Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV prices announced

Prices and specs have been revealed for the Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV, following a mid-life facelift late last year

Kia has announced prices and specs for its facelifted Optima Sportswagon PHEV, with an all-new ‘PHEV Plus’ trim joining the line-up with additional kit.

The Optima Sportswagon PHEV will cost from £34,995, and all models will feature a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, which combine to produce 202bhp. Accelerating from 0-60mph takes 9.4 seconds, with a top speed of 119mph.

Kia says the switch between hybrid and electric driving is “seamless” and in the latter mode the Optima PHEV boasts a range of up to 33 miles from an 11.26kWh battery.

Recharging times haven’t been given, however we’d expect a full top-up to take just over an hour and a half using a 7kW home wallbox charging unit.

Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV economy

Meanwhile, the Optima Sportswagon PHEV has an official fuel-economy figure of 188.3mpg, derived from the recently-introduced WLTP test cycle. It also returns CO2 emissions of 33g/km, meaning company-car drivers will pay Benefit-in-Kind tax of 13% in 2018-19.

In addition to new LED daytime running lights and 17-inch alloy wheels, the South Korean manufacturer claims that a redesigned front bumper has reduced drag and boosted the car's efficiency. However, to accommodate the battery pack, the fuel tank has shrunk by 15 litres compared to diesel versions of the car, with Kia stating a hybrid range of 696 miles.

Luggage capacity also takes a hit: the Optima Sportswagon PHEV’s boot measures 440 litres, rising to 1,574 litres with the rear seats lowered.

Interior

Inside, the facelifted car comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, and ‘Kia Connected Services with TomTom’ provides live traffic updates throughout Europe when hooked up to a smartphone.

Other standard features include an eight-inch touchscreen, DAB radio, USB ports in the front and rear, plus a premium, eight-speaker sound system.

The ‘PHEV Plus’ model is priced from £38,995, and it adds leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, a water-repellent windscreen, ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charging and an electric tailgate.

Further additions include automatic high beams, parking assistance, a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems.

As with the rest of Kia’s range, the Optima Sportswagon PHEV comes with a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty.