Updated Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid revealed

Kia has revealed specifications for its new Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid, with the PHEV estate receiving styling tweaks, equipment upgrades, and new economy statistics calculated on the WLTP test cycle.

New features include two trim levels - PHEV and PHEV Plus - and a new front bumper design and alloys. Equipment changes see the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while the new PHEV Plus trim level adds leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, smart high beam assist, hydrophobic windscreen, smart powered tailgate, ventilated front seats, smart park assist, wireless phone charger, 360-degree cameras, and added driver safety systems.

The core plug-in powertrain remains the same, with a WLTP range of 33 miles on a single charge from the 202 bhp system, composed of 2.0 litre GDi petrol engine and 50 kW (66 bhp) electric motor. The motor's powered by an 11.3 kWh battery, chargeable via a Type 2 inlet, and helps provide a weighted combined fuel economy figure of 188.3 MPG, with CO2 emissions rated as 33 g/km.

The Optima Sportswagon joins the existing Kia Soul EV and Kia Niro PHEV in the company's plug-in portfolio. It will be added to later this year with the e-Niro EV and a new Soul EV.

The new Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid is available to order now, with prices starting at £34,995 for the PHEV trim, and the PHEV Plus model costing £38,995.

Find out more about PHEVs here

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:4th Jan 2019

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