Kia EV6 review
Kia’s new EV6 electric SUV promises plenty of performance punch and a generous roster of equipment. The looks may not be quite to everyone’s tastes, though
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The Kia EV6 is an all-electric SUV that’s set to take on alternatives such as the Nissan Ariya, Skoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4. The electric SUV will initially be available with a choice of three trims and two motor options, but a high-performance GT version will also go on sale in 2022.
And just look at it, especially that rear end with its curved light bar. The only thing with a bigger arch is Wembley Stadium.
The entry-level Kia EV6 comes with a single 228hp electric motor driving the rear wheels. It costs from £40,895 and gets 19-inch alloy wheels, LED lights, heated front seats, dual-zone air conditioning and adaptive cruise control as standard.
The Kia EV6 GT-Line is available with the same single motors as the regular EV6 for £43,896, or with dual motors producing 325hp for £47,395. Both versions come with the same kit as the base car, with the addition of sportier bumpers, a memory settings for the front seats, wireless smartphone charging, tinted windows, adaptive headlights and blind-spot warning.
The GT-Line S comes with the same single- or dual-motor setup as the GT-Line car. The former costs £48,395, while the latter will set you back £51,895. Both models come with a few extras, including 20-inch alloy wheels, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded 14-speaker Meridian stereo and an electric-opening boot lid.
The 585hp EV6 range-topper should be a pretty exciting machine, but my guess is that one of the single-motor models will end up being the pick of the bunch.
The range-topping EV6 GT will go on sale in 2022. It’ll come exclusively with dual electric motors producing 585hp, 21-inch alloy wheels, more supportive sports seats, adaptive suspension and a few extra paint options that you won’t be able to get on other EV6 models. You’ll need to hand over £58,295 to get your hands on one.
There are huge, wide headlights at the front linked by a small grille with a wildly styled plastic trim sitting at the bottom of the bumper. The rear taillights consist of one full-length light bar that droops down from the top of the boot towards the wheel arches — with a huge part-reversing light, part-chrome strip that looks like it’s holding the lightbar in place.
If you opt for the GT version of the Kia EV6, you’ll get a set of bright yellow brake callipers and a tweaked front bumper to make it look a bit racier, too.
The Kia EV6 is offered with a 77.4kWh battery, which gives it 316 miles of range. Using a 270kW fast charger, the battery can be topped from 10 to 80% in 18 minutes, plus you’ll get access to the KiaCharge service which looks to bring a number of memberships for charging networks under one account. This means you won’t have to fiddle about with a thousand different accounts.
The interior is simple, but well thought out. The dashboard is devoid of clutter, save for a large infotainment screen and a digital driver’s display — both 12-inches in size — although separate physical controls remain for the climate control. There’s no large gear shifter either, with a rotary dial slapped on the centre console just behind the push-button start.
The seats are upholstered in fabric made from recycled plastic as well, said to be about the equivalent of 111 plastic bottles each.
The Kia EV6 has 520 litres of boot space with an extra bit of storage under the bonnet that’s 20-litres in size for the all-wheel-drive car and 52 for the rear-driven one. That’s probably best served for carrying the charging cables.