by NormQC from Quebec, Canada on Wed Apr 22 2020
After enjoying 3 Honda Accords, I finally switched to a Plug-In Hybrid Kia Optima EX Premium 2020. In the first month, I averaged 2,3 litres/100 km in fuel economy (60.7 mpg US). In fact, in my day-to-day commuting (20 km), I only use the EV mode. The 2 l. gas engine comes on idling as a generator only when the heater/AC or the defrosting is too demanding, or after about 40 km of pure EV driving, it takes up the power and then it's also silky-smooth with its 6-speed automatic transmission (gladly not a CVT!) and sips only 5,8 l/100 km. Otherwise, I REALLY enjoy the complete silence and the torquey accelerations of the electric motor on green lights. I plug it every night and I wake up to a fresh new battery every morning. I always have about 900 extra km autonomy on gas, but I mainly drive it in electric mode. The ride is extremely smooth and quiet. The interior is very roomy and comfortable. Chassis feels very solid and high-quality. Steering is precise. The equipment is complete, from the panoramic moonroof, heated leather steering wheel, heated and cooled leather seats with 10 electric adjustments, to all the programmable driving aids like intelligent Cruise-Control, Lane-Maintaining Assist, 360⁰ cameras, 2-zone AC, 10-speakers Harman-Kardon sound system, Apple CarPlay, automatic rain-detecting wipers, self-dimming headlights, LED lighting all around including new foglights, directional and self-levelling headlights etc. The addition of a big battery behind the backseat spreads the weight over the long wheelbase, so they beefed-up the rear suspension and the ride feels very well balanced and composed. It's not a sports car but, thanks to the newly-revised dampers and links, it rides like an expensive European sedan on any type of pavement. Really stable. The only faults are the size of the trunk (which will not allow many big suitcases like regular sedans do) and the non-foldable rear seat. Also, it will not start to heat up while plugged-in. Built in Hwaseong, South Korea, the Plug-In Hybrid Kia shows perfect fit and finish. I'm really impressed!
Purchased a New car
Uses car for Commuting
Does recommend this car!!
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