2022 Kia EV6 Review

5/5

Overview

The Kia EV6 is an electric vehicle that offers a maximum of up to 328 miles of range from a full charge. It has ultra-fast charging of just 4.5 minutes for 100 kilometres and high performance with 0 – 100 kmh achieved in just 3.5 seconds. Kia EV6 prices for Ireland are yet to be confirmed (we're expecting the OTR price to be somewhere in the region of 50k) but first deliveries are expected to arrive in October. The range will consist of three trim levels of two drivetrains. The entry-level rear-drive Kia EV6 can travel up to 328 miles according to official WLTP testing. It features a 226bhp electric motor, while standard equipment on this ‘Air’ trim car includes 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors and rain-sensing wipers.

Pros
  • Typical Kia practicality and refinement
  • Ergonomic interior design
  • Excellent driving dynamics
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
Cons
  • Residuals yet to be tested

Exterior

Full, concrete spec lists for Ireland have yet to be revealed but expect generous levels of equipment, even in entry-level guise.  Standard equipment for the GT-Line model includes a more aggressive body kit, black 19-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, front parking sensors and dual-LED headlamps with adaptive high-beam.

Interior

Again it’s early doors for extensive spec lists but Kia have been generous with equipment levels on all their latest models. The higher level EV6 GT-Line also gets a few interior tweaks, such as aluminium pedals, a wireless smartphone charging pad, black suede upholstery and Kia’s “Premium Relaxation Seats,” which automatically tilt back when the vehicle is charging to give the driver chance to catch a nap between driving stints.

Performance

The sportier EV6 GT-Line can be specified with either the 226bhp rear-wheel drive or a dual-motor, four-wheel drive 321bhp powertrain. The latter set-up generates 605Nm of torque and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. Due to the extra performance, claimed range drops to 314 miles according to WLTP testing. However, both official range figures are improvements on Kia’s original targets.


Reliability

Kia’s recent reliability record is as good as you would expect and all new Hyundai’s come with a seven year / 150,000 km warranty.

Running Costs

Running costs are expected to be typically competitive. The most expensive version of the EV6 is the GT-Line S. It comes with the same exterior styling pack and is also available with either the rear-wheel drive motor or four-wheel drive electric powertrain, although it comes with more standard equipment.

Handling

The AWD version of the EV6 has electric motors positioned at the front and rear of the chassis with the batteries filling the centre. This equates to a really balanced frame and a really balanced drive. Coupled with the incredibly quick response you get from electric motors, this car handles like a charm. 

Safety

The 2021 Kia EV6 comes with a wide range of standard safety equipment and we expect it to score highly on Euro NCAP safety rating. 

Summary

Exterior
80%
Interior
80%
Performance
80%
Reliability
90%
Running Costs
90%
Handling
90%
Safety
100%

The Kia EV6 is an electric vehicle that offers a maximum of up to 328 miles of range from a full charge. It has ultra-fast charging of just 4.5 minutes for 100 kilometres and high performance with 0 – 100 kmh achieved in just 3.5 seconds. Kia EV6 prices for Ireland are yet to be confirmed (we're expecting the OTR price to be somewhere in the region of 50k) but first deliveries are expected to arrive in October. The range will consist of three trim levels of two drivetrains. The entry-level rear-drive Kia EV6 can travel up to 328 miles according to official WLTP testing. It features a 226bhp electric motor, while standard equipment on this ‘Air’ trim car includes 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors and rain-sensing wipers.