As a carryover model combining the previous year’s Hybrid Premium and HEV EX trims, the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid offers convenient standard features and minor exterior changes. The enhanced HEV blends modern styling and a premium driving experience with an even more intense focus on efficiency and is being introduced under the Kia Motors EcoDynamics environmentally friendly sub-brand.
Targeting a 10 percent increase in fuel economy, the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid powered by an efficient and compact 2.0-liter GDI four cylinder – estimated at 154 horsepower – coupled with a hybrid starter generator and tied to an upgraded, smooth-shifting six-speed transmission. A 38 kW electric motor and clutch provide strong off-the-line acceleration and power assistance to the engine when necessary. Energy flow is fast and seamless between EV mode and hybrid mode. Total combined output for the Optima Hybrid is estimated at a robust 193 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Also adding to the equation is an electric water pump and electric oil pump, which help improve overall fuel economy.
Giving life to the electric motor is a more compact, lightweight, high-density lithium-polymer battery pack with a 13-percent increase in capacity to 1.76 kWh. With improved packaging, this more potent energy source now fits neatly underneath the trunk floor without encroaching into cargo space. The revised battery configuration results in a larger, more practical load area and allows the integration of 60/40 split-folding rear seats.
An Eco-DAS (Driver Assistance System) features Kia Coasting Guide. This feature aims at maximizing fuel economy by essentially coaching the driver on when to coast and brake via an icon in the Instrument Panel that blinks for four-seconds and sounds a one-time audible alert.
2.0-liter 4 cylinder, DOHC CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing)
Bore x stroke (mm)
81.0 x 97.0
154 hp (156 PS, 115 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
140 lb.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm
DOHC CVVT, four valves/cylinder
Fuel Injection System
GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection)
Unleaded Gasoline (Regular 87 or higher)
Centrifugal Type, electric water pump
Emission Control System
Fuel tank capacity (gal.)
Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
50 hp (38kW) @ 1,770 - 2,000 rpm
151.2 lb.-ft. (205 Nm) @ 0 - 1,770 rpm
SYSTEM PERFORMANCE COMBINED
192 hp @ 6,000 rpm
271 lb.-ft. @ 1,770 rpm
Lithium-Ion polymer battery
Battery Voltage (V)
Battery Power Output
Battery Energy (kWh)
Battery Capacity (Ah)
Battery Weight (lbs.)
6-speed electronic automatic with manual shifting mode
Front engine, front drive
Transmission oil capacity (liters)
Wet type laminated clutch
Zero to 60 mph
Zero to 100 mph
16.1 sec @ 88 mph
EPA-est Fuel Economy (MPG)
39 city/45 highway/41 combined
The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid passenger compartment is larger and more comfortable with an innovative and functional cabin that is well-appointed with class-up touches. Drawing inspiration from Kia’s premium sedans, the Optima Hybrid features its own model-specific instrument panel gauges and utilizes more soft-touch materials throughout. Obsessively crafted with an impressive attention to detail, the interior features real stitching along the dash and doors.
Overall, the driver-oriented cabin has been simplified with a cleaner, more unified design than the previous generation. A stronger horizontal plane and a wider center console help create a greater sense of space. The interior design team also paid particular attention to seat comfort with a stiffer seat frame that reduces vibration, as well as greater use of soft foam in the headrest and upper back, and denser, more supportive foam in thigh-support areas. For extra convenience, heated and ventilated front seats are available with power adjustable driver and front passenger seats. The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid also offers a height-adjustable front passenger seat, a feature normally found only in premium vehicles.
Max Cargo Capacity
13.42 cu. ft.
TRIM LEVELS AND PRICING
The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid is a five-passenger midsize sedan available in one trim level. Standard equipment 16-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, power-folding mirrors, leather seating includes a 10-way adjustable driver's seat, a six-way adjustable passenger seat and heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and rear-seat air vents are standard, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 7-inch touchscreen, keyless entry and push-button ignition. The Optima's standard suite of driver aids include a reverse assistance, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and lane keeping assist.
The Technology package adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a 10-way power-adjustable passenger seat, adaptive LED headlights and laminated front door windows to reduce road noise for a quieter cabin. There are also a panoramic sunroof and auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 10-speaker, 630-watt Harman Kardon stereo system, an 8-inch touchscreen, a heated steering wheel, LED interior lights, ventilated front seats, forward collision warning and assist, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
MSRP for all 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid is as follow:
Optima Hybrid EX
Aurora Black Pearl Paint
Snow White Pearl Paint
*Exclude destination charge: $925.00