by Jez Spinks

The Kia Optima Hybrid has optimised its environmental performance.

The South Korean brand has announced an upgrade for the petrol-electric medium car – a variant that is not yet available in Australia.

Tweaks to the Kia Optima’s parallel hybrid system see fuel economy improve by 0.3 litres per 100km to 5.1L/100km and CO2 emissions reduce from 125 grams per kilometre to 119g/km. Combined power has slipped by 9kW to 131kW, though torque increases to 319Nm and is produced lower than before – from 1000 to 2000rpm.

Kia Optima Hybrid - 2

Performance remains at 0-100km/h in 9.4 seconds with a top speed of 192km/h.

The Kia Optima Hybrid slices through the air more easily, however, with the introduction of low-drag alloy wheels, smoother underbody panels, lip spoiler and a revised grille that features an active air flap contributing to improve aerodynamics.

Kia Optima Hybrid - 3

Kia engineers have also made the Optima Hybrid more practical by moving the hybrid system and battery air cooling air duct to free up another 12 litres of boot space – now 381L. A full-size spare wheel is also now accommodated.

The Kia Optima Hybrid can run in full electric mode up to a maximum speed of 100km/h.

  • MisterZed

    Articles relevant to Australia please.

    • Tangelo

      Well they couldn’t sell enough number in USA, Canada and domestic market.
      So they will bring here at end of this year….

      • F1orce

        How much is ‘enough’? 

        • Tangelo

          To make profit… or satisfy their ego to beat Toyota Prius or Camry hybrid is this case, of course.
          If that’s too optimistic, then beat sales of GM volt.

          • F1orce

            Hahaaaa beat the Prius & Camry Hybrid?

            You have a better chance of winning the lottery next week than the KIA OPTIMA HYBRID outselling Prius or Camry Hybrid

          • bd

            Actually, the Sonata hybrid was outselling the previous gen Camry hybrid in the US by a good margin and the combined sales of the Sonata and Optima hybrids are close to sales of the new Camry hybrid.

      • bd

        Actually, the Sonata and Optima hybrids have sold a combined 30k units in the US for the past couple of years which was the highest amount for any hybrid versions of a petrol model (more than the previous generation Camry hybrid).

  • Zaccy16

    Why would anyone but this POS over a much much better diesel mazda 6!

    • lumpycamel

      You know its a POS because you have driven it extensively overseas and have a full and complete understanding of its failings? No I didnt think so either…