Kia EV6 Review 2022

Kia EV6 At A Glance

5/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Kia EV6 is one of the best electric cars on sale regardless of price. It's good to drive, well-equipped, spacious, refined, has excellent tech and also manages to beat many more expensive rivals with its range and charging speeds. That it's also good value for money is the icing on the cake - but its Hyundai Ioniq 5 sibling has slightly more space and comfort.

+Striking design inside and out. Plenty of space, quality and technology. All versions have a range over 300 miles. Super fast charging speeds. Enjoyable to drive.

-Ride is firmer than an Ioniq 5, and the Kia isn't quite as practical. We can't think of much else...

New prices start from £40,245

Kia proved it can make world-beating sensible electric cars with the excellent e-Niro. But can it make a truly desirable Tesla beater? Well, in this review of the Kia EV6 we'll show why it's not only stylish and clever, but it's also pound-for-pound one of the very best EVs on the market.

The Kia EV6 is one third of a trio of closely-related electric cars from Kia, Hyundai and newly-established premium brand Genesis. But whereas Hyundai's Ioniq 5 is dripping in retro charm, the EV6 has gone for a more curvy, modern shape that blends elements of low-slung coupes, hatchbacks and SUVs

Whether you prefer the Ioniq 5 or EV6 in design terms is personal choice. Both cars are larger than you might think, with the Kia actually being longer than a Jaguar I-Pace, but while the Hyundai is tuned for comfort the EV6 is meant to look and feel a bit more sporty. 

Along with the aforementioned Jaguar, key electric rivals for the Kia EV6 include the Skoda Enyaq, Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach-e and Nissan Ariya. There's also the Polestar 2 and slightly pricier BMW i4 to consider, too, plus the Tesla Model Y

Being designed from the ground-up to be an electric car gives the EV6 the edge over similarly priced EVs like the Mercedes EQA inside. It feels much more airy and open than a petrol or diesel car, while there's loads of legroom in the back. Quality is good, too - it might lack some of the sheen of German premium brands, but it really isn't far off. 

The Kia EV6 also excels with standard equipment and technology, with all versions getting a large infotainment screen and digital dials. Top versions also get an augmented reality head-up display, while there's also clever interactive surround-view cameras, remote parking and vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability - the latter allowing you to power tools, household appliances and even charge another EV via the Kia's battery.

This rival-beating tech doesn't stop under the surface, either. the EV6's 800-volt charging system means it sets the standard for rapid charging speeds - up to 235kW from a suitable charger. That's enough for a 10-80% top-up in just 18 minutes.

That speed is particularly impressive given every version has a 77.4kWh battery, enough for an official range of up to 328 miles from rear-wheel drive models. With a longer range and faster charging speeds than many more expensive electric cars you really find yourself questioning what you're spending more on. 

It's not as if the Kia EV6 is lacking in the driving department, either. Currently there's two versions available: a rear-wheel drive 229PS version and an all-wheel drive 325PS model with dual motors. The latter is certainly quick, but the entry-level car doesn't feel that much slower and offers a longer range on a charge. 

If that's not enough for you, Kia will sell you the EV6 GT later in 2022 with 585PS, which should make it one of the fastest electric cars around. But the existing model still manages to feel pretty sporty to drive. 

While the EV6 doesn't offer the same plush low-speed ride as an Ioniq 5, it's noticeably sharper in the bends and feels more tied-down at higher speeds. It's never uncomfortable, either, and motorway cruising is still pleasant thanks to comfortable seats, clever driving aids and good overall refinement. 

What's more its great around a city, and although visibility out the back isn't great the slightly raised driving position means it gets the main selling point of an electric SUV with few of the drawbacks. 

There's a brilliant blend of both style and substance with the Kia EV6. It doesn't just look like a car from another century, it drives like one too – if that's not enough to get you the behind the wheel of a Kia, which, don't forget, still comes with a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, we don't know what is.

Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Kia EV6 review.

Ask Honest John

Should I buy a used Jaguar I-Pace or Porsche Taycan?
"I purchased a new Nissan Leaf Tekna in November and am very pleased apart from the range. In real terms I can only go around 45-50 miles and back unless I drive very carefully. I am considering selling it with 2,800 miles and I won't lose much. I run my own company so have lots of tax perks. I would love a used Jaguar I-Pace costing around £65,000 but am very concerned I will be paying too much. With so many excellent EVs coming out I wonder if I might regret the purchase in six months if prices tumble. My other choice would be the basic Porsche Taycan at £80,000 but unregistered, so a wait of six to nine months. I'm happy to keep the Leaf for that duration and it will still only be under one year since registered. So should I bite the bullet and buy a used I-Pace or order a new Taycan? Or wait and see what comes out this year? "
It's a difficult one as prices are inflated at the moment – that means you'll get your money back on your Leaf, but also you'll pay more for any replacement. In an ideal world you'd sell your Leaf now and buy something else once the bubble's burst... but you might be waiting for a while. In your situation, I'd be looking at something like the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6. While they don't have a premium badge, they're two of the best electric cars on the market with a very useable real-world electric range. Obviously a Porsche Taycan will be a more luxurious choice – if you're looking for something upmarket, take a look at the latest BMW electric cars, such as the i4 and iX.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend an EV estate car?
"My son needs to change his car. At present he is running a Volkswagen Golf estate and needs to change it for a similar size and spec electric vehicle. I’d be grateful for some advice as to what we should look at. What are the options? "
Take a look at the MG 5 EV. It's a really good electric estate car that represents excellent value for money. Otherwise, you could look at the Volkswagen ID.3 (although it's not available as an estate) or alternatives like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you suggest some electric or hybrid SUVs for a £40,000 budget?
"I currently have a 1.4 petrol Vauxhall Mokka X. I am looking to replace this with an electric or self-charging hybrid SUV. I need something to get my golf clubs in. I travel only locally but have relatives some 140 miles away which I visit every other month. I would like something comfortable have a budget of around £40,000. "
We'd recommend a Hyundai Ioniq 5. It's a very comfortable and practical electric SUV with an impressive 238-mile range from the most affordable models. You could also consider the very similar Kia EV6 or the smaller Hyundai Kona Electric. Alternatively, if you rate your current Mokka X, the new Vauxhall Mokka-e is comfortably within budget. If you'd prefer a hybrid model, take a look at the new Hyundai Tucson.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Will an electric car be able to tow a caravan?
"Will electric cars be able to tow a caravan? "
Yes. While most early electric vehicles weren't rated for towing, there's now an increasing amount on the market that can be used as tow vehicles. Take a look at the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, for example – both can tow up to 1600kg, which should be enough for a fairly large caravan. Alternatively, bigger (more expensive) electric SUVs like the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X are capable of towing a fairly hefty 1800kg and 2250kg respectively. Obviously, the range of an electric car is likely to drop quicker when towing – but we'd expect many camping and caravan sites to offer access to electric car chargers as we approach 2030. The Caravan Club, for example, allows members to charge their cars on their pitch for a small fee.
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