2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Review

After an extremely successful business with the 2017 model, manufacturers have launched the new 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid. This crossover between a luxury sedan and an athletic sports car has garnered much interest amongst potential buyers due to its increasing popularity.

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid front

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid – Comes with Improved Body

The sleek design on the exterior with a sharp shine of metal gray blends with improved body stiffness has made the car more functional than its predecessors. The elongated silhouette along with the tightened fenders attached with the LED headlamps gives it a stylish and more modern look.

The taillights stretch from the front to the rear end giving it a cutting edge appearance which correctly defines the hybrid of a sports car and a sedan which it ultimately aims for. The front grille of 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid gives it a charismatic appearance, which brings out the class in the same.

The interior of the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is more stylish and comfortable than its previous version. It highlights the classes over the masses. The driver enjoys maximum luxury due to its well-oriented design. With a fine leather lining over comfortable seats, this ride not only provides plush seating experience but adequate leg room too. The passenger area is quite rewarding too, with six speakers, fewer vibrations, adequate soundproofing, larger dimensions and the higher proportion of soft touch materials.

It would not be fair to forget the extremely user-friendly displays along with a variety of options. Since it is an upgraded version of the Optima 2017, it is replete with its older features of Apple Car Play and Android Automotives. Plush leather seats await you with a soft satin scent and the sunroof atop these just adds further to the charm.

Safety Features

The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid comes with a wide array of safety features. Starting with the rearview camera which forms the most elementary safety feature, it goes on to a customized TomTom Navigation System. This Dutch device ensures a safe, sound and correct way to work.

Accessorized with Cruise Control, it further boasts of a smooth ride. Parking Sensors along with a unique feature of blind spot detection ensures safety from minor accidents whereas airbags prevent fatality due to the major ones. Cross Traffic alerts ensure that you keep yourself in check and gives you a thorough roadmap of where you are heading to. There is much more power packed features like lane departure, automatic lights, surround view monitors and automatic braking which ensure your safe arrival home. According to the IIHS, it is one of the safest cars in its class.

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid interior

Engine Performance of the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four that produce a total of 192-horsepower. It can also produce a combined 271 pound-feet of torque unified with the six-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel drive. It has a 1.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. From a standstill, the new Kia will hit 60 mph in just 7.9 seconds. The EPA combined/city/highway driving is 42/39/46 mpg.

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid rear

Bottom Line

This car created by KIA is the very definition of class and luxury. Not only does it give you a complete sedan feel but also provides the miles for the same. Its EPA rating of 39 mpg in the city, 46 on the highway, and 42 mpg combined does speak volumes after all. This coupled up with the extra safety and that touch of perfection that it has to offer definitely makes it worthy of all. The base price is around $26,890.

The possible competitors of the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid include the Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Ultima, Mazda 6, Chrysler 200 and many more of the Honda Accord class.