What’s the difference between the 2021 K5 and the 2020 Optima?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia K5, Kia Optima on Thursday, December 31st, 2020 at 6:23 pm
2021 Kia K5 driving on road from exterior front

2021 Kia K5 vs 2020 Kia Optima

The 2021 Kia K5 is an all-new model and replaces the Kia Optima in the brand’s sedan lineup. Under the new name, the K5 has the Optima’s DNA running through its veins. The all-new sedan sports many of the sought-after features found in the Optima, while also boasting a handful of notable upgrades. Continue reading below to compare the 2021 Kia K5 vs the 2020 Kia Optima.


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2021 Kia K5VS2020 Kia Optima
1.6L Turbocharged inline 4 engine (180 hp / 195 lb.-ft.)Engine (Horsepower / Torque)2.4L inline 4 engine (185 hp / 178 lb.-ft.)
AvailableAWDN/A
8-speed shiftable automatic transmissionStandard Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic transmission
193.1 inchesLength191.1 inches

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2021 Kia K5 from exterior rear

Performance Comparison: 2021 Kia K5 vs 2020 Kia Optima

The 2021 Kia K5 offers two powerful engines for shoppers to choose from. The standard is a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, while the available is a potent 2.5-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile the Kia Optima is equipped with a standard 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, while also offering an available 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder that produces 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

The standard and available transmissions for both the 2021 K5 and 2020 Optima differ, as the 2020 Optima was equipped with a standard 6-speed shiftable automatic and offered an available 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. Meanwhile, the 2021 K5 offers upgraded transmissions with a standard 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission and an available 8-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.


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Shop for the 2021 Kia K5 in Fayette County, West Virginia

When it comes time to shop for a new sedan, be sure to consider the 2021 Kia K5 at Hometown Kia in Mount Hope! We offer a vast selection of new Kia models and would love for you to come test drive the all-new K5 at our dealership! Contact us or give us a call at 304-253-9177. Thanks for reading!