Release date: October 25 (UK), early 2022 (US)
Price: From £ 40,945, US price to be determined
Power: 2 AWD motors
Battery range: 316 miles
0 to 62 mph: 5.2 seconds
Intelligent: AR Head-Up Display, Level 2 Autonomous Driving Features
The Kia EV6, EV6 GT-Line and EV6 GT are official, and in some regions they are already available for reservation. Kia’s new flagship is based on the E-GMP platform and looks like a good-sized crossover that might only have a few sports car aspirations up its sleeve. But like all good electric vehicles, the Kia EV6 is packed with really useful tech and features.
Not only can it let other EVs charge from its battery, but it can also offer back-up power in the event of a power failure in your home, has a heads-up AR display, and can travel 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
Kia has announced that the EV6 will go on sale in the UK from October 25, 2021 and is expected to arrive in the US in early 2022. The pricing is a bit tricky. There are no US numbers at this time, but we’ll update this page when we have them.
However, as a guide in the UK, the entry-level EV6 Air starts at £ 40,945 ($ 55,723 based on a simple 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 functionality
It’s fair to say that the EV6 ticks the right boxes when it comes to design.
The exterior of the EV6 is fitted with sleek and modern LED lighting. A taillight system that runs through the entire trunk makes it clear that this car is a little different, without being totally at odds with everything else on the road. This interior is also made from recycled and sustainable materials, including vegan leather.
Inside, Kia has not fallen for this Tesla-type tablet design. Instead of. it followed Porsche’s lead and uses a suitable display behind the wheel and one on the center console. This is a more traditional approach to cabin design, which means it’s not as instantly stunning. However, it will still look great in a few years, when the tablet screens are gone.
There are many physical checks. too, which means you don’t have to control everything from a touchscreen. As owners of traditional cars migrate to electric, this is probably a big selling point for anyone who doesn’t like 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 the rear seats down or not.
The EV6 is also equipped with an augmented reality head-up display, which projects key driving information onto the windshield. This way you can check your speed, route and other information without taking your eyes off the road.
Many other popular features are also making their way to the EV6, including wireless charging, 360-degree cameras, parking sensors, remote park assist, and a 14-speaker premium Meridian audio system. There is also a blue light filter on the infotainment and TFT screens, to help relieve eye strain.
Kia EV6: Autonomous Driving Features
The Kia EV6 incorporates 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 still does some of the work on long journeys.
HDA 2 uses a radar-based system to “see” other cars while driving on a freeway and keeps the car at a set speed and distance from the car in front. This system can also keep the EV6 centered in its lane, and is smart enough to detect upcoming turns on the road and reduce its speed accordingly.
What’s most interesting is that HDS 2 is also able to recognize when another vehicle is approaching and adjusts the trajectory of the car to avoid any possible collision that might have happened otherwise.
A blind spot monitor and collision avoidance systems are also included, alerting the driver if cars are hiding out of sight. The EV 6 will also be able to change lanes on its own, provided the driver presses a button on the indicator lever. There is also a forward collision avoidance system as well as cornering and junction crossover functions to offer “maximum preventive safety when navigating through intersections.“
Naturally, the driver should always keep their hands on the wheel while these functions are active and remain alert to the road in case they need to regain control.
Kia EV6: Range and charging
Although there are three different versions of the car, all trim levels come with the same 77.4 kWh battery pack. According to Kia, that will provide up to 328 miles of range with rear-wheel drive models, and up to 314 if you have more powerful all-wheel drive.
It is in accordance with the European WLTP test standard anyway. Kia US promises up to 300 miles of range, although it’s not clear which model this figure refers to.
As for charging, the Kia EV6 can handle up to 350kW of DC fast charging. Provided you can find one of the elusive chargers capable of delivering such high speeds, Kia claims you can recharge your battery from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. It’s about 210 miles of range, and pretty amazing if you ask us.
However, if you use a much more common 50kW fast charger, that time drops to an hour and 13 minutes. Which is a lot and means drivers might want to be sure that they will get to a station with speeds of 100kW or more to avoid long delays on long trips.
As for home charging, an 11 KW mains charger will go from 0 to 100% over seven hours and 20 minutes. Unfortunately, a 240 wall outlet takes almost 33 hours to recharge, so you’re going to want to install a home EV charger if you want to hope to charge your battery overnight.
In addition to this, the Kia EV6 has the ability to charge other electric cars at speeds of 1.1 kW. Kia says this is equivalent to using a 110v charger. This is an exceptionally slow speed, so it should only be used when you are out of options.
Kia EV6: Key specs
The Kia EV6 GT-Line and GT-Line S models can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds if you choose the AWD option, and both have a top speed of 116 mph.
These numbers drop to 7.3 seconds and 114 mph if you go for a car with the RWD trim or the EV6 Air only RWD.
Kia also says the EV6 will be able to act as a portable power supply for your life. It is equipped with a vehicle charging, which allows you to send the electricity from the car directly to your house in the event of a power failure. It can deliver up to 3.6kW of electricity in this mode, enough to at least keep your fridge cool and a few lights on.
Kia EV6: Outlook
It’s easily one of the most exciting new cars of the year. The design is invigorating and ready to match the hugely popular Tesla. The EV6 does not fall into any garish trap with its style; the front and rear are both modern but useful; and the interior seems to balance high tech without resorting to endless tapping on a touchscreen.
The fast charging, long range, and the ability to use this car as a power source on a camping trip or during a power outage are thoughtful and likely to be of real benefit. Kia may have created the ultimate set of electric cars here.
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