Release Date: October 25 (UK), early 2022 (US)
Price: From £40,945, US price TBA
Power: 2 motor AWD
Battery Range: 310 miles
0 to 62 mph: 5.2 seconds
Smarts: AR heads up display, Level 2 autonomous driving features
The Kia EV6, EV6 GT-Line and EV6 GT are official, and in some regions they’re already available to reserve. Kia’s new flagship EV is based on the E-GMP platform, and looks to be a good-sized crossover that may just have a few sports car aspirations up its sleeve. But like all good EVs the Kia EV6 is packed with technology and genuinely useful features.
Not only can it let other EVs recharge from its battery, it can also offer some backup power in the event that your home suffers a power outage, offers an AR heads-up display, and can drive up to 60 miles after just five minutes of charging. Here’s everything you need to know about the Kia EV6, including price, release date, special features, and more.
Kia EV6: Release date and price
However, as a rough guide in the UK the entry level EV6 Air starts at £40,945 ($55,723 based on a straight currency conversion); the EV6 GT-Line starts at £43,945 ($59,805); and the GT-Line S starts at £48,445 ($65,930).
Kia EV6: Design and features
It’s fair to say that the EV6 ticks the right boxes when it comes to design.
The outside of the EV6 is outfitted with stylish and modern LED lighting. A rear light system that crosses the whole trunk makes it clear that this car’s a bit different, without being totally at odds with everything else on the road. That interior is made from recycled and sustainable materials as well, including vegan leather.
Inside, Kia hasn’t fallen for that Tesla-like tablet design. Instead. it’s followed Porsche’s lead and use a proper display behind the wheel and another over the centre console. This is a more traditional approach to cabin design, which means it’s not quite as instantly jaw-dropping. It will, however, still look good in a few years time when the tablet screens have faded away.
There are plenty of physical controls. too, meaning you don’t have to operate everything from a touch screen. When migrating traditional car owners to electric, this is likely to be a big selling point for anyone who’s not into high-tech gadgets in their cars.
If cargo space is your thing (and why wouldn’t it be?) there’s between 27.7 and 53.5 cubic feet to work with, depending on whether you fold down the rear seats or not.
The EV6 is also set to come with an augmented reality heads up display, which projects key driving information onto the windscreen. That way you can check your speed, directions, and other information without taking your eyes off the road.
A lot of other popular features are making their way to the EV6 too, including wireless charging, 360-degree cameras, parking sensors, remote parking assistance, and a 14-speaker Meridian premium Audio system. There’s also a blue light filter on the infotainment and TFT displays, to help ease eye strain.
Kia EV6: Autonomous Driving Features
The Kia EV6 packs in a number of key safety features called “Highway Driving Assist 2” (HDS 2). This is a Level 2 autonomous system, which is not true driverless autonomy, but is still taking over some of the work during long trips.
HDA 2 uses a radar based system to “see” other cars during highway driving, and maintains the car at a set speed and distance from the car ahead. This system can also keep the EV6 centered in its lane, and is smart enough to detect upcoming curves in the road and reduces its speed accordingly.
What’s most interesting is that HDS 2 is also capable of recognising when another vehicle drives into close proximity, and adjusts the car’s path to avoid any possible collisions that might have otherwise occurred.
Also included is a blind spot monitor and collision avoidance systems, warning the driver if any cars are hiding out of sight. The EV 6 will also be able to change lanes by itself, provided the driver hits a button on the indicator lever. There’s also a forward collision avoidance system as well as both junction turning and junction crossing features to offer “maximum preventative safety when navigating junctions.”
Naturally the driver still need to keep their hands on the steering wheel while this features are active, and remain attentive of the road ahead in case they need to take back control.
Kia EV6: Range and charging
There are three different Kia EV6 trim levels to choose from, with two different sizes of battery. First up is the Standard Range RWD EV6, which packs in a 58kWh battery and offers 232 miles of range per the EPA combined cycle.
Meanwhile there’s a 77.4 kWh battery in the Long Range RWD and the Long Range AWD models. Those offer 310 miles and 274 miles of range, respectively. Again that’s per the EPA testing cycle, which is what you’ll see advertised once the car goes on sale in the United States.
However we don’t know what wheel size was used with the testing, which can have an impact. The EV6 will be available with 19″, 20″ and 21″ wheels, depending on which model you buy.
As for charging, the Kia EV6 can handle up to 350kW DC rapid charging,. Provided you can find one of the elusive chargers capable of offering such high speeds, Kia claims you can recharge your battery from 10-80% in just 18 minutes. That’s roughly 210 miles of range, and pretty incredible if you ask us.
However if you use a much more common 50kW rapid charger that time increases to an hour and 13 minutes. Which is a lot, and means drivers might want to be sure they’re going to a station with 100kW speeds or more to avoid lengthy delays on long journeys.
As for home charging, an 11 KW AC charger will go from 0-100% on seven hours and 20 minutes. Sadly a 240 wall socket takes almost 33 hours to recharge, so you’re going to want to install a home EV charger if you want any hope of topping your battery up overnight.
On top of this the Kia EV6 has the ability to charge other electric cars at 1.1kW speeds. Kia says this is the equivalent to using a 110v charger. That’s an exceptionally slow speed, so it should only be used when you have no more options.
Kia EV6: Key specs
The Kia EV6 GT-Line and GT-Line S models can go from 0-62mph in just 5.2 seconds if you pick the AWD option, and both have a top speed of 116mph.
Those figures drop to 7.3 seconds and 114mph if you opt for either either car with the RWD trim or the RWD-only EV6 Air
Kia also says that the EV6 will be able to act as a portable electricity supply for your life. It’s equipped with vehicle-to-load, which allows you to send power from the car directly into your home if you’re having a power outage. It can provide up to 3.6kW of electricity in this mode, enough to at least keep your fridge cool and some lights on.
Kia EV6: Outlook
The fast charging, long range and option to use this car as a power source on a camping trip or during a power outage are thoughtful and likely to be genuinely useful. Kia may well have put together the ultimate electric car package here.