|2016 Kia Optima PHEV REVIEWS, ELEGANT, LUXURY, FAST|
Kia's first plug-in hybrid, complete with credibility-stretching fuel economy and emissions figures we have come to expect from this type of car. Optima PHEV combines the efforts of a 2.0-liter normally aspirated and a 50kW electric motor to deliver the peak system output of 202bhp.
There will be more interest among drivers car company in the price and CO2 figures Optima. At £ 31 495 after £ 2500 incentive plug-in the British government, it cuts both Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Volkswagen Passat GTE, VW by nearly £ 5000. The 9.8kW / h lithium ion polymer battery, which is located under the rear of the car, was strong enough to give a claimed 33 miles of electric only range, and as an official EUDC consumption tests allow plug-ins to start with a full battery and finished with a run out, score rating 176.6mpg Optima and 37g / km CO2.
|2016 Kia Optima PHEV REVIEWS|
Get anywhere close to the numbers in the real world would mean a lot of short trips between the charging station, of course, and a little patience. Kia says the battery can be recharged from a flat in three hours by the domestic supply 240V.
Although the first plug-in Kia, Optima PHEV is mechanically pretty much identical to the Hyundai Sonata PHEV is already on sale in some markets. Like its sister, she uses a six-speed automatic gearbox and not a CVT, with the electric motor effectively replaces the torque converter at low speeds. After that can either complement or a gasoline engine, the EV mode, the electric car by itself up to 75mph.
|2016 Kia Optima PHEV REVIEWS INTERIOR|
Another change from the standard Optima limited. The most obvious is this PHEV active radiator grille, which shut down when not needed to reduce air resistance. There is also a subtle blue color for lights and chrome trim. Equipment is generous and includes powered driver's seat, the wireless charging pad, 8.0in touchscreen and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.
Though most powerful Optima to GT variant impending arrival, PHEV performance figures are hardly better than 139bhp CRDi models. For an explanation, look no further than 1780kg curb weight of plug-ins, 200kg more than the sister diesel.