Kia has added a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the stylish and spacious Optima Sportswagon to its growing fleet of alternative-powertrain models.
It will be sold as a single, highly specified stand-alone model priced at £32,645 after the Government’s plug-in car grant of £2,500.
According to Kia, the Sportswagon PHEV can cover 38 miles (61 km) in all-electric mode.
As with the Optima saloon PHEV, the Sportswagon PHEV combines a 154bhp 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine with a 50kW (67bhp) electric motor. When working together, the combustion engine and electric motor generate 202bhp and 375Nm of torque.
The Optima SW PHEV joins the Optima saloon PHEV, the all-electric Soul EV, the Niro hybrid crossover and Niro PHEV, all of which are meant to help Kia achieve a 25% reduction in fleet average CO2 emissions by the year 2020.