Kia EV6 interior
The EV6 is both high-tech and easy to get along with inside, while quality is generally very good.
The EV6 moves Kia’s interior design game on from the rather functional-looking e-Niro. It’s a really attractive design, but it’s not overly minimalist and fiddly to use on the move.
The dashboard is dominated by two slick-looking 12.3-inch displays, but unlike in a Tesla Model 3 they don’t swallow all the controls up. For example there’s a thin strip of controls in the lower dash which can function as the climate controls, but at the prod of a button those controls switch to shortcuts for the infotainment screen. Sure, they’re touch sensitive items rather than proper buttons, but it’s a neat touch that makes it easier to change basic functions on the move. There’s also separate buttons for items such as the heated and cooled seats on the centre console.
The dashboard itself has neatly textured material, while strips of ambient lighting help liven things up further. The steering wheel design is smart, too, while that practical centre console ‘floats’ separately from the dashboard, giving a really light and airy feel.
Quality is generally good and everything seems well screwed together. However there are some hard and scratchy plastics in areas where you might expect them to be soft-touch on a car at this price point. The backs of the front seats are hard plastic, too, which is a bit disappointing.
Those seats are attractive and comfortable, however – while the fabric is made from 111 recycled plastic bottles per seat. You wouldn’t know unless you were told.
Even entry level versions of the EV6 come with dual 12.3inch displays that sit on top of the dash and are smartly integrated, a bit like in the latest Mercedes models.
Of course, the screen on the left is for controlling infotainment functions. It’s pretty easy to operate and not too gimmicky, though it doesn’t respond as quickly as Tesla’s touchscreen. It’s certainly better than the laggy system in the VW ID 4, however. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while higher spec models get wireless phone charging.
The graphics are clear and crisp, and Kia has applied a special coating over the screens to reduce glare from the sun. Even better is that the climate control panel below doubles as shortcut buttons for the infotainment at the prod of a button.
The digital dial display is large, clear and very well laid out, too, giving you all the necessary information without overloading you. It’s good that Kia has resisted the urge to go too mad with touch senstive buttons and put them on the steering wheel, too – simple switches allow you to switch displays easily while driving.
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