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Journeys : MNJ Aug Sep 2011
She says Lindy George Kia Optima Life on the move If you’re after value for money in a mid-sized vehicle, read on! Kia has just released the Optima Platinum. Targeted at the high end of the market and at $36,990 (plus on road costs), it offers some ser ious competition in this segment. Built in Korea, the Optima has an economical 6-speed auto (with paddle shift), powered by a 2.4 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine. Over the past few years, Kia has achieved some amazing advancements with the quality and build of their vehicles. This is one very classy looking car – indeed, I had some long hard looks from passers-by and plenty of questions about it. I think I could almost qualify as a sales rep! Slam the doors – it easily passes the ‘thud’ test. Gone is the sloppy steering from a few years back – instead, treat yourself to superb handling. Drive w ith the assurance that you have a full-size 18” alloy spare tyre – no-one will even know if you’ve had a flat! Everything is well laid-out and within easy reach, trust me on that! And you don’t have to stand on your head to find the all-important fuel cap and boot release. Don’t worr y about ticking the option boxes – there aren’t any! Seriously, you don’t need them because ever ything, and I mean everything is included. You’ll be safe in the knowledge that you have Anti-lock Braking (ABS) w ith Electronic Brake-force Distr ibution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC – is that a new acronym?) You’ll also have dr iver, front passenger, side and curtain airbags. Your dusk- sensing automatic headlights have static cornering and your daytime r unning lights operate permanently and independently of your headlights and fog lights, so you will always be seen. You have rear- parking sensors and a reversing camera mounted in your auto- dimming rear view mir ror – you ver y quickly adapt to looking forward in order to go backwards! Now for the stuff that makes you feel special. Things like leather seats w ith eight-way adjustment and lumbar support for the dr iver. Both driver and front passenger seats are heated – they get so warm that you can press your trousers on the way to work. Two seating position memory makes life easier if you share the drive with the other half, but you probably won’t want to! You also have an ‘easy access function’ – when you turn the ignition on or off, your seat moves for easy access. The panoramic powered sunroof gives you that open-air feel without the open-air inconvenience. There’s heaps of storage including a chilled, illuminated glove box. For extra space, your sedan has 60/40 split fold rear seats. Get the ‘doof doof’ happening with an Infinity Premium Sound System with iPod, MP3, six stack CD, seven speakers and (of course) subwoofer. Your tilt and telescopic steering wheel houses audio and cruise controls. And, don’t forget the Bluetooth! Check it out now at your nearest Kia dealer. 36 August / September 2011 autoSEARCH A free service to help you find your next car Finding the perfect new or used car has never been easier for RACT members! autoSEARCH will find the type of vehicle you require, arrange for a discounted RACT inspection, negotiate a special members’ purchase price, find a great price on your trade-in and provide a manufacturer or dealers’ warranty on most vehicles and even arrange finance for approved applicants. This independent service is free for RACT members. Statewide 0418 123 060 Hobart 6231 9992 Launceston 6334 3965 6619
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