In the midst of the growing popularity of crossovers, Kia hasn't slowed down in refreshing its sedan lineup. The K5, previously known as the Optima, is receiving a mid-cycle update nearly four years after its current fifth-generation model made its debut.

To be clear, the version you're seeing is already available in South Korea, and it's expected that the global version will closely mirror it. Unlike some of Kia's other recent updates, which have been fairly significant, the changes to the K5 are more subtle. The car now features revamped headlights and taillights, drawing inspiration from the design seen in Kia’s latest electric vehicles. The front bumper has also been updated with larger imitation air vents.

At the back of the car, there are new exhaust tips, specifically on models that aren't the sportier GT-Line. New alloy wheel patterns ranging from 16 to 19 inches are included in the update, as is an all-black variant that eliminates most of the metallic highlights. Completing the exterior updates are two new paint options: Wolf Gray and Moonscape Matte Gray.

The interior has seen more notable updates, including a revamped dashboard that now houses curved display screens. The traditional gear shifter has been replaced with a compact rotary dial. Positioned on the lower center console, a fingerprint sensor has also been added. The 2025 K5 comes with high-resolution cameras at both the front and rear, capable of recording and storing video. Additional enhancements include a new head-up display, extra sound insulation, and improved support for over-the-air software updates.

In South Korea, the Kia K5 is already on sale, featuring a range of engine options: a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine with 160 hp, a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine offering 180 hp, a 2.0-liter LPI engine (compatible with LPG) providing 146 hp, and a 2.0-liter hybrid engine delivering 152 hp from the gas engine and an additional 38.6 kW from its electric motor.

The starting price for the K5 is 27,840,000 won, translating to roughly $20,500 or 19,456 Euro based on current currency exchange rates.

Source: Kia

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Евгений Ушаков
Evgenii Ushakov
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