Kia EV6: everything you need to know about the Korean electric crossover

Kia EV6 is the new crossover of the Korean house . Closely related to the Hyundai Ioniq 5, with which it shares the platform, it is the first car of the Korean brand to be born as purely electric . It is no coincidence that the starting point is the E-GMP platform (acronym for Electric-Global Modular Platform), designed specifically for battery-powered cars. This crossover represents a further step taken by Kia towards an electrification of its range, which already includes the e-Soul, plus several hybrid models (including plug-in ones).

New Kia EV6, dimensions and design

The Kia EV6 is a crossover that can be placed in the D segment of the market. In fact, the dimensions are quite important (to give the idea the dimensions are more or less those of a sedan like the BMW 3 Series):

  • length: 4,680 mm (4,695 mm for GT-line and GT)
  • width: 1,880 mm (1,890 mm for GT-line and GT)
  • height: 1,550 mm (1,545 mm for the GT version)
  • wheelbase: 2,900 mm

In terms of style, the EV6 stands out quite clearly from recent Kia productions. The proportions, thanks to the use of the E-GMP platform, are unprecedented , with an incredibly short and sloping front at the end that frees up space for the passenger compartment. The very long wheelbase then made it possible to give the sensation of having the wheels in the four corners of the body, with overhangs really reduced to a minimum. As we will see in a little more detail, there are small differences to distinguish the standard EV6 from the EV6 GT-line and EV6 GT. The “Tiger Nose” grille which had now become a trademark of Kia, here evolves into the “Digital Tiger Face”.

The side is muscular, with wide and rounded wheel arches that house rather generously sized wheels (21 inches in the case of the GT) and quite showy side skirts, especially on the EV6 GT and EV6 GT Line. The terminal part of the side skirts curves upwards, ideally joining the LED strip of the rear lights. Details such as the door handles flush with the bodywork also contribute to the cleanliness of the side, which at the same time contribute to improving the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The roof slowly descends and ends with a two-slot spoiler, which is useful for further improving the aerodynamics of the vehicle.

In the rear, rather high and with a small and extremely inclined rear window, we find a spoiler integrated into the bodywork in which the LED strip is set that runs through the car from one end of the body to the other, pushing up to the rear wheel arches. There is also a molding that has a different finish depending on the trim level: on the standard EV6 it is chromed, on the GT-line and on the GT it is dark gray.

How it is inside

The very generous wheelbase of the Kia EV6 of 2900 mm (much in relation to the length of 4680 mm for the standard and 4695 mm for the GT Line and GT) has allowed to obtain a very airy interior for its occupants. An interior that also promises to be practical, with numerous storage spaces scattered here and there. What most catches the eye is certainly the pair of screens, both 12-inch, characterized by a curved profile and without interruptions , which seem to protrude from the dashboard, hollowed out in the upper part. The area between the two front seats is interesting, which has a suspended structure in which some controls are housed, such as those for the gearbox and the power button, facing the driver.

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Kia is keen to emphasize the use of recycled materials for some parts of the passenger compartment . This is the case of the seats, made using recycled plastic (with the amount of material used equal to 111 bottles of water).

Finally, let's talk about the trunk. The capacity with all seats in use is 520 liters in a five-seater configuration, rising to 1300 liters with the rear seat folded down. In addition to the classic rear compartment, there is an additional one under the front hood of 52 liters for the two-wheel drive models which drops to 20 liters for the four-wheel drive models.

Kia EV6, the engines: performance and autonomy

The Kia EV6 can boast five types of engines. Among these, the most performing is that of the Kia EV6 GT: two electric motors, one front and one rear (the traction is all-wheel), deliver a total of 430 kW (585 HP) and a torque of 740 Nm. These numbers are comparable to those of electric super sedans like the Audi e-tron GT or the Porsche Taycan. In addition, the EV6 GT unlike the other EV6s can benefit from an electronic limited slip differential , for the benefit of driving pleasure and safety for travelers. The rear-wheel drive versions have only one electric motor located on the rear axle, while the all-wheel drive versions have two.

Version Battery capacity Traction Power Couple 0-100 km / h Max speed Autonomy
EV6 Long Range RWD 77.4 kWh Rear 168 kW 350 Nm 5.2 s ed > 510 km
EV6 Long Range AWD 77.4 kWh Whole wheat 239 kW 605 Nm 5.2 s ed > 510 km
EV6 Standard Range RWD 58.0 kWh Rear 125 kW 350 Nm 6.2 s ed ed
EV6 Standard Range AWD 58.0 kWh Whole wheat 173 kW 605 Nm 6.2 s ed ed
EV6 GT 77.4 kWh Whole wheat 430 kW 740 Nm 3.5 s 260 km / h ed

As can be seen from the engine table, the customer can choose his Kia EV6 also based on the autonomy he needs , as the battery pack can be 77.4 kWh (Long Range) or 58.0 kWh (Standard Range). The latter was "flattened" and placed between the two axes. This setting provides a double advantage, as on the one hand it lowers the center of gravity and improves weight distribution, and on the other hand it allows for a more spacious cabin.

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Regenerative braking and a dedicated heat pump for maximum efficiency

There is no shortage of solutions for maximum efficiency to the advantage of autonomy : one of these is the intelligent regenerative braking, called i-Pedal, which can be activated and modulated through the paddles placed behind the steering wheel. This way under certain conditions the driver can drive using only the accelerator pedal, with the i-Pedal system coming into play as soon as the accelerator is released, slowing the car without the driver having to press the brake pedal.

To further improve the energy efficiency of the Kia EV6 , a specially designed heat pump has also been implemented to recover heat from the car's cooling system . It is a system that makes the car work optimally even when the environmental conditions are adverse. For example, at a temperature of -7 ° C the battery charging speed (up to 80% autonomy) is the same as it would be at 25 ° C.

Fast recharge, indeed … very fast (and not only)

100 km with a charge lasting less than four and a half minutes : these are the potential of the charging systems implemented on the Kia EV6. The battery pack can be recharged at 400 V or 800 V and in 18 minutes it is possible to go from 10 to 80% charge. There is also a reverse charging function, called Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) , which allows you to use the car to charge other electronic devices. Kia states that up to 3.6kW of power can be supplied and it is possible, for example, to run a 55-inch TV and an air conditioner simultaneously for more than 24 hours, plus recharge another vehicle, should the need.

Kia EV6: the technological equipment

The Kia EV6 debuts a new system for the infotelematic part , called “Kia Connect”, connected to the internet and which can be updated via OTA. But not only: "Kia Connect" allows, among other things, to view the state of charge of your vehicle, to identify locations and prices of charging points, to evaluate the range of action according to the remaining range of the car and to plan refills during the trip. All functions can be managed from the central 12-inch display. The other 12-inch screen acts as an instrument panel and can be assisted by the Head Up Display.

Kia EV6 GT, interior

Particular attention has also been paid to the part relating to the audio system, which is made by Meridian and has 12 speakers, for a high-level acoustic experience. There is also a system (Active Sound Design) that diffuses, through the speakers, an artificial sound to also give the perception of the speed at which you are traveling.

A large series of driving aids is also a must. Some of these are:

  • Safe Exit Assist (SEA) : is the system that takes care of preventing side collisions. It is useful when the door is opened to get out of the car: the system intervenes by alerting the arrival of another vehicle with an audible signal;
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA) : helps keep the vehicle on track;
  • Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2): this system, when active, maintains a safe distance from the vehicle in front based on the speed and checks that the vehicle does not leave the roadway, even when traveling not straight. But that's not all: in traffic, the HDA 2 system acts as a collision avoidance system. Furthermore, above a certain speed, using the control on the turn signal lever, the car can move into the corresponding lane according to the driver's will.
  • Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA): allows you to control the automatic parking of the car from the outside via the remote control

Kia EV6: how much it costs and when does it arrive in Italy

The Kia EV6 has a starting price of 49,500 euros , with availability starting from September 2021 for the standard and GT Line versions. The most performing Kia EV6 GT instead will arrive at the end of 2022 with a price starting from 69,500 euros. The car is already available for pre-order on the official Kia website (linkhere ) by paying an advance of 100 euros.

Version Price
Kia EV6 49,500 euros
Kia EV6 GT Line 61,000 euros
Kia EV6 GT 69,500 euros

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