New, Bold and fast 2021 Kia K5 GT

A perfect daily for the enthusiast driver

K5 prices start at $23,590.00.

Is the KIA k5 the new kia optima?

Yes, as a matter of fact, it is. The K5 is replacing the Optima, the successful predecessor that had a 20-year production run. An all-new name and all-new look – very bold, new look. A mid-size sedan that will demand attention.

Tested kia k5 ex: suggested retail price of $34,740.00, NOt including destination charge

Kia k5 Trim levels

The Kia K5 is offered in a series of trim levels beginning with the:

  • LX
  • LXS
  • GT- Line
  • EX
  • GT (as tested)

The GT was a true enthusiast car experience and the technology features were very helpful for daily driving.

What is the Kia K5 warranty?

  • 10 year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
  • 5 year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty
  • 5 year/60,000-mile roadside assistance

What engine comes with the kia k5?

1.6L Four-Cylinder

LX, LXS, GT-Line, and EX are all powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder with 195 lb.- ft. of torque producing 180 horsepower. It is mated to an 8-Speed Automatic Transmission.

2.5L Turbo Four-Cylinder (as tested)

The second option is a 2.5L Turbo four-cylinder with 311 lb.- ft torque producing 290 horsepower. It’s mated to an 8- Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission.

The K5 GT, I must say, has an impressive punch – especially when in sport mode.

What are the interior features of the Kia K5 GT?

First impressions are everything and the K5 compared to some of the best luxury vehicles I have sat in. I was amazed as soon as I opened the driver’s door. “This is a luxury car!” The red interior piping reminded me of some of the top sports cars on the market. I also liked how ‘GT’ is displayed on the steering wheel. A lot of sport car influence throughout.

I was drawn to the 10.25-inch touchscreen monitor that offers Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which I did connect and used throughout the week. For someone who spends a lot of time driving, it is very convenient to have your texts read out loud. Additionally, the K5 comes with a BOSE premium sound system. This makes any song sound crystal clear.

Additional features include:
Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist-Cyclist & Junction Turning (vehicle), Nav Smart Cruise Control-Curve with Stop & Go. Highway Driving Assist, Parking Collision Avoidance-Rear, Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, USB multimedia port, USB Charger Port, and remote start.

The prominent technology was very safety-oriented and was highly appreciated while driving with my two kids and wife.

How does the Kia K5 Drive?

I have two perspectives to answer this question:

As a fairly tall, family man, this car was very comfortable. Being 6’3, comfort is an ongoing obstacle in a lot of cars, but legroom and headroom are sufficient. There was enough space for my 5-year-old (in her car seat behind the driver’s seat). The fairly quiet cabin allowed me to ask my daughter how her day was after dance pickup without having to raise my voice.

As a car enthusiast, Having driven both the 1.6L Turbo and now the 2.5L Turbo I can truly say there is a big difference in power. I was very impressed with the 1.6L Turbo. No doubt it was a zippy car! However, the GT and it’s 290hp is very fast. I liked how Kia included a lot detail to remind us this is not your average K5. It had many elements found on high-end sport cars.

Final thoughts

The car has styling, power and comfort. Not an easy combination with entry level pricing. The GT is a car for someone that needs their daily that includes passengers, technology and safety, but can have the versatility of a sports car included when needed. I was impressed with the change in dynamics of the car once switched to sport mode. I’m a believer in the K5!

Kia k5 GT features


  • 2.5L Turbo 4 Cylinder Engine
  • 8-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission
  • 19″ Sport Alloy Wheels and GT Brakes
  • Sport Tuned Suspension & Quad-tip Exhaust
  • Panoramic Sunroof w/ Power Sunshade
  • SynTex Seating Material wSport Bucket Seats
  • GT Sport Design Steering Wheel wPaddle Shifters
  • Headed Front Seats


  • 10.25 in. Touchscreen with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
  • Rearview Cameras w/ Guidelines
  • Smart Key / Push to Start
  • Remote Start
  • Wireless Phone Charger*
  • Nav Smart Cruise Control-Curve w/ Stop&Go*
  • Highway Driving Assistant*


  • Dual Front Airbags
  • Driver’s Knee Airbag
  • Front and Rear Seat Mounted Airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Forward Collision Avoidance
  • Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance
  • Safe Exit Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • High Beam Assist

*Features available with GT model.

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