We already knew some things about the EV6. That there was a large technical community with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, for example. The sandwich floor of this E-GMP chassis also contains lithium-ion batteries, given that Kia had “only” 2.9 m of wheelbase (or 10 cm less than that of the Ioniq 5).
A length deficit that does not affect the number of cells. So at Kia, too, you get up to 77.4 kWh of battery power (with a net capacity of 72.6 kWh), which is enough for a maximum WLTP range of 510 km. This gives the EV6 10 km more range than the Ioniq 5.
But that’s not the most surprising difference. It is on the side of the GT version of the EV6. With 584 hp (yes, you read that correctly!) And 740 Nm supplied by two electric motors, the most efficient Ioniq becomes a demanding car. In the fastest Kia, sprinting to 100 km / h takes little more than 3.5 seconds, after which the five-door effortlessly continues until the odometer reads 260 km / h.
Normal versions a little crazy
Of course, more standard EV6s are also available. Kia not only offers the choice between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, but also between a 58 kWh battery pack and the 77.4 kWh cellular structure mentioned above. The entry-level model in the range is the rear-wheel drive EV6 with 169 hp, 350 Nm and 58 kWh.
If we stick to a single engine, but combine it with a more powerful battery, the power increases to 229 hp and 350 Nm. This is also the version that offers a range of more than 500 km . Finally, if you opt for two engines – and therefore for four-wheel drive – you still benefit from 77.4 kWh of electric reserve. In this configuration, you also have 325 hp and 606 Nm.
When the batteries are empty, they can be recharged to 80% in 18 minutes using direct current. After 4 minutes you should be able to travel at least 100 km.
Fast recharging times are also possible thanks to the 800 V infrastructure, which brings the recharging capacity (on a fast charger) to a maximum of 350 kW. For convenience, we assume this applies to both battery packs, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.
(Sports) performance which, of course, should not stand in the way of practical convenience. For starters, the EV6 has huge interior space, thanks to its flat sandwich floor and long wheelbase. There is plenty of room for four or even five adults.
The trunk volume is a little less than that of the Ioniq 5, but with 520 l – which can be expanded to 1300 l – it remains spacious. And if that’s not enough, the drawbar can still carry up to 1,600 kg of harnessed luggage. The EV6 also has a trunk at the front: this measures 52 l in the versions with one engine and 32 l if the Kia is equipped with two electric motors.
The V2L (Vehicle to Load) connection is also useful, allowing the use of the EV6 as a power source. The Kia provides up to 3.6 kW of electric power, which is enough to run not only the grill during a picnic, but also the mini-fridge. The plugs for this can be plugged into the socket under the rear seat and into the adapter that fits into the charging port.
When it comes to electronics, Kia is in line with what Hyundai has already shown. In the EV6, everything is projected and controlled by two 12-inch screens. This means that aside from the gear knob and a number of touchscreen shortcuts just above it, there are no longer any physical buttons on the dashboard.
Of course, the most recent safety devices are also present. With, among other things, the adaptive speed control system, Kia also takes a further step towards autonomous driving. Motorway Driving Assistance not only monitors speed and distance to the car in front, but also performs lane changes.
However, we don’t yet know how much all of this advanced technology will cost. The introduction of the EV6 is only planned for the fall. What Kia has announced is that by 2026, 7 of the brand’s electric vehicles are expected to operate the same E-GMP platform.