Kia EV6

The Kia EV6 stands as a bold statement of Kia’s electric vision, serving as the pivotal point where the Koreans aim to redefine the landscape of electric vehicles (EVs). Launched in early 2021, this electric car has captured global attention, propelled by its foundation on the innovative Electric Global Modular Platform (e-GMP), which is designed to expedite the development of electric vehicles (EVs) on a global scale.

Earning the prestigious title of 2022 Car of the Year, a historic first for any Kia model, the EV6 has exceeded expectations and dispelled any skepticism surrounding its initial hype. 

Kia’s decision to import the EV6 positions it as a high-end vehicle, the range starts at Rs. 60.95 Lakh and the tops off at Rs. 65.95 Lakh (Average ex-showroom). 

Exterior: Kia EV6

Kia ev6 exterior

At first glance, the EV6’s exterior distinguishes itself significantly. Similar to the Jaguar i-Pace, albeit constructed on a heavily modified ICE platform, the EV6 exudes a blend between a hatchback and an SUV. While the British counterpart sports familiar large grilles and traditional lights, the Korean counterpart takes a radical departure.

The design of the EV6’s exterior is strikingly futuristic. The headlamp units enclosed within expansive DRLs present a convincing and aesthetically appealing appearance. Beneath the clamshell bonnet lies a narrow faux grille, with the actual air intake positioned at the lower bumper, facilitating battery cooling and HVAC operations.

In profile, the EV6 boasts a sleek and fluid silhouette. The roofline seamlessly integrates into a spoiler, optimizing aerodynamics with mini wings on each side. The 19-inch alloy wheels prioritize aero efficiency, concealing a substantial surface area while offering glimpses of the disc brakes and calipers. With a drag coefficient of 0.28, the EV6 surpasses the i-Pace’s 0.29, emphasizing its aerodynamic prowess.

The door handles sit flush, accompanied by a character line flowing across both doors and merging dramatically into the rear’s distinctive tail-light unit. The sharp and sleek tail-light, coupled with turn signal indicators and chrome trim, defines the EV6’s captivating style.

Interior: Kia EV6

Kia ev6 interior

Moving to the interior, the EV6 presents ample space. Contrary to the radical layouts of other born-electric EVs like Tesla or its sibling, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia adopts a pragmatic approach. 

The interior showcases practicality and innovation, featuring expansive storage spaces cleverly integrated into unexpected areas. Notably, a substantial cubby below the floating center console accommodates large items like a handbag, while deep storage beneath the center armrest and a spacious glove box result from the absence of an engine.

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Measuring 4,695mm in length and 1,890mm in width, the EV6 offers generous proportions akin to the XUV700, ensuring ample interior space. 

Rear seating comfortably accommodates three passengers without a floor tunnel, boasting excellent legroom even with adjusted front seats. However, due to the battery pack situated below, the rear floor’s height and the low roof necessitate a knees-up position, limiting rear passenger comfort.

Conversely, the front seating provides ample legroom, featuring a unique party trick where both seats recline and adjust into a zero-gravity position, offering enhanced comfort for waiting passengers.

Boot space totals 520 liters, although the elevated floor demands some effort when loading. Levers in the boot facilitate seat folding to expand luggage capacity, while a ski-through flip-down in the center armrest accommodates longer and slimmer items. 

Additionally, the AWD version offers 20 liters of storage in the front, while the RWD versions present a larger 52-liter storage bay.

The EV6 boasts a well-equipped interior with commendable fit and finish, imparting a premium feel. Adhering to a dark theme, the dashboard and center console exhibit a tasteful black and gray patterned finish. Sustainable elements like recycled materials in floor mats and door pads complement the 64-color ambient lighting across doors and floors. 

The car incorporates a range of features such as a sunroof (albeit not panoramic), ventilated seats, 360-degree camera, wireless phone charger, USB slots, and a 3-pin AC power outlet below the rear seats. Additionally, it offers a connected car experience.

The focal point of the interior lies in the curved display panel housing two 12.3-inch screens, accompanied by a 14-speaker Meridian sound system. 

Although the system’s initial touch response seems promising, the layout is intuitive, providing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity solely via wired connection. 

However, the combined HVAC and infotainment touch panel poses challenges, requiring toggling between modes and diverting attention from the road, potentially compromising safety.

Safety Features: Kia EV6

Kia ev6 Safety features

Safety features include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) encompassing lane keep assist and emergency braking, supported by eight airbags, including side-center bags for front occupants’ safety.

Motor, Power, and Performance: Kia EV6

Kia ev6 - motor, power and performance

The EV6 will be available in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive options, both powered by a 77.4kWh lithium-ion battery setup. 

Its rapid 350kW DC charge capability achieves an 80% battery charge in a swift 18 minutes, while a 50kW fast charger accomplishes the same in 73 minutes. Additionally, a standard 22kW wall box charger facilitates home charging.

Although the ARAI-certified range remains undisclosed, the international WLTP range stands at 528km. Notably, the EV6’s battery supports external loads, featuring a dedicated rear socket capable of powering camping equipment or serving as an emergency power source.

Performance-wise, the EV6 delivers exceptional agility and power. Its claimed 0-100kph time of 5.2 seconds underscores its rapid acceleration, maintaining strong and linear speed even beyond 100kph. 

Ride & Handling: Kia EV6

kia ev6 - ride and handling

With three drive modes (Eco, Normal, and Sport) offering distinct characteristics, its prowess extends beyond acceleration to exceptional cornering capabilities. Despite its substantial weight, the EV6 maneuvers corners adeptly, supported by impressive grip from its 235 section tyres. 

While body roll is noticeable on a track, it remains well-contained during everyday cornering. Steering, while adequately weighted, could benefit from enhanced feedback.

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Braking capabilities vary between Normal and Sport modes, with the latter exhibiting more assertive braking. The system operates seamlessly, providing natural pedal feel and smoothly integrating wheel brakes with motor braking (regen). 

Regen modes offer varying levels, including a single pedal driving mode effectively bringing the vehicle to a halt upon throttle release.

With its global release in 2022, the EV6 garnered acclaim, winning the 2022 European Car of the Year award and witnessing substantial demand. However, India’s limited allocation of 100 units, compounded by the chip shortage, intensifies exclusivity. 

Final Verdict

Kia ev6

While rear seating comfort could be improved, the EV6 emerges as a compelling package with its distinctive design, remarkable performance, extended driving range, and comprehensive equipment. Despite its premium pricing, for enthusiasts seeking a complete EV experience, the EV6 stands out as a top contender, showcasing innovation characteristic of a born-electric vehicle.

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