Kia Optima Sportswagon (2016–2019)

Model History

February 2016

Kia Optima Sportswagon unveiled

The Optima Sportswagon will be available with a choice of efficient and responsive petrol and diesel powertrains, including a high-powered GT model. The Optima Sportswagon is equipped with a range of innovative safety assistance and infotainment features, ensuring maximum occupant safety, comfort and enjoyment.

The new Sportswagon is available with a choice of single- or two-tone colour interior schemes: single-tone (black) or two-tone (dark grey with light grey) in cloth or leather trim. The console is finished in gloss black and chrome.

The Optima Sportswagon will additionally be among first Kia models to feature Android Auto, designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, and Apple CarPlayfor iPhone 5 or newer. Both systems feature voice control and allow the driver to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road ahead at all times.

The touchscreen infotainment system is paired with a six-speaker audio system as standard, while music lovers can also specify a powerful 590-watt Harman Kardon Premium Sound system, with eight speakers, an external amplifier and subwoofer, and Clari-Fi MP3 restoration technology.

The Optima Sportswagon is available with Kia’s new wireless charger for mobile devices, situated at the base of the central console. The 5W wireless charger lets users charge their phone on the move, without a wire. With ‘foreign object detection’, the charging system activates when a compatible device is placed on the pad and warns owners when they’ve left a phone on the charger when they leave the vehicle. The system displays the phone’s charging condition on the instrument cluster, and features a safety system to prevent overheating while in use.

The Optima Sportswagon additionally features two USB charging points, one in the front and one in the rear, to allow passengers to charge mobile devices, depending on trim level.

The additional cargo space resulting from the tourer bodystyle makes the Optima Sportswagon one of the most practical cars in its class, with 553 litres of cargo space behind the second row of seats – 48 litres more than the Optima saloon.

Features include a safety barrier net built in to the back of the rear seats and pop-up sliding luggage rails to secure individual items which are likely to slide or roll around the boot. A low, flat boot lip, and a Smart Power Tailgate – which opens the boot automatically when the Optima’s smart key is located in close proximity to the rear tailgate – enables owners to load heavy items easily.

Upgraded for its application in the Optima saloon and carried over unchanged in the Sportswagon, the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine benefits from a series of modifications, resulting in greater power output and torque, and reduced emissions. Producing 141PS and 340Nm torque, the upgraded 1.7-litre diesel engine will offer low CO2 emissions and high economy, pending final homologation later in 2016.

The 1.7-litre CRDi engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission or Kia’s new seven-speed double-clutch transmission, capable of handling the higher torque outputs of the turbodiesel engine and engineered to offer a sportier driving experience with smooth and instantaneous gear changes.

August 2016

On sale in the UK

It is priced at £22,295 for the '2' spec; £24,495 for the '3' spec; £25,895 for the '3'spec 7 speed DCT, and ££30,495 for the 'GT Line' 7-speed DCT.

September 2017

Optima Sportswagon PHEV goes on sale

It will be sold as a single, highly specified stand-alone model priced at £32,645 after the Government's plug-in car grant of £2,500.

Thanks to increased storage capacity in its lithium-ion polymer batteries, the Optima Sportswagon PHEV has a longer all-electric range, lower CO2 emissions and better fuel economy than the plug-in hybrid saloon. The increased storage capacity of 11.26kWh (saloon 9.8kWh) takes into account that the Sportswagon is likely to carry heavier loads than the saloon.

The Sportswagon PHEV can travel up to 38 miles in all-electric mode (saloon 33 miles), so it is able to complete many regular urban commuter runs with no tailpipe emissions. Its CO 2 figure of just 33g/km (saloon 37g/km) means company car users pay 9 per cent benefit-in-kind taxation in 2017-18, the same as with the saloon. The Sportswagon's combined fuel economy figure is 201.8mpg (saloon 176.6mpg).

Packaging of the batteries in the boot floor, plus a 15-litre reduction in fuel tank capacity, ensures the Sportswagon PHEV is as practical and versatile as it is efficient and clean. It can carry 440 litres of cargo with the 40:20:40 split rear seats upright, or 1574 litres when they are folded, and it has a payload of 390kg.

The KIA Optima Sportswagon is also offered with a 163PS non turbo 2.0GDI and a 245PS 2.0T-GDI petrol engine.

January 2018

Kia Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid updated

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 range of grades has been expanded to two, with a new ‘PHEV Plus’ grade joining the line-up. 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, Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear-cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

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 means company car users pay just 13 per cent benefit-in-kind taxation in 2018-19.

The Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid combines a 152PS 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine with a 50kW (66PS) 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 contributes towards the Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid’s low CO2 emissions and potential combined fuel economy of up to 188.3mpg on the new WLTP cycle. These changes ensure the plug-in hybrid is instantly recognisable as the high-efficiency model in the Optima Sportswagon range while minimising any impact on its practicality.

The Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV started at £34,995 while the PHEV Plus cost £38,995.

March 2018

Kia Optima upgraded

Gets improvements to exterior, interior and two new engines. The 1.7 CRDI diesel is replaced by the U3 1.6 CRDI offering 136PS and 320Nm torque. A new 180PS/1.6T-GDI engine with gasoline particulate filter is offered with 7-speed DCT transmission.

Available with Kia's latest 7-inch and 8-inch touchcreeen infotanimant systems and 'level 2 autonomy' driver assist systems such as Driver Attention Warning, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist and full LED headlights with Dynamic Bending Light.

October 2019

KIA reported to be axing the Optima from its UK line-up

What does a Kia Optima Sportswagon (2016 – 2019) cost?

Contract hire from £196.49 per month