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Exciting new electric SUV offers long range and funky styling

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New price £40,840 - £51,840
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PROS

  • Impressive real-world range
  • GT version startlingly quick
  • Fast charging offered on all models

CONS

  • GT model arrives a year later
  • Prices puts it against impressive rivals
  • Lack of physical interior controls

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Written by Richard Kilpatrick on

This is Kia’s flagship electric car, which represents the next step in the company's EV development. The EV6 combines sharp new looks with impressive battery and motor tech to offer up to 316 miles of range as well as some seriously impressive performance in range-topping GT form. It's available to order now, with the first customer cars due to arrive in October 2021.

It's built on a new platform which Kia and Hyundai will be sharing in the future, and it's purpose-made for electric cars. This is a development over previous electric Kias (e-Niro and Soul EV) which are adaptations of combustion-engine models. Its closest equivalent in the Hyundai range is the Ioniq 5, but that car hasn't been launched with a high-performance variant unlike the Kia.

The electric car market is really starting to heat up now, and there's no shortage of rivals it's up against. It's going to offer a stern challenge to the Volkswagen ID.4, Audi Q4 E-Tron, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Skoda Enyaq iV, as well as the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2. Early signs based on our experience of the similar Hyundai Ioniq 5 are that it's going to be worth waiting for.

What's it like inside?

One of the things electric car manufacturers are quick to tout as a benefit of the batteries is the large, flat floor and absence of exhausts and driveshafts beneath. We're shown stunning, airy concepts - and then we get cars that, for the most part, feel like the ones we already drive.

There is a flat floor, but inevitably there's a large console separating the two halves of the car - notice, though, the large space beneath the gear selector and cup holders where smartphones can be stowed.

The instruments take full advantage of the latest display tech, for a massive, wide curved screen that looks more integrated than the 'big tablet computer plonked on the dash' so many firms have adopted. The dashboard is organically curved and sculpted to fall away from the windscreen, creating a light and airy feel. The panel of buttons beneath the screen can change functionality, giving you the option of swapping between air-con controls and navigation quick-action buttons, for example.

Fans of real controls, look away now, as the heating controls are on haptic 'buttons' - touch sensitive panels. Until we see how Kia has implemented this we're reserving judgement; on the cars we have seen with this tech, such as the DS 3 Crossback, the experience is far from perfect.

Modern environmentally-friendly materials feature throughout, as you'd expect, and given Kia's track record for making solid interiors we've no doubt the EV6 will blend futurism and practicality well. Again, like the Ioniq 5, the EV6 also has seats that recline (including the seat base) allowing you to relax if you’re busy charging.

What will it be like to drive?

There will be two battery capacities available: 58- and 77.4kWh. Rear- and all-wheel drive versions are available, with Kia claiming the 77.4kWh rear-wheel drive model as the thriftiest, longest-range EV6. It's capable of up to 316 miles on a single charge.

The top-spec GT has the long-range 77.4kWh battery and all-wheel drive as standard. The GT’s electric motors also get a power boost, with the hottest EV6 making 580hp and accelerating to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds; enough to sprint faster than the current 992-generation Porsche 911 Carrera S or Aston Martin Vantage.

What models and trims are available?

The new EV6 will initially come in three trim levels: standard, GT Line and GT. For the standard and GT Line versions, you can choose from either the standard or long-range battery and either drivetrain option.

For the rear-wheel drive version, Kia says the EV6 has 230hp from a single e-motor, capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds, with the all-wheel drive version producing 324hp and a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds.

You can order an EV6 now, with prices starting from £40,895 for the standard EV6. The GT Line will cost you from £43,895. The hot GT, meanwhile, will set you back £58,295. Deliveries for the standard and GT Line models are expected in October 2021, with the GT coming a year later.

Kia EV6 range and charging

The new EV6 uses an 800-volt electronic architecture (in common with Porsche's Taycan, but novel enough to be unusual), simply meaning that it can be charged twice as fast as a lot of other EVs currently on the road. Kia claims, for example, that around 62 miles of charge can be added in five minutes if you’re using the most potent charger available.

In addition to this, the EV6 also has the ability to act as a power bank for external items - such as your home, power tools or even e-powered bikes and scooters - just like the Ioniq 5.

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