2016 Kia Optima Hybrid : Winner of the WOW issue!


“WOW” was the primary expression that got here to thoughts after I first take a look at drove the 2016 Kia Optima EX Hybrid.  The gracefully aggressive trying exterior is tamed by the luxurious and sporty inside.  A Double-WOW is skilled as soon as you discover out all of the thrilling options hardly talked about on the dealership, and find yourself being a super-surprising expertise as soon as you discover them out, by happenstance.

Now, for the Nitty Gritty of the 2016 Kia Optima EX Hybrid


2016 Kia Optima Front Headlights

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid has a really elegant, stylish and equally imply and aggressive look.  Significantly the EX mannequin with the piercing headlights, this Optima calls for consideration when it reveals up in your rearview mirror.

Added to the current variations of the 2011-2016 Optima physique kinds, the headlights are topped by the upward curved LED Daylight working lights.  Simply having these lights on alone make the automotive look even meaner, resembling frowning eyebrows.

The fog lights on the higher trims (EX / SX) add to the sportiness of the bumper, particularly those with the 4 LED lights seen within the picture.


When the redesigned Optima got here to market, it caught everybody unexpectedly.  The boring assortment of steel (pre-2011 Kia Optima fashions) reworked into the aggressive and attractive beast, due to Kia’s sensible choices to rent some kick-ass automotive designers.

One of many design parts that actually struck a flowery and made the Kia Optima stand out was the curved tail gentle… no less than that’s what made me discover the Kia Optima and develop a crush ( on the higher trims and the hybrids, to be particular)

For sure, I used to be sorely disenchanted when, ranging from the 2014 mannequin, they crammed within the hole left by the upward curve, which was one of the best a part of the tail gentle.  Nevertheless, the extra I noticed the brand new tail lights, particularly at evening lit with the LED lights, my love affair renewed (a lot in order that I ended up leasing a 2016 Kia Optima EX Hybrid!).

Kia optima Tail Light Comparison


2016 Kia Optima Hybrid InteriorThe inside of the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid (EX) far exceeds lots of its rivals, and even matches up with luxurious manufacturers in comparable to BMW, Lexus, Infinity. 

The leather-based seats are inviting, sporty and comfy.  The center armrest is large and large enough to be an actual “armrest”.

The inside ambient lighting was a really fulfilling discovery which makes nighttime driving an exhilarating expertise.

The 2016 Kia Optima’s dashboard centerpiece is a really helpful and simply accessible infotainment system, which incorporates the Kia UVO.  Coupled with Android Auto / Apply Carplay, this technique turns into a top-notch copilot.

Kia designers have carried out an outstanding job on the visible consolation and enchantment of the instrument cluster.  The gasoline, automotive temperature, and hybrid battery gauges are lights as a substitute of handbook dials, which actually makes an amazing influence and impression of high-tech! 

I’m nonetheless perplexed as to those self same designers reverted again to the previous model dials within the newer fashions of Kia…

why smash a very good factor Kia???  See my evaluate of the 2017 Kia Sportage the place I point out the identical situation

Having twin temperature management is a superb plus, and assist keep away from driver/passenger disagreements on lengthy journeys 🙂  The dials are a very good measurement, properly coloured and easy to show.  Equally useful in avoiding arguments is the Seat Reminiscence function, in the case of a number of drivers.

The Begin button is Horny!  Equally attractive are the “Eco” and “Communication” paddles on the backside of the steering wheels buttons.

The steering wheel has virtually all the things you would want for a hands-free drive.  Kia designers have carried out a very good job of getting security in thoughts.

Lastly, as soon as you might be comfortably located within the cockpit, you may benefit from the thrilling experience with the soundtrack of your favourite tunes emanating crystal clear from the Infinity audio system all through the inside


2016 Kia Optima Exciting FeaturesNow for the thrilling options.

  1. Android Auto – Though the EX trim comes with manufacturing unit navigation, I exploit Android Auto on a regular basis.  Site visitors info and journey estimates are rather more correct than the manufacturing unit navigation system.
  2. Auto Maintain – immensely fulfilling when stopped at a crimson gentle: you may transfer your foot off the brake pedal whereas the automotive brakes for you (if activated).  I do know it’s a small factor within the grand scheme of issues, however its existence actually raised the automotive’s worth perspective.
  3. Warmth Heaters – Entrance Seats (particular person – multi-level)
  4. Warmth Heaters – Again Seat (indivudla – very good shock)
  5. Warmth Coolers – Entrance Seats (particular person – multi-level)
  6. Inside Ambient Lighting – Attractive amber colour lighting brings a soothing ambiance to the inside of the automotive, highlighted by the super-awesome accents on the backside of the doorways, the world in entrance of the transmission stick (the place the USBs are) and the periphery of the cupholders (very very cool!)
    AND, Lastly, probably the most thrilling and coolest function….drum roll…
  7. Self-Folding Sideview Mirrors – They routinely unfold while you strategy the automotive along with your key, and fold while you lock and stroll away from the automotive.  So superior, and makes you look very cool! 
IN CONCLUSION – 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid EX

2016 Kia Optima HybridOnce I drew vehicles in my youthful days, a few of my favourite and most-proud-of designs seemed just like the 2016 Kia Optima, which is why I used to be very drawn to this mannequin and ended up leasing one. 

I can’t say sufficient good issues concerning the 2016 Kia Optima.  It’s an attractive trying automotive, with nice know-how, thrilling options, and total, such nice worth for its worth that makes Lexus and BMW homeowners assume twice


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