the identical turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and eight-speed computerized transmission. It makes 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. LX, LXS, GT-Line and EX trims get front-wheel drive as normal, and all-wheel drive is an possibility on the LXS and GT-Line. Gasoline financial system with front-wheel drive is 27 mpg within the metropolis, 37 on the freeway and 31 mixed. The bottom LX trim is the one trim to get auto start-stop, and its fuel economy is barely increased with rankings of 29/38/32 mpg. The all-wheel-drive K5s see a dip in gasoline financial system to 26/34/29 mpg.

The GT trim stage is the one one to get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. It comes with an eight-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission and front-wheel drive solely. Gasoline financial system numbers weren’t accessible on the time of this writing.

What is the K5 prefer to drive?

The place the Kia K5 excels is in consolation. The suspension is tuned smooth, however with glorious physique management so that you’ve a easy, luxurious experience. The cabin may be very quiet, as is the engine and transmission. Throw in supportive seats and seating place, and the K5 is definitely some of the snug household sedans.

However if you wish to drive with some vigor, the K5 falls brief. The steering is properly weighted with some suggestions, however isn’t fairly nearly as good as that of the Honda Accord or Mazda6. The smooth suspension displays a good bit of physique roll in corners. The chassis doesn’t reply shortly to inputs, both, and there’s little or no grip. Plus, the transmission is sluggish to shift, so it’s exhausting to benefit from the 1.6-liter engine.

We anticipate the Kia K5 GT will remedy a few of our dynamic disappointments with the common K5. It has a sport-tuned suspension that ought to, in concept, enhance the dealing with. It’ll even have way more horsepower, and its dual-clutch computerized needs to be a handy guide a rough shifter. Although we hadn’t pushed it on the time of this writing, we have driven a prototype of the closely-related Hyundai Sonata N Line, and it was promising.

What extra can I learn concerning the Kia K5?

2021 Kia K5 First Drive | Comfy, cool, but not quite king

In our first drive of the K5, we give detailed driving impressions and the way the K5 fares towards the aggressive midsize sedan section.


2021 Kia K5 Inside Driveway Check | Filled with aptitude

We dive deep into the Kia K5’s inside with the sporty GT-Line mannequin to see the way it stacks up.


2021 Kia K5 Baggage Gallery

Flip via our set of pictures the place we learn the way a lot baggage matches contained in the K5’s trunk.


What options can be found and what is the K5’s worth?

The bottom Kia K5 LX begins at $24,455, together with the vacation spot cost of $965. This base mannequin options 16-inch alloy wheels, computerized LED headlights, heated mirrors, fabric seats with six-way guide adjustment on the motive force and passenger seats, dual-zone computerized local weather management, 8-inch infotainment display screen and wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Security options embrace rear occupant alert, ahead collision warning and emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep help and computerized high-beam headlights. Among the extra notable options accessible on increased trims both as choices or normal tools embrace leatherette upholstery, heated seats, heated steering wheel, navigation, a 10.25-inch infotainment display screen and wi-fi telephone charging.

All costs beneath embrace the $965 vacation spot cost. Yow will discover extra info on every of the beneath trim stage’s added feature content plus specs and local pricing here at Autoblog.

  • LX: $24,455
  • LXS: $25,455
  • GT-Line: $26,355
  • EX: $28,955
  • LXS AWD: $27,555
  • GT-Line AWD: $30,055
  • GT 2.5T: $31,455

What are K5’s security tools and crash rankings?

The bottom K5 consists of normal ahead collision warning with computerized emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keeping help and a rear occupant warning system. Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning methods are added on the LXS, GT-Line, EX and GT trim ranges. EX additionally provides rear parking sensors as normal. GT-Line and EX get a number of security function choices not accessible on LX and LXS. GT-Line choices embrace adaptive cruise management with or with out navigation-based curve velocity help and freeway steering help. The EX solely has the navigation-based adaptive cruise management as an possibility, and it additionally has non-compulsory rear emergency braking. The GT has the identical choices checklist, however rear parking sensors are additionally an possibility.

The K5 earned a five-star total security score from the NHTSA. Its aspect crash test score was 5 stars, whereas the entrance and rollover score have been each 4 stars. The IIHS has not but examined the K5.

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