Review: KIA Optima Hybrid (2011 – 2019)


Stylish saloon offering low CO2. Revised and enhanced for 2014. Became a PHEV.

Initially LHD only and not available in the UK. Eventually arrived in RHD in September 2016 as a PHEV.

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23 October 2019

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26 August 2016

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7 March 2014 Upgraded Kia Optima Hybrid revealed at Geneva Motor Show

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KIA Optima Hybrid (2011 – 2019): At A Glance

Scheduled to begin mass production in September 2011, the Optima Hybrid employs a truly innovative Kia-developed hybrid powertrain that delivers a unique blend of performance - acceleration to 62 mph (100 kph) in 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 121 mph (195 kph) - plus class-leading fuel economy, achieving a 40.7% fuel consumption improvement compared with the standard US petrol version.

2016 KIA Optima PHEV Road Test

What does a KIA Optima Hybrid (2011 – 2019) cost?

List Price from £22,615
Buy new from £20,364
Contract hire from £196.49 per month
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Should I get a hybrid for my company car?

I have a BMW 520d saloon as my company car. I may need to change later in the year for an estate and the hybrids look very attractive, certainly from a tax point of view. The BMW is about £240 per month in tax whereas, for example, a Passat GTE hybrid is about £100 in tax. Both need a contribution from me to the company of about £140, so the Volkswagen Passat GTE is lower in cost by about £140 per month. What do you think about costs and, more importantly, how well they drive?
I was very impressed by the Passat GTE PHEV (though, admittedly, the test drive was in Holland which is mostly flat): Another possibility is a KIA Optima PHEV: There's a Mondeo petrol hybrid: The Prius hybrid: (Prius PHEV coming next month). And, of course, BMW and Mercedes are working on their own.
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