2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Specs, Release Dates, Prices

Entering the 2019 model year as a carryover model with minor packaging enhancements, the 2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid continues to offer standout styling and a host of convenience features. The Optima Plug-in Hybrid is crafted with many of the same luxurious appointments of its gas-powered sibling, along with numerous Hybrid-exclusive touches, including a distinctive instrument cluster and unique exterior design elements and specially designed alloy wheels. A host of new technologies and features in the Kia Optima PHEV, including a more powerful hybrid engine, a smarter and more robust telematics system, exterior design enhancements, and greater interior refinement, all combine to deliver a superior hybrid drive experience.


The 2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid was engineered with a dual focus on efficiency and driving dynamics. Utilizing Kia’s highly efficient 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, power output is 154 hp @ 6,000 rpm. Electric power is produced by a transmission-mounted 50 kW motor, which is 42 percent more powerful than in the previous Optima Hybrid to allow for greater all-electric capability. This hybrid system provides a fast and seamless transition from EV to gasoline to hybrid modes, as well as more refined shift quality. Overall engine efficiency is also improved by the introduction of a High Voltage Electric Oil Pump. These engineering enhancements yield an expected engine efficiency improvement of more than 20 percent.

With an estimated 610 miles of total driving range, the 2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid next-generation battery system features a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which produces roughly 60 percent more energy output than the battery pack found in the Optima hybrid system, and is estimated to achieve 0 to 29 miles in full EV mode. To increase available cargo capacity in the trunk, the new battery pack is hidden behind the rear seat and tire well, giving the 2019 Optima PHEV one of the largest cargo areas among all midsize PHEVs. Additional power to the battery system is generated from the vehicle’s improved Regenerative Braking System, which maximizes regenerative torque through refined cooperative control between the hybrid control unit and the brake actuation unit, resulting in a 10 percent increase in regenerative energy. The Optima PHEV is equipped with a single charging port conveniently located in the driver’s side front fender. A full charge can be achieved in less-than three hours via a 240V (Level 2) charger, and less-than nine hours via a 120V (Level 1) charger.

The 2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid provides its driver with options to reserve electric range via a plug-in hybrid mode select system. Exclusive to the PHEV variant of the Optima, the system includes an all-Electric Mode (EV), which is suitable for short-range city driving, Hybrid Mode (HEV) for highway driving, and Charging Mode, which increases energy direction to the battery while driving at higher speeds. The energy produced while in Charging Mode can then be utilized in EV mode, extending the convenience of full electric power without stopping to charge.

An Eco-DAS3 (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.



2.0L PHEV I-4, Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)

Displacement (cc)

1,999 cc

Bore x stroke (mm)

81.0 x 97.0

Compression Ratio


Horsepower SULEV

154 hp (156 PS, 115 kW) @ 6,000 rpm

Torque SULEV

140 lb.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm





Valve System

DOHC CVVT, four valves/cylinder

Fuel Injection System

GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection)

Fuel Requirement

Regular unleaded (87 Octane or higher)

Cooling System

Centrifugal Type, electric water pump

Emission Control System


Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

14.53 gallons



66 hp (50 kW) @ 2,330 - 3,300 rpm


151.2 lb.-ft. (205 Nm) @ 0 - 2,330 rpm



202 hp @ 6,000 rpm


276 lb.-ft. @ 2,330 rpm


Battery Type

Lithium-Ion polymer battery

Battery Voltage (V)


Battery Power Output


Battery Energy (kWh)


Battery Weight (lbs.)

288.1 lbs.

Battery Capacity (Ah)

27.2 Ah


Transmission Type

6-speed electronic automatic

Clutch type

Wet type laminated clutch


Front engine, front drive


Max. Speed

123 mph

Zero to 60 mph

8.0 sec

Zero to 100 mph

21.2 sec

Standing ¼-mile

16.2 sec @ 89 mph


Automatic transmission, Combined (mpg)

40 MPG combined

All-Electric Range (AER) (est.)

0 to 29 miles

MPGe (est.)

103 MPGe

Total Driving Range

610 miles



Overall Length:

191.1 in.

Overall Width:

73.2 in.

Overall Height:

57.5 in.


110.4 in.

Max Cargo Capacity

9.9 cu. ft.

Curb Weight

3,788 lbs.


The 2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is available in a single EX trim level. Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. Tech features include a navigation system, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connections, Kia Uvo services, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with satellite radio, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors.

The optional Technology package adds adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and a host of collision avoidance technologies, such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning.

MSRP for all 2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is as follow:



Optima PHEV EX


Aurora Black Pearl Paint


EX Technology Package


Snow White Pearl Paint


 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ *Exclude destination charge: $925.00

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