The Car Connection Kia EV6 Overview
The Kia EV6 is a battery electric crossover SUV that launches Kia's lineup of distinct electric cars. Unlike the Kia Soul EV, the EV6 uses a dedicated electric vehicle platform shared with Hyundai's Ioniq EV lineup.
The EV6 has the performance profile of the Kia Stinger sedan, but with roomier SUV proportions to seat five and carry plenty of cargo.
MORE: Read our 2022 Kia EV6 preview
Even though the EV6 shares a platform, propulsion systems, and other technology with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, its key competition are electric crossovers such as the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Volkswagen ID.4, not to mention all the gas-powered crossover SUVs on the market.
The new Kia EV6
The EV6 rides on a long wheelbase with a snub nose and a low roof, straddling that design line between a hatchback and crossover SUV. Triangular headlights sweep over the front fenders while down low, recessed rocker panels rise up in a character line that goes through the rear wheels into the full-width taillight spanning the liftgate. The roofline tapers above the rear wheels, then cuts an angle out of the available cargo space. It looks as sleek as a Jaguar I-Pace, but with just 18 cubic feet of space it lacks the full cargo room of boxier SUVs. Fold down the rear seats and it expands to a more SUV-like 46 cubic feet.
Kia pushed the performance potential of the EV6 at launch, highlighting the range-topping GT model. It uses a 77.4-kwh battery pack powering a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system that generates 577 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque and features a limited-slip rear differential; Kia quotes a 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds, which is more than a full second quicker than the most potent Kia Stinger. The GT-Line makes 321 hp and 446 lb-ft, which sounds like it too will be quicker than the quickest Stinger. The base version uses a smaller 58.0-khw battery pack and a single motor in rear-wheel drive that makes 167 hp and 258 lb-ft.
Kia estimates the EV6 will have a 300-mile range, and with available 800-volt fast-charging it can charge up to 80% in 18 minutes. Bi-directional charging enables the EV6 to supply 3.6 kw to charge large power tools, appliances, or another EVs, Kia said, but charging times for each battery size or on Level 2 chargers have not been released.
The EV6 features interior fabric derived from recycled water bottles, and the long, low dashboard houses twin 12.0-inch screens with touch for infotainment and customization for the instrument cluster. A thin band of haptic climate control buttons replace actual buttons, but are flanked by audio dials.
The Kia EV6 is imported from South Korea and qualifies for the $7,500 federal EV tax credit.