2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line AWD
Class: Electrical Automobile
Miles pushed: 161
Battery capability: 77 kWh
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Consolation||B+|
|Energy and Efficiency||B+|
|Match and End||B+|
|Gas Financial system||A|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different autos in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim stage evaluated, and should not mirror Client Information’s impressions of the whole mannequin lineup.|
|Huge & Tall Consolation|
|Huge & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Huge” ranking based mostly on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” ranking based mostly on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||320 horsepower|
|Engine Kind||Electrical motors|
EPA-estimate MPGe: 116 metropolis/94 hwy/105 mixed
EPA-estimated driving vary: 274 miles
Client Information vary estimate (excellent situations): 274 miles
Base worth: $55,900 (not together with $1215 vacation spot cost)
Choices on check automobile: GT-Line Suede Seat Package deal ($295)
Value as examined: $57,410
The nice: Fast acceleration; beneficiant stage of ordinary tools; fast-charging functionality
The nice: First rate passenger and cargo room for the scale; hanging styling inside and outside; nice experience/dealing with steadiness
The not so good: So-so rear visibility; some unconventional controls require acclimation; restricted “frunk” house
The 2022 Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are new children within the EV neighborhood. Residing as they do in the identical company home, the compact crossovers must share a few of their toys. However they actually don’t put on one another’s garments.
Within the EV6, the sharp angularity and mechanistic particulars of the Ioniq’s outer surfaces are changed by mushy, wavy contours. If the Ioniq 5 has a “made-by-the-hand-of-man” look, the EV6 is extra “forces of nature”—even its sharpest edge, the mixed rear spoiler and taillight housing, appears to be like like a windswept sand dune or snowdrift. On the within, it’s clear that they’ve issues like infotainment and climate-control techniques in widespread however layouts are utterly totally different.
Not solely are the autos’ type senses totally different, there’s additionally the problem of “match.” The EV6’s 114.2-inch wheelbase is 3.9 inches shorter than the Ioniq 5 span, however the Kia’s general size is barely better. The Hyundai is marginally wider, 2.2 inches taller, and possessed of 30.7 extra cubic ft of inside quantity.
The EV6 bows for ’22 as Kia’s first dedicated-platform pure-electric automobile. (The Kia Niro EV additionally is available in hybrid and plug-in-hybrid from, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 follows an earlier Ioniq hatchback sedan and the concurrent Kona subcompact SUV within the marque’s line of all-electric choices.) In contrast to some electrical autos—together with the Ioniq 5—the EV6 is accessible in all 50 states. At launch it got here in three trim ranges: Mild, Wind, and GT-Line, with a higher-performance GT anticipated later within the mannequin yr. Mild is rear-drive solely and GT is solely all-wheel drive. Wind and GT-Line supply the selection of each drivelines. Client Information examined an AWD GT-Line with a beginning worth of $57,115 together with supply.
Powerplants in Mild by way of GT-Line fashions have the identical outputs present in Ioniq 5s however the estimated driving ranges of the Kias are barely longer. The 239-kW dual-motor set up within the examined GT-Line produces 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque however a full cost ought to take it 274 miles, based on the EPA, the place an Ioniq 5 with the identical motivation is pegged to run for 256 miles. To date, we’ve been in a position to drive solely dual-motor examples of those new EVs. In both model the system produces a number of rapidly mustered energy for snappy efficiency, significantly in “Regular” and “Sport” modes. (“Eco” and “Snow” settings can be found too.) EV6s are rated to tow as a lot as 2300 kilos, 650 greater than an Ioniq.
Accessible vary adjusts with the drive mode. On the finish of this driver’s 62-mile flip that was evenly divided between metropolis and freeway situations the EV6 reported a 13-mile distinction between Sport (on the low finish) and Eco (on the excessive finish). In all instances, the indicated vary appeared destined to exceed the projected 253 miles at the beginning of the check, which started with the 77.4-kWh lithium-ion battery charged to 96 p.c of capability. Regenerative-energy seize is variable; pull on the steering-wheel paddles sufficient instances and resistance rises to the extent of one-pedal operation, a function that this reviewer used liberally. At turn-in time, with 78 p.c of cost remaining, the automobile reported that it might want slightly below 3.5 hours on CG’s 240-volt “Degree 2” charging station to be absolutely topped off. The EV6 is suitable with “Degree 3” DC quick chargers and Kia says an 800-volt quick charger can squeeze sufficient juice for 217 miles of vary in 18 minutes. Observe that Kia consists of 1000 kilowatt hours of charging at Electrify America places, which equates to 3500 to 4000 miles of use.
Our sampled GT-Line with the torque-vectoring all-wheel drive dealt with effectively, with just a little little bit of a style for staying pretty flat when sawing by way of intently spaced left-right corners. Journey was easy and quiet.
An AWD GT-Line prices $4700 multiple with rear-wheel drive. Along with two extra driving wheels and 95 additional horsepower (however a discount in driving vary) that upcharge buys bigger 20-inch black-finish alloy wheels, a warmth pump (to assist protect vary in chilly climate), and a heated steering wheel and outboard rear seats.
One factor supplied to all GT-Strains is a “Automobile-to-Load” generator that allows powering exterior gadgets. Different requirements are an influence sunroof, Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility, wi-fi telephone charging, 14-speaker Meridian audio system, satellite tv for pc radio, dual-zone local weather management, hands-free tailgate, augmented-reality head-up show, heated and ventilated power-adjustable entrance seats, and Distant Good Parking Help that lets customers information the EV6 out and in of tight parking areas whereas exterior the automobile. Security and driver-assistance options embody Freeway Driving Help 2 (mild autonomy with lane centering and adaptive navigation-based cruise management), forward-collision warning with computerized emergency braking, lane-following and lane-keeping help, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking assists.
“Vegan leather-based” (constituted of recycled plastic water bottles, Kia says) is the usual GT-Line seat protecting, however CG’s tester was clad with elective suede inserts that had been engaging and cozy. A sweeping digital show panel with 12.3-inch driving-gauge and infotainment screens that’s turning up in Hyundai-Kia merchandise is used right here. The infotainment touchscreen is straightforward to make use of. A touch-sensitive management pad on the middle of the sprint has “dual-purpose” buttons that may be toggled backwards and forwards between local weather and infotainment-system features. A dramatic and brightly trimmed suspended arm—not likely a console—holds seat-heat buttons, starter button (angled towards the driving force), and a rotating drive selector. The standard array of door pockets, seat pouches, lined storage, and cup holders serves passengers.
Legroom is beneficiant in entrance and adult-sized in again, however we suspect anybody 6 ft or taller might sense they’re near the roof, particularly in sunroof-equipped vehicles. There’s rather less cargo house within the EV6 than within the Ioniq 5; the tailgate slope has a hand on this. Rear 60/40-split seats fold completely flat for more room and there may be some shallow room underneath the load ground.
Kia’s first step into the EV period is a sound one. Vary isn’t any revelation, however EV6 highway manners and options are pluses, and federal tax credit can whittle down the acquisition worth. The brand new child on the block is able to play.
2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line Gallery
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