2017 Kia Optima is better looking wagon and is not expensive, there are no plans by company to make it available for U.S. market. Equipped with four cylinder turbocharged is able to produce 139 horsepower at 4000 rpm and 251 lb-ft of torque at 1750 rpm.
European buyers has options to choose either 2.0 liter gasoline engine with turbocharger and 1.7 liter CRDi diesel. Also comes up with 6 speed manual and 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission as expensive option. 139 horsepower is not more but enough to have a moderate turn speed, to have better driving keep engine inbetween 1750 and 3500 rpm. Automatic remains non economical and reduce acceleration performance than found in manual transmission.
Steering seems accurate , gripping is good, better body roll while cornering. On rough roads springs and dampers feels more firm. Front and rear seats with enough space, 19 cubic feet space behind back seat which is more than Ford Fusion wagon.
Kia Wagon for Americans need to have more wait.