Kia EV6 Review 2024

Kia EV6 At A Glance

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

What plug-in hybrid do you recommend?

"I’m looking to trade in a 2016 Lexus RX450h premium for a plug-in hybrid to take advantage of solar panels at home (not ready to go all-electric). Ceiling of 40k give or take cash purchase. The problem is the equipment level and quality of Lexus has rather spoiled us. The new NX 450+ premium gets close but is a tad pricey as used in short supply. So we’re looking at used Mercedes C300e. Has the spec but we’re concerned about reliability. Are we about right or are we missing alternatives? Might we be better waiting? Thanks."
In your situation, I'd be inclined to make the jump and go fully electric. It'll be less of a compromise than a plug-in hybrid, and you'll be able to charge at home (for maximum convenience and reduced cost). A nearly-new Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6 would be a good choice.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Can you tow a caravan with an electric car?

"I have a small caravan, 1200kg max. I’m looking at changing my Nissan X-Trail to an all-electric. Would you advise I hang on for a bit or what EV would you recommend for towing it?"
There are actually a number of electric cars that can comfortably pull a 1200kg caravan, so you have plenty of choice. One thing to be mindful of is that towing something this heavy and the extra aerodynamic drag will reduce the range of any electric vehicle by some margin, so it is worth factoring this in when purchasing an electric car and planning your journeys. The Hyundai Ioniq 5, the related Kia EV6 and the Genesis GV60 can all pull 1600kg, as can the BMW i4, all of which will manage your caravan with capacity to spare.
Answered by David Ross

Should I leave my EV charging while I'm on holiday?

"My Kia EV6 GT Line S will be four weeks old when I go on holiday for two months. Can you please advise whether or not I should leave it plugged into my Pod Point charger while I'm away?"
Kia recommends fully charging an EV before leaving it for an extended period. You won't do any harm by leaving it plugged in - the car will stop charging when it's full to prevent any issues.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Downsizing to one car, what should we choose?

"My wife and I have a Mazda CX5 petrol automatic and a Kia Stinger GTS. It might make sense to opt for a single car. We like the performance and front-seat comfort of the Kia but have occasional use for the boot space of the Mazda. We're not keen on fancy brands. Is there a suitable compromise?"
Would you consider going electric? The Kia EV6 is one of our favourite electric cars, with stylish looks and performance that won't feel underwhelming after your Stinger GTS. It's a practical choice, too, with loads of interior space and a 490-litre boot (only marginally smaller than your CX-5's). Alternatively, you could look at a more conventional SUV like the Kia Sportage. The Sportage is available with hybrid power, with low running costs and sprightly performance. It's a very comfortable and spacious car, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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