Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Kia Optima PHEV estate?
If you’re buying a Kia Optima Sportswagon PHEV through the official approved used dealer network, make sure they’ve added the additional two years of coverage to the car, bringing it back up to seven. Insist that the car comes with all the relevant charge cables and check that they’re in good condition.
Make sure the alloy wheels haven’t been heavily kerbed and that there aren’t any serious dents or scratches in the paintwork. Check the interior for signs of wear, too. It is tough but can show scuffs in some of the cheaper bits of plastic. Examine the boot carpet for stains and make sure that the roof lining is in good order, because some estate owners like to fill their cars to the ceiling.
What are the most common problems with a used Kia Optima PHEV estate?
There has been one recall that could affect any Optima Sportswagon PHEV built between 16 October 2015 and 11 September 2017. It relates to the voltage protection device in the high-voltage hybrid system that may develop a fault, with the driver noticing a severe drop in power. Contact your local Kia dealer if you’d like to check if your car is affected.
Is a used Kia Optima PHEV estate reliable?
Kia, as a brand, finished in a highly creditable joint fourth place out of 31 car manufacturers in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, sharing the spotlight with Mitsubishi and Subaru – two companies known for making reliable cars. This is especially good because Kia has a much larger and more diverse range than either of its fellow finalists, and that can make it much more difficult to achieve the same level of dependability.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.