Kia completely redesigned the Optima and renamed it K5 for 2021, which makes it consistent with the sedan’s global nameplate. The sedan boasts a bolder exterior and a truly luxurious interior.

2020 and 2021 Kia Optima
2020 and 2021 Kia Optima
Brand2021 Kia K5
MakerKia Motors
Price₦11.5 million – ₦14.1 million
Release DateNovember 2020  

The all-new K5 will make you fall in love with driving again. With its driver-oriented cockpit, advanced technology, turbocharged engines, stability-enhancing wide-track suspension, up to 311 lb.-ft. torque, All-Weather Drive options, and an all-new platform, this sporty mid-sized sedan will completely transform your driving experience this fall.

2021 Kia K5 Engines

2021 Kia Optima Engines
2021 Kia Optima Engines

First engine 4 cylinder Smart Stream MPI injection points with a capacity of 2.0 litres PS PS 152 European horsepower equivalent to American HP150 hp and torque 192 Newton meters 6-speed automatic transmission.
The second engine has 4 cylinders Smart Stream direct injection GDI 2.5 litre capacity PS 194 European horsepower equivalent to 191 American horsepower and torque of 246 Newton meters with automatic transmission 8 speeds.

New Engine Offering & 8-Speed

KIA is now offering its ‘Smartstream’ 1.6-liter T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine on the K5. It’s able to produce 177 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 195 ft-lb of torque across a wide range of engine speeds (1,500-4,500 rpm). Having driven this new powertrain, I can tell you it’s very responsive and should make consumers very happy looking for an efficient yet smooth powertrain. It’s certainly not going to blow your doors off with 177 horsepower, but it manages to feel powerful enough for day-to-day driving.

2021 Kia K5 Transmission and Performance

2021 Kia K5

The K5 will offer a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder when it arrives in America. The engine is currently available on the Sonata, which makes 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. We expect the Kia version to be equally as powerful, and we know it’ll be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a chance the 2021 K5 will offer all-wheel drive for the first time. The version we drove was front-wheel drive and demonstrated decent acceleration around town. However, it was less impressive at highway speeds, where it needed extra time to execute passes. Still, its dutiful automatic transmission and well-insulated cabin helped ensure its engine noise never rose above a dull roar. Although it won’t be available right away, the sportier K5 GT will have a more powerful turbocharged engine. Its 2.5-litre four-cylinder is expected to make 290 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. It’ll pair with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

2021 Kia K5 Interior

2021 Kia Optima Interior
2021 Kia Optima Interior
2021 Kia K5 Interior

The all-new K5 offers drivers an entirely new interior design that aims to be minimalistic and open. Having driven it, I can attest to the roomy feeling and excellent interior material choices. Depending on the trim level you choose, KIA offers a natural-looking wood trim, sharp metal accents, a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel, and a new digital gauge cluster and multimedia system.

2021 Kia K5 Exterior 

2021 Kia K5 Exterior
2021 Kia K5 Exterior

The designers decided to take the K5 in a sporty direction as it features an aggressive ‘tiger-nose grille with integrated LED headlamps and unique daytime running light signatures. The body itself has a fastback look to it with a sloping rear, allowing it to look more like a sports sedan than a family car.

2021 Kia K5 Price

The all-new K5 will make you fall in love with driving again. With its driver-oriented cockpit, advanced technology, turbocharged engines, stability-enhancing wide-track suspension, up to 311 lb.-ft. When it goes on sale, the 2021 Kia K5 will compete with top mid-size such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) will start from

2021 Kia K5 LX Trim2021 Kia K5 LX  Price
2021 Kia K5 LX ₦11.5 million
2021 Kia K5 LXS₦12 million
2021 Kia K5 GT-Line₦12.4 million
2021 Kia K5 EX₦13.6 million
2021 Kia K5 LXS ₦13 million
2021 Kia K5 GT-Line₦14.1 million

2021 Kia K5 Lengths and dimensions

  • Height / 4,905mm
  • Width / 1,860 mm
  • Height / 1,445mm
  • The wheelbase is 2,850 mm
2021 Kia K5
2021 Kia K5

KIA’s latest multimedia system seen on the K5 is very good, as it’s easy to use, has a friendly design interface, and makes simple functions like finding a navigation destination easy. The display itself is 10.25 inches, and the digital instrument cluster is 12.3 inches and even comes with four different gauge cluster layouts.


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