The Kia Optima is no more. Say hello to the all-new 2021 K5, a super-sharp and modern sedan that follows the Korean automaker’s international nomenclature and promises to show North American consumers that this type of car still belongs in today’s marketplace.
“K5 delivers the top-of-the-line design finishes drivers love, with the added bonus of turbo performance, a roomy interior and the latest in safety technologies,” says Kia Canada Chief Operating Officer Elias El-Achhab.
As far as we’re concerned, here are five things we like about the 2021 Kia K5…
1. Aggressive look
The front end is particularly striking with a bulging, creased hood that drops down as if to crush the grille. The latter stretches all the way to the corners and features an awesome mesh design which Kia says is inspired by shark skin.
The redesigned headlights are quite eye-catching, too, especially with the zigzag-shaped LED daytime running lights that represent a heartbeat on an ECG machine.
2. GT-Line model
The K5 will be available in LX, EX and GT-Line trim, the last one being a new addition aimed specifically at sporty drivers. Racier styling, bolstered seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel and more importantly a new turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine are part of the mix. It makes 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque via an equally new eight-speed “wet” dual-clutch transmission for fast and precise gear shifts.
3. All-wheel drive
The Kia K5 rides on a new “N3” platform that makes the car lighter, more rigid and more agile on the road, the company claims. It also offers an AWD option for the first time, something that will definitely please Canadians.
With the Subaru Legacy, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry and now the Kia K5, the selection of midsize sedans available with AWD keeps getting better and we should all be thankful.
4. 10.25-inch display
The new interior is defined by wide horizontal lines and a reimagined cockpit. Highlights include a driver-oriented centre touchscreen that measures 8.0 inches standard or 10.25 inches optionally.
The bigger display is one of the largest in the segment and powered by Kia’s UVO infotainment system, which is also among the best.
5. Cutting-edge technology
If you love technology like we do, you’ll appreciate multi-connection Bluetooth connectivity, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and the 12-speaker Bose premium audio system. And when it comes to safety, standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Lane Following Assist are part of Kia’s expanded suite of advanced driver assistance systems.
The 2021 Kia K5 will go on sale this fall.