WHAT IS IT?
It’s a large, pure-electric hatchback SUV with polarising styling, tonnes of helpful tech as well as superb mindset, in the very same capillary as the just as current Ioniq 5 from Hyundai. Literally. And indeed, both are much larger than they show up in images – it’s not simply point of view. We have actually already driven the Hyundai Ioniq 5 as well as liked it very much, as well as Kia’s EV6 is essentially a platform-share/sister cars and truck with the ‘5 and also the honest Genesis GV60, thanks to an intertwined business as well as brand structure that approves usual sources. It’s based upon the brand-new electric-global modular system called E-GMP, has the same (basic in the UK) 800-volt charging style as well as mostly the same hardware as well as drivetrain options. All get greater than 300-miles of WLTP range, and we don’t obtain the smaller-batteried (58kWh battery, 250-miles of range) autos in the UK, a minimum of at launch.
Surprisingly, it includes a somewhat larger battery as typical (77.4 kWh useable plays 72.6 for the Hyundai) as well as a partially much shorter wheelbase than the Ioniq 5, so these 2 aren’t twinning as much as some individuals might imagine. As well as yet it is a really various cars and truck.
While the EV6 could share the standard theory as the Ioniq 5, it has much less bootspace, really feels far more intimate within (the ‘5 is very big on the sensation of interior volume, the EV6 much less so), as well as from the off really feels much more driver-focussed. There’s more straight and also distinctive guiding, far better body control – still in context of a more-than-two-tonne electric SUV, mind – as well as sharper feedbacks. Sporting activity setting, accessed from the small paddle at the bottom left-hand side of the wheel, brings faster throttle response and heavier steering (along with a red-for-danger dash as well as more fake noise), however really makes the EV6 feel more committed. And also it’s rapid – the throttle maps could not have the neck-breaking shock action of something like a Porsche Taycan, but it’s well judged as well as gets away from practically anything bar a full-on sportscar from a dead stop, even as this center of the variety two-motor variation. Saying that, it’s important to note that this truly isn’t a supple B-road dissector – the large size and mass of the EV6 implies that you need to be cautious when on smaller lanes, though A-roads are dispatched with that easy casualness that very good electrical cars excel at.
High quality is outstanding also on the very early cars that we’ve had accessibility to, and the gadget-count will certainly have button-fetishists frothing – everything from sophisticated ADAS (advanced driver assist systems), to the most up to date safety and security set and also things like a big head-up display that stretches over a good portion of the driver’s view. There are a number of 12.3-inch displays that compose the indoor details site, the left-hand side one being touchscreen, the one in front being info-only, and there are real handles to manage temperature and also a haptic bar between them to do all the various other stuff. It’s well laid out, although it would certainly take more than a min to decipher every one of the numerous features. It teems with detail however, and feels forward-thinking, as opposed to a jumble of components. It’s rather damn excellent, all told.
WHAT’S THE VERDICT?
” Kia verifying that forward-thinking does not need to be completely wacky. An exceptionally attractive package that makes a lot of even more costs makers consider least two steps behind”
Distinct yet not most likely to immediately fall off a fashion high cliff, fascinating to drive however not likely to worry a dedicated sports car, the EV6 carves a really different path dynamically to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 with which it shares bones and blood. Which’s no negative thing. But it’s also sizable, peaceful and also a very qualified cruiser and also geared up keeping that 800-volt architecture that takes advantage of basically any public charging terminal you can lay your hands on. There are much less effective two-wheel drive versions, as well as the a lot more powerful GT en route, and it is among those automobiles that makes you believe various other suppliers are one action behind the video game contrasted to the Oriental pure electrical offering. The eNiro might have been über-competent yet dull – the EV6 addresses the problem; it’s both extremely qualified and unique adequate to stand out, despite having a noteworthy platform share on the E-GMP platform.
Yes, this is not a tiny vehicle on a regular British B-road – or anywhere else for that issue – however no worse than the majority of higher-riding SUVs. And of course, the penchant for having paranoid safety systems (and also attendant bongs/cheeps/bleeps) might please those who keep in mind Euro NCAP scores, but they’re actually just irritating in real life.
Difficult to neglect the truth that this is a well-judged, rounded, interesting as well as enjoyable car from Kia. And also it puts various other manufacturers on notice; ‘adequate’ will not suffice.