Review: KIA Optima Hybrid (2011)

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

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

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26 August 2016

KIA Optima PHEV plug-in hybrid launched, offering a combination of 0-60 in 9.1 seconds, a top speed of 121mph, NEDC economy of 176.6mpg, CO2 emissions of 37g/km and a zero emission (electric only) range... Read more

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

A substantially upgraded KIA Optima Hybrid was unveiled by KIA Motors at the Geneva Motor Show, marking the European debut of this streamlined saloon with a drag coefficient of just Cd 0.26 in its... Read more

19 September 2012

Optima hybrid for Europe shown at Paris Motor Show. Read more

KIA Optima Hybrid (2011): 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) cost?

List Price from £22,570
Buy new from £17,945
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): http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/volkswagen/ Another possibility is a KIA Optima PHEV: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/kia/kia-optima-phev-2016-road-test/ There's a Mondeo petrol hybrid: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/ford/ford-mondeo-vignale-2015-road-test/ The Prius hybrid: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/toyota/toyota-prius-2016-road-test/ (Prius PHEV coming next month). And, of course, BMW and Mercedes are working on their own.
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