What are the Differences Between the Kia K5 and the Kia Optima?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Kia, Kia K5, Kia Optima, New Models on Monday, July 6th, 2020 at 6:00 am
2021 Kia K5 vs 2020 Kia Optima

2021 Kia K5 vs 2020 Kia Optima

The 2021 Kia K5 midsize sedan model will be arriving later this summer. At that time, it will replace the 2020 Kia Optima in the North American Kia catalog. So, what are the differences between this new generation of the Kia midsize sedan model? It’s the 2021 Kia K5 vs the 2020 Kia Optima! 


2021 Kia K5 – Color Options


Kia K5 vs Kia Optima – All-Wheel Drive 

The 2021 Kia K5 comes with available all-wheel drive. This feature will debut in late 2020 on trim levels with the baseline 1.6L turbocharged inline 4 engine. 

The 2020 Kia Optima does not have available all-wheel drive. 

2021 Kia K5 exterior side shot with Sapphire Blue paint color driving down a suburban street hill
2020 Kia Optima exterior side shot with white paint color parked outside a dealreship at night

Kia K5 vs Kia Optima – Dimensions 

2021 Kia K5

2020 Kia Optima

Length: 193.1” 

Length: 191.1” 

Width: 73.2” 

Width: 73.2” 

Height: 56.9” 

Height: 57.7” 

Wheelbase: 112.2” 

Wheelbase: 110.4” 

Kia K5 vs Kia Optima – Engine Specs and Power 

The 2021 Kia K5 baseline engine option is a 1.6L turbocharged inline 4 engine that produces 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque

The 2021 Kia K5 upgraded engine option is a 2.5L turbocharged inline 4 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque

The 2020 Kia Optima baseline engine option is a 2.4L inline 4 engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque

The 2020 Kia Optima upgraded engine option is a 1.6L turbocharged inline 4 engine that produces 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque

Kia K5 vs Kia Optima – Transmission 

The 2021 Kia K5 standard transmission is an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission

The 2021 Kia K5 upgraded transmission is an 8-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission

The 2020 Kia Optima standard transmission is a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission

The 2020 Kia Optima upgraded transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.


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Test Drive the 2021 Kia K5 Sedan in Kenosha, WI 

Once we get the 2021 Kia K5 in stock here at Palmen Kia, we’d love to have you in for a test drive. Browse through our online inventory and contact us to learn more! 

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