2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan

2019 MODEL
$28,090

7.3

Overall Rating

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2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Saurav Kumar Editor Updated on: November 13, 2019


Kia has successfully established its identity in the hybrid vehicles business and it's getting even better with each passing day. In order to counter all the myths associated with the hybrid performance, the South Korean major has brought in the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan that remains cool and dynamic while still packing a punch under the hood. Keeping up with the feature-list, the Optima hybrid is just as loaded as its siblings, if not better.

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Pros

Plethora of standard features

Available 60/40-split rear seats for more cargo

Quiet cabin

Intuitive infotainment system

Cons

Disappointing fuel economy according to segment standards

Limited rear headroom due to sloping roofline

Less cargo area than some competitors

What's New?

Single trim EX available for 2019

Additional standard safety features

Minor updates to the exterior


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28090

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

150 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

154 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

140 lbs.-ft @ 5000 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.5/63.8

dimensions

wheelbase

110.4 in.

length

191.1 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

3486 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

8.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

39/41/45 mpg

highway range

715.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan in Aurora Black color  2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan in Gravity Blue color  2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan in Runway Red color  2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan in Snow White Pearl color
Aurora Black

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Safety

9.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan EX

EX

power
154 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
41 combined

$28,090


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) Starting at $28,090 MSRP (39/41/45) 154 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


This year, there are some major additions to the 2019 Optima's feature list, including dual-zone climate control, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated leather seats. Power runs through a combined effort of an electric motor and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. The engine is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Optima's interior offers excellent design and ergonomics. The cabin looks clean with the use of premium material. There's plenty of space for five passengers. Due to the sloping roofline, the rear seats could be problematic for tall passengers. Nevertheless, it compensates for the inconvenience in various other ways. That said, it pokes the territories of some well-known rivals like Honda Accord Hybrid, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and Ford Fusion Hybrid. Let's move ahead and find out where does the 2019 Kia Optima stack up here in this busy segment.

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Front Three-quarter View
2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Front Three-quarter View
2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Rear Three-quarter View
2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Rear Three-quarter View

9.0/10
Features

 

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 
 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Features

9.0/10

For this year, there’s only one trim: the EX. It is well-equipped but there’s also an extra Technology package that includes additional features like panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, insulated front glass, adaptive cruise control, and many driver safety aids.

Trim

EX

MSRP

$28,090

Key

Features

 Audio And Cruise Controls on Steering Wheel

 

Overhead Console With Storage

 

Front Seatback Storage

 

Cruise Control

 

Leather Steering Wheel

 

Keyless Ignition

 

Climate Control

 

Turn Signal In Mirrors

 

Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

 

Front And Rear Cupholders

 

Rear Parking Sensors

 

Front And Rear Door Pockets

 

Electric Power Steering

 

Rear View Camera

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Unlike last year, the carmaker has kept only single trim EX. We loved the addition of extra features into the Technology Package, which is an only package available. The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid is competitively priced in addition to the features.

2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Engine and Performance

6.0/10

“The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid is composed around sharp turns and has plenty of power for merging and passing on the highway. Its hybrid components create a hushed ride, and its regenerative braking system is smooth, which is nice considering some of its rivals' systems are grabby.” – cars.usnews

The five-seater midsize Sedan Kia Optima Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with an electric motor. The engine produces 192 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Some of the prominent competitors like Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid offer better power output than the Optima Hybrid.

Models

Kia Optima EX hybrid sedan

Chevrolet Malibu hybrid sedan

Toyota Camry LE hybrid sedan

Honda Accord hybrid sedan

Ford Fusion SE hybrid sedan

Hyundai Sonata SE hybrid sedan

MSRP

$29,015

$28,945

$29,080

$26,240

$28,550

$26,670

Engine

2.0L i4 Gas/Electric

1.8L i4 Gas/Electric

2.5L i4 Gas/Electric

2.0L i4 Gas/Electric

2.0L i4 Gas/Electric

2.0L i4 Gas/Electric

Transmission

6 Speed automatic

1-speed direct drive

Continuously variable automatic

Continuously variable automatic

Continuously variable automatic

6 Speed automatic

Horsepower

192 hp@ 6000rpm

160 hp@ 5700rpm

208 hp@ 5700rpm

212 hp@ 6200rpm

188 hp@ 4000rpm

193 hp@ 6000rpm

Torque

271 ft-lbs@ 1770rpm

184 ft-lbs@ 2500rpm

163 ft-lbs@ 3600rpm

232 ft-lbs

129 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

140 ft-lbs@ 5000rpm

Acceleration

The Kia Optima Hybrid takes 7.6 seconds to complete a zero to 60 mph ramp. Meanwhile, Toyota Camry takes 7.2 seconds to complete the same. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine clubbed with an electric motor runs smoothly with decent acceleration. Though, the figures reveal that the Sedan remains slow than most of its competitors.

Models

Kia Optima EX hybrid sedan

Chevrolet Malibu hybrid sedan

Toyota Camry LE hybrid sedan

Honda Accord hybrid sedan

Ford Fusion SE hybrid sedan

Hyundai Sonata SE hybrid sedan

0-60 MPH

7.6 sec

N/A

7.2 sec

N/A

N/A

7.9 sec

Quarter mile

15.8 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

15.9 sec

Engine

2.0L i4 Gas/Electric

1.8L i4 Gas/Electric

2.5L i4 Gas/Electric

2.0L i4 Gas/Electric

2.0L i4 Gas/Electric

2.0L i4 Gas/Electric

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

4.3

N/A

3.4

3.8

4.2

6.1

Handling and Steering

Since there's no CVT on offer, the 6-speed automatic transmission drives the car with ultimate joy. The steering is very responsive and gets more engaged with the phenomenal suspension system. Optima runs on independent suspension with front MacPherson struts and a multi-link rear. With cushier springs and elastic front bushings, the 2019 Optima rides more smoothly than the predecessor. 

All models come with drive-mode selector that can shift between economy and normal modes, while a sport mode is offered on top trims. In eco mode, all the Optima’s turn out to be fuel efficient while in sport mode, the shift speed slightly increase in order to offer better acceleration.
 

Braking

As far as braking is considered, the Optima Hybrid gets 12 inches brake in the front and 11.2 inches brake in the rear. The stopping distance is 127 feet, which is longest among the rivals.

Model

Kia Optima EX hybrid sedan

Chevrolet Malibu hybrid sedan

Toyota Camry LE hybrid sedan

Honda Accord hybrid sedan

Ford Fusion SE hybrid sedan

Hyundai Sonata SE hybrid sedan

Brake Front (in.)

12

11.8

12

11.5

11.8

12

Brake Rear (in.)

11.2

11.3

11.1

11.1

11.9

11.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3486

3366

3472

3342

3668

3497

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 2.0-liter powertrain with 1.62 kWh battery pack and electric motor returns 39 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway.

Model

Kia Optima EX hybrid sedan

Chevrolet Malibu hybrid sedan

Toyota Camry LE hybrid sedan

Honda Accord hybrid sedan

Ford Fusion SE hybrid sedan

Hyundai Sonata SE hybrid sedan

MPG (city)

39

49

51

48

43

40

MPG (highway)

45

43

53

48

41

46

MPG (combined)

41

46

52

48

42

42

Range (miles) (city/highway)

620/716

637/559

663/689

614/614

602/574

15.9

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.9

13.0

13.0

12.8

14.0

636/731

2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Interior

“The Optima's interior, regardless of model or trim, isn't especially exciting visually. That said, it serves its functions well. The feature set makes you feel as if you're getting a lot more for your money, although the quality of materials feels a bit mediocre.” - edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Inside, the 2019 Optima Hybrid is quite similar to the regular Optima model. The cabin design and straightforward and clean. There’s plenty of space for front passengers, but the taller passengers might face problem in rear accommodation due to sloping roofline.

There’s plenty of plastic used within the cabin but somehow it makes the look sturdy and appealing. In comparison to other Sedan in the class, the Optima Sedan stands upmarket.

Model

Kia Optima EX hybrid sedan

Chevrolet Malibu hybrid sedan

Toyota Camry LE hybrid sedan

Honda Accord hybrid sedan

Ford Fusion SE hybrid sedan

Hyundai Sonata SE hybrid sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/58.1/45.5

39.1/58.5/41.5

38.3/57.7/42.1

39.5/58.3/42.3

39.2/57.8/44.3

40.4/57.9/45.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/56.4/35.6

37.5/57.1/38.1

37.6/55.7/38.0

37.3/56.5/40.4

37.8/56.9/38.3

38.0/56.5/35.6

Interior Features

  • UVO eServices w/ 7" Touch-Screen Display and AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM 6-Speaker Audio System
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • Parking Distance Warning-Reverse (PDW-R)
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
  • Lane Change Assist (LCA)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW)
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity
  • Cruise Control w/ Steering Wheel Controls
  • Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio and Hands-Free Phone Controls
  • USB/Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Dual USB Power Outlets & 12 V Power Outlet in Rear Console
  • Supervision Meter Cluster w/ Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD Trip Computer
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Power Windows w/ Driver & Front Passenger One-Touch Auto-Up/Down
  • Power Door Locks
  • Smart Key w/ Push-Button Start and Immobilizer
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control
  • Rear Air Conditioning Vent
  • Front Center Console w/ Armrest and Storage
  • Folding Rear Center Armrest w/ Cup Holders
  • Dual Front Cup Holders
  • Front & Rear Door Bottle Holders
  • Front Seat Back Pockets
  • Day/Night Interior Rearview Mirror
  • Interior Lighting w/ Delay
  • Front Door & Lower Center Fascia Mood Lamp
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Glove Box Illumination
  • Dual Map Lights
  • Overhead Sunglasses Holder
  • Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Carpeted Floormats
  • Leather Seat Trim
  • 10-Way Driver's Seat Adjustment, w/ 2-Way Power Lumbar Support
  • 6-Way Passenger Seat Adjustment
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Height-Adjustable Front Seat-Belt Anchors
  • 60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seat w/Center Armrest & Adjustable Rear Headrests
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel & Gear Shift Knob
  • Satin Chrome Inside Door Handles
  • Leatherette-Wrapped Center Fascia
  • Black High-Gloss &Metal Look Interior Accents

Infotainment System

Thanks to the user-friendly and responsive infotainment system. The infotainment features a high-quality 7-inch touch screen display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available as standard.

The standard infotainment system consists of:

  • Six speaker audio system
  • 7″ Touch-Screen Display
  • AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Bluetooth
  • Steering mounted stereo and cellphone controls

Cargo volume

The Optima Hybris features a cargo space of 13.4 cubic feet. Due to the hybrid battery pack, the cargo area lost around 2.5 cubic feet in comparison to the regular gas-powered Optima Sedan. We have an option of 60/40-split folding rear seats that helps in making extra room for luggage.

Model

Kia Optima EX hybrid sedan

Chevrolet Malibu hybrid sedan

Toyota Camry LE hybrid sedan

Honda Accord hybrid sedan

Ford Fusion SE hybrid sedan

Hyundai Sonata SE hybrid sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.4

11.6

15.1

16.7

12.0

13.4

2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Exterior

“While it’s fair to say the Optima hasn’t changed significantly for 2019, it didn’t really need to; this midsize Kia sedan already boasted clean lines and a subtly aggressive stance.” – Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

With a sloped rood and curvy exterior, the 2019 Kia Optima Hybris is a good looking Sedan. It is still handsome than most of the Hybrid Sedans in the market. It weighs 3486 inches and holds elongated length.

Model

Kia Optima EX hybrid sedan

Chevrolet Malibu hybrid sedan

Toyota Camry LE hybrid sedan

Honda Accord hybrid sedan

Ford Fusion SE hybrid sedan

Hyundai Sonata SE hybrid sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3486

3366

3472

3342

3668

3497

Length(in)

191.1

194.2

192.1

192.2

191.8

191.1

Width(in)

73.2

73.0

72.4

73.3

72.9

73.4

Height(in)

57.5

57.9

56.9

57.1

58.0

57.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

N/A

5.7

5.8

N/A

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

110.4

111.4

111.2

111.4

112.2

110.4

Track width (in) F/R

63.5/63.8

62.6/62.5

63/63.2

63/63.4

62.3/62

63.5/63.8

Exterior Features

  • Unique Front Grille, Front & Rear Bumper Valence, and Side Sills
  • Active Air Flap
  • Outside Mirrors, Power Adjusting w/ LED Turn Signal Indicators
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Smart Welcome
  • Solar Control Glass
  • Smart Trunk™
  • Auto Light Control
  • Projector Beam Headlights
  • Virtual Engine Sound System
  • Positioning Lights, LED
  • Rear Combination Lamps, LED
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Heated Rear Glass w/ Timer
  • Locking Fuel-Filler Door

2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Safety

9.0/10

The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid has received “5-star ratings” out of five in Overall rating from NHTSA. Also, the IIHS has warded the Hybrid Sedan with “Good” safety ratings in all tests.

Safety Features

  • Dual Front Advanced Airbags
  • Dual Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags
  • Driver's Side Knee Airbag
  • 3-Point Seat Belts for All Seating Positions
  • Front Seat-Belt Pretensioners
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/ Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • High Line Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Side-Impact Door Beams
  • Front and Rear Crumple Zones

2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Competition

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Honda Accord Hybrid

The new Accord has undoubtedly impressed us in terms of design and cabin space. It also returns good fuel economy ratings. At times, the only irritating thing about the Sedan is its powertrain noise, while the brakes can be touchy at high speeds. With a CVT transmission, the Accord Hybrid offers more power than the Optima Hybrid Sedan.

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford Fusion Hybrid has got sleek design styling. In comparison to the Kia Optima Hybrid, the Fusion Hybrid seem to be underpowered. However, the infotainment system is responsive and easy to operate. It is also expensive in the higher order of trim.

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid

There’s too much to speak about the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid. It has got surplus fuel economy in comparison to the Kia Optima Hybrid. The LE version, especially experiences floaty kind of ride quality, which has been taken care of in the higher trim levels.

2019 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

The Kia Optima Hybrid is a complete bundle of comfort and efficiency. No matter there may be many Sedan in the class that offer better fuel economy than the Optima but the Optima take the space in terms of design and cabin material. The pricing is very attractive for such Sedan. Thanks to the available package, for which you may upgrade your Sedan with latest value added features. If you are still looking for serious alternatives then you shall consider rivals like Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.