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)
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)
Regular unleaded (87 Octane or higher)
Centrifugal Type, electric water pump
Emission Control System
Fuel tank capacity (gal.)
66 hp (50 kW) @ 2,330 - 3,300 rpm
151.2 lb.-ft. (205 Nm) @ 0 - 2,330 rpm
SYSTEM PERFORMANCE COMBINED POWER
202 hp @ 6,000 rpm
276 lb.-ft. @ 2,330 rpm
Lithium-Ion polymer battery
Battery Voltage (V)
Battery Power Output
Battery Energy (kWh)
Battery Weight (lbs.)
Battery Capacity (Ah)
6-speed electronic automatic
Wet type laminated clutch
Front engine, front drive
Zero to 60 mph
Zero to 100 mph
16.2 sec @ 89 mph
ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY
Automatic transmission, Combined (mpg)
40 MPG combined
All-Electric Range (AER) (est.)
0 to 29 miles
Total Driving Range
Max Cargo Capacity
9.9 cu. ft.
TRIM LEVELS AND PRICING
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