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Kia Optima Introducing – 2021 – Will it outperform the BMW 330i?

Kia Optima will now change to the K5 name in the US market and is being ‘actively’ promoted by the Korean automaker as superior to the BMW 330i.

Kia is continuing its promotional campaign for the 2021 Optima and in the latest clip, the Korean automaker claims that the new sports sedan outperforms the BMW 330i.

The standard 2021 Kia Optima is currently on sale in LX, LXS, GT-Line, and EX versions, all powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 180 hp and torque. Maximum torque 264 Nm. However, from November 2020, the top K5 GT variant will be available in the market and this is the representative that Kia is comparing to the 330i.

According to the Korean carmaker, the Optima / K5 has proven to outperform the 330i RWD in dry conditions and when it comes to making a slalom drive in dry and wet conditions better than its German rival. While the current BMW 3-Series is being praised for its good handling.

In theory, the Kia Optima GT has the upper hand over the BMW 330i. Specifically, the 330i is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. The Optima GT is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 290 hp and 421 Nm. This engine is combined with an eight-clutch dual-clutch gearbox that delivers power to the front wheels and helps the Optima GT accelerate from 0-96 km / h in 5.8 seconds.

While we will have to wait and see if the Optima GT feels better to drive than the 330i, what can be certain right now is that the Optima GT has a big advantage in price when it starts from $ 30,490. By comparison, a rear-wheel drive BMW 330i has a starting price of $ 41,250.

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