Kia optima sw plug-in hybrid driving report

The new 0.5% tax regulation makes models like the Kia Optima SW Plug-in Hybrid much more attractive again. And last but not least, the Korean is already worth a look due to its moderate price. We took a closer look at the model in the long-term test and report the positive and negative impressions.

The unbeatably good price with full standard equipment

First and foremost is the price. At 42,190 euros (sedan: 40,740 euros), getting started is quick. You don’t necessarily have to rely on more. More than just the essentials are already included in the base. To name just a few things that would otherwise cost a surcharge with the competition: Harman / Kardon sound system, 8 inch navigation, LED headlights, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, front seat heating, rear view camera and the obligatory “brick” for charging on the domestic socket.

The hybrid system of the Kia Optima SW Plug-in Hybrid

Incidentally, this takes exactly seven hours at 10 amps. It could be a little faster for the sedan because the high-voltage battery is smaller there. With the 11.3 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, however, you can travel 58 kilometers in urban areas. The limitation is that as a driver, you have no choice. The software does not allow you to hold the battery level or charge the battery. The hybrid system regulates everything independently. On the one hand, this takes the load off the driver and makes it easier for “newbies” to get on board. On the other hand, you cannot save the battery for future zero-emission cities.

Low consumption in the everyday test

In the hybrid mix, the Optima SW Plug-in Hybrid moves 2.2 to 4.2 l / 100km, with a fully charged battery the combustion engine has to step in significantly less often. The consumption is then 0.8 to 1.2 l / 100km. Should the battery be empty you can still move it like a full hybrid with 5.6 l / 100km. To keep the Optima with a plug, ideally a garage with a socket or at least a charging facility not far from your home is recommended. Because here, too, the Kia is very clever: a type 2 charging cable for public charging stations can optionally be ordered, as well as a trailer hitch. This allows trailers weighing 1,500 kg to be pulled. A rare feature in plug-in hybrids. More about this in our video driving report.

Video driving report Kia Optima SW Plug-in Hybrid

Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner