Kia Optima has yet again been carried over and has the most aged mid-size sedan design on the market. However, this doesn’t mean it looks old or that it isn’t handsome. This only means Kia is preparing a new model for 2016 and had to carry over this one. The 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid we expect in close of 2014.
The Engine range
Optima hybrid is available in two grades LX and EX, both of which have the same 2.4L I4 engine and electric motor for a net system output of 199 hp. Manufacturers didn’t do a good job on electric-to-petrol transition and Optima doesn’t switch as smooth as its rivals do. Gearbox is 6-speed automatic and lithium polymer battery has a capacity of 5.3 Ah and output of 47 kW.
2015 Kia Optima Hybrid Design – Interior and Exterior
Exterior design, even though slightly outdated, still looks very good. There are a standard Kia’s chrome-bound grille, smiling lower air intake and parallelogram shaped headlights up front, while at the back Optima has huge set of tail-lights and a corresponding bumper.
Interior design is upscale and functional. There’s a problem with rear seat headroom, but beside that, everything is in order. Depending on a grade chosen, you’ll get either cloth seats or leather seat upholstery. EX model also gets heated front seats and ventilated driver’s seat, heated rear seats, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, etc. Dashboard is asymetric and divided into two zones. Front passenger’s part only has a glovebox compartment and is as simplest and plainest as it could be. Driver’s zone, however is riddled with controls of all sorts.
Instrument panel continues to the gauge cluster which has modern TFT display with info display, speedometer and tachometer. 8-inch touch screen display and UVO eServices infotainment system are available in both models. Difference is that it comes as standard in higher grade and as optional in LX trim. Optima has a standard airbag system, stability and cruise control, ABS and brake assist, and hill-start assist among other features. LX model has optional rearview camera, while EX adds optional backup warning system and blind spot detection system with cross-traffic alert.
Fuel Efficiency and Price
Fuel economy ratings are solid at 36 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, but Optima’s competitiors return better numbers at this segment. Base LX model costs around $26,000 and EX trim costs $32,000. This is a big gap between the only two available models, but the sheer amount of available features clearly divides them into different price categories.
2015 Kia Optima hybrid will not offer any significant improvements since Kia looks further into the future, so you’ll have to be content with a bit lower fuel efficiency and not so smooth transition between power sources. However, Optima compensates this with a plethora of available features and high-end interior trim.