Published On Apr 14, 2021
This is a Motormouth Couple Car Review of the all-new 2021 Kia K5 mid-size sedan. The K5 is a 5-passenger sedan with a 1.6L turbo 4-cylinder engine and an 8 speed automatic transmission with 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of Torque. AWD is standard in Canada but FWD options in the US. The Kia K5 sedan is the replacement to the Kia Optima, this new name is the Global name for this Korean car in other parts of the world. The K5 is also a shared platform with the Hyundai Sonata sedan. The K5 is available as a GT trim with a powerful turbo 2.5l 4-cylinder engine featuring 290hp but that car is only available with FWD, which is a very strange packaging choice for Kia. The K5 has a capable 1.6L turbo that does performa well when the car is in the mid-rev range. Mid-size sedan sales have been falling and companies like Kia have been adding more content to keep buyers interested like standard AWD, a turbocharged engine and an interior that puts some premium brands to shame. The infotainment screen is a standard 8-inch unit or the optional 10.25-inch unit found in this test car. The upside to a sedan is plenty of rear legroom, a big trunk and a ride that is much more comfortable on longer trips.
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