A century has passed since the internal combustion engine was developed into the automotive industry, and we're now at a pinnacle of moving away, instead choosing quieter, cleaner cars, whilst keeping the fun to drive factor. As hybrid and electric cars are no longer a thing of science fiction, Kia now offer a five-strong line-up of low-emission vehicles including the recently released Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid and the Niro Plug-in Hybrid.
Offering 5 models, the Kia EV range consists of the Kia Soul EV, Kia Optima PHEV, Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV, Kia Niro Hybrid and Kia Niro PHEV. Find out more about the different models below, and contact one of our Eastbourne and Washington branches to book your test drive today.
Kia's first electric vehicle, the Kia Soul EV boasts zero emissions, and only costs £2.80 for a full charge, which you could cover 132 miles with. How does your current car compare?
Just because the engine is electric doesn't mean you need to compromise on comfort. Packed with the latest automotive technology, you'll find 8" touchscreen navigation system, reversing camera, automatic dual zone air conditioning and heated front seats and steering wheel.
The plug-in hybrid sibling to the regular Optima, the Optima PHEV has a 9.8 kWh battery back up with a 2.0l petrol engine, when more power is required.
The Optima PHEV comes with an array of features including harman/kardon Premium Sound System with 10 speakers, dual zone air conditioning, Smart Key with illuminated Start/Stop Ignition Buttion and wireless mobile phone charging.
The larger option of the Optima range, the Sportswagon boasts bigger boot space, and as a bigger car, comes with a larger lithium battery which produced 11.26 kwh. It's size doesn't compromise on the distance it can travel with a fuel battery, and the Optima Sportswagon PHEV can still produce 201 mpg.
The Niro combines the in-demand styling of a compact crossover vehicle with the low emissions and high fuel economy of a hybrid car. With CO2 emissions as low as 88g/km and a fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg, combined with a generous level of specification, the Kia Niro is set to appeal to all drivers.
The Kia Niro is Kia's first dedicated hybrid vehicle, but like any Kia, comes with an array of technology including Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®, hands-free calls and texts, voice recognition via pre-downloaded apps and wireless smartphone charging.
The five-door, five-seater Niro PHEV is the world's first compact crossover plug-in hybrid. The sleek crossover profile has a low drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.30, and its light weight, high-strength body helps to trim the minimum kerb weight to 1,594kg. Both are significant factors in the Niro PHEV's low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Sophisticated technologies include regenerative braking, a driving style guide, an ECO-DAS (ECOnomy Driver Assistance System) featuring Coasting Guide Control, a Drive Mode Select button so that drivers can personalise the powertrain's dynamics, and an HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Select switch. It also has an intelligent heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to save battery power.