2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV review – price, specs and release date

The Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV is a plug-in hybrid version of Kia’s estate. Does its promise of impressive fuel economy, a 38-mile electric-only range and low company car tax make it a good buy?

Kia’s portfolio of electric and hybrid cars just keeps on growing. Last year, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Optima saloon went on sale in the UK, joined shortly after by the hybrid and plug-in hybrid Niro SUV. Of course, the electric Soul EV has already been on sale for three years, and Kia has more EVs in the pipeline.

Joining this wave of green models is a plug-in hybrid version of the Optima estate: the Kia OptimaSportswagon PHEV. It’s fitted with the same 2.0-litre petrol engine as the saloon Optima PHEV, but has a slightly bigger electric battery. However, the two models’ performance and fuel economy are almost identical.

There are the usual heady claims of a usable pure electric range (33 miles from a full battery, according to Kia) and sky-high official fuel economy of 201.8mpg, but how does it stack up in reality?

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