An interesting, and somewhat rare review of the new Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid has been filed by Car Keys UK.

Overall, the Korean plug-in is considered a good choice for all those intending to cover distances within its all-electric range; especially considering its reasonable pricing.

In Europe, the Optima plug-in is rated for 54 km/33 miles of all-electric range, but in reality, around a 47 km/29 mile range (as tested via the US/EPA metric) is a more realistic number.

The Kia Optima PHV is a sister-vehicle to the Hyundai Sonata PHV, with the Kia arriving in the US in the next few weeks (reportedly) after missing its December's arrival date.

Says Car Keys UK:

"Kia has been spreading its wings in the UK market significantly in the last five years or so, and hybrid power is one of its latest endeavours.

First with its Niro SUV and now with its already established Optima saloon, Kia aims to tackle German rivals like Volkswagen and hybrid kingpins like Lexus.

But Kia is a newcomer to the UK hybrid market – has it got what it takes?

In this review, we take an in-depth look at the interior of the Kia Optima Plug In Hybrid including its boot size, dashboard and back seats. We then run through performance, price and finish up with the all-important verdict - is the Kia Optima Plug In Hybrid a good car?"

Inside the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

Inside the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

Quick specs:

  • 9.8 kWh battery and 27 miles expected EPA range (54 km / 33 miles NEDC)
  • 0-60 mph in 9.1 seconds
  • 50 kW electric motor and 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, power output is targeted for a class-leading 154 hp @ 6,000 rpm
  • estimated 600 miles of total driving range
  • Full charge in less-than 3 hours via a 240V (Level 2) charger
  • segment’s lowest coefficient of drag, tied with the Tesla Model S at 0.25 Cd