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KIA EV6 GT AWD REVIEW

We’ve already driven the Kia EV6 GT in prototype form, but now we’ve had the chance to test the production car on the sort of roads that the 577 bhp all-wheel drive performance powertrain was designed for.

  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
  • Kia EV6 GT 2024
Green Car Guide Rating: 10/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:      Kia EV6 GT 77.4 kWh AWD
  • Fuel:      Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP):     263 miles
  • Maximum ultra-rapid charging rate:     233 kW

Summary

  • Most of the qualities of the standard Kia EV6 are retained
  • Extra performance added: 577 bhp and 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • All-wheel drive
  • Firm ride quality, although improved compared to prototype

BACKGROUND

We’ve already driven the Kia EV6 GT prototype when it first came to the UK, but it was a relatively short drive, so we were keen to live with the car for a longer period and test it over a longer distance – and critically, drive it on the sort of roads that the car was designed for. So what did we learn?

Kia EV6 GT 2024

Kia EV6 GT 2024

DESIGN & ENGINEERING

The excellent design and engineering base of the standard Kia EV6 is carried over to the GT model. That means a sporty-looking exterior, and a well-designed interior – more on that later. The main differentiating exterior features of the GT model are the larger alloy wheels and the bright green callipers for the larger brakes..

The 77.4 kWh battery and the all-wheel drive of the EV6 GT Line S is shared by the GT model, but the power has been upped – to 577 bhp (compared to 321 bhp of the GT Line S), with torque of 740 Nm at the rear and the same at the front (the GT Line S has 350 Nm at the rear and 255 Nm at the front). This transforms the (already impressive) 0-62 mph acceleration time from 5.2 seconds to 3.5 seconds, and the top speed increases from 114 mph to 162 mph.

The EV6 GT is also practical, with lots of rear legroom and a 490-litre boot with space under the boot floor for the charging cables (and 1,300 litres of space with the rear seats folded down). There’s also an extra 20-litre compartment under the bonnet for AWD models, allowing space for the charging cable.

The EV6 GT even has an impressive towing capacity of 1,800 kg.

Kia EV6 GT 2024

Kia EV6 GT 2024

KIA EV6 GT DRIVING EXPERIENCE

The standard Kia EV6 delivers an excellent driving experience; the GT model adds extra performance and even better body control. Extra performance means a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 3.5 seconds – which is pretty much supercar territory.

There are different drive modes – Eco, Normal, Sport and GT. GT provides the maximum performance experience, adjusting the electric motors, steering, dampers, e-LSD, ESC and brakes for maximum performance. You can even create your own settings, or select Drift Mode (pull and hold the left and right paddle shift levers for more than 3 seconds at the same time to switch to drift mode). The standard three drive modes are selected by pressing a button on the left of the steering wheel, and the GT drive mode is selected by pressing a button on the right of the steering wheel. These drive mode buttons are a perfect example of how well the EV6’s cabin is laid out.

And while we’re on the subject, other examples of the thoughtful cockpit design include the start/stop button, which is easily accessible on top of the centre console, near the equally conveniently located gear selector and the heated seat and heated steering wheel buttons. And then there’s the lane departure warning system, which can be switched off with a short push of a button on the steering wheel, and the amount of brake regeneration can be adjusted easily via paddles behind the steering wheel, giving the choice of four levels – which is by far the best way of adjusting the brake regeneration.

As well as clear information on the central touchscreen and information directly in front of the driver in the instrument display, there’s also a head-up display which gives you a read-out of the speed limit and your speed.

Under the touchscreen you can toggle between two rows of buttons: one for controlling features on the touchscreen such as navigation and media, and one for climate controls.

The reason for talking about the dashboard so extensively is because the EV6 GT is a fast car, and so many of the latest EVs have virtually all of their main car controls hidden in the central touchscreen, but in the EV6 you can access controls easily at speed, which makes for a better and safer driving experience.

So back to driving the EV6 GT: we’ve already established that it offers lots of performance, and while the standard EV6 has rewarding handling, the GT model tightens up the body control, and it also features an electronic limited slip differential (eLSD), which is designed to provide torque to the wheels with the most grip. Thanks to its weight of 2,200 kg, the GT is best suited to long flowing corners rather than tight hairpins.

So the EV6 GT is a fun and highly enjoyable car to drive on country roads, but it also feels very secure and planted on motorways. However motorways throw up one of the downsides of large (21-inch) wheels and tyres – there can be a lot of road noise on certain surfaces. And if you drive on a road with loose gravel, the noise from gravel in the wheel arches and under the car transmits loudly into the cabin.

And then there’s the ride quality. Whereas the standard EV6 offers comfortable ride quality, the EV6 has a firm ride, especially in GT mode; it’s best to avoid roads with potholes. However the ride quality does appear to be improved compared to the prototype EV6 that we drove last year.

Let’s talk about grip. The EV6 GT is all-wheel drive, so it delivers more traction than the rear-wheel drive EV6. But even with all-wheel drive, it’s very easy for the grip from the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres to be overwhelmed by all the torque, especially on cold and wet road surfaces. And putting a tight steering lock on the EV6 in a car park results in the front wheels scrubbing.

One other thing to note about the EV6 GT: you lose the electric seat adjustment of the standard EV6 – this is replaced by manual seat controls, which doesn’t give you the easy, precise adjustment of electric seats. On the plus side, rear seat occupants get their own heated seats.

Kia EV6 GT 2024

Kia EV6 GT 2024

KIA EV6 GT ELECTRIC RANGE AND CHARGING

The Kia EV6 GT has an official combined WLTP range of 263 miles. This compares to 300 miles for the GT Line S 77.4kWh AWD model, and 328 miles for the rear-wheel drive model. The larger wheels will be a factor in the reduced official range of the GT model.

One thing that we weren’t able to check on our initial drive of the GT prototype was the real-world range, but this was possible on our week-long test. And the results weren’t good: the GT’s average real-world range was 210 miles. A slight mitigating factor was the fact that we had the car during the first week of January, when the temperatures were barely above zero, so we would hope for an improvement in the range in summer.

All EV6 models have 800V electrical architecture, which means that they can use a 350kW ultra-rapid charger to deliver a 10% to 80% charge in just 18 minutes. Using a 50kW charger, a rapid charge from 10% to 80% takes 1 hour 13 minutes. With a 7kW home charger the battery can be replenished from 10% to 100% in 7 hours 20 minutes.

The Kia EV6 has a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function which can supply up to 3.6kW of power from the battery for domestic electrical items (via a 3-pin plug socket located under the front of the rear seats) or it can even charge another EV (via an adaptor that fits into the external charging socket).

A heat pump, designed to maximise driving range in cold weather, is standard on the EV6 GT, and is available as an option on GT-Line and GT-Line S models.

Electric cars do not charge at their maximum charge rate for an entire charging session – their charge rate typically starts off high with a battery with a low state of charge, then the charge rate decreases as the battery charge increases. See the charge curve for the Kia EV6 from Fastned:

KIA-EV6 charge curve

How to charge an electric car

Kia EV6 GT 2024

Kia EV6 GT 2024

PRICE AND MODEL RANGE

The all-wheel drive Kia EV6 GT costs £62,675 (compared to £57,175 for the GT Line S AWD with a heat pump), so there’s a £5,500 premium for the extra performance.

There are three other EV6 model grades available: ‘Air’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’. ‘Air’ models are available only with the rear-wheel drive powertrain; ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models offer the choice of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Heat pumps are optional on the EV6.

Prices and specifications correct at time of review

Kia EV6 GT 2024

Kia EV6 GT 2024

Conclusion

The basic Kia EV6 is an excellent car, and when you drive the GT Line S model, it’s possible that you’ll think that it can handle more performance. Kia obviously had the same idea, and the GT is the result. And the GT certainly delivers more performance, with its 577 bhp power output and 0-62 mph acceleration time of 3.5 seconds, and it also offers tighter body control. The basic qualities of the standard EV6 remain: a good-looking, sporty exterior and a practical, spacious interior with a well designed, functional cabin. In return for the extra performance and body control, the GT model delivers a firmer ride, a reduced electric driving range, and a price premium of around £5,500 over the GT Line S. So it’s your choice: if you want maximum performance, go for the GT; if you want more comfortable ride quality, a longer range, and a cost saving, go for the GT Line S. The fact that the GT Line S may seem to be the more sensible buy doesn’t stop the Kia EV6 GT from scoring a Green Car Guide rating of 10 out of 10.

Car facts and figures KIA EV6 GT AWD REVIEW

  • Test electric driving range: 210 miles
  • Electricity consumption (WLTP) combined: 206 Wh/km (3.01mi/kWh)
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):      £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2022/23): 2%
  • Price:      £62,675
  • Insurance group:      TBC
  • Power:      577 bhp
  • Torque:      740 Nm
  • Max speed:      162 mph
  • 0-62 mph:      3.5 seconds
  • Weight:      2,200 kg
  • Maximum braked trailer weight: 1800kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor