Kia EV6 review

Following the Soul and the popular e-Niro, this new EV6 is Kia’s third all-electric model on offer in showrooms with a choice of two or four-wheel drive and range of up to 328 miles. Kia’s electrified vehicle range is gathering pace with this third EV to enter its showrooms and plans to introduce 11 new electric vehicles to its full range by 2026.


Kia EV6 rear driving - EVs Unplugged

If you thought that this Kia EV6 was a reworked version of its sister car, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, then think again. While there are some crossover parts, this Kia has a bigger 77.4kWh battery and a longer range than its Hyundai counterpart along with more traditional SUV-like, fastback looks. There’s also no 58kWh version in the UK, although this is available elsewhere in Europe.

The traditional Kia tiger-face grille is now formed with LED lights, while the front wings bulge upwards and there’s a duck-tail-style rear end framed by a strip of LED lights that isn’t entirely unlike the rear of the Aston DBX SUV. Looking even better in the metal than in pictures, we think it’s nothing short of stunning.


Kia EV6 charging - EVs Unplugged

The Kia EV6 will only be offered in the UK with a single battery choice with 77.4kWh in either two or four-wheel drive and a choice of three trim levels – Air, GT Line and GT Line S. A flagship GT version will arrive in late 2022 with the equivalent of 577bhp and an eye-watering 0 to 60mph time of 3.5 seconds.

Not that the GT Line S is exactly slow mind you. With the equivalent of 320bhp, it will still get from 0 to 60mph in just 5.2 seconds and onto a 115mph top speed.

It marries that pace with decent efficiency too. The headline 328 mile range for the rear-wheel drive Air and GT Line will convince most buyers, but even the least efficient model – the four-wheel drive GT Line S – still has a range of 302 miles. Until that sporty GT model arrives, it means that every version of the EV6 has a range that starts with a ‘3’ – for many that’s likely to be a convincing argument.

Kia claims an energy consumption of 3.45mls/kWh for the GT Line S in all-wheel drive form. During our test drives however, including a mix of hard driving and motorway cruising and all with the air conditioning on, we still bettered that with 3.8mls/kWh. The rear-wheel drive Air and GT Line models return an official 3.76mls/kWh.

At an ultra-rapid charger, Kia claims a 10 to 80 per cent charge in just 18 minutes, while at an 11kW wallbox, a full charge will take 7 hours and 20 minutes.

Downloading the Kia Charge app, you can choose between ‘Easy’ or ‘Plus’ and pay a £1.99 download fee and charging session fee with ‘Easy’ or a £2.99 monthly subscription with ‘Plus’ but no session fee each time. Both give substantial discounts on roadside charging and even allow you to book charge points in advance too. If you’re regularly charging at rapid points, then the app is worth the download fee alone – on the Ionity network it reduces the rate from 69p/kWh to 25p/kWh.


Kia EV6 front driving - EVs Unplugged

When it comes to its on-road feel, Kia is keen to drawn a line through any comparisons with the Hyundai Ioniq 5. The wheelbase on the EV6 is shorter, with thicker anti-roll bars and improved damping and it’s essentially been engineered to be more fun to drive.

That’s intimated with its fastback-style silhouette and those bulging front wings which help you to place the car on the road when driving enthusiastically. There are effectively six different modes for the regenerative braking operated via the paddles behind the steering wheel.

The four basic modes start at zero and rise to three, then there is an iPedal mode which provides very strong regen allowing one pedal driving as it will bring the car to a complete stop if required. Lastly there is also an auto mode which adjusts the level of braking based on the navigation system and also the forward radar.

The reality is that all of the modes work well but, like the Ioniq 5, the iPedal mode is quite strong and probably best used for busier urban roads. We preferred to adjust it manually between the four standard modes according to the roads we were on and our driving mood.

However, start to drive the EV6 with a degree of verve and two things become immediately obvious. The first is its weight, with this all-wheel drive model tipping the scales at a rugby player over two tonnes (the rear-wheel drive car is 105kgs less). You never really escape that fact, but in reality with the weight set so low down, it’s less of an issue than you might at first imagine.

The second most obvious thing however is that Kia has succeeded in tuning the EV6 for driver enjoyment, particularly in the rear-wheel drive versions. As mentioned earlier, those front wings enable you to place the car perfectly through corners, the steering has a good amount of feel and, with little body roll too, it really builds your confidence to drive it hard through bends.

While we took advantage of some suitably empty mountain roads during an early morning drive, it’s no exaggeration to say that we think the EV6 could be one of the most engaging electric cars we’ve driven since the Porsche Taycan. Altogether it’s very positive and bodes well for the sportier GT model.


Kia EV6 interior - EVs Unplugged

Inside, there are the same twin landscape screens as the Ioniq 5 with a digital display in front of the driver and a head-up display. However, there’s also a slimmer secondary multi-mode display mounted centrally on the dash just below the main screen. That can cleverly switch between ventilation controls or shortcuts for the infotainment system and will appear on more Kias in the future including the forthcoming new Sportage.

Cameras in the door mirrors also come up in the display in front of the driver when you indicate, which is a nice touch and the floating console between the driver and front seat passenger looks really smart. It’s also big inside. Really big. Despite that fastback-style exterior, there is limo-like amounts of space in the back and even adults over six foot tall won’t go short on head or legroom.

Still on the subject of practicality, there’s a reasonable sized boot with a slim underfloor storage section. There’s also front boot with either 52-litre for the rear-wheel drive model or 20-litres on the four-wheel drive car.


With the EV6 range starting from £40,945, there’s a £3500 step for the rear-wheel drive models up to all-wheel drive.

Those prices don’t tell the whole of the EV6 story though. So far, the majority have been bought by retail customers (though the fleet side is expected to grow rapidly) but 80-90 per cent are new to Kia. The majority are also this top-of-the-range GT Line S. Crucial too are the part-exchange cars being offered in return – Teslas, BMW 5-Series’ and high end VWs.

And all of that tells you a lot about the weight of expectation behind the EV6, but also the people buying it, both now and in the future. With a great driving experience and that decent range, we think that the EV6 could well be one of the EV hits of 2022. Already listed for World Electric Car of the Year, we think you’d be a fool to bet against it.

Kia EV6 rear stationary - EVs Unplugged


Model: Kia EV6

Price: from £40,945

Power: Electric – 77.4kW

Range: 302-328 miles

Average consumption: 3.76mls/kWh

Average charge time on a domestic wallbox: 7hrs 20mins (11kW)

CO2 emissions: 0g/km

Rating: 9/10