Kia launches the Optima Sportswagon, for those who want an alternative to the highly acclaimed German tourers. So: Passat, Insignia and Mondeo, beware!

It’s going to happen at Geneva, next month. It is the first Kia attempt to attack the D-segment tourer, so let’s wish them luck! The stake is huge: around 65 percent of the total sales in the class are tourers! They started to explore the field exactly 12 months ago, with Sportspace concept. However, the production model will share the front half and the interior design with the 2016 Optima sedan, which is not a bad thing! On the contrary, the dynamic looks of the sedan is nicely continued with the Honda Accord-like rear end, for an overall sporty image. The windows’ line goes up, while the roofline is descending and the tailgate is very inclined. This combination makes the car look very dynamic.

There’s the same sensation looking from the rear, where the tailgate window is small and the rear diffuser looks mean. I don’t have a good feeling about the rear visibility, but the posterior design is hot! It shares the exterior dimensions with the sedan, with just 5 mm more in height, due to the 553-litre increased boot. Onboard, the Optima Sportswagon spoils the passengers with voice-controlled Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. More, there’s a 7 or 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, with the big one featuring a navigation system. The music may be listened via the 590w Hi-Fi Harman Kardon stereo, with 8 speakers and subwoofer.

A full Euro 6-compliant engines line consists of a 1.7 diesel producing 141 ps and 340 Nm, and two gasoline engines. The first one is a normal-aspirated 2.0 liters capable of 163 ps, while the top of the range is an impressive direct-injection 2.0 liter turbo, developing 245 ps, which is available only in combination with a six-speed automatic transmission.