Kia EV6

Kia has been excellent at building cars that seem more expensive than they are. The EV6 is the latest entry. The EV6 is powered by an electric engine, the rear-wheel drive model produces 167 horsepower in the Light trim, 225 in the Wind and GT-Line trims while the AWD model increases the horsepower to 320. With an acceleration of 0-60 MPH in 4.6 seconds the Kia EV6 is quick and nimble.

The range on the EV6 is estimated between 270 and 310 miles depending on the trim. Kia claims a gain of 217 miles of range with only 18 minutes of fast charging.

Standard equipment across all EV6 models include LED headlights and daytime running lights, dual zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, AM/FM/HD stereo with six speakers, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, cruise control, rear parking sensors, and 5 USB ports.

Stepping into the Wind trim adds ventilated front seats, 14-speakers, proximity key, 120V AC power outlet, front and rear parking sensors, and a power liftgate. The GT-Line features sport pedals, a garage door opener, head-up display, surround view cameras, left and right blind spot view, and a sport steering wheel.

Safety features across the lineup include 7 airbags, an active lane departure system, forward collision mitigation with cross traffic, rear collision warning, traffic information system, pedestrian detection, and a driver attention alert.

Editors' Review

I wouldn't blame you for thinking the newly released Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, both of which ride on the same EV platform, were largely the same under the skin. But despite some powertrain similarities, the two vehicles do a good job of carving out their own unique niches. The EV6 does a great job standing apart -- not just from the Ioniq 5, but from the compact EV segment as a whole -- thanks to a solid mix of driving character and style.

Believe it or not, Kia drew inspiration from the Lancia Stratos, of all places, when designing the EV6, and honestly, I can see it. The EV6's wildly styled taillight design, which protrudes beyond the body panels, bears more than a passing resemblance to the Stratos' wing. There's some inspiration in the shape of the cabin, too, as a chunkier rear pillar gives way to a greenhouse that looks a bit like a helmet visor.

The front end is its own beast, but it's also lovely, thanks to some exaggerated shapes on the hood ending in an aggressive little nose. Throw in my GT-Line tester's specific 20-inch alloy wheels and some Runway Red paint, and there's quite the aesthetic here. It's a far cry from the blockier, almost pixelated Hyundai Ioniq 5, and the Kia looks far less SUV-ish than the Volkswagen ID 4.

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The Good ~ Wild design ~ Smooth, composed driving ~ More efficient than Ioniq 5 sibling

The Bad ~ More expensive than Ioniq 5 ~ OK storage space

The Bottom Line The 2022 Kia EV6 is a fully fleshed-out EV that will have you think twice about internal combustion.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 9
  • Media 8.5

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