The 2022 Kia EV6 is the South Korean carmaker's first venture into the all-electric market, and it promises to be only the first of several successful models. Built on a brand-new platform that's dedicated to getting the most out of electric powertrains, the underlying technology is set to form the foundation of a full range of Kia EV models due to arrive over the coming months and years.
Built to an eye-catching crossover design, the EV6 looks thoroughly modern and dynamic, reflecting the advanced tech lying underneath. However, Kia thankfully hasn't crossed the line into attention-seeking futurism like certain other EV manufacturers often do.
What's more, the EV6 also offers all the sprightly performance you'd expect from a high-end electric vehicle, although it's sold for a far from high-end price. With this model, Kia has pushed powerful EV driving into a more accessible price bracket than ever.
Could the 2022 Kia EV6 be the car that tempts you into the EV future? Read on to find out.
High-End Exterior and Interior
Like other all-electric vehicles, the EV6 has no need for a front grille to cool a gas engine. But unlike some other models where the absence really stands out, the EV6 turns the lack of a grille into a true virtue. The hood sweeps tightly forward and downward to a low front end that's dominated by the headlights and low-slung spoiler, giving the EV6 a dynamic, sporty, and futuristic look. The impression is only enhanced by the prominent wheel arches and chunky raised rear, together turning the EV6 into a car that genuinely stands out on the highway and driveway alike.
The interior is just as refined, with high-end materials and comforts backed up by plenty of space for both passengers and cargo. The two-row EV6's wheelbase is as long as Kia's three-row Telluride, giving an indication of just how spacious the cabin is.
There's also a generous amount of interior technology, with a 12" digital gauge cluster supported by a 12" infotainment touchscreen complete with voice control. Advanced tech features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless device charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot facility.
Electric Powertrain and Performance
At the entry level the EV6 is equipped with a single electric motor providing 167 horsepower and 258lb-ft of instant electric torque, passed to rear-wheel drive through a single gear auto transmission. Upgrading the battery in this model pushes up the horsepower to 225hp, giving a pleasing amount of extra zip for everyday city driving.
All other trims in the range are fitted with dual motors to provide all-wheel drive, as well as a highly satisfying output of 320 horsepower and 446lb-ft. If you're looking for a compact crossover that combines great performance with zero emissions and low running costs, it's hard to look further than the Kia EV6.
Battery Life and Range
The EV6 boasts a high-speed 800V charging system that can add 100km range in less than four and a half minutes, and takes less than 18 minutes to go from 0-80% charge. Combine this with the maximum range of 373km at the entry level, or 499km with the larger battery, and the EV6 banishes all thoughts of range anxiety to the past.
Safety and Driver Assistance
As you'd expect from such an advanced EV, the range of active safety and driver assistance features is second to none. Key standard and available highlights include:
- Forward collision warnings with driver alerts and automatic emergency braking if needed.
- Lane keep assist to help avoid accidental sideways drift or attempted lane changes without a turn signal.
- Rear cross-traffic alerts that warn of approaching traffic from the rear sides of your vehicle. If you don't respond to the alert, automatic braking can be applied to avoid a collision.
- Full surround view monitor system with four cameras for 360-degree visibility around your car, all from inside the cabin.
Putting all these features together, it's no surprise that the 2022 Kia EV6 has made such a quick and deep impression on the Canadian EV market. To experience its power, comfort, and quality for yourself, contact us now to arrange a test drive of any model in the range.