The explosion in oil prices, the establishment of low-energy ZFE zones in big cities… rarely has the temptation to use electricity been so great. Especially since the production of producers has increased significantly in recent days. The latest model to land at dealerships: the Kia EV6. “Great novel”, to use the terms of the manufacturer, which has given way to make this electric model a serious competitor of the Volkswagen ID4 but especially of the Tesla Model Y, the current reference.
The EV6 is identical to the latter in its specifications. It is 4.70 meters long (in GT Line finish) and 1.89 meters wide, against 4.78 meters and 1.85 meters for the American SUV. Like its two rivals, the EV6 is based on a specially designed electric platform. But it remains one of the few on the market – with Audi and Porsche – based on the 800 Volt architecture, allowing flash charging at fast stations. We will return to this point a little later.
Before we get behind the wheel, let’s visit the owner. The Kia EV6 is hard to spot. It is a combination of a sedan and a coupe, with a roof height (1.55 meters) similar to that of a small SUV. It is impossible to confuse it with its cousin from Hyundai, the Ioniq 5, which nevertheless shares many features. The latter rests on its originality, while Kia plays sports, especially in its GT Line version which has a special shield and tinted windows.
Life on board and manufacturing quality
On board, it feels like a Mercedes A-Class with two screens placed next to each other. The presentation is modern and the “floating” central tunnel, as well as being original, has made it possible to provide a large storage space to put a bag inside. Kia has also managed to significantly reduce the number of buttons on the center console without sacrificing ergonomics. His secret? The presence of a small screen under the vents that allows you to easily switch from climate settings to navigation settings.
Only the build quality is disappointing in this Kia EV6. For a car sold for around 46,000 euros at the entry level – ecological bonus cut -, we regret the presence of a lot of hard plastic, on the dashboard, doors and even behind the front seats. It helps in terms of life on board thanks to the very generous rear seats. And if the EV6 has lost the sliding bench seat of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, it has retained its rear seats (non-electric on the Kia), allowing you to relax during long journeys.
The trunk is also slightly smaller than that of the Ioniq 5 and Model Y, but it remains quite adequate with a capacity of 490 liters. Especially since the EV6 also has an additional trunk under the front hood. Easy to store charging cables, except on the four-wheel drive version where the volume is significantly reduced (20 liters).
Driving a car
The Kia EV6 is offered with one battery pack of 77.4 kWh capacity, but two engine versions: one 229 hp on the rear axle (propulsion), two on each axle of 325 hp (four wheel motor). We had the opportunity to try both! At the first wheel, we immediately see that the Kia EV6 suffers from the same problem as the Tesla Model Y: it turns badly. This can be disabling in the city or in underground car parks.
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On the other hand, it is easy to find its marks behind the wheel. Side visibility is good (better than in a Tesla) and comfort around town is acceptable, despite the 20-inch rims that equip our test model. On small roads, we get the same driving pleasure as the Tesla, and the same feeling of driving a car lighter than what its technical sheet shows (1,985 kg in the rear wheel version). Maintenance is reassuring and operation is correct. At this point, the EV6 shows a more warm feeling than its cousin from Hyundai.
At the wheel, we also appreciate being able to adjust the braking force as we wish. The vehicle may brake to a complete stop or allow the vehicle to coast, allowing the accelerator pedal to be released without applying the brakes. On the other hand, driving aids are very intrusive. It is important, for example, to disable routing support every time you start.
If the performance level of the propulsion version is not something that passes for an electric car, the Kia EV6 fears the lap times in its two-motor version. 0 to 100 km / h is achieved in 5 seconds – like the Model Y Grande Autonomie – and winning is just a routine. In normal driving, it is possible to stay below the consumption of 20 kWh/100 km on the road, allowing enough freedom for long journeys. Especially since the Kia EV6 is impressive with its charging speed. In less than 20 minutes, his battery can go from 10 to 80% of autonomy on the fast Ionity terminal. Speed that is due to its 800 Volt design but also to its charging capacity of 239 kW, one of the best values on the market today.
After almost 500 kilometers behind the wheel, we can say: Kia EV6 has nothing to be ashamed of in front of Tesla Model Y. It’s nice to see how pleasant it is to drive, very spacious, not too greedy. electric and almost as powerful as Tesla in its 4×4 version of 325 hp, the Korean is also expensive (51,990 euros in a four-wheel drive, against 59,990 euros for the Model Y Long Autonomy). We regret, however, that it is necessary to go to the market to have many devices, the number of options being very small. But the EV6’s main fault is definitely the lack of a picture of its manufacturer. Even today, there are those who drive electric and those who drive Tesla.
Natural style without boasting
The right compromise between comfort and strength
Wise use and payment time
THE LITTLE ONES
Disappointing hardware quality considering the price
Turning radius is punished in the city
Technical sheet Kia EV6 229 hp GT-Line
Motor & Battery
Number of motors: 1, on the rear axle
Maximum power: 168 kW (229 hp)
Maximum torque: 350 Nm
Transmission: to rear wheels
Battery capacity: 77.4kWh
Performance and Autonomy
Top speed: 185 km/h (minimum)
0 to 100 km/h: 7.3 seconds
Mixed range: up to 528 km (19-inch rims)
Urban freedom: up to 740 km (19-inch rims)
Combined consumption: 16.5 kWh / 100 km
On-board charger capacity (AC): up to 11 kW
Type and maximum direct current (DC) load: Combo CSS, 239 kW
Charging time: 7:20 (11 kW); 73 minutes (50 kW); 18 minutes (350 kW)
Dimensions & Weight
L x W x H: 4.70 x 1.89 x 1.55 m
Trunk: 480 liters (rear); 52 liters (front)
Weight: 1.985 kg
Budgeting and Manufacturing
Price: from 47,990 euros
Price of the tested version: 55,790 euros (GT-Line)
Financial horse power: 4 CV
Ecological bonus: 2,000 euros
Release date in France: October 2021
Country of manufacture: South Korea
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