Kia Optima review

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In their own words

Let's begin with the plus points... Ultra cheap motoring, no road tax, can charge from empty cells to full in 2.5hrs with 7kwh charger which is good for an accurate 31miles distance. Very roomy interior with classic styling. Bursting with useful tech. The 2.0 ltr engine for distance motoring kicks in without any drama using the auto 6 speed g/box and this is where you'll find that the smooth transition from electric motors to engine technology and back is where the money has been spent on this vehicle. Harmon Kardon sound system is good. Not sure why this vehicle isn't on the critics radar when looking for a Phev?? It is very rare which is a plus for me. It gets lots of positive comments from passengers. Now some personal negative points. For such a large car I feel it could have reduced some of the rear legroom and added it to the boot space or at least designed it with fold down rear seats. I don't like the fact you can't chose between DAB and FM for radio stations, there is a lag when it is trying to lock in and finally the range of colours is poor. I'd buy another though.

How reliable do you find the car?

Had a recall to change the capacitors but that's all.

Does the car do everything you expected it to do?

Very smooth drive, can be nippy when called for.
  • How they rated it

  • Reliability: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Meets Expectations: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Mark Buckley recommends this car

About their car

  • Fuel type Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid
  • When purchased October 2018
  • Condition when bought Used
  • Current Mileage 10,000 miles
  • Average MPG 100 mpg