Because the substitute to the Kia Optima, the 2021 K5 has loads to reside as much as, and so as to see if the mid-range GT-Line mannequin is as much as the category’ requirements, The Straight Pipes put one to the take a look at within the Nice White North.
Because of Kia Motors America, we had the chance to check out each the K5 GT-Line and the luxurious K5 EX fashions side-by-side a few months in the past – and we have been totally impressed by each.
Underpinning the K5 is the automaker’s all-new N3 platform and the GT-Line mannequin is outfitted with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder producing 180 hp and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque. This engine is coupled to an eight-speed computerized transmission powering the entrance wheels as customary, though the instance examined right here was outfitted with the elective all-wheel drive system.
In a straight-line, the K5 GT-Line isn’t what you’d name quick. Nevertheless, it gives respectable straight-line efficiency and the transmission performs effectively. Within the corners, it handles fairly effectively, regardless that the tires are liable to squealing for those who push a bit too arduous.
Earlier than lengthy, the Kia K5 household will turn into extra fascinating with the provision of the flagship GT mannequin. This variant will characteristic a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder pumping out 290 hp and 311 lb-ft (421 Nm) of torque. Paired to this engine will probably be an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, whereas the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) dash will take 5.eight seconds.