Kia has released the second iteration of their high class family sedan for 2022, the K5. Formerly known as the Optima, the K5 is a fast, sleek, and high quality sedan that is very affordable for its quality. Let’s check out what new features Kia has implemented for their brand new iteration of the K5.
For 2022, all K5 models feature Kia’s new logo, and there is a wide array of new standard features across all trim levels. The front drive LXS now has rear seat USB charge ports, and the GT-Line now offers a base all-wheel drive trim. Most notably, the GT-Line and up now come standard with a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system instead of the previous 8.0-inch unit. All front drive GT-Line models now have a wireless smartphone charger on the center console as well, making the interior feel that much more luxurious and modern. The EX and GT both get a new 360-degree camera system, power-folding exterior mirrors, and front parking sensors, taking the safety features up a notch from the previous model.
There’s two engine options to choose from for 2022. The first is turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which produces 180 horsepower and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The second engine option is a powerful turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that generates 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. This engine is only found on the top of the line GT model. The GT is equipped with some other great features that pair fantastically with its engine, such as bigger brakes, a unique suspension tune, and wider tires on larger 19-inch rims.
It’s estimated that the base four-cylinder engine paired with FWD will do 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Those numbers drop when you pair it with AWD, going to 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The more powerful engine is slightly less fuel efficient, doing 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. If you care more about fuel efficiency rather than speed, we’d recommended going with the base four-cylinder engine.
Moving on to the interior, the K5 is incredible. The layout is mature and sophisticated, sporting attractive and high quality materials like wood trim on the dash and the doors. The K5 also offers an array of upscale interior features, such as ambient interior lighting on the dash and doors, heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a wireless charging pad. The K5’s interior has an impressively luxurious feel, especially when considering the K5 starts at $24,685.
If you’re interested in an affordable family sedan that feels more like a luxurious sports car, the 2022 Kia K5 is for you. Feel free to come on down to Briggs Kia anytime to ask our friendly and knowledgeable staff any questions you have regarding the K5.