2022 Kia EV6

Release Date: Winter-Spring 2022
Estimated Price: Starting around $40,000 (estimated)
  • New electric vehicle with about 300 miles of range and a 0-60 mph time of less than 3.5 seconds
  • 800-volt architecture allows for extremely rapid charging at high-output stations
  • Interior space promises to rival that of a midsize SUV
  • Introduces the first EV6 generation for the 2022 model year
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2022 Kia EV6 Review
It Promises 300 Miles of Range and a 3.5-Second 0-60 Time
What is the EV6?

The 2022 Kia EV6 is a small crossover/hatchback that will be the first in Kia's lineup to be built from the ground up as an electric vehicle. That means, unlike the Niro EV (which is an electrified version of the Niro hybrid), the EV6 will enjoy the advantages of being designed as an EV from the get-go, such as a short front end and a trunk just behind the headlights. Its powerful motor and standard rear-wheel-drive configuration are sure to appeal to enthusiasts, while a large battery pack and high-voltage electrical architecture are ideal for long-distance cruising.

What kind of motor does the EV6 have?

The EV6 is the first electric vehicle to be built using Kia's new Electric-Global Modular Platform, which will eventually underpin seven EVs the automaker is introducing over the next few years. As a compact SUV/hatchback, the EV6 is aimed at the heart of the marketplace, and its performance specs give it the tools necessary to strike at the Tesla Model Y.

The Kia EV6 comes standard with a 58-kWh battery pack and an electric motor that drives the rear wheels. Output is a modest 167 horsepower, but the instantly available torque from the electric motor should feel pretty snappy at city speeds.

A long-range battery with a 77.4-kWh pack is on the options list. The rear-drive version is rated at 218 hp, while selecting the all-wheel-drive model bumps this to 313 hp. According to Kia, the AWD variant with the larger pack can run from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 5.1 seconds.

At the top of the powertrain lineup is the EV6 GT, which uses all-wheel drive and the long-range battery but also increases power output significantly. How does 576 hp and a 0-60 mph time of under 3.5 seconds sound? The GT's acceleration figure is nearly the same as that of the Model Y Performance. I feel a drag race coming on ...

What are the EV6's range and charging like?

When it launches later this year, the Kia EV6 will be the least expensive vehicle on the market with an 800-volt electrical architecture. This will allow it to charge much faster than other vehicles at high-output charging stations. Kia says the EV6, depending on configuration, is capable of charging from 10% battery remaining to 80% in under 18 minutes and adding 70 miles of range in less than five minutes.

When it comes to range, Kia is engineering the EV6 to go the distance. Specific range figures haven't been released for the entire lineup, but Kia says that multiple forms of the EV6 will be able to travel 300 miles on a single charge. The most likely candidates for a 300-mile range are the non-GT models with the upgraded battery pack.

How's the EV6's interior?

With a length of roughly 184 inches, the EV6 is roughly the same size as a Honda Civic sedan. But the short front end means that its wheelbase of 114 inches is actually more generous than the Honda Passport midsize SUV's. We expect an abundance of legroom from Kia's newest electric vehicle.

The interior design is futuristic but simple. The rotary shifter is located on a slab that is not fully connected to the center stack, giving an airy appearance and allowing taller objects to be stored in the cubby underneath. The instrument panel and infotainment display are enclosed within a single unit, allowing for both a low dashboard and a more integrated appearance than the tacked-on look of some "floating" touchscreens. The only part that has us worried is the flat panel that houses the climate and media controls. While we appreciate the dual knobs, the virtual controls will likely lead to the driver inadvertently pressing unintended buttons.

How's the EV6's tech?

As expected of today's electric vehicles, the EV6 is equipped with a stunning collection of tech features and driving aids. The aforementioned touchscreen consists of a 12-inch display unit, loaded with the new Kia Connect infotainment system. It has quite a few nifty features, including the ability to find charging stations and display pricing. The new system also supports over-the-air updates, so you don't have to go to the dealer to keep your system current. On the options list is a 14-speaker audio system by Meridian, the audio manufacturer that outfits Jaguar and Land Rover with their high-end hardware.

The EV6 offers a number of driver assistance systems. Besides typical aids like forward collision warning and blind-spot monitoring, you also get goodies such as Safe Exit Assist, which prevents the rear doors from opening into oncoming traffic. The Highway Driving Assist function helps keep the EV6 centered in its lane and can automatically execute lane changes at the flick of the turn signal stalk. And you can remotely enter or exit a parking spot using the key fob. 

EdmundsEdmunds says

The 2022 Kia EV6 is a promising new crossover with loads of tech and sporting pretensions. If you've been waiting for an affordable electric vehicle that speaks to your soul, the EV6 might be the car that weans you off gas forever.

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