Blimey, 20,000 miles ñ where did all those miles go? Over the past nine months, Kiaís largest estate car has taken a trip to Barcelona, while the rest of the time it has been seen darting around the British Isles, all in the name of photography, mostly. Itís one of those guilty pleasures as the odometer clicked over that milestone, and this isnít even the final report, so more miles to come. The Kia was sporting 2,500 miles when Sue Baker and I made the swap with ëourí cars, so Iím only 88 per cent to blame. As I lean against the fuel pump with the numbers whizzing around, I momentarily think about the number of minutes, or rather hours, it has taken me to replenish the fuel tank each time. The Optima canít have been that thirsty, as Iím still waiting for the Shell loyalty points to amount to anything worthwhile.
I thought the Kia would alert me to when the first service was due, having checked the data files in the back of the magazine, where I discovered that the service interval was set at 20,000 mile intervals. Flicking through the menu on the carís on-board computer, I discovered that the service section had been switched off. Itís time to find my nearest dealer and give them a call to book the car in.
This week saw Optima and I head north to Leeds, specifically Roundhay Park, because 2017 marks the 70th birthday of Ferrari, apparently. One of the celebration events was to gather up seventy of the iconic Italian cars that had been sold through the dealership in Leeds, position them in Roundhay Park, and watch members of the public quite literally salivate over the metal, or carbon fibre. There were also a couple of Ferrariís latest models there, which led the cavalcade from the park to the Elland Road football stadium, and then onto the dealership for some Ferrari hospitality. To most car nuts, this would be a dream job, but it was wasted on me. Itís everyday cars that hold my interest, and I dislike flashy and shouty cars bought by their owners as an accessory. Itís something that Ian, the Editor, and I share the same opinion on, with these high-end supercars doing nothing for us. Instead it was my Kia that left me impressed, as I travelled through Leeds City Centre attempting to beat the cavalcade and get some shots of the cars arriving. No-one batted an eyelid at the pretty Optima Sportswagon, and I was able to merge into the background, and for me, thatís just perfect. And the fact that I can do so with acres of space and a comfortable ride, really is the icing on the cake.
Date arrived 9th December 2016
Fuel economy 61.4mpg (combined) 42.9mpg (on test)
20,000 miles between services is excellent, fingers crossed the cost will be just as good.
Oddly, the stop-start system doesn’t work when the gearbox is in manual mode.