ALL-NEW OPTIMA SPORTSWAGON PHEV

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GENERAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV press pack

1 THE NEW KIA OPTIMA SPORTSWAGON PHEV                                       

Short story

  • Kia's fourth alternative-powertrain car in the UK and second PHEV
  • Up to 38 miles of all-electric range with CO2 emissions of just 33g/km
  • Fuel economy of more than 200mpg in the official combined test
  • All-electric or hybrid drive modes
  • Combined power output of 202bhp, with 375Nm of torque
  • Active aerodynamics lower Cd to 0.28
  • Connectivity features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay™
  • Up to 1,574 litres of cargo capacity with a 390kg payload 
 

Kia has expanded its range of alternative-powertrain models in the UK to four with the arrival of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the stylish and spacious Optima Sportswagon. It joins the Optima saloon PHEV, all-electric Soul EV and Niro dedicated hybrid crossover in helping to drive Kia towards its goal of a 25 per cent reduction in fleet average CO2 emissions by 2020, based on 2014 figures.

With a range of up to 38 miles in all-electric mode, the Optima Sportswagon PHEV 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 9 per cent benefit-in-kind taxation in 2017-18. 

The Optima Sportswagon PHEV combines a 154bhp 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine with a 50kW (67bhp) 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 PHEV's low CO2 emissions and potential fuel economy of up to 201.8mpg. These changes ensure the PHEV is instantly recognisable as the high-efficiency model in the Optima Sportswagon range while minimising any impact on its practicality.

The most significant aerodynamic change is an active air flap grille which lowers the car's drag co-efficient (Cd) to 0.28 when closed. The neat integration of the batteries in the boot floor, along with a 15-litre reduction in the size of the fuel tank compared with the diesel-engined Optima Sportswagon, means the PHEV is able to offer a generous 440 litres of luggage capacity with all seats upright, rising to 1,574 litres when the rear seats are lowered, while the payload is 390kg.

Naturally, such a technologically advanced addition to the Optima family is available with a comprehensive range of connectivity and advanced driver assistance features, including an 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation system with European mapping. Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom, a wireless mobile phone charger and an eight-speaker harman/kardon Premium Sound audio system linked to a digital radio are also standard. 

Hybrid sales in the UK and mainland Europe have doubled over the past five years and are expected to reach 700,000 a year by the end of the decade. The Optima Sportswagon PHEV, alongside its saloon counterpart, ensures Kia is perfectly positioned to take advantage of this growth. It is offered in the UK as an extensively equipped stand-alone model in the Optima Sportswagon line-up.  

A new phase in Kia's hybrid development

Hybrids are not new to Kia and indeed the Optima range, but until 2016 they had never previously been brought to the UK because diesels offered greater tax advantages in the all-important company car market. The Optima PHEV saloon and new PHEV Sportswagon, with their extensive all-electric driving range, low CO2 emissions and ultra-low company car tax rating, change this and are important additions to Kia's fleet line-up in the UK. 

The core feature of the hybrid system is the next-generation 11.26kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which produces significantly more energy than that in previous Optima hybrids. Meanwhile, the simplicity of the hybrid system allows compact packaging of the petrol engine, electric motor and automatic transmission on the front axle, with minimal energy transfer and conversion losses.

This results in excellent performance and range for a D-segment estate car: up to 38 miles of pure-electric driving at speeds as high as 75mph, a hybrid range of up to 695 miles and 0-60mph acceleration in 9.4 seconds in hybrid mode. The switch between electric and hybrid driving is seamless, while the electric motor's 205Nm of torque from standstill ensures rapid acceleration and instantaneous response to the throttle pedal.    

Intelligent fuel-saving and energy-harvesting technologies

The Optima Sportswagon PHEV is equipped with a number of technological innovations to help it use the power in its battery pack in the most efficient way and top up its batteries on the move. 

The car's sophisticated technologies include regenerative braking, a driving style guide, an ECO-DAS (ECOnomy Driver Assistance System) featuring a Drive Mode Select button so that drivers can personalise the powertrain's dynamics, and an HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Select switch. It also has an intelligent heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to save battery power. 

HEV Select gives access to two driving modes via a button in the centre console. In EV (charge depletion) mode the car runs as a purely electric vehicle when the energy stored in the batteries is adequate, and is able to regenerate electrical power on the move to recharge the batteries. The Optima Sportswagon PHEV has an all-electric driving range of up to 38 miles. HEV (sustaining) mode allows the powertrain to balance the use of motor and petrol engine for a seamless combination of electric and internal combustion power. In this mode, a greater proportion of propulsion comes from the petrol engine and the charge level of the batteries is constantly being topped up for later use. 

The Drive Mode Select gives the driver the choice of Eco and Normal settings to obtain maximum energy efficiency or greater performance. This switch is also located in the centre console. A driving style guide delivers information through the instrument panel about how efficiently the car is being driven so that drivers can adapt their driving style as necessary. 

Kia's regenerative braking system, now in third generation guise, allows the car to harvest kinetic energy – energy created by motion – to top up the batteries when coasting or braking. 

The advanced HVAC system has been adapted from that in the Soul EV, and permits only the driver's side of the car to be cooled when the other seats are unoccupied to minimise energy usage. It does this through a smart air intake, in contrast to rival systems which merely divert the airflow towards the driver when other vents are closed and consequently do not reduce overall energy consumption.    

A distinctive look and bespoke interior

A package of aerodynamic and styling changes distinguishes the Optima Sportswagon PHEV from its diesel-engined counterparts. Together, these make the PHEV more efficient at cutting through the air, thus saving precious energy, while ensuring that it is instantly recognisable as the most efficient car in the range. 

Chief among the aerodynamic improvements is an active air flap grille which automatically closes when engine cooling requirements are at their lowest, so that air passes more efficiently over and around the car. When activated, it lowers the drag coefficient (Cd) of the PHEV to 0.28, rather than the 0.29 of the diesel Optima Sporstwagon. Every small improvement in drag can have a significant effect on fuel consumption, especially at higher speeds. There are also uniquely profiled front and rear bumpers for the PHEV to reduce air turbulence. 

Distinguishing features of the PHEV are chrome enhancements with a metallic blue finish on the lower front air grille, the 'tiger-nose' main grille and the side sills. There are 'ECO plug-in' badges on the front wings, while the recharging port for the batteries is housed in the left front wing.

Inside the PHEV, the standard 8.0-inch touchscreen features additional menus to help the driver achieve the maximum all-electric driving range. It provides valuable information on the status of the batteries, the location of nearby charging stations, energy use based on driving style and the mileage which can be expected from the energy remaining in the batteries. 

Retuned suspension and larger brakes

To compensate for the additional weight imposed by the battery pack, the all-independent suspension of the Optima Sportswagon PHEV has been specially tuned, while the brakes have been enlarged compared with those on the diesel-engined version.  

The subframe-mounted suspension – featuring MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers all round – remains unchanged, but the springs, dampers and alignment have been retuned. The result is agile handling with a cosseting ride. For packaging reasons the Optima Sportswagon PHEV features Kia's column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (C-MDPS) rather than the rack-mounted (R-MDPS) system fitted to diesel versions.  

To ensure braking performance is at least on par with that of the diesel Sportswagon, the rear brake discs of the plug-in hybrid have been enlarged from 262mm to 300mm.   

Fully connected with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™

The Optima Sportswagon PHEV is available with a comprehensive suite of connectivity features, including Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. At the heart of it is the latest Kia audio-visual navigation (AVN) system, operated via an 8.0-inch touchscreen and featuring Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone connectivity with audio streaming. The navigation screen is linked to a rear parking camera. 

Exclusive to the PHEV is a series of menus which show the car's EV range at any time, nearby charging stations and energy usage based on driving style, as well as other information to help the driver use the electrical energy stored in the batteries in the most efficient way. 

The AVN system is linked to a DAB digital radio as part of a 490-watt harman/kardon eight-speaker Premium Sound system, which includes an external amplifier and sub-woofer plus Clari-Fi technology, which restores the sound usually lost when digital music files are heavily compressed. 

There are USB sockets in the front and rear, and a wireless smartphone charger is standard.   

The Sportswagon PHEV is fitted with the full Kia Connected Services package powered by TomTom. This provides live traffic updates, speed camera alerts and local point-of-interest and weather reports. It is provided free for seven years. 

Additionally, the PHEV is available with Android Auto™ for use with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, and Apple CarPlay™, which is compatible with iPhone 5 or newer. 

Android Auto™ connects the car to the user's smartphone and, via pre-downloaded apps, gives access to Google Maps navigation, Google Play music, hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition. Apple CarPlay™ enables full Siri voice control of the phone's apps and functions while linking the car to Apple Maps, calls and text dictation, music streaming and audiobooks.  

High-strength body and active safety technologies

The PHEV is built around the same, highly protective crash structure as diesel versions of the Optima saloon and Sportswagon, which earned a five-star rating in Euro NCAP impact tests. It provides exemplary passive and active safety thanks to its occupant restraint systems and advanced active driver assistance features. 

More than half of the body (51 per cent) is made of advanced high-strength steels, particularly to reinforce the A- and B-pillars, side sills, floor and front wheel arches. Six airbags are fitted as standard. 

Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management are standard. These automatically counter any loss of traction when cornering or setting off on surfaces with differing levels of grip from left to right. Hill-start Assist Control, which holds the car when setting off on inclines, is also standard. 

The Optima Sportswagon PHEV in the UK

The PHEV is an extensively equipped stand-alone model in the Optima Sportswagon range. Its comprehensive specification includes 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 215/55 R17 tyres, LED daytime running lights and headlights – the latter with automatic levelling, welcome and follow-me-home lighting, black cloth and faux leather seats with eight-way power adjustment and four-way power lumbar adjustment on the driver's side, an 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping, the eight-speaker harman/kardon Premium Sound system with Clari-Fi digital sound restoration technology, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera integrated into the navigation screen, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, steering wheel mounted controls, all-round electric windows, cruise control with a speed limiter, remote central locking, an electronic parking brake, a wireless phone charger and a 4.3-inch full-colour TFT (Thin Film Transistor) instrument cluster. 

Uniquely in the Sportswagon range, it has bespoke low-drag front and rear bumpers, an active air-flap grille, a blue tint to the headlights, blue chrome trim on the lower front air intake, upper grille and side sills and an exclusive navigation screen with a series of menus to help the driver achieve the highest possible range in EV mode. 

Market, warranty and after-care

In keeping with every Kia, the Optima Sportswagon PHEV comes with the company’s unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. The warranty is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached. 

It is available with Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages, offering retail customers fixed-cost, inflation-proof servicing for three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using Kia replacement parts and specified oils. These packages cover the car, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  

Technical details 

Model

Total combined Power (bhp)

Total combined torque (Nm)

0-60 mph (sec)

Max Speed (mph)

Fuel economy (combined)

CO2 (g/km)

2.0 GDi PHEV

202

375

9.4

119

201.8

33

 

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Sara Robinson                     Senior Press Officer
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Moyosola Fujamade              Press Officer (Press Fleet Executive)
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Chloe Farmer                            Press Office Assistant
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Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV Technical Specification

10 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
  All the facts and figures

2.0 GDi engine

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,999

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 81 x 97

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 154 @ 6,000

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 189 @ 5,000

 Compression ratio

 

 13.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Normally aspirated direct fuel injection;

 aluminium head and block with steel oil

 pan; dual CVVT on intake and exhaust sides

 

Battery and electric motor

 Battery type

 

 Lithium-ion polymer

 Voltage

 V

 360

 Energy storage

 kWh

 11.26

 Motor power output

 bhp (kW)

 67 (50) @ 2,330-3,300

 Torque output

 Nm

 205 @ 0-2,330

 Combined power (GDi + motor)

 bhp @ rpm

 202 @ 6,000

 Combined torque (GDi + motor)

 Nm @ rpm

 375 @ 2,300

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 6-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 4.639

 2.826

 1.841

 1.386

 1.000

 0.772

 3.385

 3.510

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas-filled dampers, anti-roll

 bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with double wishbones, coil springs, gas-filled

 dampers, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 300mm ventilated discs front; 300mm solid discs rear

 Steering

 Column-mounted Motor Driven Power Assisted; 2.78 turns

 lock-to-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 7.0 x 17J alloy

 Tyres

 215/55 R17

 Spare wheel

 Tyre mobility kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,805

 Length/width/height

 mm

 4,855/1,860/1,465 (1,470 with roof racks) 

 Boot volume VDA min/max

 litres

 440/1,574

 Kerb weight (min/max)

 kg

 1,815/1,880

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 10.9

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.28

 

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 9.4

 Maximum speed

 mph

 119

 Fuel consumption –

 Electric motor/combustion        engine/combined

 

 mpg

 

 0/54.3/201.8

 

 CO2

 

 

 g/km

 

 33

 

  

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Stephen Kitson                    Corporate Communications Director
skitson@kia.co.uk – 01932 832075 – 07795 011936 

Daniel Sayles                       Press Relations Manager
dsayles@kia.co.uk – 01932 832073 – 07747 149149 

Sara Robinson                     Senior Press Officer
srobinson@kia.co.uk – 01932 832072 – 07919 482332 

Moyosola Fujamade              Press Officer (Press Fleet Executive)
mfujamade@kia.co.uk – 01932 832069 – 07471 216343 

Chloe Farmer                        Press Office Assistant
cfarmer@kia.co.uk – 01932 832079 – 07795 011475

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GENERAL

Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV press pack

1 THE NEW KIA OPTIMA SPORTSWAGON PHEV                                       

Short story

  • Kia's fourth alternative-powertrain car in the UK and second PHEV
  • Up to 38 miles of all-electric range with CO2 emissions of just 33g/km
  • Fuel economy of more than 200mpg in the official combined test
  • All-electric or hybrid drive modes
  • Combined power output of 202bhp, with 375Nm of torque
  • Active aerodynamics lower Cd to 0.28
  • Connectivity features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay™
  • Up to 1,574 litres of cargo capacity with a 390kg payload 
 

Kia has expanded its range of alternative-powertrain models in the UK to four with the arrival of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the stylish and spacious Optima Sportswagon. It joins the Optima saloon PHEV, all-electric Soul EV and Niro dedicated hybrid crossover in helping to drive Kia towards its goal of a 25 per cent reduction in fleet average CO2 emissions by 2020, based on 2014 figures.

With a range of up to 38 miles in all-electric mode, the Optima Sportswagon PHEV 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 9 per cent benefit-in-kind taxation in 2017-18. 

The Optima Sportswagon PHEV combines a 154bhp 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine with a 50kW (67bhp) 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 PHEV's low CO2 emissions and potential fuel economy of up to 201.8mpg. These changes ensure the PHEV is instantly recognisable as the high-efficiency model in the Optima Sportswagon range while minimising any impact on its practicality.

The most significant aerodynamic change is an active air flap grille which lowers the car's drag co-efficient (Cd) to 0.28 when closed. The neat integration of the batteries in the boot floor, along with a 15-litre reduction in the size of the fuel tank compared with the diesel-engined Optima Sportswagon, means the PHEV is able to offer a generous 440 litres of luggage capacity with all seats upright, rising to 1,574 litres when the rear seats are lowered, while the payload is 390kg.

Naturally, such a technologically advanced addition to the Optima family is available with a comprehensive range of connectivity and advanced driver assistance features, including an 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation system with European mapping. Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom, a wireless mobile phone charger and an eight-speaker harman/kardon Premium Sound audio system linked to a digital radio are also standard. 

Hybrid sales in the UK and mainland Europe have doubled over the past five years and are expected to reach 700,000 a year by the end of the decade. The Optima Sportswagon PHEV, alongside its saloon counterpart, ensures Kia is perfectly positioned to take advantage of this growth. It is offered in the UK as an extensively equipped stand-alone model in the Optima Sportswagon line-up.  

A new phase in Kia's hybrid development

Hybrids are not new to Kia and indeed the Optima range, but until 2016 they had never previously been brought to the UK because diesels offered greater tax advantages in the all-important company car market. The Optima PHEV saloon and new PHEV Sportswagon, with their extensive all-electric driving range, low CO2 emissions and ultra-low company car tax rating, change this and are important additions to Kia's fleet line-up in the UK. 

The core feature of the hybrid system is the next-generation 11.26kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which produces significantly more energy than that in previous Optima hybrids. Meanwhile, the simplicity of the hybrid system allows compact packaging of the petrol engine, electric motor and automatic transmission on the front axle, with minimal energy transfer and conversion losses.

This results in excellent performance and range for a D-segment estate car: up to 38 miles of pure-electric driving at speeds as high as 75mph, a hybrid range of up to 695 miles and 0-60mph acceleration in 9.4 seconds in hybrid mode. The switch between electric and hybrid driving is seamless, while the electric motor's 205Nm of torque from standstill ensures rapid acceleration and instantaneous response to the throttle pedal.    

Intelligent fuel-saving and energy-harvesting technologies

The Optima Sportswagon PHEV is equipped with a number of technological innovations to help it use the power in its battery pack in the most efficient way and top up its batteries on the move. 

The car's sophisticated technologies include regenerative braking, a driving style guide, an ECO-DAS (ECOnomy Driver Assistance System) featuring a Drive Mode Select button so that drivers can personalise the powertrain's dynamics, and an HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Select switch. It also has an intelligent heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to save battery power. 

HEV Select gives access to two driving modes via a button in the centre console. In EV (charge depletion) mode the car runs as a purely electric vehicle when the energy stored in the batteries is adequate, and is able to regenerate electrical power on the move to recharge the batteries. The Optima Sportswagon PHEV has an all-electric driving range of up to 38 miles. HEV (sustaining) mode allows the powertrain to balance the use of motor and petrol engine for a seamless combination of electric and internal combustion power. In this mode, a greater proportion of propulsion comes from the petrol engine and the charge level of the batteries is constantly being topped up for later use. 

The Drive Mode Select gives the driver the choice of Eco and Normal settings to obtain maximum energy efficiency or greater performance. This switch is also located in the centre console. A driving style guide delivers information through the instrument panel about how efficiently the car is being driven so that drivers can adapt their driving style as necessary. 

Kia's regenerative braking system, now in third generation guise, allows the car to harvest kinetic energy – energy created by motion – to top up the batteries when coasting or braking. 

The advanced HVAC system has been adapted from that in the Soul EV, and permits only the driver's side of the car to be cooled when the other seats are unoccupied to minimise energy usage. It does this through a smart air intake, in contrast to rival systems which merely divert the airflow towards the driver when other vents are closed and consequently do not reduce overall energy consumption.    

A distinctive look and bespoke interior

A package of aerodynamic and styling changes distinguishes the Optima Sportswagon PHEV from its diesel-engined counterparts. Together, these make the PHEV more efficient at cutting through the air, thus saving precious energy, while ensuring that it is instantly recognisable as the most efficient car in the range. 

Chief among the aerodynamic improvements is an active air flap grille which automatically closes when engine cooling requirements are at their lowest, so that air passes more efficiently over and around the car. When activated, it lowers the drag coefficient (Cd) of the PHEV to 0.28, rather than the 0.29 of the diesel Optima Sporstwagon. Every small improvement in drag can have a significant effect on fuel consumption, especially at higher speeds. There are also uniquely profiled front and rear bumpers for the PHEV to reduce air turbulence. 

Distinguishing features of the PHEV are chrome enhancements with a metallic blue finish on the lower front air grille, the 'tiger-nose' main grille and the side sills. There are 'ECO plug-in' badges on the front wings, while the recharging port for the batteries is housed in the left front wing.

Inside the PHEV, the standard 8.0-inch touchscreen features additional menus to help the driver achieve the maximum all-electric driving range. It provides valuable information on the status of the batteries, the location of nearby charging stations, energy use based on driving style and the mileage which can be expected from the energy remaining in the batteries. 

Retuned suspension and larger brakes

To compensate for the additional weight imposed by the battery pack, the all-independent suspension of the Optima Sportswagon PHEV has been specially tuned, while the brakes have been enlarged compared with those on the diesel-engined version.  

The subframe-mounted suspension – featuring MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers all round – remains unchanged, but the springs, dampers and alignment have been retuned. The result is agile handling with a cosseting ride. For packaging reasons the Optima Sportswagon PHEV features Kia's column-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (C-MDPS) rather than the rack-mounted (R-MDPS) system fitted to diesel versions.  

To ensure braking performance is at least on par with that of the diesel Sportswagon, the rear brake discs of the plug-in hybrid have been enlarged from 262mm to 300mm.   

Fully connected with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™

The Optima Sportswagon PHEV is available with a comprehensive suite of connectivity features, including Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. At the heart of it is the latest Kia audio-visual navigation (AVN) system, operated via an 8.0-inch touchscreen and featuring Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone connectivity with audio streaming. The navigation screen is linked to a rear parking camera. 

Exclusive to the PHEV is a series of menus which show the car's EV range at any time, nearby charging stations and energy usage based on driving style, as well as other information to help the driver use the electrical energy stored in the batteries in the most efficient way. 

The AVN system is linked to a DAB digital radio as part of a 490-watt harman/kardon eight-speaker Premium Sound system, which includes an external amplifier and sub-woofer plus Clari-Fi technology, which restores the sound usually lost when digital music files are heavily compressed. 

There are USB sockets in the front and rear, and a wireless smartphone charger is standard.   

The Sportswagon PHEV is fitted with the full Kia Connected Services package powered by TomTom. This provides live traffic updates, speed camera alerts and local point-of-interest and weather reports. It is provided free for seven years. 

Additionally, the PHEV is available with Android Auto™ for use with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, and Apple CarPlay™, which is compatible with iPhone 5 or newer. 

Android Auto™ connects the car to the user's smartphone and, via pre-downloaded apps, gives access to Google Maps navigation, Google Play music, hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition. Apple CarPlay™ enables full Siri voice control of the phone's apps and functions while linking the car to Apple Maps, calls and text dictation, music streaming and audiobooks.  

High-strength body and active safety technologies

The PHEV is built around the same, highly protective crash structure as diesel versions of the Optima saloon and Sportswagon, which earned a five-star rating in Euro NCAP impact tests. It provides exemplary passive and active safety thanks to its occupant restraint systems and advanced active driver assistance features. 

More than half of the body (51 per cent) is made of advanced high-strength steels, particularly to reinforce the A- and B-pillars, side sills, floor and front wheel arches. Six airbags are fitted as standard. 

Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management are standard. These automatically counter any loss of traction when cornering or setting off on surfaces with differing levels of grip from left to right. Hill-start Assist Control, which holds the car when setting off on inclines, is also standard. 

The Optima Sportswagon PHEV in the UK

The PHEV is an extensively equipped stand-alone model in the Optima Sportswagon range. Its comprehensive specification includes 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 215/55 R17 tyres, LED daytime running lights and headlights – the latter with automatic levelling, welcome and follow-me-home lighting, black cloth and faux leather seats with eight-way power adjustment and four-way power lumbar adjustment on the driver's side, an 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping, the eight-speaker harman/kardon Premium Sound system with Clari-Fi digital sound restoration technology, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera integrated into the navigation screen, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, steering wheel mounted controls, all-round electric windows, cruise control with a speed limiter, remote central locking, an electronic parking brake, a wireless phone charger and a 4.3-inch full-colour TFT (Thin Film Transistor) instrument cluster. 

Uniquely in the Sportswagon range, it has bespoke low-drag front and rear bumpers, an active air-flap grille, a blue tint to the headlights, blue chrome trim on the lower front air intake, upper grille and side sills and an exclusive navigation screen with a series of menus to help the driver achieve the highest possible range in EV mode. 

Market, warranty and after-care

In keeping with every Kia, the Optima Sportswagon PHEV comes with the company’s unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. The warranty is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached. 

It is available with Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages, offering retail customers fixed-cost, inflation-proof servicing for three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using Kia replacement parts and specified oils. These packages cover the car, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  

Technical details 

Model

Total combined Power (bhp)

Total combined torque (Nm)

0-60 mph (sec)

Max Speed (mph)

Fuel economy (combined)

CO2 (g/km)

2.0 GDi PHEV

202

375

9.4

119

201.8

33

 

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV Technical Specification

10 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
  All the facts and figures

2.0 GDi engine

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,999

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 81 x 97

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 154 @ 6,000

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 189 @ 5,000

 Compression ratio

 

 13.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Normally aspirated direct fuel injection;

 aluminium head and block with steel oil

 pan; dual CVVT on intake and exhaust sides

 

Battery and electric motor

 Battery type

 

 Lithium-ion polymer

 Voltage

 V

 360

 Energy storage

 kWh

 11.26

 Motor power output

 bhp (kW)

 67 (50) @ 2,330-3,300

 Torque output

 Nm

 205 @ 0-2,330

 Combined power (GDi + motor)

 bhp @ rpm

 202 @ 6,000

 Combined torque (GDi + motor)

 Nm @ rpm

 375 @ 2,300

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 6-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 4.639

 2.826

 1.841

 1.386

 1.000

 0.772

 3.385

 3.510

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas-filled dampers, anti-roll

 bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with double wishbones, coil springs, gas-filled

 dampers, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 300mm ventilated discs front; 300mm solid discs rear

 Steering

 Column-mounted Motor Driven Power Assisted; 2.78 turns

 lock-to-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 7.0 x 17J alloy

 Tyres

 215/55 R17

 Spare wheel

 Tyre mobility kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,805

 Length/width/height

 mm

 4,855/1,860/1,465 (1,470 with roof racks) 

 Boot volume VDA min/max

 litres

 440/1,574

 Kerb weight (min/max)

 kg

 1,815/1,880

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 10.9

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.28

 

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 9.4

 Maximum speed

 mph

 119

 Fuel consumption –

 Electric motor/combustion        engine/combined

 

 mpg

 

 0/54.3/201.8

 

 CO2

 

 

 g/km

 

 33

 

  

For further information on Kia please visit www.kiapressoffice.com or contact: 

Stephen Kitson                    Corporate Communications Director
skitson@kia.co.uk – 01932 832075 – 07795 011936 

Daniel Sayles                       Press Relations Manager
dsayles@kia.co.uk – 01932 832073 – 07747 149149 

Sara Robinson                     Senior Press Officer
srobinson@kia.co.uk – 01932 832072 – 07919 482332 

Moyosola Fujamade              Press Officer (Press Fleet Executive)
mfujamade@kia.co.uk – 01932 832069 – 07471 216343 

Chloe Farmer                        Press Office Assistant
cfarmer@kia.co.uk – 01932 832079 – 07795 011475

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