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CarScoops Verdict:
The Optima helped to put Kia on the map and the K5 appears to be worthy successor as it’s stylish, affordable and well-equipped. The model also improves on its predecessor as it features a newly available all-wheel drive system and a sporty GT variant.

However, the K5 finds itself in a competitive segment which is largely dominated by the Accord and Camry. Of course, there are also others including the Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda6, Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Passat.

That being said, the K5 builds on the success of the Optima while offering improvements of its own. As a result, it’s definitely worth your consideration.
On a personal note, I will be looking out for their review of the K5 GT as deliveries of it happen late 2021. Its on my radar for something closer to the Stinger, which these are not. For now I think this was some great coverage of the turbocharged 1.6-liter equipped press vehicles they received.
 
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