Kia has updated the Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid for 2019, with a completely redesigned lower front bumper, with the addition of LED daytime running lights that give a more dynamic appearance. The 17-inch alloy wheels have been revised, with a new diamond-cut design. The new Optima Sportswagon PHEV is available now from Wessex Garages Kia dealerships in Bristol, Cardiff, Newport and Gloucester.
The range of grades has been expanded to two, with a new ‘PHEV Plus’ grade joining the line-up at Wessex Garages Kia. Additional equipment includes leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, Smart High Beam Assist, Hydrophobic front glass, a smart powered tailgate, ventilated front seats, Smart Park Assist System (SPAS), a wireless mobile phone charger, 360-degree Around View Monitor and Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear-cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The new Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid range joins the all-electric Soul EV, Niro self-charging Hybrid and Niro plug-in hybrid in Kia’s alternative-powertrain line-up all of which are available at Wessex Garages now. This will be expanded further in 2019 with the launch of the e-Niro and all-new Soul EV, and helps to drive Kia towards its goal of a 25 per cent reduction in fleet average CO2 emissions by 2020, based on 2014 figures.
With a range of up to 33 miles in all-electric mode, the Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid is able to complete many regular urban commuter runs with no tailpipe emissions, while its CO2 figure of just 33g/km (NEDC 2.0) means company car users pay just 13 per cent benefit-in-kind taxation in 2018-19.
Mark Hayward, General Manager at Wessex Garages Bristol comments: “We’re really excited to offer the upgraded Optima Sportwagon PHEV at our dealership. The technology and mileage upgrades really make this car stand out from the crowd. We look forward to welcoming the people of Bristol, South Wales and Gloucester to our Wessex Kia dealerships to test drive the car and see the full range of Kia’s alternative fuel vehicles.
The Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid combines a 152bhp 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine with a 50kW (66bhp) electric motor powered by an 11.26kWh 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 electric motor generate 202bhp and 375Nm of torque.
A package of aerodynamic, styling and technology features also contributes towards the Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid’s high-efficiency, low CO2 emissions and potential combined fuel economy of up to 188.3mpg on the new WLTP cycle.
The Optima Sportswagon plug-in 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 including regenerative braking, a driving style guide, an ECO-DAS (ECOnomy Driver Assistance System) 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 Sportswagon plug-in hybrid has an all-electric driving range of up to 33 miles. HEV (sustaining) mode allows the powertrain to balance the use of motor and petrol engine for a seamless combination of electric and internal combustion power. In this mode, a greater proportion of propulsion comes from the petrol engine and the charge level of the batteries is constantly being topped up for later use.
Kia's regenerative braking system, now in third generation guise, also allows the car to harvest kinetic energy – energy created by motion – to top up the batteries when coasting or braking.
Naturally, such a technologically advanced addition to the Optima family is available with a comprehensive range of connectivity and advanced driver assistance features, including an 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation system with European mapping. Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom® and an eight-speaker harman/kardon premium sound system linked to a digital radio are also standard.
‘PHEV Plus’ versions also feature a Smart Park Assist System (SPAS), a panoramic sunroof, hydrophobic front glass, a smart power tailgate and smart high beam assist for the headlights.
In keeping with every Kia, the Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid comes with the company’s unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. The warranty is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached.
The Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid is also available with ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty. Visit Wessex Garages Kia to find out more information about the new Optima Sportswagon models and Kia’s unique warranty and service plans.
The updated Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid is available now from Wessex Garages priced from £34,995 for the PHEV 2.0 GDi and £38,995 for the PHEV Plus 2.0 GDi.