This PHEV derivative comes either as a saloon or as a Sportwagon estate. You'll need a budget of around £31,500 to get yourself this Optima Plug-in hybrid in saloon form - or around £32,600 if you want the Sportwagon estate variant. Both figures assume that the useful £2,500 government Plug-in car grant has been subtracted from the initially off-putting asking price. That might seem a lot given that a decently-specced Optima diesel costs only around £25,000, but it still undercuts a rival Volkswagen Passat GTE Plug-in hybrid by round £2,500.
You get a wide range of electronic safety features too, things like Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, High Beam Assist, a Lane Keeping Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Plus of course all the usual features you'd expect to find on a car of this class, things like alloy wheels, dual-projection headlamps with static cornering lights and LED daytime running lights, UV-reducing tinted solar glass, auto headlamps and wipers, heated power-folding mirrors, front and rear parking sensors and an alarm.
Inside, there's a 7-inch infotainment screen incorporating satellite navigation, a six-speaker DAB stereo, Bluetooth 'phone compatibility and a reversing camera. Plus dual automatic air conditioning, USB and Aux-in ports, cruise control with a speed limiter, powered lumbar support for the driver's seat, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel, a trip computer and a clever automatic defogging system.