Release Date: Out now
Price: From $40,990 / £40,945
Power: 2 motor AWD
Battery Range: 310 miles
0 to 62 mph: 4.6 seconds
Smarts: AR heads up display, Level 2 autonomous driving features
The Kia EV6 is here, with deliveries underway across the United States and the U.K. Based on Hyundai's new E-GMP platform, the Kia EV6 is a good-sized crossover that's clearly taken some inspiration from some of the sportier vehicles on the market. But, like all good EVs, it doesn't scrimp on the tech side of things.
Not only can the EV6 recharge other cars (albeit very slowly), it also offers bidirectional power transfer that lets you use it as a backup battery for your home. Plus there's a built-in AR display, autonomous driver assistance, and a recharging system than can pull in 60 miles of range in just five minutes.
Here's everything you need to know about the Kia EV6, including price, release date, special features, and more.
Kia EV6: Release date and price
The Kia EV6 is already on sale in the U.K., having arrived on October 25 2021. Kia has confirmed the car will come to all 50 U.S. states, and as of has started delivering vehicles to buyers across the United States.
Two models will go on sale in the U.S., with a 58 kWh 'Light' model starting at $40,900 and a 'Wind' 77.4 kWh model with a $47,000 starting price — meaning the bigger battery is a $6,100 expense. The Light trim is rear wheel drive only, while the Wind trim can be upgraded to a dual-motor all wheel drivetrain for an additional $3,900.
Meanwhile a sportier GT-Line model will also be available from $51,200. Like the Wind trim, this only gets you rear wheel drive. Upgrading to all wheel drive will cost you $4,700 more.
Also coming to the U.S. later in 2022 is the Kia EV6 GT. Not to be confused with the GT-Line, the GT model looks to be a performance beast. Sadly pricing has not been revealed just yet.
In the U.K. the EV6 starts at £40,945 for the 77.4 kWh 'Air' model with rear wheel drive. Meanwhile the EV6 GT-Line starts at £43,945 for rear wheel drive and $47,445 for all wheel drive.
Kia EV6: Power and performance
The AWD Kia EV6 models can pump out 320 horsepower and go from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The RWD Wind and GT-Line models offer 225 horsepower, though Kia US hasn't been very forthcoming about how fast they can move.
In the U.K. the RWD model with a 77.4 kWh battery pack can make that distance in 7.3 seconds.
Unfortunately since there is no 58 kWh model on sale there, we don't have any concrete figures about how fast the Light model might be. Kia has confirmed it has 167 horsepower under the hood, which means it'll likely be even slower.
Likewise Kia US hasn't officially revealed top speeds, though in the U.K. a 77,4 kWh RWD model can hit 114 mph, while AWD can reach 116 mph.
If that's not goof enough for you, then you may want to wait until the EV6 GT launches later this year. The true performance model has 576 horsepower, a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds, and can reach speeds up to 161 mph.
Kia EV6: Design and features
It’s fair to say that the EV6 ticks the right boxes when it comes to design.
The outside of the EV6 is outfitted with stylish and modern LED lighting. A rear light system that crosses the whole trunk makes it clear that this car’s a bit different, without being totally at odds with everything else on the road. That interior is made from recycled and sustainable materials as well, including vegan leather.
Inside, Kia hasn’t fallen for that Tesla-like tablet design. Instead. it’s followed Porsche’s lead and use a proper display behind the wheel and another over the centre console. This is a more traditional approach to cabin design, which means it’s not quite as instantly jaw-dropping. It will, however, still look good in a few years time when the tablet screens have faded away.
There are plenty of physical controls. too, meaning you don’t have to operate everything from a touch screen. When migrating traditional car owners to electric, this is likely to be a big selling point for anyone who’s not into high-tech gadgets in their cars.
If cargo space is your thing (and why wouldn't it be?) there's between 27.7 and 53.5 cubic feet to work with, depending on whether you fold down the rear seats or not.
The EV6 is also set to come with an augmented reality heads up display, which projects key driving information onto the windscreen. That way you can check your speed, directions, and other information without taking your eyes off the road.
A lot of other popular features are making their way to the EV6 too, including wireless charging, 360-degree cameras, parking sensors, remote parking assistance, and a 14-speaker Meridian premium Audio system. There's also a blue light filter on the infotainment and TFT displays, to help ease eye strain.
Kia EV6: Autonomous Driving Features
The Kia EV6 packs in a number of key safety features called "Highway Driving Assist 2" (HDS 2). This is a Level 2 autonomous system, which is not true driverless autonomy, but is still taking over some of the work during long trips.
HDA 2 uses a radar based system to "see" other cars during highway driving, and maintains the car at a set speed and distance from the car ahead. This system can also keep the EV6 centered in its lane, and is smart enough to detect upcoming curves in the road and reduces its speed accordingly.
What's most interesting is that HDS 2 is also capable of recognising when another vehicle drives into close proximity, and adjusts the car's path to avoid any possible collisions that might have otherwise occurred.
Also included is a blind spot monitor and collision avoidance systems, warning the driver if any cars are hiding out of sight. The EV 6 will also be able to change lanes by itself, provided the driver hits a button on the indicator lever. There's also a forward collision avoidance system as well as both junction turning and junction crossing features to offer “maximum preventative safety when navigating junctions.”
Naturally the driver still need to keep their hands on the steering wheel while this features are active, and remain attentive of the road ahead in case they need to take back control.
Kia EV6: Range and charging
There are three different Kia EV6 trim levels to choose from, with two different sizes of battery. First up is the Standard Range RWD EV6, officially designated the 'Light' model, which packs in a 58kWh battery and offers 232 miles of range per the EPA combined cycle.
Meanwhile there's a 77.4 kWh battery in the Wind and GT-Line models. The RWD version of both cars offers 310 miles of range, while the AWD model reduces that figure to 274 miles.
Those figures apply to cars rocking 19-inch wheels, and upgrading to 20-inch or 21-inch rims will cause your range to decrease slightly. Plus, since these are all per the EPA testing cycle, which you'll see advertised once orders open in the United States.
As for charging, the Kia EV6 can handle up to 350kW DC rapid charging. Provided you can find one of the elusive chargers capable of offering such high speeds, Kia claims you can recharge your battery from 10-80% in just 18 minutes. That's roughly 210 miles of range, and pretty incredible if you ask us.
However if you use a much more common 50kW rapid charger that time increases to an hour and 13 minutes. Which is a lot, and means drivers might want to be sure they're going to a station with 100kW speeds or more to avoid lengthy delays on long journeys.
As for home charging, an 11 KW AC charger will go from 0-100% on seven hours and 20 minutes. Sadly a 240 wall socket takes almost 33 hours to recharge, so you're going to want to install a home EV charger if you want any hope of topping your battery up overnight.
On top of this the Kia EV6 has the ability to charge other electric cars at 1.1kW speeds. Kia says this is the equivalent to using a 110v charger. That's an exceptionally slow speed, so it should only be used when you have no more options.
However the car is also equipped with vehicle-to-load tech, which can send power from your car into your home in the event of a power outage. It only offers 3.6 kW speeds, but that's more than enough to keep the likes of your fridge and heating powered on until grid power can be restored.
Kia EV6: Outlook
This is easily one of the most exciting new cars of the year. The design is invigorating and ready to match the ever-popular Tesla. The EV6 doesn’t fall into any gaudy traps with its styling; the front and rear are both modern but purposeful; and the interior seems to balance high-tech without resorting to endless tapping of a touch screen.
The fast charging, long range and option to use this car as a power source on a camping trip or during a power outage are thoughtful and likely to be genuinely useful. Kia may well have put together the ultimate electric car package here.