This is the one you’ve all been waiting for – GC Mah’s appearance and a review of the very attractive package that is the Kia Optima EX.

Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that for a RM139,888, it’s a lot of car for the money – not just in metal but in features and equipment too – effectively making it a D-segment car for C-segment money.

We had a ride in it before GC Mah set off to shoot the review and aside from lacking leather seats, something we all unanimously agreed wasn’t that big a deal, it’s possibly one of the most complete cars (in terms of features and size) you could buy in the sub-RM140k bracket.

And it wasn’t like it wasn’t underpowered either, something most would assume considering it’s such a big car with only a 2.0-litre engine putting out 163 hp and 196 Nm, because it isn’t.

As for how it drives, we’ll leave GC Mah to share with you.

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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.