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Before you buy a Kia Optima in Uganda

by Edwin

Kia Optima

Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is a mid-sized 4-door sedan manufactured by Kia Motors since 2000 and marketed globally through various nameplates. First generation cars were mostly marketed as the Optima, although the Kia Magentis name was used in Europe and Canada when sales began there in 2002. For the second generation models, Kia used the Kia Lotze & Kia K5 name for the South Korean market, and the Magentis name globally, except in the United States and Malaysia where the Optima name was retained. The Optima name is now going to be used for all markets except China, where they will also use the South Korean market name.

Before you buy a Kia Optima in Uganda

The Kia Optima is a stylish saloon aimed at the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat. It sits proud in a segment destined for decline, offering space, kit and quality, wrapped up in a reliable Kia-branded package. If you're after an economical and good value family car, the Optima should be on your list.

If you’re not too worried about the badge on its nose, there’s a lot to admire about the latest Kia Optima. Its striking looks are complimented by sharp LED daytime running lights and a rakish profile, while inside the dash is competently presented too, with decent looks and a high quality feel. But it’s the specifications that impress the most; the Optima is groaning with luxury toys and gadgets, even if you can only stretch to the entry-level 2 trim.

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Buying a Kia Optima from a car bond in Uganda

Buying a car from a car bond makes life a lot easier to acquire yourself a vehicle. There is basically no need to go to japan or order for the vehicle from japan or any other part of the world. In short one just walks to the car bond and arrange for a purchase and within a short time, the car is paid for and handled over to you as the owner.

However, you can also find that some cars have only cleared the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) fees only. So it would mean that if you want a Kia Optima then you will have to clear the rest of the taxes. You can find the CIF of the Kia Optima (that’s up Kampala from Japan) to be around $ 3,000 or more for latest models.
However, the cost of the CIF can change due to year of manufacture, condition of the car, mileage and the dealer. Now the Kia Optima is more expensive as compared to most the cars we have discussed.

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Importing a foreign used Kia Optima from Japan

Now this is different from buying from car from the car bond here in Kampala. Some people prefer to import their own cars directly from Japan or from any other part of the world.
This means all the costs are going to be met by the owner of the car right from say Japan to Mombasa up to Uganda. Here one needs to determine the cost of the car while still in Japan from which the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) are calculated.

After that, arrangements are made to ship the car to Kampala, Uganda. After arriving in Kampala, then the required taxes have to be cleared.

The taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees. When all this is done, then you are free to drive home in yourKia Optima.

General KIA Optima reviews

The Kia Optima is cheap to buy and run, and even holds on to its value quite well. So in case you want that family saloon to use on a daily basis here in Uganda, I say the Optima can do a very good job.

Getting to the interior design and technology, there’s no doubt that the Kia Optima is an attractive car. It really stands out from the crowd, benefitting from Kia’s bold design philosophy; it’s long, wide and low, so looks suitably sporty.Up front, there’s a distinctive nose with Kia’s trademark grille design and LED running lights, while the sweeping roofline features silver trim that follows the line of the doors back to the shallow rear windscreen. The small side windows and slab-sided bodywork give the Optima the look of a coupé, while at the rear, the large LED tail-lights are reminiscent of the Ford Mondeo’s.

Looking at the practicality, comfort and boot space, the Kia Optima scores well for cabin comfort and luggage space, but it’s not the best in class. The Kia’s large exterior dimensions translate into a roomy and spacious interior, that’s great for families and with plenty of room for luggage. There's no shortage of interior storage space in the cabin, either: you get a chilled glove box, large bottle holders and a handy lidded compartment in the centre console for odds and ends. If you need more space, there's a new Optima SW estate version, too

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Common complaints owners of the KIA Optima raise in Uganda

The Kia Optima doesn’t have many complaints may be simply because it’s too good or the current owners haven’t raised serious complaints about it so far. But we shall keep you updated as we go along.
Spare parts can be accessed from here in Uganda both new and reconditioned at reasonable prices.

Kia Optima competitors in Uganda

We have the Toyota Mark X, Toyota Brevis, Mercedes-Benz E series, VW Passat among others.

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Our Final verdict

With a spacious cabin and decent luggage space, the Optima saloon is a great choice for families who will appreciate the model’s safety credentials. Factor in the low running costs, and the only real fly in the ointment is a driving experience that’s less than inspiring – but that won't matter a jot to the practically minded motorist. So, there you are…

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