The Kia Optima Hybrid packages together all the qualities that you’d expect from the Optima – comfort, refinement, performance – with remarkably low running costs. Using the latest hybrid technology, the Optima Hybrid is a compelling proposition to buyers, both private and fleet.
On the outside, the Optima Hybrid is identical to its combustion engine counterpart. It sports the same evolutionary appearance that encompasses both functionality and style. In terms of dimensions, the Optima Hybrid measures 2,805 mm, 4,855 mm wide and 1,465 mm high.
These changes enable a roomy and comfortable feel to the cabin, with respectable head, shoulder and rear-seat leg-room and greater cargo capacity. From a styling perspective, the new dimensions afforded Kia’s designers the chance to introduce a more swept-back, dynamic shape.
The material quality of the all-new Optima’s cabin is of the highest quality, with a high proportion of soft-touch materials, as well as cloth and leather trim in natural tones. Tasteful metallic accents throughout the cabin add a higher quality ambience to the interior, while greater application of soundproofing ensures refinement is better than ever.
The dashboard is divided into an upper ‘display’ zone and a lower ‘control’ zone, ensuring drivers need never take their eyes off the road in order to see the key information displayed. The central fascia is angled 8.5 degrees towards the driver, with the upper ‘display’ zone housing a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and lower ‘control’ zone offering fewer buttons than the outgoing Optima to manage the various cabin functions that aren’t already built into the touchscreen.
|Combined Fuel Consumption|
mpg / (l100)km
|Combined CO2 Mass Emissions|
|Max Engine Power |
(BHP at RPM)
|Petrol 2.0 GDi (154bhp)|
Power (Engine & Electric Motor combined) 202bhp
|176.6 (1.6)||37||154/6000 (Petrol Engine)||6|
With a range of up to 33 miles in all-electric mode, the Optima Hybrid is able to complete many regular urban commuter runs with no tailpipe emissions, while its CO2 figure of just 37g/km means company car users pay just 7 per cent benefit-in-kind taxation in 2016-17.
The Optima Hybrid combines a 154bhp 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine with a 50kW (67bhp) electric motor powered by a 9.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The electric motor replaces the torque converter in the smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. When working together, the combustion engine and motor generate 202bhp and 375Nm of torque.
A package of aerodynamic, styling and technology features contributes towards the Optima Hybrid's low CO2 emissions and potential fuel economy of up to 176.6mpg while ensuring it is instantly recognisable as the high-efficiency model in the Optima range. The most significant aerodynamic change is an active air flap grille which lowers the car's drag co-efficient (Cd) to 0.25 when closed.
By using the latest hybrid technology, the Optima Hybrid offers excellent performance and range for a D-segment car: up to 33 miles of pure-electric driving at speeds as high as 75mph, with 0-60mph acceleration in 9.1 seconds in hybrid mode. The switch between electric and hybrid driving is seamless, while the electric motor's 205Nm of torque from standstill ensures rapid acceleration and instantaneous response to the throttle pedal.
The Optima Hybrid is equipped with a number of technological innovations to help it use the power in its battery pack in the most efficient way and top up its batteries on the move.
The car's sophisticated technologies include regenerative braking, a driving style guide, an ECO-DAS (ECOnomy Driver Assistance System) featuring Coasting Guide Control, a Drive Mode Select button so that drivers can personalise the powertrain's dynamics, and an HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Select switch. It also has an intelligent heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to save battery power.
HEV Select gives access to two driving modes via a button in the centre console. In EV (charge depletion) mode the car runs as a purely electric vehicle when the energy stored in the batteries is adequate, and is able to regenerate electrical power on the move to recharge the batteries.
The Optima PHEV is available with a comprehensive suite of connectivity features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (available later in the production run). At the heart of it is the latest Kia audio-visual navigation (AVN) system, operated via an 8.0-inch touch-screen and featuring Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone connectivity with audio streaming. The navigation screen is linked to a rear parking camera.
KIA OPTIMA HYBRID
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