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2018 Optima PHEV

MADE FOR Paving the way

Greener future, now with a side of envy.

  • Made for Keeping Cool

    2018 Kia Optima PHEV - Active Grille Air-Flap

    Active Grille Air-Flap

    With an active grille that features an air-flap that automatically opens and closes at high and low speeds, the Optima Plug-In Hybrid naturally cools its engine bay, while becoming more aerodynamic.

  • Made for Showing off

    2018 Kia Optima PHEV - Design Overview

    Design Overview

    Built from the bold styling and aerodynamic design of the Optima, the 2018 Optima Plug-In Hybrid efficiently makes the most of every kilometre. Even the standard 17” alloy wheels have been specially designed to add to its modern aesthetic and aerodynamics.

  • Made for Every Angle

    2018 Kia Optima PHEV - Dynamic Mirrors

    Dynamic Mirrors

    The dynamic power sideview mirrors of the Optima Plug-In Hybrid fold and heat with ease. They also boast integrated signal repeaters; a reflection of our commitment to every detail.

  • Made for Lighting the way

    2018 Kia Optima PHEV - Vibrant Lighting

    Vibrant Lighting

    With standard LED light bar taillights, LED daytime running lights, and dynamic headlight levelling system, the lighting in the Optima Plug-In Hybrid is as vibrant as it is sleek.

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  • How Optima Hybrid Technology Works

    By combining improved aerodynamic performance and intelligent hybrid technology, the 2018 Optima Plug-in Hybrid further reduces fuel consumption. Let's see how.

  • Low speed driving

    At low driving speeds, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid can enter EV (electric vehicle) mode. This provides you with excellent noise reduction and fuel economy.

  • Accelerating and climbing

    The Optima Plug-in Hybrid uses both the electric and gas engines to give you some extra power when you need it most – like when you accelerate or climb hills.

  • Fixed speed driving

    If the battery’s charge becomes low, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid will maintain its level of charge and continue to use both the electric and gas engines for optimal efficiency.

  • Decelerating

    The regenerative braking system harnesses energy generated during braking to recharge the battery.

2018 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid


All the information you need to stay efficient in one convenient display. The standard multimedia interface informs you of your fuel economy, your gas or energy usage and much more.

2018 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid


Standard wireless charging gives you a clutter-free way of keeping your smartphone fully charged.4

2018 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid


The standard autonomous emergency braking system uses both cameras and radar sensors to monitor the driving environment. When it detects an imminent crash situation, it automatically activates the brakes.1

2018 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid


The Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s standard multi-angle camera monitoring system provides an overhead view of your vehicle’s surroundings in real-time to make backing up and manoeuvring a snap.1

Feature Highlights

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

    Staying Connected

    The standard Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM systems allow you to play your music, navigate traffic, check your messages and access your favourite apps all with the sound of your voice.4,7,8

  • Panoramic Sunroof

    Panoramic Sunroof

    What a view. The available panoramic sunroof gives you an expansive look at the world around you.

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert

    Stay aware of your surroundings. When reversing, standard rear cross traffic alert will detect and warn you of oncoming traffic from the left or right.1

  • Blind Spot Detection System

    Blind Spot Detection System

    See the whole picture. Standard blind-spot detection constantly monitors both of your blind spots using radar. If it finds something, you’ll be notified by a light in the appropriate side mirror.1

  • Active Safety Systems

    Active Safety Systems

    The Optima Plug-In Hybrid is always monitoring for potential dangers. Active safety features, like electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, electronic brake distribution, hill-start assist control and brake assist all come standard.

  • Airbags


    The 2018 Optima Plug-In Hybrid surrounds you with seven standard airbags, including a driver-side knee airbag. After all, safety isn’t optional.

Model Range


2018 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid EX
  • Power
    202 HP 
  • Seating
  • Fuel Economy

    L/100km | Le/100km

Well-equipped from 


Standard Features
  • Engine
    2.0L GDI 4-cylinder 
  • Transmission
    6-speed Sportmatic Automatic 
  • Wheels
    17" Alloy 
Trim Highlights
  • Leather seats
  • 9-speaker Harman Kardon® premium audio system
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM smartphone integration
  • Autonomous emergency braking system

EX Premium

2018 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid EX Premium
  • Power
    202 HP 
  • Seating
  • Fuel Economy

    L/100km | Le/100km

Well-equipped from 

EX Premium

Standard Features
  • Engine
    2.0L GDI 4-cylinder 
  • Transmission
    6-speed Sportmatic Automatic 
  • Wheels
    17" Alloy 
Trim Highlights
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Air-cooled front seats
  • 10-way power adjustable passenger seat with 2-way lumbar support

Exterior Colours

Snow White Pearl

Snow White Pearl (P)

Aurora Black

Aurora Black

Ultra Silver

Ultra Silver (M)


Graphite (M)

Gravity Blue

Gravity Blue (M)

Temptation Red

Temptation Red (M)

M = Metallic
P = Pearl

Interior Colours

Black Leather

Black Leather


  • FeatureEXEX Premium
    17" alloy wheels  
    P215/55R17 tires  
    Tire mobility kit  
    Panoramic sunroof- 
    Active grille air shutter  
    Automatic headlights  
    Headlight escort function  
    LED daytime running lights  
    LED headlights (auto-leveling)  
    Dynamic bending headlights  
    Smart high beam assist system  
    LED light bar taillights  
    Heated sideview mirrors  
    LED sideview mirror signal repeaters  
    Power folding sideview mirrors  
    Windshield wiper de-icer  
    Rain sensing wipers  
    Aero blade wipers  
    Solar glass  
    Sound-reducing front side door glass  
    Satin chrome door handles  
    Satin chrome window trim  
    Splash guards  
    Checkmark icon = Standard- = Not available
  • FeatureEXEX Premium
    Dual-zone automatic climate control  
    Cabin air filter  
    Automatic defog system  
    Rear climate ventilation  
    Smart Key with push-button start  
    Remote keyless entry with panic function  
    Power door locks and windows  
    Auto up/down front windows  
    Obstacle-detecting front windows  
    Integrated rear door sunshades  
    Tilt and telescopic steering wheel  
    Heated steering wheel  
    Steering wheel-mounted audio controls  
    Steering wheel-mounted cruise control  
    Smart cruise control1  
    Smart trunk release  
    Trip computer  
    Enhanced LCD Supervision instrument cluster  
    AM/FM/MP3/HD Radio/Satellite6 stereo  
    9-speaker Harman Kardon® premium audio system3  
    Apple CarPlay®Android AutoTM smartphone integration4,7  
    AUX & USB input ports  
    12V power outlet  
    Bluetooth® hands-free cell phone connectivity5  
    Wireless phone charger4  
    8" multimedia interface with voice-activated navigation2  
    Auto-dimming rearview mirror  
    Illuminated vanity mirrors  
    Stainless steel door scuff plates  
    Checkmark icon = Standard- = Not available
  • FeatureEXEX Premium
    Leather seats  
    Heated front seats  
    Heated rear seats  
    Air-cooled front seats- 
    Height-adjustable front seats  
    12-way power adjustable driver's seat with 4-way lumbar support  
    10-way power adjustable passenger seat with 2-way lumbar support- 
    Driver’s seat memory function  
    Leather-wrapped steering wheel  
    Leather-wrapped gear shift knob  
    Checkmark icon = Standard- = Not available
  • FeatureEXEX Premium
    Dual advanced front airbags  
    Dual side airbags  
    Dual side curtain airbags  
    Driver's side knee airbag  
    4-wheel disc brakes  
    4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)  
    Vehicle stability management (VSM)  
    Electronic stability control (ESC)  
    Hill assist control (HAC)  
    Electronic parking brake  
    Tire pressure monitoring system (tire specific)  
    Camera monitoring system1  
    Rear parking sensors1  
    Blind-spot detection1  
    Rear cross traffic alert1  
    Lane departure warning system1  
    Autonomous emergency braking system1  
    Checkmark icon = Standard- = Not available


  • Mechanical
    Nu 2.0L GDI HEV, permanent magnet synchronous motor
    Valve Train
    4-valves per cylinder chain drive, dual-cam variable valve timing
    154 hp @ 6,000 rpm: gasoline;
    50 kW @ 2,330-3,300 rpm: electric motor;
    202 @ 6,000 rpm: combined performance
    140 @ 5,000 rpm: gasoline;
    276 @ 2,330 rpm: combined
    Compression Ratio
    Fuel System
    Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
    Fuel Management
    Active ECO
    6-speed Sportmatic automatic
    9.8 kWh (360V / 27.2 Ah)
    Energy Density
    75 Wh/kg
    Lithium ion polymer
    Onboard Charger
    3.3 kW
    Recharge Time
    AC level two <3 hrs
    Electric-only range
    47 kms
  • Body
    Front engine, front wheel drive
    Body Type
    Front Suspension
    Independent, MacPherson struts with gas absorbers
    Rear Suspension
    Independent, multi-link, gas absorbers
    Electric power steering
  • Brakes
    4-wheel disc
    4-sensor, 4-channel
    12.0 in. disc
    11.2 in. solid disc


  • Dimensions
    2,805mm (110.4 in.)
    4,855mm (191.1 in.)
    1,860mm (73.2 in.)
    1,460mm (57.5 in.)
    Head Room(Front)
    1,010mm (39.8 in.)
    Head Room(Rear)
    960mm (37.8 in.)
    Shoulder Room(Front)
    1,475mm (58.1 in.)
    Shoulder Room(Rear)
    1,432mm (56.4 in.)
    Leg Room(Front)
    1,155mm (45.5 in.)
    Leg Room(Rear)
    905mm (35.6 in.)
    Hip Room(Front)
    1,423mm (56.0 in.)
    Hip Room(Rear)
    1,422mm (56.0 in.)
  • Capacities
    Trunk Volume
    280 L (13.4 cu. ft.)
    Fuel Tank Capacity
    55 L
  • Weight
    Curb Weight
    1,720 - 1,775 kg (3,791 - 3,913 lbs.)


  1. Please note that your vehicle may not be equipped with all features described. This also applies to safety-related systems and functions. None of the features we describe are intended to replace the driver’s responsibility to exercise due care while driving and are not a substitute for safe driving practices. Some features may have technological limitations. For additional information regarding the various features, including their limitations and restrictions, please refer to your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual.
  2. When equipped with the navigation system, French voice commands may be limited.
  3. Harman Kardon® is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.
  4. Compatible smartphone required. Data rates may apply, please check with your wireless service provider. For wireless charging, certain smartphones may require a wireless charging-compatible case.
  5. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Bluetooth® technology enabled cellphone required.
  6. SiriusXM® satellite radio service includes 3 month trial and is available in the 10 provinces and three territories of Canada, and the 48 contiguous states of the U.S. Monthly subscription sold separately after three trial months.
  7. Google, Google Play, Google Maps, and Android Auto are trademarks of Google Inc.
  8. Apple, the Apple logo, CarPlay and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc