Kia EV6 review: One of the best electric cars on sale


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Kia EV6 GT Line RWD

The Kia EV6 marks the next step in the Korean brand switch to electrification. Kia was among the first mainstream automakers to pay close attention to the idea of electric carwith the first Soul EV went on sale seven years ago and the electric version of the Niro selling out before some rivals had a single electric vehicle to market.

In 2022, the brand is selling electrified (EV or hybrid) versions of six models and by 2026, it plans to bring 11 pure electric vehicles on the market. The EV6 is the first of these and is Kia’s first model built on the dedicated E-GMP platform.

Design and interior

Right away, the look of the EV6 sets it apart from many of these rivals. Like the Ioniq 5, the EV6’s body shape is hard to categorize. Kia calls the slick but muscular shape “crossover-inspired” and refers to the EV as an SUV. There are hints of that in the pronounced wheel arches and slightly raised ground clearance, but for the most part the EV6 feels like a (very) large hatchback – think Polestar 2 rather than Ariya. It’s a sleeker, sportier alternative to the retro styling of the Ioniq 5 or the more deliberate SUV styling of the Skoda Enyaq. It won’t be to everyone’s taste but there is no doubt that it has presence.

The interior is less edgy than the Ioniq 5 and there’s a clear sharing of parts with other new Kias like the Sportage. The EV6 sports the same large dual-screen display that curves gently towards the driver and houses a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and matching media/navigation screen. It also has the same dual-function controls that switch between heating or media at the press of a button, offering a mix of physical dials and touch panels. There’s a massive center console that houses the drive selector, wireless charger, heated seat/steering wheel controls, cupholders and a huge floor-level storage bin. Overall it’s a fairly simple arrangement, with lots of shiny black plastic and chrome trim, with only a patterned and textured dashboard (made from recycled bottles) and some leather vegan to add individuality. The interior of the Enyaq is more elegant, that of the Kia is easier to use.

It is also extremely spacious. Kia says it has the most spacious cabin in its class and although we haven’t pulled out the tape measure, it looks cavernous. Front and rear passengers have acres of leg and shoulder room. Even the tallest will fit easily, and the sloping rear roofline will only cause headroom issues for those over six feet. Behind the passenger space there’s 490 liters of boot space – plenty for most uses, although behind several SUV-style rivals.

EV6 powertrains, performance and range

The EV6 has a few powertrain options that follow the same pattern as several rivals. There is a rear-wheel-drive version with 226 hp and an all-wheel-drive option with 321 hp. There’s also a 577bhp GT version on the way.

Tempting as more power sounds, the rear-drive model never feels underpowered, responding with the immediate linear thrust that’s common to all electric cars. Covering the 0-62mph run in 7.3 seconds, it’s pretty quick and offers between 14 and 28 miles more range than the all-wheel-drive variant, depending on wheel choice.

Intelligent regenerative braking enables one-pedal driving in most situations and there is a choice of eco, normal or sport driving modes. These make a noticeable difference to the car’s throttle and braking behavior, but do not affect its passive damping, which errs on the firm side and can be overtaken occasionally by sudden changes in road surface. road. That stiffer ride, however, means impressive body control for such a large vehicle.

All versions of the EV6 use a 77.4 kWh battery. In the tested RWD GT Line specification, which offers an official range of 328 miles and a consumption of 3.76 miles per kWh. Often these lab-based figures are difficult to replicate in the real world, but although we were never promised more than 301 miles of range, we easily bettered the official fuel consumption figure during a visit to several days in the Scottish Highlands. We weren’t beating the car by any means, but we weren’t crawling at 40 mph with the air conditioning off either (as I did before to preserve the charge). During more than 400 miles on winding A-roads that climb and descend through the landscape, we averaged 4.1 miles per kWh—better than any other EV I’ve tested. Even at worst – on a long motorway journey, the EV6 thankfully returned 3.5m/kWh.

Of course, the warm weather and road conditions were in our favour, so it will be interesting to see how a follow-up test in cold November affects that performance, but, nonetheless, it’s an impressive use of power for a car from this size.

In addition to this impressive fuel consumption and large battery, the EV6’s unerring accuracy in predicting actual range takes the stress out of driving an unfamiliar EV. When it says you’ll get 296 miles on a charge, you really will, making it easy to plan charging stops.

And when you come to charge, the EV6 has some of the fastest charging speeds on the market. Thanks to the 800V architecture of the E-GMP platform, the EV6 can recharge at a maximum of 350kW, allowing a charging time of only 18 minutes to go from 10% to 80%.

Kia EV6 Price and Specs

It all makes for an impressive EV experience, backed by Kia’s usual values ​​of a long warranty, high spec and relatively good value. At nearly £48,000 no one is claiming the EV6 is a cheap car but, as usual, its price is competitive with rivals and even mid-range GT Line packs in most equipment that you wish. Highlights include adaptive LED headlights, vehicle cargo capability, navigation-based intelligent cruise control and “premium relaxation seats” that lift and recline so you can recline in comfort while waiting for the car to charge.

The world of electric vehicles continues to evolve rapidly, as brands bring more and more models to market with ever-improving performance, range and capabilities. The EV6 is an impressive opening salvo in the latest stage of Kia’s electrification plan, offering a comprehensive package of space, comfort, efficiency and value that rivals are struggling to match.

Price: £47,195 Engine: Single synchronous electric motor; Battery: 77.4 kWh; Power: 226 hp; Couple : 258 lb ft; Transmission: Single-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive; Top speed: 114mph; 0-62mph: 7.3 seconds; Interval: 328 miles; Consumption: 3.76m/kWh; Loading: up to 350kW


  • Impressive range in the real world
  • cabin space
  • Generous specification

The inconvenients

  • Boot smaller than some rivals
  • Interior styling is a bit simple
  • Doesn’t seem to everyone’s taste

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