Added: 08 September 2017

A harmonious blend ofpetrol and electric power

As drivers show increased interestlow-emissions cars, Kia has added a plug-in hybrid version of its OptimaSportswagon estate car, and it's on sale now.

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

The Optima SportswagonPHEV joins the Optima saloon PHEV, all-electric Soul EV, Niro dedicated hybridcrossover and Niro PHEV in helping to drive Kia towards its goal of a 25 percent reduction in fleet average CO2 emissions by 2020, based on 2014figures.

Thanks to increasedstorage capacity in its lithium-ion polymer batteries, the Optima SportswagonPHEV has a longer all-electric range, lower CO2 emissions and better fueleconomy than the plug-in hybrid saloon. The increased storage capacity of11.26kWh (saloon 9.8kWh) takes into account that the Sportswagon is likely tocarry heavier loads than the saloon.

The Sportswagon PHEV cantravel up to 38 miles in all-electric mode (saloon 33 miles).

In keeping with everyKia, the Optima Sportswagon PHEV comes with the company’s unique-in-the-UKseven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tearconditions. The warranty is fully transferable should the car be sold beforethe time or mileage limits have been reached. 

It is available withKia’s Care-3 &Care-3 Plus servicing packages, offering retail customersfixed-cost, inflation-proof servicing for three or five years. All work iscarried out by trained technicians using Kia replacement parts and specifiedoils. These packages cover the car, so are transferable should the vehicle besold.

To coincide with the arrival of the Sportswagon PHEV Kia has adjusted itscolour options for the entire Optima range. The standard colour for both thesaloon and Sportswagon PHEVs is now Aluminium Silver, replacing Midnight Black,which becomes a £545 option. Both PHEVs are also available in White Pearl andGravity Blue, while an additional colour – Temptation Red – is offered on theSportswagon PHEV.

The new standard colourfor diesel versions of the Optima and Optima Sportswagon is Pluto Brown, whileoptions, depending on model, are Midnight Black, Satin Silver, White Pearl,Gravity Blue and Temptation Red. All optional paints are charged at £545.