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Kia Optima PHEV
The All-New Optima PHEV plug-in hybrid takes everything that’s great about the executive Optima saloon, and adds the benefit of Kia’s most powerful hybrid system to date. The result is a car that defies conventional thinking.
The Optima PHEV’s electric powertrain works in parallel with a 2.0 GDi direct-injection petrol engine. The electric powertrain in the Optima PHEV is Kia’s most powerful to date with a 50kW electric motor and a large-capacity 9.8kWh battery. This means that the Optima PHEV can drive on pure electric power for even longer – up to 33 miles, at speeds up to 75mph. As a result, overall fuel economy is raised to an astonishing 176.6mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 37g/km. Alternatively, the combination of petrol power and instantly available electric torque gives you access to 202bhp and 375Nm if you want a more engaging drive.
The Optima PHEV comes equipped with plenty of in-car technology as standard. The 8” touchscreen gives you access to satellite navigation with full European mapping, Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom®, a wireless phone charger, a 270o Around View Monitor with rear parking camera and front and rear sensors, and a 10-speaker harmon/kardon Premium sound system, featuring Clari-Fi technology that improves digital audio quality. Bluetooth® and USB connectivity offer music streaming and hands-free calls, while Android Auto and Apple CarPlay add app functionality.
Thanks to its fuel economy of 176.6mpg, CO2 emissions of just 37g/km and the ability to complete many of regular urban journeys with low tailpipe emissions, the Optima PHEV is eligible for the Government’s £2,500 Plug-in Car Grant and just 9% Benefit-in-Kind taxation.
When it comes down to it, the addition of Kia’s most powerful hybrid technology to date to the classic Optima formula might be the best argument for switching to hybrid driving yet.
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