2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review


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2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review - The 2019 Kia Optima PHEV includes plug-in capability and EV-only operation to the Optima crossbreed's currently all-around characteristics and reasonable personality. That said, its familiar form does get a couple of touches shown to the Optima hybrid that are targeted at minimizing drag: a slightly upgraded, model-specific front fascia with active grille shutters that close at speed, an improved rear bumper with a diffuser that shrouds the exhaust suggestion, and a more aerodynamic wheel layout.

2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review


Things take a similar tack beneath the skin, the Optima PHEV sharing its 154-hp, direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four and six-speed transmission with the conventional crossbreed. To maximize the effectiveness of the fuel engine in this application, nonetheless, Kia switched in a high-voltage electric oil pump to change both (one mechanical pump and also one low-voltage electrically owned pump) devices used in the hybrid. Cooling for the plug-in's transmission is by means of a liquid-to-air heat exchanger.


2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review
A transmission-integrated 67-hp electric motor/generator and also a 9.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is capable of producing 68 kilowatts (91 horsepower), has even more zap compared to the 51-hp electric motor as well as 56-kW battery combo of the regular Optima crossbreed. In regards to combined output, this suggests 202 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque for the plug-in versus 192 and also 271 in the crossbreed. If these numbers leave you with a case of spec-sheet remembrance, it's most likely because the entire configuration is already being used in the 2019 Hyundai Sonata PHEV.

We value exactly how deftly the crossbreed powertrain iron out the details of meshing interior burning with an Air Conditioner electric motor. Part of this credit report goes to Kia's choice to utilize a six-speed automatic transmission teamed with the electrical motor replacing a conventional torque converter. Although this configuration goes against the prevailing market practice of utilizing a two-motor CVT (or power-split transaxle) for hybrid powertrains, the six-speed gives a welcome feeling of experience to the hybrid driving experience by downshifting perceptibly under heavy velocity.

2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review


At the examination track, the PHEV performed basically identically to the Optima hybrid. An 8.0-second zero-to-60-mph run and a 16.2-second quarter-mile time put it simply 0.1 second behind its plugless-- and also lighter-- crossbreed sibling. The plug-in version also registered 0.80 g of hold on the skidpad and also took 185 feet to get to a stop from 70 miles per hour, neither of which have us proclaiming its vibrant merits, yet the 215/55R -17 Kumho Solus TA31 Eco tires at the very least provide lots of advising using understeer prior to press pertains to trash. Couple of information of what's taking place at the roadway surface traveling upstream with the synthetic-feeling guiding, however actions to inputs at least are straight. Special reference mosts likely to an enhanced regenerative-braking system that reaps a 10 percent gain in energy healing by refining the partnership between the crossbreed control device and also the brake actuation. Although this might seem like a dish for dull and schizophrenic brake-pedal feel, it manages to work reasonably transparently.
2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review

According to Kia, the Optima PHEV is 250 extra pounds larger compared to the hybrid. Our scales exposed that the PHEV evaluates 3892 pounds, or 252 greater than the 3640-pound Optima hybrid. Kia's claimed weight of 3788 pounds for the PHEV might have been a little hopeful, however the firm nailed the distinction between both. The Optima PHEV's case of a 29-mile electric-only range (suggested for metropolitan driving as well as with the ability of quicken to 75 miles per hour) proved stone's throw off from our real-world screening, which produced 27.1 miles of EV-only procedure prior to the battery surrendered.

In addition to choosing either Hybrid or EV-only modes, vehicle drivers could pick Charging mode, which enhances the quantity of juice fed to the batteries at higher rates. This fills up the battery as long as possible, saving electrons for when EV-only setting could be preferred for the last couple of miles of a trip. Other energy-saving procedures consist of Kia's Coasting Guide, which utilizes a blinking icon in the dashboard and a single audible alert to prompt the motorist when to raise and when to brake for maximum effectiveness. There's a driver-only HVAC setup that closes down air flow and also seat heating to all areas of the vehicle with the exception of the motorist. Both job as promoted, but the warm, humid weather condition we experienced throughout screening made the last virtually unusable.

2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review

Unlike the typical hybrid, which is available in a base variation in addition to EX trim, the PHEV is offered solely as an Ex Lover (EX-SPOUSE lives between LX and also SX in the Optima pecking order). With a base price of $36,105, the plug-in hybrid calls for a not insubstantial $9215 costs over the $26,890 request the base Optima hybrid as well as $4220 greater than the $31,885 hybrid EX-SPOUSE. (Since this writing, nevertheless, the Optima PHEV was still qualified for a $4919 federal tax obligation credit score, which brings its price right in accordance with that of the hybrid EX; additional state rewards could be readily available.).
2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review

Besides the abovementioned powertrain upgrades as well as exterior streamlining, the PHEV also has an instrument-cluster display describing powertrain operations and power usage, plus an enriched set of UVO infotainment functions-- and also the plug-in ability. Attaching one end of the cable to the solitary port in the Optima's left-front fender as well as the various other to a basic 120-volt household electrical outlet completely bills the battery cram in less than 9 hours; hooking up to a 240-volt (Level 2) source cuts that time to less than 3.

As for the UVO telematics, along with the requisite Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay, the PHEV adds LTE wireless connectivity that connects straight with the auto through the UVO smartphone app to perform remote functions including start/stop, preconditioning of the cabin temperature, and lock/unlock. Likewise included in the application are Kia's My Auto Zone functions, consisting of time limit, rate signals, and also geofencing capacities, which should certainly help helicopter moms and dads keep tabs on their offspring. A charging-station locator as well as the ability to inspect your lorry's cost standing and also routine charging sessions are given also.

Those wanting to enjoy the regular mod cons will want the $5250 Technology bundle, which contains a scenic sunroof, a gloss-black B-pillar, a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, ventilated front seats, warmed outboard back seats, rear-window sunshades, LED reading lights, forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, LED fronts lights, automatic high-beams, back auto parking sensors, blind-spot caution, back cross-traffic alert, lane-departure caution, as well as adaptive cruise ship control. That was the single choice on our examination vehicle, and also it brought the as-tested price to $41,355.

2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review

The most appropriate number for the plug-in are its fuel-economy numbers, nonetheless. EPA-rated at a consolidated 40 mpg, our Optima hybrid returned 40 MPGe overall with the help of some electrons as well as 44 MPGe in our 75-mph highway test. Those are decent numbers, but we would certainly be remiss if we really did not discuss that a plugless 2018 Camry hybrid matched them. As previously specified, we did procure 27 miles of traveling in EV-only setting, which could considerably cut gasoline use for vehicle drivers with short commutes and/or billing centers at their area of employment. However, that battery array fades in comparison to the 53-mile battery-only number we tape-recorded in the smaller sized but in a similar way valued 2019 Chevrolet Volt, let alone the 238-mile marathon we drew out from the batteries of the much smaller Chevy Screw EV.

However, for people who reside in particular traffic-heavy city areas and are still skeptical of making the leap to a full EV such as the Screw, that billing port in the Optima's fender may eventually reap advantages that much outreach any monetary debates or environmental selflessness, genuine or perceived. Nevertheless, it gives them lawful access to HOV lanes so they could leave behind much of the rush-hour gridlock. See Also: 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review

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