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Interested in buying a Kia Optima.

I am interested in buying a Kia Optima, a 1.7 CRDi 2 Luxe model, with 88,000 miles on the clock. It's a UK import registered in Ireland.

Can you tell me:

1. What price is an okay price for this car?

2. Since I am based in Ireland, can buying a UK import car be problem in any way?

3. Generally how is fuel economy for this model? Is it good/bad as compared to its competitors?

4. I am confused between Nissan Qashqai and Kia Optima. Can you advise pros/cons of one over other?

Thanks Anshul Malik

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Anshul Malik (Cork) - Thu, 30 May 2019 21:49

Neil Briscoe Answered by: Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor - @neilmbriscoe


Hi Anshul,

Ok, let’s take those one by one. As far as a fair price is concerned, you haven’t given us a year for the car, but I’m going to assume it’s a 2016 model. That would put a fair price, in Ireland, if about €15,000 give or take. There’s no issue buying a UK car that has already been registered in Ireland.

Fuel economy should be fine — you can expect to get around 45-50mpg from a 1.7 Optima. 

Compared to the Qashqai, the Optima is a very, very different car. It’s a large saloon (or estate) whereas the Qashqai is a crossover, and is closer in size inside to a hatchback. Basically the Optima will be larger and more refined than the Qashqai, and if you get the estate version then it will also be much more practical. 

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