Kia EV6 First Drive: A strong first impression
Kia EV6 First Drive: A strong first impression
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Kia EV6 First Drive: A strong first impression

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Speaker 1: Today, we're on top of a parking deck in skeltering Las Vegas, Nevada to get an early peak and a quick turn behind the wheel in this, they all knew Kia EV six. Now it's not the first electric vehicle that Kia has ever built, but it is the first to use the dedicated electric vehicle platform or E GMP that's shared by the rest of the Hyundai motor group. Now enough talking about it, let's get behind the wheel. Now, when I say quick turn, I mean, I [00:00:30] had just barely enough time to drive the car and form an early opinion, not to mention film it, which is why you're enjoying this B-roll footage while I get you up. The speed. First up is the rear drive EV six long range with at single 225 horsepower motor and 258 pound feet of torque as specified by the long range designation. It's powered by a 77.4 kilowat hour battery. But right now we've got, uh, paddle shifters right here that let us select our lead level of, uh, regenerative breaking. So [00:01:00] we can go from almost no regenerative braking, just a little bit, all the way up to what's called the eye pedal mode, which is your one pedal driving. We're gonna use that for the course. Here we go. Quick zero to 30 run. Speaker 1: That's pretty good. Again, not a huge runway here, but pretty good P hiccup from the 200 and some odd pound fee of torque that we've got here despite the lower horsepower. [00:01:30] Now, one of the interesting things about Kia's tuning of this platform versus Hyundai is in typical Kia fashion. They've decided to go a little bit more aggressive, a little bit more sporty. So we're expecting a little bit of a stiffer ride from this. Then, for example, the ionic five, with which it shares its platform. I expect that that vehicle is gonna have a little bit more of a comfortable, soft ride, but this is pretty smooth. Again, this is a very smooth course with just one sort of speed hump in the middle of it, but [00:02:00] feels pretty good. Again, you might think that with less power than the all-wheel drive version, this would feel a little bit wimpy, but it's got plenty of torque enough torque. Speaker 1: I reckon just based on this first impression for most people to, you know, do their highway merges and their, uh, pulls away from the stoplight without feeling like this vehicle is underpowered weight of that big old long range battery. Now rear wheel drive with the long range battery is going to give [00:02:30] you the longest possible range of any EV six configuration though. Kia hasn't exactly released the EPA numbers. Now we do know with the smaller of the battery pack and rear wheel drive, we're gonna get over 300 miles of range. So we're expecting big things from this with something like 40% more battery. Okay, let's give this regenerative breaking test again. So we're in I pedal mode. You step on the gas you lift off and it just brings the car all the way down to [00:03:00] a stop without having to touch the brakes at all. Speaker 1: It's my favorite part about electric driving is that sort of control that you get with one pedal driving takes a little bit of getting used to, but stick with it. Trust me, it's worth it. Now for that, let's get into the more powerful all-wheel drive version with the big egg battery. The all-wheel drive model adds a second motor to the front axle bumping total output to 321 horsepower and 446 pound feet of torque. It's capable of sprinting from zero [00:03:30] to 60 in around five seconds, which I definitely didn't get to experience on the short rooftop course set before me. Okay. Now we're in the all-wheel drive version with the larger battery. Now here in the United States, we're only gonna get the Kia EV six in three specs there's rear wheel drive with the standard range battery. That's your 300 miles. There is rear wheel drive with the long range battery that we don't know how many miles it'll do yet. Speaker 1: And we also have the most potent version, the all-wheel drive, which [00:04:00] is only available with the long range battery here. We're looking at around 313 horsepower in a pretty respectable zero to 60 time of around five seconds in change. Now we're not gonna be able to get that full zero to 60 time on this very short course, but I think we can get a pretty good feel for the acceleration. So here we go. We're gonna pop into I pedal mode. My favorite way to drive an electric car. We're gonna pop into sport mode because that's always fun. Speaker 1: [00:04:30] Woo, right off the bat, a lot more power obviously than the rear wheel drive version. And also a very interesting sound sort of coming from the rear. I don't know if my microphone picked that up, but it was sort of a electric futuristic sci-fi sound that sort of indicates the power overall, as I'm driving this thing around the course, I'm noticing more of that sort of [00:05:00] deep see sound that is sort of giving this thing, uh, a bit more of a sporty feel, obviously more power that feels good when you're giving it a squid away from a corner fame, really sort of tight handling on this short course, very low speed course, but I can already tell that this is gonna feel pretty good on city street. So here you go. One more acceleration run and that's 30. [00:05:30] So pretty good power for getting off the line when you're pulling away from a traffic light, or if you need to do a quick merge onto the interstate, you're gonna have plenty of acceleration with all wheel drive powertrain. And the thing is, there's a better one coming late in 2022, there's going to be a GT version that uses long range battery, presumably, and even more powerful dual electric motors for somewhere in the neighborhood of Speaker 2: 576 horsepower. I don't even wanna imagine [00:06:00] what that feels like, but I'm looking forward to it again. These were far from optimal conditions, but I was able to get a pretty good feel for the acceleration steering suspension tune and the performance difference between the rear and all-wheel drive power trains. Okay. I'll be honest. When I found out I was gonna be driving the EV six on top of a parking deck today, I expected it to be pretty boring, but color me impressed this thing's done a fantastic job of making a very strong first impression [00:06:30] under these limited conditions. And I'm looking forward to getting more time behind the wheel, particularly of the dual motor version, but especially of that more powerful GT coming next year, I'll get my chance when the 2022 Kia EV six launches early next year pricing hasn't yet been finalized beyond the $58,500 fully loaded EV six first edition based on the long range all wheel drive, which is already fully reserved. And while I'm in press with what I've seen, I'm reserving final [00:07:00] judgment for when I'm able to actually test on the roads until then head on over to the roadshow.com for more detail specs in to learn about the EV six is cool bidirectional charging port that send power to appliances devices, even other EVs. It's pretty cool. Also check out on a YouTube channel it's called road news. And as you might guess, it's dedicated to covering just the news that happens in automotive every week. You'll find the link in the normal places.

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