2022 Kia EV6 review
The EVs are taking India by storm and we are seeing several launches that I have here. One of the most anticipated is the Kia ev6. Now it is a car that has received a lot of acclaims worldwide. It has won several awards and we have been waiting for it to reach the Indian coast. I have a very short time to be precise in the booth circuit here today so I will not be able to give you a full review but I can tell you what it looks like and how it drives on a track.
Dimensions and design
The Kia ev6 group’s new EGMP skateboard platform has been shared with Undiq’s ioniq. Now there is no need to reserve space for the engine. There’s also a reasonable 178mm ground clearance so you don’t have to worry about a speed breaker. It looks so futuristic that the front and rear screens have a sporty look. Smart 19-inch alloy piano black seals and tucked-away handles all make it look great.
There are either serial indicators that have a chisel pattern on the glass and between the lamps on the right it has a charging port a press to open it and a button inside to close it also has a charging indicator inside the flap and under the bumper, you get really bright pixel shaped contrast light Can add Kia in front There is a fake grille and the upper part is simply a stylized design where the bottom half takes a real air to cool the battery and for better aircraft to channel it under the flat floorboard is now a digital version of the trademark Tiger Nose headlamp. Seen from any angle is very unique and a head-turner.
Absolutely so this is a really nice feature and of course, once you open the boot you will realize that we just drove the Jeep Meridian to hold 520 liters of luggage precisely and in that regard, it is a big SUV and it has got a little more than 480 liters of space. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT ain’t for me either, Looks like BT ain’t for me either, Looks like BT ain’t for me either.
In front of you is a boot or fruit or front trunk or frank is the term of this new age I am telling you you have some more space Basically what I mean is that in the all-wheel-drive version it is a small space and in the rear-wheel-drive version you are here in front You will get a large space so yes you also have some extra storage.
Now, as far as storage goes you have a nice little bin here you have a cup holder has a nice easy pocket to keep the key in the door pocket nice and big you can get a one-liter bottle Glove compartment itself is big and it is cold so yes you can get stuff And you can also keep the glove compartment cool.
Here’s a quick look at all the comfort and convenience features onboard
|KIA EV6 GT-LINE AWD|
|Adaptive LED headlamps||14 speaker Meridian sound system|
|Powered front seats with heating/ventilation||Wireless phone charger|
|Augmented reality head-up display||64 colour ambient lighting|
|12.3-Inch digital dials||360-degree camera|
|Connected tech Handsfree tall gate||Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Vehicle to load/vehicle to vehicle charge|
Now the safety features include eight airbags in the ESC and what is good is that the Adas features are also a part of the package that we have to try in the real world and then comment on how well they work.
|KIA EV6 GT-LINE AWD|
|8 airbags||Lane Keep Assist|
|ESC||Rear Cross-Traffic Avoidance Assist|
|Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist||Driver Attention Warning|
|Smart Cruise Control||Blindspot Collision Avoidance|
Normally at this point, I would like to say below the bonnet but in this case, it has a 77.4-kilowatt-hour battery under the floorboard which is quite large and so the Kia ev6 boasts the acclaimed 528-kilometer range which is huge according to help.
But the Arai statistics have not been released yet. Now it is good according to the EV standard but of course, it will decrease in the real world and when we test it on the street we will have to tell what it actually looks like.
|Battery capacity||77.4kWh lithium-ion|
|10-80% [50kW DC)||1hr 13 min|
|10-80% [350kW DC)||18 min|
Kia claims that the ev6 can absorb 350-kilowatt DC charges very quickly which will see the battery go from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes which is now faster than a phone and a typical 50-kilowatt fast charger will take 73 minutes to level the battery.
|EVG GT-Line RWD||EVG GT-Line AWD|
|MOTOR||permanent magnet synchronous||Dual permanent magnet synchronous|
|DRIVE||Rear Wheel drive||All-Wheel drive|
|0-100kph [claimed]||7.3 sec||5.2 sec|
Now when there are different versions worldwide, India will get the rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive GT line variants. Combining the two motors one front and one rear and gives you 325 hp and a huge 605 Nm of torque and that sports car level.
Kia EV6 GT-Line AWD performance
It has a nice big windscreen so the visibility is good so the seat has a nice range of adjustment so yes I can get really nice and high The steering wheel has telescopic tilt so it’s easy to adjust and get to a good driving position but visibility is a bit limited Area but then you know I have a 360-degree camera and I can easily access it from here so I can always see what’s around me Track Drive I have all-wheel Has been claimed.
Acceleration in an Eevee is just a whole load of fun and it leaves a nice line I mean for a family car you know that talk and when it comes instantly it’s always very good and it’s fast it’s really fast. For the rest of my camera, you will hear the speed alarm going off and the reason is that the power does not stop and you can easily reach the speed limit of 192-kilometer and so smooth and silent with the power build-up.
You often do not realize how fast you are going. In normal operation, the car acts like a rear-wheel-drive to save energy, and the key disconnector actuator system can switch between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive in 0.4 seconds only when all four wheels are driven. It works efficiently without you ever realizing it.
All you get is a lot of grips and handling that you never imagined from this car and initially, when I was walking around this track you know there is no gear to get down so you go back slowly and pause a little but when I have a lap I run and then I realized that you don’t really need ev6
it is really good around the corners you can check it around and the handling is very good so yes it gives you some play feel it makes you feel involved while you are driving it and This is nice when you have a good grip from the 235 section tires also helps to keep the car on the hard road which is always implanted that you don’t expect to be agile in this car especially when you consider that the amount of weight changing direction only weighs Under two tons now when pushed hard you can even feel the tail move a bit until the electronics start to bring you back and I’m very tempted Turn off traction control but Kia track always had a babysitter with me in the car so I refrained but I know ev6 can be completely fun to drive in an area where there is room for improvement even though it is a steering response. Weighing around the corners, especially when you have this level of performance and mobility I would like to feel a little more.
There’s the mode, there’s drive mode, ev6 also has your Echo which is definitely energy-efficient mode so it dulls the performance, and then you stay normal where you put your foot down you get a decent amount of feedback, and then there’s a game that gives you a lot more. Um, of course, yes, I know this, why it’s something known in advance.
It takes a while to get used to not getting off the gears when you sit in the corner and rely entirely on the brakes but this GT line has a sports brake mode that gives the paddle more bite and gives you more confidence as well as really great about this ev6 Tuned where you can adjust the level of braking.
Despite all the action on the track, there is still peace in the cabin and you can hear the ticking of the tires around the corner and the sound of the motor rolling.
Interior, features, and practicality
Open the flash door handles when you get to the car and let it go into this world of premium look, I mean uh this is a great interior, I really like it. Here are some premium elements.
Gives a great sporty feel. You have an AC vent that runs right across. Of course, the vents are in the center and side, but the line runs across the dash, and you have this Twin 12.3-inch screen that is set on this panoramic single screen for the driver to easily see all the graphics. Very simple, this screen is responsive and of course,
It has many functions and we will now enter it at the bottom of the screen, there is a touch panel that is basically unique it has a dual function it is a touch panel and you can use it to access the infotainment screen shortcuts or At the touch of a button, you can now use it to access AC controls Not exactly intuitive I am not a big fan of all these touch things for which I need to keep my eyes off the road,
I like these rotary type dials because the temperature controls are rotating but really if you use them they work very well it is simple and very responsive but you can see the central console is not integrated and what it leaves for me is a really nice place Below the central console is a tick away box that gives you space, especially for women.
Now keep a handbag. This is a place I can’t really find in the car so this very convenient central console is really nicely done. This matte chrome finish got you started.
There are buttons you got The rotary shifter must be driven and flipped and you have a 360-degree camera auto hold and of course, there are park assist buttons and buttons for your ventilation seat. Yes, it has ventilated seats.
you have wireless charging pads now the seats themselves are very comfortable they make you nicely strong and this headrest comes a bit forward may be for older people you may find it a bit intrusive but for someone like me, it is perfect and allows me to tell you If this car is a driver then your driver is going to love you because they got something called anti-gravity seat which happens at the touch of just one button.
Then you want to take a break. You’ve had a picnic. You’ve just eaten. Go back to your seat and have some sleep. Features of a 14-speaker Meridian Sound System and Kia Connect app include 60 Plus feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Phone Mirroring but neither is available wirelessly.
The other side of the car is reverse charging which is officially called the car for loading. It can supply up to 3.6 kW via an adapter with a 3-pin socket that sits under the back seat and connects to a charging port that can be used during a power outage or even enough to get a fridge on top.
Now, this is the advantage of an eve with that long wheelbase, you can give the rear passengers acre and acre space and that’s exactly what ev6 does just because the batteries are under the floor you’re sitting quite low.
The floor and so you even for me, I’m a little above knee so tall people will see it even more knee-high and it can be a bit uncomfortable there is a very small smidge space to stretch your legs under the front seat but what you get is a lot of learning Granted so yes you can go back now and relax for a third passenger I mean to see if they are my size and there is enough space to take three passengers
so I think three-seater yes it would be nice and the seat itself is quite flat actually the seats themselves Strengthens the firmness They are very comfortable and for convenience um you have USB C port which is very nicely integrated with the front seat so very convenient USB C ports here Yo have your armrest which has a cup holder and it is great to keep your phone.
And it has a slot for sliding and it becomes a cup holder which is a great touch which I really like and if you can access the boot from here Say you have to find something to say that you have stored your food and you just want to access it. There is a small cube hole for boot access or even longer luggage at any time and you have pockets with your AC vent behind your seat.
There is and of course, ride quality is something I can’t comment on right now so how comfortable it is, overall, I’ll let you know later but before I go here one thing to know is that the back window is tilted all the way down so if you have a dog he is very Will be happy but then you sit down as I said quite low so the window line is quite high.
Kia EV6 price expectation and verdict
The Kia ev6 is a head-turner that is bound to attract attention but this good-spec GT line variant is going to be expensive as it is fully imported. We expect it to be around 60 to 70 lakh rupees.
And the rear seat may not be completely comfortable for tall people on long journeys but if you are in the market for a luxury EV it should be on your list because there is so much love for the Kia ev6 that gives you all the inventions of the full-fledged electric car loaded with technology Provides exciting performance and handles unexpectedly well. It’s also used with efficiently packed space and a healthy claimed range. Practical now Kia is bringing only 100 of these to start with and I think they will be sold out in a while in the real world.