KIA has produced some of the best mainstream electric cars in recent years, so it is fair to say that expectations are high for the EV6; the first KIA to be designed from the ground up as an EV.
The EV6 shares a platform with the excellent Hyundai IONIQ 5, but there are some technical differences between the two. The most surprising differences are the KIA having a shorter wheelbase (2,900 metres vs 3,000 metres) and having a bigger usable battery capacity. Both hint at KIA’s decision to position the EV6 as a more sporting GT, so is there any difference on the road?
Yes. To be clear the EV6 isn’t an out and out sports car but it does feel more engaging than the laid back IONIQ 5 and is fun to drive. What is equally impressive is that this has been achieved without ruining the ride quality or refinement. In short the EV6 just feels better sorted and more polished than the Hyundai.
Talking about driving, there is more good news. With the 800 volt architecture (shared with the IONIQ 5) you get a state of the art system previously reserved for cars costing twice the amount. There are many benefits to this system, but one of the most obvious is the ability to fully utilise Ultra Rapid charging. In this case it can handle around 230 kW which translates into a 10% – 80% charge time of just 18 minutes.
The EV6 looks great, has a very well thought out interior, provides lots of passenger space, two boots and praise be features short cut buttons and steering wheel mounted driver mode and driver assistance buttons. As a result it feels like KIA has really thought about the driver which makes day to usability a very strong point. Coupled with a 7 year warranty, very good range, excellent real world efficiency, and an 800 volt architecture, the asking price isn’t just reasonable, it is a steal.
The only real decision is whether to pick an IONIQ 5 or an EV6. Apart from the styling differences, the easiest way to split the two is driver involvement. If this isn’t on your wish list, the IONIQ 5 is superb. If you do want a bit more fun the EV6 is the winner.
Estimated real world range: 230 – 328 miles
Official range: 328 miles
Official electricity consumption: 165 Wh/km
Battery pack: 77.4 kWh (net) lithium ion; 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty
Recharge time: 7 kW charge approx 12 hours 30 mins; 11 kW charge approx 7 hours 20 mins; Rapid CCS 50 kW approx 1 hour 13 mins (10 – 80%); Ultra Rapid CCS 233 kW 18 mins (10 – 80%)