2022 Kia EV6 Overview: Finest Foot Ahead

Consider it or not, Kia drew inspiration from the Lancia Stratos, of all locations, when designing the EV6, and truthfully, I can see it. The EV6’s wildly styled taillight design, which protrudes past the physique panels, bears greater than a passing resemblance to the Stratos’ wing. There’s some inspiration within the form of the cabin, too, as a chunkier rear pillar offers option to a greenhouse that appears a bit like a helmet visor.

The entrance finish is its personal beast, nevertheless it’s additionally pretty, due to some exaggerated shapes on the hood ending in an aggressive little nostril. Throw in my GT-Line tester’s particular 20-inch alloy wheels and a few Runway Crimson paint, and there is fairly the aesthetic right here. It is a far cry from the blockier, nearly pixelated Hyundai Ioniq 5, and the Kia seems far much less SUV-ish than the Volkswagen ID 4.

The EV6’s inside carves its personal path, as effectively. The floating heart console lacks the sliding functionality of the Ioniq 5, however I do not miss it. As an alternative, I am appreciating simply how a lot crap I can depart within the large lower-level tray and the sizable cubby below the armrest. The devoted spot for the wi-fi machine charger is a pleasant contact, too. My tester’s seats are wrapped in a cushty, grippy microfiber (a $295 improve) that performs effectively with the black-and-silver motif.

The rear seats supply loads of house, too. I am additionally a giant fan of the local weather controls, which dwell in a contact panel under the multimedia display and will be swapped to regulate the amount and infotainment with a single faucet. Additionally not like the Ioniq 5, the EV6 has direct controls for the heated seats and steering wheel, making chilly mornings go away that a lot sooner.

Out again, the EV6’s trunk provides 24.Four cubic ft of storage, which is sufficient for just a few suitcases or an entire lot of groceries. Nevertheless, it is available in just a few cubes behind the Ioniq 5 (27.2 cubic ft), and each lag behind the VW ID 4 (30.Three cubic ft). There is a frunk, too, form of; it is truly a small field surrounded by different random {hardware}, and with only a couple cubic ft of capability, its presence neither makes nor breaks the automobile.

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The EV6 is not going to win any cargo-capacity awards, however the trunk is simple to load issues into, and it is greater than sufficient for a pair or a household on the develop.

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The Kia EV6 is on the market in a single-motor, rear-wheel drive configuration with a alternative of battery sizes, however my tester packs a further motor and the most important battery on supply. Its 77.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery delivers juice to the 2 motors, producing a internet 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. With that a lot energy, it is no shock the EV6 can scoot, reaching 60 mph in lower than 5 seconds. It isn’t arduous to be the primary automobile away from each pink gentle, and that torque will be accessed at any time when my proper foot wishes, making each passing maneuver a breeze.

Regardless of a curb weight north of 4,500 kilos, the Kia feels fairly gentle on its ft. The static suspension setup does an incredible job of maintaining issues clean and composed, whether or not the automobile is placing down the freeway or heading into some curvy backroads. It is fairly darn enjoyable to drive, with well-weighted steering and pedals which are straightforward to modulate.

Nevertheless, in lots of eventualities, you might solely want to make use of one pedal. Just like the Ioniq 5, the Kia EV6 depends on a multi-stage regenerative braking system that may be adjusted by the steering wheel paddles. In its strongest setting, it allows one-pedal driving that does an incredible job instructing drivers tips on how to present smoother and smoother inputs. Every car restart requires the motive force to re-enable one-pedal mode, however that is hardly a grievance.

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Able to juice up? The Kia’s port is situated below the taillight, so hopefully it is a house you’ll be able to again into.

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Being smaller than the Ioniq 5 offers the Kia EV6 an effectivity benefit. Whereas the 77.4-kWh, AWD Ioniq 5 receives a 98-MPGe score from the EPA with 256 miles of estimated vary, the equally geared up Kia EV6 bumps these figures as much as 105 MPGe and 274 miles. Each are extra environment friendly than the VW ID Four AWD Professional, as effectively. The EV6’s onboard pc measures effectivity in miles per kilowatt hour, and my private driving fashion elicited a median of two.9 mi/kWh, not far off the EPA’s 3.1 mi/kWh.

When it comes time to cost, the EV6’s underlying 800-volt structure is able to accepting as much as 240 kilowatts of juice, sufficient to ship the battery from 10% to 80% in simply 18 minutes. Many of the chargers round me prime out at 62.5 kW, although, which takes me from 50% to 100% in about an hour, and the lion’s share of that point is spent between 80% and 100%, the place the charging pace will get progressively slower. Some of us do not like how the charging port’s flap integrates into the taillight meeting, however I feel it is cool. Simply ensure you again into the parking house.

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Apart from what’s on the twin shows atop the dashboard, the Kia EV6 bears little or no inside resemblance to the Ioniq 5.

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As for cabin tech, the 2022 Kia EV6 packs it in spades. A pair of 12.3-inch screens span half the dashboard. The gauge show on the left is just about a carbon copy of Hyundai’s, which isn’t a foul factor in any respect, because it does an incredible job displaying all of the pertinent data in just a few other ways. The display on the proper runs Kia’s newest infotainment system, which I fairly get pleasure from and which can be shared between Genesis, Hyundai and Kia. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are normal, however they cannot be accomplished wirelessly, which is a little bit of a bummer. Additional irritating the smartphone-mirroring expertise is the only real USB-A port for information, which is situated close to the ground below the HVAC controls. There is a USB-C port up entrance for quick charging, in addition to two USB-C ports for the rear, that are cleverly embedded into the entrance seat backs.

Security tech abounds, as effectively. The EV6 comes normal with Kia’s Drivewise suite of lively and passive driver aids. This covers automated emergency braking, ahead collision warning, adaptive cruise management, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, distant parking help and lane-keeping help. The ACC will work together with its different programs to carry the car in its lane and hold tempo with visitors, together with stop-and-go conditions, and it performs admirably for a hands-on setup.

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The EV6 oozes cool from each pore.

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Though Kia is thought for providing a few of the most value-laden autos available on the market, EVs are nonetheless an costly proposition and the 2022 EV6 is not any outlier. Base fashions begin at $42,115, together with $1,215 in vacation spot costs. My tester, a top-of-the-line GT-Line AWD with the upgraded suede seats, waters the eyes a bit with an out-the-door worth of $57,410. That is a smidge dearer than the Ioniq 5 in comparable trims, and it is just a few thousand {dollars} greater than what you’d pay for a VW ID Four AWD Professional S.

Kia did a superb job with the 2022 EV6. Regardless of sharing lots of the similar bits as its sibling from Hyundai, the Kia stands aside with its styling, extra compact physique and barely boosted vary. The EV6 is nice to drive, nice to take a look at and its in-car know-how would not disappoint.

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