£32,645 PHEV Version Joins Kia’s Optima Sportswagon Range In UK

Kia’s growing fleet of alternative powertrain models is gaining a new recruit in the UK, in the shape of the Optima Sportswagon PHEV.

The Optima SW PHEV joins the Optima saloon PHEV, the all-electric Soul EV, the Niro hybrid crossover and Niro PHEV, all of which are meant to help Kia achieve a 25% reduction in fleet average CO2 emissions by the year 2020.

Priced at £32,645 after the Government’s plug-in car grant of £2,500, the Optima SW PHEV boasts a longer all-electric range, lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy compared to the plug-in hybrid saloon. This is all thanks to its increased storage capacity of 11.26kWh.

According to Kia, the Sportswagon PHEV can cover 38 miles (61 km) in all-electric mode (saloon 33 miles / 53 km), with a CO2 figure of just 33g/km. As for combined fuel economy, Kia points to the SW PHEV averaging 201.8 mpg (1.4l/100km), a slight improvement over the saloon’s 176.6 mpg (1.6l/100km).

Powering the Optima SW PHEV is a 154 HP (156 PS) 2.0-liter petrol engine, combined with a 50 kW (67 HP / 68 PS) electric motor. In total, that makes for 202 horses, together with 375 Nm (276 lb-ft) of torque.

UK buyers will enjoy the Optima SW PHEV’s comprehensive standard specification, which includes 17″ alloys, LED daytime running lights and headlights (with automatic leveling), welcome and follow-me-home lighting, black cloth and faux leather seats with 8-way power adjustment (4-way power lumbar adjustment on the driver’s side), front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, dual-zone air conditioning, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shifter, cruise control with speed limiter, electronic parking brake and a 4.3″ color TFT instrument cluster.

Other standard features include the Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, as well as Hill-start Assist control.

While introducing the Optima Sportswagon PHEV to the UK public, Kia is also adjusting its color options for the entire Optima range. Now, Aluminum Silver is replacing Midnight Black as the standard color for both saloon and SW PHEV models, with Midnight Black becoming a £545 option. Both PHEVs are also available in White Pearl and Gravity Blue, while Temptation Red is offered only on the Sportswagon PHEV.

Buying into the Optima SW range means spending upwards of £22,455 on the 1.7 CRDi 2 version, while the 1.7 CRDi 3, CRDi 3 7-DCT and CRDi GT-Line S 7-DCT cost £24,655, £26,055 and £30,755 respectively.

PHOTO GALLERY

  • LOOKS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE OPEL/VAUXHALL/BUICK’S WAGON.

    • bd

      More like the other way around – this came out first,

  • Deckard_Cain

    Doesn’t seem to have lost boot space. Nice!

  • pcurve

    3 series touring starts 5,000 pounds cheaper. You can get a nicely optioned one for less than this. I like Optima, but why would anyone buy it at that price?

  • Michael Rudler

    Bring this to the US!

All-New Opel Corsa PHEV Unveiled With 330 Km Electric Range

The Opel Corsa-e is powered by a 134 HP plug-in hybrid unit, working alongside a 50 kWh battery.

Special Toyota Supra Matte Storm Gray Limited To 24 Units In Japan

Toyota will allocate the special 24 Supras through a lottery to be drawn during the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

Skoda Citigo-e iV Debuts As Brand’s First EV With 265-Km Range

The Skoda Citigo-e iV features a bigger 36.8‑kWh battery pack than the VW e-Up sister car.

2020 Skoda Superb iV Is A Plug-In Hybrid With 55 Km Of Electric Range

Skoda’s first-ever plug-in hybrid will go on sale across Europe in the beginning of next year.

Restyled Skoda Superb Breaks Cover With Fresh New Tech

The Skoda Superb facelift now features intelligent full LED Matrix headlights and redesigned fog lights.

2020 Skoda Superb, Electric Citigo: Watch The Live Unveiling Of Both Cars Here

Skoda’s facelifted Superb is getting PHEV and Scout derivatives, while the Citigo an electric powertrain.

Rare 1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Prototype Selling For £530k

This ultra-rare 1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato prototype features a coach-built body.

Bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII Is An Homage To Air Travel

Rolls-Royce will unveil its latest Collection Car, the Wraith Eagle VIII on the shores of Lake Como.

Opel CEO Talks Company Turnaround And Road To Profitability

Opel boss Michael Lohscheller has been hard at work trying to turn things around for the German carmaker.

Renault Arkana Production Version Unveiled As Russia-Only Affair

Renault’s new crossover coupe takes after the BMW X4 and Merc GLC Coupe, albeit in a much more affordable form.