Review: Kia Optima Plugin Hybrid

The all-new 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid first presented at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2016, is engineered with a dual focus on efficiency and driving dynamics.  Utilizing Kia’s highly efficient 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, power output is targeted for a class-leading 154 hp @ 6,000 rpm.  Electric power is produced by a transmission-mounted 50 kW motor, which is 42 percent more powerful than in the previous Optima Hybrid to allow for greater all-electric capability.  This hybrid system provides a fast and seamless transition from EV to gasoline to hybrid modes, as well as more refined shift quality.

With an estimated 600 miles of total driving range, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid next-generation battery system features a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which produces roughly 60 percent more energy output than the battery pack found in the outgoing Optima’s hybrid system, and is estimated to achieve 27 miles in full EV mode, placing the Optima PHEV among the segment leaders in all-electric range.


Key Specifications

  • Make: Kia
  • Model: Optima Plugin Hybrid
  • First available: February 2016
  • Next Upgrade: February 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Plug-In Hybrid
  • Seats: 5
  • Range: 29 miles 46 km
  • Price: $35,210
    Price: €32'600
    Price: £28'170

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 9.8 kWh 360 V lithium polymer
  • Charge time

    • A full charge can be achieved in less-than 3 hours via a 240V
    • less-than 9 hours via a 120V

Innovation & Self-driving

  • UVO eServices Infotainment System with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • SIRIUS® Satellite Radio

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