Motoring: The Kia EV6 review

Motoring journalists Lorraine and Ally Ballingall have been reviewing cars for over 30 years, here they take us through the Kia EV6.

When it comes to Electric Vehicles, we are absolutely spoiled for choice, but when it comes to styling, with its eye-catching, bold, sporty appearance, the Kia EV6 must be one of the best- looking cars available on the market today.

It is surprisingly long, almost as lengthy as its stablemate the Kia Sorrento and even slightly longer than the Jaguar I-Pace.

The benefit of this is that there is lots and lots of interior space front and back. The boot space is less than in some of its rivals but it does have a small front boot which will take a couple of small bags.

Inside the cabin the materials are of high quality and it has a modern upmarket feel to it.

The EV6 is fun to drive and with its longer range and faster charging speeds, it is one of the best Electric Cars around. Ally says.

All versions of the EV6 come with a curved 12.3in touchscreen positioned handily in the middle of the dashboard. It’s easy to see and operate and infotainment system is excellent. All trims have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, while GT-Line models and above get wireless phone-charging. 

Even entry-level EV6 Air models are pretty well equipped, with 19in alloys, climate control, rain-sensing wipers, heated door mirrors, adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel, a must for these cold early morning starts, and heated front seats with driver lumbar support adjustment.

Upgrade to GT-Line trim and that adds some sportier design features, electronically adjustable front seats, adaptive LED headlights, tinted rear windows GT-Line S models get larger 20in alloys. 

The EV6 is a strong performer in the electric vehicle segment. It offers a variety of powertrains, including a powerful GT model that can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 secs. 

The ride is quite firm but it’s still comfortable and we enjoyed the precise handling. It is of course very quiet with just a little bit of road noise and it grips well on wet roads.

It is well equipped and refined and compares very favourably with other EV’s with much higher price tags. Lorraine says.

The EV6’s official range can match with rivals like the Skoda Enyaq iV, and Nissan Ariya, but the bonus is its ultra-fast charging capability.  The EV6 uses an 800V charging system and if you have access to an ultra-rapid charger, a 10 to 80 % refill takes less than 20 minutes giving you a range of about 300 miles.

Kia has a great record for safety wise, and the EV6 scored five stars in Euro N-Cap.

Prices start from just over ÂŁ45,000.

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