The $53,000 Kia EV6 is a sporty and striking electric SUV whose biggest flaw is that people won’t leave you alone

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

  • We drove the impressive 2022 Kia EV6, Kia’s newest electric SUV.

  • It offers 310 miles of range, eye-catching styling and plenty of standard tech features.

  • The Kia EV6 starts at around $41,000. The model Kia loaned us came out at $53,405.

If you’re looking for an electric car and a Tesla isn’t quite your speed, there are now a handful of alternatives.

Volkswagen fans can buy a ID.4. Ford die-hards might pick up a Mustang Mach-E. And new models are coming onto the scene at a steady pace. Soon, SubaruToyota, Honda and Nissan will launch their own electric SUVs.

One of the most exciting and promising of this new generation of zero-emission rides – the one you can buy right now – is the 2022 Kia EV6.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

The sporty SUV is great fun to drive, boasts over 300 miles of range and comes packed with advanced tech features. It’s all wrapped up in a distinctive and striking package that people can’t help but gawk at.

There are a few sticking points here and there in the EV6, but its biggest downside, especially if you’re in a rush, is that people keep asking about it.

A first for Kia

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

Notably, the EV6 is Kia’s first purpose-built electric model. It’s a major leap forward for Kia and the Hyundai Motor Group’s electric ambitions. If you can count the EV6 as an omen for what’s to come, the future looks bright.

The new E-GMP platform on which the EV6 is built offers extremely fast charging speeds and enables smart interior packaging that makes vehicles appear larger than they really are. New Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Genesis GV60 from Kia’s sister brands use the same underpinnings.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

The EV6 is available in three versions, with all-wheel-drive options in two of them:

  • Lightweight RWD (MSRP $40,900): The base model is the only EV6 to offer 167 horsepower and a smaller battery, providing a range of 232 miles, according to estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency. Heated seats, two 12.3-inch screens, Apple CarPlay and a wide range of advanced safety features are standard.

  • Wind RWD ($47,000): Adds ventilated front seats, 120-volt on-board power, upgraded stereo system and other features. Horsepower jumps to 225 and range to 310 miles thanks to a larger battery.

  • Wind AWD ($50,900): Adds an additional motor driving the front wheels, increasing power to 320 horsepower and decreasing range to 274 miles.

  • GT-Line RWD ($51,200): Adds an augmented reality screen, accent lighting, vegan leather steering wheel, additional safety technology, automatic door handles and other features. Power and range correspond to the Wind RWD model.

  • GT-Line AWD ($55,900): Same specifications as Wind AWD.

The GT-Line RWD model that Kia loaned me for a weekend came to $53,405 including a destination charge of $1,215. The car came with two options: a matte gray paint job for $695 and a set of suede seats for $295.

What stands out: an electric vehicle for extroverts

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

I wasn’t entirely convinced by the look of the EV6 from the photos alone. But after seeing it in person and driving around for a while, it pushed me, mostly because of the reactions I got from passers-by. I’ve driven a handful of expensive and beautiful cars in New York, but the EV6 has gotten the most attention by far.

It’s easy to understand why. With its low ride height, unique integrated rear spoiler, steeply sloped roof and aggressive sports car styling, the EV6 stands out in the sea of ​​vaguely blob-shaped SUVs. In fact, it hardly looks like a crossover, more like a big sporty sedan. An exquisite matte gray paint job doesn’t hurt either.

I still think the EV6 has unflattering angles, but I get why people are so in love with it. And there’s something just fun about driving a car that makes people double-take, pull out their phones, or come up and ask you questions.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

“Now it is what I call a car! exclaimed an old man when he saw me pull out of a parking lot. Indeed, sir. In effect.

Driving and charging the EV6

The EV6 doesn’t just look the part. It’s nimble around the corners, with precise steering that isn’t overly assisted. Even though Kia calls the EV6 a crossover, it rides low to the ground, lowering its center of gravity and aiding handling.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

The rear-wheel-drive model I tested doesn’t move forward with the organ-compression force of some higher-performance electric vehicles. But, like all electric cars, it accelerates instantly and has enough spring in its step to pull you away from a red light fairly quickly.

You can choose from four driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow. Paddles behind the steering wheel adjust the amount of energy the car captures and feeds to the battery when you release the accelerator. At level 0, the EV6 drives freely like a gas-powered car. In the most intense regenerative braking setting, the EV6 slows sharply when you take your foot off the throttle, essentially eliminating the need for a brake pedal.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

I bet the 320-horsepower AWD models would deliver a class-leading combination of agility and speed. But I’d probably stick with a single-motor version for the efficiency gains alone. After all, 310 miles of range is knocking on the Tesla Model Y’s door and is some of the best you’ll get in this price range.

Even low-end EV6 models make up for their shortcomings by being able to recharge incredibly quickly. The EV6 has an 800-volt architecture that allows it to add 10 to 80 percent battery life (217 miles in long-range models) in just 18 minutes when plugged into a 350-kilowatt charging station, according to Kia. . It’s a game changer on the go.

The 2022 Kia EV6.

The 2022 Kia EV6.Tim Levin / Insider

Interestingly, the EV6 can also send electricity in the opposite direction. All models except the base trim come with an adapter that plugs into the charging port and provides a standard household outlet that owners can use to power things while camping, ponytailing or in case of emergency.

An attractive and technological interior

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

Slipping inside the EV6, I expected an interior much like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 I tested before – something sleek, minimal and airy. But the EV6’s cabin is a whole different animal. It’s sporty, bold and full of contrasting colors and metallic accents. Not bad, just different.

The EV6’s comfortable suede and vegan leather seats hug you tight and keep you from slipping. Headroom was surprisingly good for a car with such a low roofline, and rear legroom is also solid. Since there is no bump in the middle of the car like you would find in a gas-powered vehicle, the middle seat passenger is not deprived of room for their feet and there is additional open space between the front seats for storage.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

Don’t confuse the lack of a TV-sized touchscreen with a lack of technology. Base models get a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless device charging, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, five USB ports throughout the cabin, and two display screens. 12.3 inches. The touchscreen is super responsive and intuitive.

The EV6 also comes with advanced safety features such as blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and a highway driving feature that automatically accelerates, brakes, and steers in response. to surrounding traffic.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

My tester came with some brilliant extras, including an augmented reality screen projected onto the windshield and blind-spot camera views that pop up in the gauge cluster whenever you click the turn signal. Highway Driving Assist II, which comes on top-of-the-line models, confidently centered the EV6 in its lane, kept an eye on traffic both ahead of the car and in adjacent lanes, and even changed lanes to me.

What is missing: cargo space and visibility, mainly

All of these safety features are more than welcome, as visibility out the back of the EV6 is pretty poor due to its sloping roof, thick pillars and thin windows. The sleek shape of the EV6 also comes at the expense of cargo space, which is worse than the ID.4, Mustang Mach-E, Ioniq 5 and Model Y.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

Another minor gripe: the climate settings and media player controls are located on the same touch panel below the main screen, but you can only use one set of buttons at a time. Tap a toggle and the button and button functions change from temperature, fan speed, etc., to volume, search, and more. It’s pretty cool in theory, but cumbersome to use while driving.

Although the whole interior looks high quality, the front seatbacks are hard, black plastic, which looks out of place on a car that costs over $50,000.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line.Tim Levin / Insider

You can’t go wrong with an EV6

Minor gripes aside, the 2022 Kia EV6 is an excellent choice for almost anyone looking for a non-gas SUV in the $40,000 to $50,000 range. Its questionable cargo space and lack of physical buttons are easily outweighed by its outstanding range, eye-catching looks and engaging driving dynamics.

Don’t forget to allow a few extra minutes in your journey. Because people will ask questions.

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