Kia EV6 EV Profile

October 04, 2022
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Welcome to our Kia EV6 EV profile!

 

The Kia EV6 is an electric compact crossover SUV and Kia’s first dedicated electric vehicle. It’s built on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that it shares with the Hyundai Ioniq 5. The E-GMP will also underpin a series of other models in the EV line, such as the EV9. The EV6 was first produced in August 2021 for the 2022 model year and will continue production for 2023.

 

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Kia EV6 Overview

The Kia EV6 demonstrates the increasing options and capabilities of newer EV models. In addition to greater range and some of the fastest charging in the industry, this model offers two options for batteries and drive configurations for rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD). The EV6 also features assertive bodywork and an attractive interior that’s less common in EVs. 

 

Kia EV6 EVU Hot Take

 

Pros:

  • Fastest charging currently on the market… if you can find chargers capable of such speed
  • Multiple driving modes paired with paddle shifters that adjust brake regeneration = FUN!!
  • Well appointed interior with lots of options on the higher trim levels 

Cons:

  • The frunk is tiny 

 

Kia EV6 Video Walkthrough

Click the play button below to watch a Kia EV6 Wind walkthrough video:

 

 

Kia EV6 Versions

The trim levels of the EV6 consist of the Light, Wind and GT-Line. The Light trim is RWD only, but the other two have options for RWD and AWD. RWD models have a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery and motor in the rear. AWD models add another battery/motor in the front. The manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRP) for these trims are as follows:

 

  • Light RWD $42,695
  • Wind RWD $48,795
  • Wind AWD $52,115
  • GT-Line RWD $52,995
  • GT-Line AWD $57,115

 

The AWD Wind trim level will likely be the best choice for most drivers since it offers the best mix of options for the money. AWD helps in poor driving conditions, while having a front motor increases the speed and torque. Performance enthusiasts who also want an EV might want to wait for the new GT to join the EV lineup in 2023.

 

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Kia EV6 Interior

The interior design and layout of the Kia EV6 are less daring than the exterior, but they still look more futuristic than other Kia models in 2022. A dual-zone automatic climate control system provides separate temperature controls for front and rear passengers. The curved panoramic display provides greater passenger space. Other high-tech features, such as the digitized dashboard, add to its overall theme.

 

A controller below the navigation screen allows you to easily transition between HVAC and infotainment functions. Additional high-tech options in the interior include an augmented reality (AR) head-up display (HUD), which is standard for the GT-Line. A 360-degree camera and remote-controlled parking are optional AWD Wind and GT-Line trim levels of the EV6.

 

The EV6 also adds practical elements like a floating center console with an abundance of storage underneath. Additional interior features include a two-tone steering wheel with two spokes, a start button on the console, and gold accents in the cockpit. Touch buttons on the steering wheel allow you to control functions such as regenerative braking levels, further enhancing the customization functionality for the driver.

 

The front bucket seats are heated and have 8-way power-adjustable position settings for the driver seat. An Integrated Memory System (IMS) enables you to recall previous settings. The seats also have two-way power adjustable lumbar support. The front passenger seat is 8-way manual-adjustable.

 

The EV6 has a flat floor due to the lack of a driveshaft, which creates more foot room for passengers. The cargo space behind the back seat is 28 cubic feet (cf) with the rear seats up. This space increases to 54 cf when you fold them flat. The front trunk also has a modest amount of storage space.

 

In addition to its electrical power source, the EV6 interior has other environmentally-friendly features. For example, many interior components are made from sustainable materials, including the crash pad, door pocket, garnish, mood lighting, and Nappa leather seats.

 

Kia EV6 Exterior

The wheelbase of the Kia EV6 is 114.2 inches, which is as long as Kia’s mid-size Telluride. This length makes the passenger space of the EV6 unusually roomy for its class. The EV6 is 184.8 inches in length, its width is 74.4 inches, not including the exterior mirrors, and its height is 60.8 inches.

 

The minimum ground clearance for all versions of the EV6 is 6.1 inches, which is typical for its class. This clearance strikes an even balance between aerodynamic efficiency and travel over rough terrain, including snow.

 

The gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the Light trim is 3,984 pounds, while all other RWD versions of the EV6 have a GVW of 4.255 pounds. All AWD versions of the EV6 have a GVW of 4,502 pounds.

 

The suspension system of the EV6 consists of Macpherson struts in the front and multi-linkage suspension in the rear. Most trim levels of the EV6 come with Continental or Kumho tires. The GT-Line comes standard with 20-inch 255/45 tires, while all other trims have 19-inch 235/55 tires.

 

Kia EV6 Podcast

If you’re into podcasts, then this one is for you! In this episode of Plug In For More, Bryant Kolle from the EV Universe team shares his experience buying a Kia EV6 (his first electric vehicle), overcoming range anxiety, and enjoying the ride on his road trip.

 

Click the play button below to listen to this podcast episode:

 

 

Kia EV6 Infotainment

The EV6’s infotainment system includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen that’s an extension of its 12-inch digital gauge cluster. This touchscreen controls the system’s Audio-Visual Navigation (AVN) 5.0 system and accepts over-the-air updates and voice commands, including those for Bluetooth. This capability allows hands-free operation for many tasks.

 

Other infotainment components for the Kia EV6 include connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless smartphone charging. It also has two USB-C ports in the front and two in the rear of the vehicle. There is also a USB-A media port in the front.

 

The standard sound system on the Light trim includes an AM/FM/SiriusXM radio with six speakers. It has functions such as a clock, seek/scan, speed-compensated volume control, which you can control from the steering wheel. You can also upgrade this system to the optional Meridian system with 14 speakers, an external amplifier, and sub-woofer, which are standard for all trims above Light.

 

Kia EV6 EVU

 

Kia EV6 Powertrain

The Kia EV6 RWD Light trim has a single motor with a 58-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery in the rear, which provides 168 horsepower (hp) and 258 pound-feet (lb⋅ft) of torque. The RWD Wind and GT-Line trims use a 77.4-kWh battery in the rear, providing 225 hp and 258 lb⋅ft of torque.

 

The AWD Wind adds a motor in the front, for a total of 320 hp and 446 lb⋅ft of torque. The AWD GT-Line produces 320 hp and 446 lb⋅ft of torque. Kia claims the performance GT for 2023 will generate 577 hp and 546 lb⋅ft of torque.

 

All versions of the EV6 use a direct-drive transmission with a single-speed reduction gear.

 

Kia EV6 Performance

The top speed of the 2022 Kia EV6 models is limited by a governor to 118 mph. The estimated top speed of the 2023 GT is estimated to be 162 mph, provided it doesn’t have a governor. The 0 to 62 mph time for the EV6 is 7.3 seconds for the RWD Wind trim, 4.6 seconds for the AWD Wind Trim and an estimated 3.4 seconds for the 2023 GT. The ¼-mile time for the GT-Line is 13.3 seconds. The EV6 comes to a stop from 70 mph in 169 feet, and its lateral acceleration on a 300-foot skidpad is 0.86 g.

 

Kia EV6 Braking

The Kia EV6 has 12.8-inch vented disc brakes in the front and 12.8-inch solid disc brakes in the rear. Like most EVs today, the EV6 uses regenerative braking. This process captures mechanical energy by slowing the vehicle when you ease up on the accelerator. That energy is then sent to the battery, recharging it. This model features multiple modes of regenerative braking, which you can select from the steering wheel paddles.These modes determine the level of deceleration from regenerative braking. This includes a special mode where the vehicle itself decides how much regen is used in particular situations.  This has taken us some time to get used to but we adore it after some use.

 

Kia EV6 Battery

In addition to providing the motor with more power, a larger battery pack also gives the Kia EV6 greater range. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the range of the 58-kWh battery at 232 miles on the highway in RWD mode, while real-world testing on a 75-mile course showed an actual range of 230 miles. The EPA’s range estimate of the Wind model in RWD mode is 310 miles with the larger battery.

 

Kia EV6 batteries use a charging voltage of 800 volts, allowing a 350-kW fast charger to recharge the battery from 10 to 80 percent capacity in less than 18 minutes. This charging rate provides the EV6 with 70 miles of range in less than 5 minutes. The 11-kW onboard charger should be able to charge the battery from 10 to 100 percent in seven hours when connected to a Level 2 outlet.

 

Kia EV6 Fuel Economy

Electric cars like the Kia EV6 don’t use fuel, but it’s still important to compare the energy efficiency between EVs and fueled vehicles. The EPA does this by assuming 33.7 kWh of electricity is the same quantity of energy in one gallon of fuel. As a result, an EV that requires 33.7 kWh to travel 100 miles has a Miles Per Gallon equivalent (MPGe) of 100.

 

EV6 models with one motor have a combined city and highway fuel economy of up to 117 MPGe. However, the addition of a second motor greatly reduces its energy efficiency. For example, the dual-motor variants get 116 MPGe in the city and 94 MPGe on the highway, for a combined total of 105 MPGe.

 

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Kia EV6 Safety

The Kia EV6 is equipped with many types of driver-assistance technology that improves its safety, including standard features like automated emergency braking and automatic high beams. It also has options for general capabilities like the following:

 

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Auto lane changing
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Remote parking assistance

 

Kia also provides proprietary driver-assistance technologies in the EV6, such as Highway Driving Assist 2, with semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control. Additional safety features include Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) collision avoidance, Lane Follow Assist and Safe Exit Assist.

 

Kia EV6 Warranty

Kia provides competitive warranty plans for the EV6, although it doesn’t offer complimentary scheduled maintenance like Hyundai does. The Kia EV6 includes a limited warranty that covers five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. The powertrain also has its own warranty, which covers 10 years or 100,000 miles. The corrosion protection and roadside assistance both last for five years or 100,000 miles.

 

Kia EV6 Buyer Checklist

Ready to give the Kia EV6 a shot? We recommend downloading and printing this handy Kia EV6 Buyer Checklist below. This guide helps you be sure that you have everything ready before, during, and after you pick up your new electric vehicle.

 

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