2022 Kia EV6 range confirmed: price, specs and release date
- Kia EV6 revealed
- New range-topping electric SUV
- 77.4kWh battery for UK cars
- 328-mile range for RWD
- 315-mile range for AWD
- Range-topping 585hp GT version
- 0-60mph 3.5 seconds
- 10-80% charge in 18 minutes
- Single-pedal driving system
- Priced from £40,895.
- Available to pre-order now
This is the Kia EV6 — a new all-electric SUV that’s set to take on alternatives like the Volkswagen ID4, Skoda Enyaq and Nissan Ariya. 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.
Kia has just finalised the electric range for 77.4kWh versions of the new car, which it says has surpassed expectations.
New 2021 Kia EV6 prices and specs
Kia EV6 – from £40,895
The entry-level Kia EV6 comes with a single 228hp electric motor driving the rear wheels. It costs from £40,895 and comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, LED lights, heated front seats, dual-zone air conditioning and adaptive cruise control.
Kia EV6 GT-Line – from £43,896
The Kia EV6 GT-Line is available with the same single motors as the standard EV6 for £43,896 or with dual motors producing 325hp for £47,395. Both versions come with the same kit as the standard EV6, with the addition of sportier bumpers, a memory settings for the front seats, wireless smartphone charging, tinted windows, adaptive headlights and blind-spot warning.
EV6 GT-Line S – from £48,395
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.
EV6 GT – from £58,295 (on sale in 2022)
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 when the EV6 GT goes on sale in 2022.
New 2021 Kia EV6 design
It’d be fair to say the Kia EV6 brings some pretty wacky design features to an otherwise simplistic body. The profile of the car is pretty typical of SUV — with a boxy stance and sloping roofline — though it looks like someone went a little bit mad with the pencil when they got around to putting the lights on.
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 compromise 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.
New 2021 Kia EV6 range and batteries
The Kia EV6 is offered with a choice of two battery packs – a 58kWh unit and a larger a 77.4kWh battery. Although, all cars sold in the UK will come with the larger 77.4kWh battery as standard, which gives the new EV6 328 miles of range.
In range-topping GT guise, the EV6 gets a combined 585hp from two electric motors, allowing it to crack the 0-60mph sprint in 3.5 seconds. This gets an electronic limited-slip differential to help manage that power effectively. There’s a less powerful version of the all-wheel-drive car with 232hp that’ll manage it in 6.2 seconds, though.
Range does dip to 315 miles for the GT but, 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.
New 2021 Kia EV6 interior and infotainment
The Kia EV6’s interior is rather 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 — though 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.
Its dual-spoke steering wheel looks happy to see you and still has the usual audio and cruise control buttons on it. The Kia EV6 hasn’t gone the buttonless way of Tesla for now, then. 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.
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