2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review
Pros & Cons
- Roomy interior and quiet cabin
- Feature-packed and easy-to-use infotainment interface
- Just 10 cubic feet of cargo space, less than hatchback competitors
- Sloping roofline reduces rear headroom and visibility
List Price Estimate
$22,550 - $25,691
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Which Optima Plug-In Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?
There's only one trim level available for the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid. Other than color, the only decision to make is whether you want the slightly pricey Technology package. You certainly don't need it, but it'll be worth getting if you want extra features such as a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats and more advanced driver assistance features.
Edmunds' Expert Review
We haven't yet driven the Optima Plug-In Hybrid. But the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In accelerates to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, average for a hybrid sedan, so expect a similar time. We prefer the six-speed automatic transmission's shift feel over the CVT automatics more common to hybrids from other automakers.
Both the regular Optima sedan and the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid deliver a smooth ride on all manner of pavement, and the cabin is quiet at highway speeds. We're not as thrilled with the seats, though.
The Optima's interior, regardless of model or trim, isn't especially exciting visually. That said, it serves its function well. The generous number of features makes you feel as if you're getting a lot more for your money.
The Optima Plug-In Hybrid's trunk is smaller than the regular hybrid's due to a larger battery pack. At just 9.9 cubic feet of cargo room, it's a bit limited. The Toyota Prius Prime's hatchback design, for example, offers far more versatility.
The 8-inch touchscreen has crisp graphics and an intuitive menu. A unique gauge cluster displaying various hybrid functions is one of the few indicators that you're driving a gas-electric car. A navigation system comes standard, as does a premium Harman Kardon sound system.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Optima Plug-In Hybrid models:
- Lane Departure Warning System
- Monitors the vehicle position within your lane and warns if you deviate, or begin to deviate, from it.
- Blind-Spot Detection
- Warns you of vehicles that might be in your blind spots with audio and visual signals, including side mirror indicators.
- Forward Collision Warning
- Warns of a potential collision with the car in front of you. Bundled with autonomous emergency braking.