Kia EV9 Review 2023

Kia EV9 At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
With space, style and a heap of kit included as standard, the Kia EV9 is a fantastic all-rounder. The flexibility of seven seats will be a boost for busier families, but you’re going to have to pay for all the practicality.

+Supremely comfortable and quiet. Plenty of space for seven. Over 300 miles of range. Lots of kit included as standard.

-High price means it has luxury competition. Climate display blocked by steering wheel. Infotainment system is a little slow.

The Kia EV9 is a big, bold seven-seat electric SUV. Its striking design will turn heads, the spacious cabin will be a hit with passengers and the price tag? Well, it’s the most expensive Kia to date as the company looks to push into the premium market. The Kia EV9 is up against the Mercedes EQB, award-winning Volkswagen ID Buzz and stylish Volvo EX90 in the seven-seater EV world, so it’s got its work cut out. Read on for our full Kia EV9 review.

Kia has plenty of electric cars in its range but this is by far the biggest and is an electric alternative to the seven-seater Kia Sorento. But the fully electric Kia EV9 ushers in a new dawn.

Things are kept simple with three trim levels for the Kia EV9, all of which come with a sizeable 99.8kWh battery good for more than 300 miles of claimed range.

There’s also a ton of kit included as standard, so even the entry-level Air model has plenty going for it and will really make you consider whether an upgrade to the other two options (with more power, all-wheel drive and less range) is actually worth it.

There’s no getting away from the size of the Kia EV9 – this is a big electric car – and that can make it a little tricky on narrow roads and in tight car parks, yet there are cameras and sensors to help keep you in check.

It’s not going to get the heart rate going in terms of performance, but even the RWD, single-motor Air with 203PS/150kW has enough power to get you when you need to go. 

However, that size does translate to the inside where you’ll find oodles of space for passengers and if you don’t have the third row of seats up, plenty of luggage room too.

At the time of writing, the Kia EV9 price starts at £64,994, much more than the Mercedes EQB (from £55,310) and Volkswagen ID Buzz (from £58,915).

At this level you can get well-equipped Audi, BMW and Mercedes SUVs (although not seven-seaters). That’s a lot then, especially from a brand which has historically been seen as an affordable option on the market.

If you’re after a seven-seater EV your choices are currently rather limited, but if you’re able to stretch to the Kia EV9’s price you’ll get a well-equipped, spacious and comfortable vehicle which is also a practical family SUV.