2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid vs Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid

2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Gateway Kia Quakertown PA

Today, there are more than several hybrids and plug-in hybrid vehicles to choose from. Unquestionably, the efficiency of an all-electric model, such as the Chevrolet Volt or the higher-end Tesla, cannot be surpassed. Nevertheless, for purposes of favoring Kia dealers in PA, the sedan plug-in models equivalent to the plug-in hybrid Optima are the Ford Fusion Energi, Hyundai Sonata Plug-In (related to the Optima), and the 2019 Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid. Of those, Gateway Kia Quakertown chose the 2019 Ioniq Plug-in for this review.

We begin with the fact that the 2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is offered in only an EX trim level. For this year’s Optima Plug-In Hybrid, Kia matched a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for an output of 202 horsepower. Our model also houses a standard six-speed automatic transmission offering an estimated range of 29 miles on electric power. Our contender, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, offers a basic hybrid powertrain and a six-speed automatic transmission. With its 8.9-kWh battery, the Hyundai Ioniq has a similar range of up to 29 miles in electric mode.


2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid


2019 Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid


Fuel Economy (combined) 52

2.0 Liter Inline 4

Engine 1.6 Liter Inline 4

202 hp @ 6000 rpm


139 hp @ 5700 rpm

Front wheel drive

Drive-type Front wheel drive




45.5 / 35.6

Leg Room: Front/Rear (in.)

42.2 / 35.7


2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid: Our leading sedan hybrid.

Within a 20-30 mile range, drivers near Gateway Kia Quakertown may commute to and from a destination without using a drop of gas. And, with the rise in plug-in (charge) stations in and around Quakertown PA, such as Whole Food Markets, the IKEA Store, or even a connection at work, hybrid drivers gain significant savings in gasoline costs. Currently, several privately owned locations and some Kia dealers in PA are outfitted with Blink Charging Stations. There, you could charge up to 85% of your vehicle in 30 minutes.

Aside from the electric powerhouse mentioned above, Optima Plug-In Hybrid standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, a rearview camera, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq offers 16-inch alloy wheels and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Both offer heated side mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Tech features in both cars include a navigation system, a touchscreen infotainment display, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connections. And, where Kia offers UVO services and a high-quality sound system with satellite radio, Hyundai offers its own proprietary software that connects to the vehicle’s comfort and entertainment features. Gateway Kia Quakertown offers its customers a complimentary training service for using any of the installed Kia technologies.

The optional Technology packages in both cars include adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, a sunroof, ventilated seats, heated rear seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and a host of collision avoidance technologies, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning systems.

All in all, our Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid wins this competition, but we want you to compare for yourself. If you're searching for Kia dealers in PA and live close to Gateway Kia Quakertown near Philadelphia, call us and schedule a test drive with one of our sales associates. They’ll be happy to answer all your questions and help you find a hybrid vehicle that works best for you.






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