Kia Optima Magentis K5 First generation
|Also called||Kia Magentis (Europe) Kia Optima Regal (KDM Facelift)|
|Assembly||Hwasung Plant, Hwasung, South Korea Yangcheng Plant, Jiangsu, China Kaliningrad, Russia|
|Engine||2.4 L Sirius II I4, 150 hp 2.5 L Delta V6 2.7 L Delta V6, 138 kW (185 hp)|
|Transmission||4-speed automatic 5-speed manual|
|Wheelbase||2,700 mm (110 in)|
|Length||4,745 mm (186.8 in)|
|Width||2000–2005:1,815 mm (71.5 in) 2002–2005:1,820 mm (72 in)|
|Height||1,420 mm (56 in)|
|Related||Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai Sonata Hyundai Trajet Kia Sedona|
From 2000-2005 Optimas were a rebadged variant of the Hyundai Sonata, differing only from the Sonata in minor exterior styling details and equipment content.
In Australia, the Optima was introduced in May 2001, offered only with a 2.5L V6 engine, and choice of manual or automatic transmission. The updated Optima was offered with a new 2.7L engine, 4-speed automatic (the manual was dropped), and features such as full leather interior and alloy wheels were made standard. Thanks in part to better marketing, sales increased to 41,289 units in 2005, an all-time high. The Optima was sold until 2006, when it was replaced by the Magentis.
The 2002 Optima received a minor update. The Optima was a luxurious version of Kia Optima sold in South Korea. The grille was redesigned for the United States in 2003 (2004 model year) to feature the Kia badge, and the headlamps were restyled for 2004 (2005 model year).