The midsize sedan segment isn't known for attracting longing stares, but the new Kia K5 is easily one of the most smartly styled competitors in this class. It's longer and lower than the Optima it replaces, giving it a substantially sportier stance, but its appeal also lies in the details. The almost angry face with the broader tiger grille and dramatic LED DRLs look fantastic, as does the full-width lighting at the back. The base LX has features like LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a Hyper Silver front grille, whereas the top-spec GT has 19-inch wheels and bespoke styling elements shared with the GT-Line. A panoramic sunroof and front LED fog lights are fitted to certain trims.
As mentioned, the K5 is a bit longer and lower than the Optima, with a length of 193.1 inches and a height of 56.9 inches. The wheelbase measures 112.2 inches and it is 73.2 inches wide. By comparison, the Honda Accord is just a tenth of an inch wider and 0.9 inches shorter. At 3,115 pounds for the base LX with front-wheel drive, the K5's curb weight closely mirrors that of the Accord. Opting for the EX will see the curb weight increase to 3,228 lbs. The AWD versions and the GT 2.5T are likely to weigh a bit more than this, but Kia hasn't yet made these figures available.
|Kia K5 Trims||LX||LXS||GT-Line||EX||GT|
|Max Width||73.2 in.||73.2 in.||73.2 in.||73.2 in.||73.2 in.|
|Length||193.1 in.||193.1 in.||193.1 in.||193.1 in.||193.1 in.|
|Height||56.9 in.||56.9 in.||56.9 in.||56.9 in.||56.9 in.|
|Wheelbase||112.2 in.||112.2 in.||112.2 in.||112.2 in.||112.2 in.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||16" x 6.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||16" x 6.5"|
Usually, it would take the most vivid available color to make your midsize sedan stand out, but the Kia K5 looks great even in subdued shades like Gravity Gray and Ebony Black. On the base LX, you can opt for Everlasting Silver, Passion Red Tintcoat, or Ebony Black. Glacial White Pearl will add another $445 to your bill, and any other color can only be paired with a more expensive trim. On the LXS, you can go for Crystal Beige or Gravity Gray, while the GT-Line avails Wolf Gray or Sapphire Blue. While the palette offers enough choice overall, it would have been preferable if Kia didn't limit certain colors to certain trims.