Kia EV6 Review 2023
Kia EV6 At A Glance
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.