Close
Independent, Expert EV Reviews & Advice Since 2006

1=st

4x4s

KIA EV9 GT-Line AWD

KIA EV9 GT-Line AWD

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: KIA EV9 GT-Line AWD
  • Fuel: Electric
  • Range (WLTP): 313 miles
KIA EV9 GT-Line AWD

Summary

KIA is on a roll, producing some of our favourite EVs that combine cutting edge electric tech with long warranties and user friendly interiors. The EV9 has a lot to live up to, so can KIA delivery again?

At just over 5 metres in length the EV9 is substantial but the space has been put to great use with 7 seats as standard. This is aided by the dedicated electric platform that means every inch of space can be maximised. As a result there is a usable boot (312 litres) and additional space under the bonnet (52 litres) which is great for storing all the charging cables. If you can fold the second and third row of seats down you can liberate a van like 2,993 litres making the EV9 a great occasional load luger.

The good news continues in the really comfortable and massively adjustable driver’s seat. The new ‘panoramic wide display’ combines a 12.3 inch instrument cluster with a 12.3 inch infotainment screen. Both look good and offer a clear view of all the vital information. Cleverly between the two is a 5.3 inch screen which is dedicated to heating and ventilation. If we are nit picking we would prefer this screen to be repositioned (like the EV6) but it is great to have a permanent ventilation display and KIA gets top marks for including a physical toggle switch for temperature and fan speed.

Of course a great interior is a good start but what about the key electric facts? Well you get a big 99.8 kWh battery which is a fourth generation pack, providing power to all four wheels enabling an official range of 313 miles. KIA’s 800v platform enables charging speeds of up to 210kW enabling a 10%-80% charge in just 24 minutes via an Ultra Rapid charger. The big battery capacity does mean it will take around 15 hours to charge at home, but it is key to 300 mile plus official range.

KIA’s experience is apparent once more via easily selectable drive modes, and physical paddles behind the steering wheel that allow the driver to select the level of regeneration required. It is such an intuitive system that we are surprised it hasn’t been adopted by more manufacturers. You can also feel the countless hours of development in the accelerator, braking and suspension control which make the asking price feel absolutely reasonable.

In short the EV9 combines an 800v platform with amazing refinement, massive practicality, polished suspension and an amazingly hushed interior to make a very compelling proposition. The fact that it also has a very well thought out interior with physical controls for key functions such as heating, fan speed, audio volume, drive assist and drive mode shows that KIA has also thought about the driver and that means the EV9 gets a coveted 10/10 rating.

Read our first drive KIA EV9 review

 

Estimated real world range: 219 – 313 miles
Official range: 313 miles
Official electricity consumption: 228 Wh/km
Battery pack: 99.8 kWh (gross) lithium ion polymer; 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty (>70% SoC)
Recharge time: 7 kW charge approx 15 hours (10% – 100%); 11 kW  charge approx 9 hours 05 minutes (10 – 100%); Rapid CCS 50 kW approx 1 hour 23 mins (10 – 80%); Ultra Rapid CCS 210 kW 24 minutes (10 – 80%)

 

Please note that CO2 emissions quoted for electric cars are not directly comparable to diesel and petrol cars. This is because CO2 emissions quoted are calculated by Green Car Guide and include the emissions created at the power station turning fuel (e.g. gas etc) into electricity and in transmitting and distributing the electricity to an end user. They do not include the actual production of the fuel (e.g. gas extraction and refinery emissions). Petrol and diesel emissions are supplied by car manufacturers and are based solely on the fuel burnt in the engine (tailpipe emissions) and do not include the production of the fuel or distribution to a fuel station. In practice this means that electric car emissions are over-estimated relative to petrol and diesel. For instance if an electric car, a petrol car, and a diesel car are all reported to emit 100 g/km CO2, the electric car actually has lower emissions.

See Green Car Guide Reviews of all 4x4s, SUVs & Crossovers

Specifications KIA EV9 GT-Line AWD

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: N/A
  • Fuel economy, urban: 415 miles
  • CO2 emissions: Officially 0 g/km. Estimated (313 mile range) approx 48 g/km average UK electricity, (219 mile range) 67 g/km
  • VED: £0 a year
  • Weight: 2,648 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2023/24): 2%
  • Price: £73,275
  • Insurance group: TBC
  • Power: 378 bhp
  • Max speed: 214 mph
  • 0-62mph: 5.3 seconds
  • Torque: 516 lb ft