Kia EV6 Design 2WD 77 KW test: electric style

Sharing its E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform) platform within the HMG (Hyundai Motor Group) with the Ioniq 5, the Kia EV6 opens a new all-electric era for the manufacturer. Presented as a crossover, it displays a massive silhouette that breaks with Kia codes.

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The EV6 is offered in two power levels: 168 kW (229 hp) in rear-wheel drive, and 239 kW (325 hp) in 4-wheel drive. A strong GT version with 585 hp will soon appear. To power the motor(s) (positioned on the rear axle or on each of the axles depending on the version), a 77.4 kWh battery provides between 508 km and 528 km in mixed WLTP depending on the engine.

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A new version with a 58 kWh battery and a power of 170 hp is also now available to lower the bill to €47,990. Our test version in Design finish with 229 hp engine and 77.4 kWh battery requires an entry ticket of €55,790. For its part, the version with all-wheel drive requires 4000 € more.

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In all cases, the 800 V architecture can recharge the battery from 10 to 80% in 18 minutes and is compatible (optional) with V2L charging. Also, from the lowest trim levels, there are two screens of 12.3 inches each and help with keeping in line, assistance in traffic jams, semi-autonomous driving or even emergency braking and recognition of speed limit signs.

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Promising on paper, the Kia EV6 presents interesting arguments that we were eager to evaluate in real conditions.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Ergonomics and design

With its athletic design, the Kia EV6 sports a dynamic style that contrasts with the more consensual design to which the manufacturer had accustomed us. If the lines are less sharp than those of its cousin Ioniq 5, the silhouette of the Kia EV6 mixes curves and stops to assert a sporty look.

Kia EV6 air design 77kw 528 km 229 ch

At the front, the closed, plunging grille is enhanced by a pair of full-LED matrix headlamps positioned in a boomerang pattern. The ribbed bonnet frames two domed fenders, the sculpted sides which incorporate flush door handles stretch the silhouette towards the rear and the bow displays an original design of lights. The light signature describes a curved line made up of LEDs starting from the rear wheel arch and stretching over the entire width of the boot. The bow is enhanced by a spoiler integrated into the roof which completes the aerodynamics of the vehicle.

Kia EV6 air design 77kw 528 km 229 ch

The EV6 is 4.68m long, almost as long as the Ford Mustang Mach-E (4.71 m) and Tesla Model Y (4.75m). This is more than the Volkswagen ID.4 (4.58 m) and Hyundai Ioniq 5 (4.64 m) for example. It is nevertheless lower than these SUVs, with a height of 1.55 m.

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The most surprising is the wheelbase which peaks at 2.9 m. This benefits the habitability, in particular in the rear seats, the occupants of the bench seat being able to enjoy in addition to a flat floor. Too bad, however, that the middle passenger does not have a separate seat.

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Another complaint, given the size of the EV6, we would have appreciated a higher loading volume. If it is not ridiculous (490 l; 1300 l with the bench folded down), this value remains lower than that of a Mustang Mach-E for example (519 l), an Ioniq 5 (527 l) and the champion of the kind, the Model Y (854 l).

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For comfort, we will count on the 52 l of the “frunk” (front trunk) of the 2-wheel drive version.

Note that passengers will be able to benefit from a household power outlet (230 V), capable of delivering a maximum power of 3.6 kW.

Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5

Comfort and equipment

The interior of the EV6 reveals a flattering, modern design, with adjustments of a good level. The choice of certain materials such as fabric upholstery made from recycled plastic and artificial leather brings a touch of originality. On the other hand, the design of the double-spoke steering wheel is a little too out of step with the sporty silhouette of the EV6 and if its controls are well placed, the associated pictograms are not the most obvious.

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Similarly, if the assemblies are correct, the details of the finishes mark a little time because of an exaggerated use of hard plastics, including on the lower parts and on the floating central console.

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The latter incorporates an induction smartphone charger, parking aid buttons and 360° camera, as well as the P, N, D, R gear selection wheel. The selection of driving modes is deported directly on the steering wheel and is controlled by thumb. The controls fall well in hand overall, but you will still have to take your eyes off the road to access certain comfort functions.

Kia EV6 air design 77kw 528 km 229 ch

Under the central ventilation nozzles, a row of touch controls allows you to select the menus of the interface and change the display of this banner. You can therefore access either audio or navigation shortcuts, or ventilation controls. Two physical dials complete these controls. Everything is easy to use, but not as easy as traditional controls.



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Audio – navigation

The top of the dashboard accommodates two screens of 12.3 inches each, connected within a slightly curved frame. The central touch screen dedicated to infotainment has an architecture and layout identical to those of the Ioniq 5. The graphics are modern, the responsiveness is correct without being exceptional and the interface is complete and dense – a small adaptation time is necessary.

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Many settings are available, such as the possibility of choosing the maximum load, driver assistance, comfort options, customization of brightness or even access to Kia Live. We note however that if the matte panel offers good brightness, it is particularly sensitive to fingerprints.

Kia EV6 air design 77kw 528 km 229 ch

Navigation provides an acceptable experience. Unlike many manufacturers, and it is possible to preview the range of the vehicle in proportion to the remaining autonomy. However, we regret the absence of a “route planner” which would integrate the charging stages into the navigation route.

The seats offer good support and support. It is possible to activate the ventilation of the seats and their heating, as well as the heating of the steering wheel via buttons located on the center console.

Finally, the digital instrumentation, carried on another 12.3-inch screen, does not revolutionize its field, but it is quite readable and easy to handle. However, we regret that it is not possible to display the navigation map on this interface.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Handling and performance

The Kia EV6 is a beautiful baby whose imposing size does not make the city its favorite terrain. Nevertheless, the softness of the controls makes the maneuvers particularly easy. The quality of the 3D renderings and the reversing camera provides good visibility of its environment and the obstacle detection radars are quite precise.

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The steering is soft, relatively well calibrated, without however offering very exhaustive feedback. The comfort is very good, even with the 20-inch rims, but the weight of 2075 kg is very noticeable during a somewhat dynamic driving. The 229 hp and 350 Nm of our test version are clearly not too much. However, they offer sufficient performance with a 0 to 100 km / h announced at 7.3 s. Despite its line, the Kia EV6 proves to be a good grand touring car and displays a certain neutrality in curves, despite a slight sagging on the front axle on corner entry. The rear is a little more rigid, but the whole is healthy.

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The Kia EV6 benefits from 4-stage regeneration, with One Pedal mode allowing driving with only the right pedal outside of emergency situations. The recovery on lifting the foot is then quite significant, but could give passengers annoying kicks in the kidneys. On the other hand, alone on board, we really appreciate this mode, especially in a peri-urban environment.

Kia EV6 air design 77kw 528 km 229 ch

The Kia EV6 gives pride of place to driving aids with a level 2 autonomous mode which combines adaptive cruise control and a lane centering function. The function is well calibrated on the highway, with in particular useful assistance in traffic jams. On the other hand, we were not convinced by the lane change assistant, which requires very open conditions. In the same way, the automatic modification of the speed on the highway according to the navigation data and the recognition of the road signs causes some phantom braking.

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The EV6 is approved to tow up to 1600 kg, provided that its battery charge is greater than 35%.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Autonomy and charging

The EV6 is now accessible with a 58 kWh battery (and 170 hp) to lower the entry ticket, but the range is only 394 km in the WLTP combined cycle.

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Our test version was equipped with a useful 77.4 kWh battery, for a maximum range of 528 km in the WLTP combined cycle, according to the manufacturer. According to our measurements, we noted a mixed autonomy of 424 km, with an average consumption of 18.2 kWh/100 km: 15.3 kWh in the city, 17.5 kWh on the road and 23.4 kWh on the highway.

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On the charging side, the EV6 accepts up to 10.5 kW in alternating current as standard, for a charge from 10 to 100% in 7 h 20 min, according to Kia. This crossover is rather distinguished by its direct current charging capacity of up to 239 kW, thanks to its 800 V architecture. It is thus possible to go from 10 to 80% charge in just 18 min, on a compatible terminal.

Points forts

  • Ligne distinctive.

  • Habitability.

  • Comprehensive driving aids.

  • Full infotainment.

  • Smoothness of commands

  • Road holding.

  • Charging speed on compatible terminals.

Weak points

  • Maneuverability in town.

  • Trunk volume compared to the overall dimensions.

  • Hard plastics.

  • Overabundance of submenus in the interface.

Conclusion

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Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

How does grading work?

The Kia EV6 is one of the best electric cars tested by the editorial staff. While it suffers from certain shortcomings, such as a somewhat low trunk volume compared to its dimensions, a slightly disappointing finish given its price and an interface that requires some getting used to, this crossover 100% electric has good energy efficiency and above all substantial and efficient equipment, even from the first level of finish. In addition, its driving, if not as dynamic as its line might suggest, is safe and comfortable. In short, the Kia EV6 offers a convincing electric experience, crowned by a charging speed that minimizes the time spent at the terminal.