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KIA EV6 ELECTRIC ESTATE

236kW GT Line 77.4kWh 5dr AWD Auto

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The EV6 brings Kia to another level as an EV maker, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

So far, Korean maker Kia's offerings have been worthy, sensible, good value and, whisper it, rather dull. But that changes right here, right now with this car, the EV6. In this case, the idea is to reinterpret full-electric technology for the affordable part of the mid-sized market in a sporty, desirable fashion. Don't think e-Niro or Soul EV. Instead, think Polestar 2 or Tesla Model 3. That's quite a challenging brief for a manufacturer not positioned as a premium brand, but Kia has gone about it with enthusiasm. The brand has developed an all-new E-GMP platform for this EV6. And readied a top EV6 GT high performance model for the very top of the range with a Porsche Taycan-like 577bhp on tap. Mainstream EV6 models will be more accessible, targeted not only at Tesla and Polestar but at sportier versions of cars like the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Skoda Enyaq iV.

Driving Experience

Acceleration from the get-go in an EV6 depends a little on the variant you've chosen. There are two in the mainstream range, both using a 77.4kWh battery. The base rear-driven model has only just enough power - 226bhp - to make this two-tonne EV feel business-like away from rest. The sprint to 62mph time for that base variant is 7.3s but 350Nm of torque isn't really quite enough for a contender this heavy. The spec of the AWD dual motor model we tried is much more like it. Here, the 165kW rear electric motor fitted to all EV6s is joined by a smaller 74kW motor at the front, boosting total output to 321bhp. That provides for 62mph in 5.2s and nearly twice the amount of pulling power - 605Nm - on the way to the 114mph top speed that all versions of this Kia share. It doesn't actually feel that fast on first acquaintance, which for us is a good thing, the delivery of torque and speed pleasantly linear and combustion-like. If you want an EV6 that does kick you in the back away from rest, Kia will attempt to sell you a top GT model with the same battery and AWD combo but a twin motor output uprated to 577bhp, with a thumping 740Nm of torque. You don't really need that GT model's manic speed - rest to 62mph in just 3.5s en route to 162mph; and you don't really need its standard adaptive damping system either because the passive 'frequency selective' mechanical springs that feature here (which can't be upgraded) combine with the multi-link independent rear suspension to produce an actually very well judged quality of ride over poor surfaces. There are three drive modes ('Eco', 'Normal' and 'Sport'), none of which improve the rather gloopy feel of the steering. But the six available brake regeneration settings (most operable by these steering wheel paddle shifters) are effective and careful use will get you somewhere near the quoted combined cycle drive range figures, which vary between 300 and 328 miles, depending on variant.

Design and Build

The EV6 EV sports saloon was designed under the brand's new design philosophy 'Opposites United', which apparently takes inspiration from the contrasts found in nature and humanity. At the front, Kia's 'tiger face' has been re-interpreted for the digital era. Forming part of this 'Digital Tiger Face', daytime running lights display a sleek, modern appearance and include a 'sequential' dynamic light pattern. Below this, a low air intake aims to visually widen the front of the car, aiming to accentuate its intended high-tech image. The side profile displays a crossover-inspired silhouette and a character line runs along the bottom of the doors, curving upwards towards the rear wheel arches to visually elongate the profile of the car. The rear displays a sloping C-pillar with an integrated black glossy insert which appears to extend the window glass. Above this sits a prominent wing-type roof spoiler that channels air downwards towards a raised lower spoiler, which sits atop the car's unique rear light cluster. Inside, one of the most striking elements is a wide, seamless high-tech curved infotainment screen, which gives the interior an open feel. The 'Relaxation' seats are slim, lightweight and contemporary, and clad in modern, visually interesting and robust fabrics created using recycled plastics - equivalent to 111 plastic water bottles. Thanks to a relatively long 2,900mm wheelbase, cabin space is similar to many mid-size SUVs. There's comfortable space for two adults on the rear bench and out back, there's a decently-sized 520-litre boot, extendable to 1,300-litres with the rear backrest folded. This is added to by a front trunk beneath the bonnet which provides up to an additional 52-litres of stowage space for 2WD models and 20-litres for AWD models.

Market and Model

Kia has decided that the EV6 range shouldn't feature the smaller 'Standard Range' 58kWh battery pack available on this car in other markets (and on this model's Hyundai IONIQ 5 close cousin). Which is why there are no EV6 variants available for under £40,000. Instead, the line-up is exclusively offered here with the brand's larger 77.4kWh battery pack. There are two drivetrain options though, a rear wheel drive model with 226bhp, priced from around £42,000; or an AWD variant with 321bhp, priced from around £48,000. As for trim options, well there's an entry-level 'Air'-spec model for rear wheel drive customers but otherwise in the mainstream line-up, with both powertrains, there's the choice of either 'GT-Line' or 'GT-Line S' levels of trim. Separately positioned at the top of the range is the top high performance EV6 GT model which has AWD and the 77.6kWh battery but uses more powerful motors, putting out a total 577bhp output; for one of those, you're looking at close to £60,000. As you'd expect from a Kia, all models come with quite a lot of kit - dual 12.3-inch curved screens, full-navigation with Kia Connect media services, full-LED headlights and lots of camera safety technology. 'GT-Line'-spec gets you a sportier body kit, plus suede upholstery, LED ambient lighting and power operation for the driver's seat. If you can stretch to the top high performance EV6 GT AWD model, you will of course get more equipment still. There are intelligent LED headlights, which turn with the bends. Plus through the spokes of the larger 21-inch wheels (shod with stickier Michelin performance tyres), you'll glimpse neon green brake calipers. Sporty trim features around the fascia, you get a unique sports steering wheel and a premium audio system upgrade.

Cost of Ownership

You'll want to know about range capability and the answer is that this car's long-range 77.4kWh battery can take you up to 316 miles between charges. This car's E-GMP platform allows for 800-volt capability and the EV6 accepts DC rapid charging at up to 220kWh. If you're able to charge in this fashion, your EV6 will be able to accept a 10-80% charge in just 18 minutes and 62 miles of extra range can be added in only four and a half minutes. The EV6 is also able to distribute charge to other vehicles at up to 3.6kW using it's Type 2 socket, as part of an incorporated 'vehicle-to-load V2L' function. We're not quite sure why you'd ever want to do that, but it might conceivably be useful to charge large appliances using the car's battery 'on an outdoor adventure' according to Kia. The EV6 is fitted with energy-recuperation technologies to maximise driving range. This includes Kia's latest-generation energy-efficient heat pump, which scavenges waste heat from the car's coolant system. This ensures that at minus 7 degrees Celsius, the car can achieve 80% of the range that would be possible at 25 degrees Celsius. Also featured is the latest generation of Kia's smart regenerative braking system, which is operated by paddle shifters behind the steering wheel so drivers can quickly and easily slow the car and recuperate kinetic energy to maximise driving range and efficiency.

Summary

In summary, this EV6 takes the technology that impressed us with cars like the e-Niro and evolves it to a level appropriate for a customer looking for a faster, more premium kind of mid-sized EV. In many ways, the EV6 is the Korean brand's most accomplished car to date. In terms of quality, style and technology, it can equal anything on offer from the German premium brands, yet do so at a more affordable price. Certainly, if you were about to sign for something like a Polestar 2 or a BMW i4, the EV6 is a car you should try first. We think you'll be surprised at what you find.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed116mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 12.3" Curved driver display screen
  • 12.3" Curved touchscreen navigation
  • Apple car play/Android Auto with voice control
  • Blind-spot collision avoidance assist (BCA) with Rear cross traffic assist (RCTA) and Safe exit assist (SEA)
  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition
  • Drive mode selector
  • Driver attention warning
  • eCall
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) - City/Pedestrian/Cyclist/Junction turning
  • Front parking sensors
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
  • Intelligent speed limit assist (ISLA)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Lane keep assist
  • Low washer fluid warning
  • Navigation based smart cruise control with stop and go functionality
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera with dynamic guide lines
  • UVO connect
  • Wireless Mobile Phone Charger

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 5m Type 2 to type 2 charging cable
  • Type 2 to 3 pin charger

Entertainment

  • 4 x Front USB charge port
  • 6 speaker audio system
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • USB port for connection of a media device

Exterior Features

  • All round electric windows with drivers auto up/down function
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic defog system
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • Black side sills
  • Body colour exterior door handles - flush
  • Body coloured door garnish
  • Deluxe door scuff plates
  • Dual LED headlights with adaptive driving beam
  • Electrically folding/adjustable/heated door mirrors with LED indicators
  • GT exterior styling
  • Heated rear window
  • High gloss black beltline
  • High gloss black door mirrors
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear combination lights
  • LED rear fog lights
  • Rain sensing front wipers
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear spoiler with LED high mounted brake light
  • Solar glass windshield

Interior Features

  • 1 x Luggage compartment 12V socket
  • 3 x Front 12V socket
  • 60:40 split remote folding rear seats
  • All-round height adjustable headrests
  • Alloy pedals
  • Ambient lighting
  • Centre console cupholders
  • Centre console with open storage compartment and armrest
  • Cloth headlining
  • Driver and front passenger premium relaxion seats
  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated LED vanity mirrors
  • Driver power adjusted memory seat with front passenger power seat with 2-way electric lumbar
  • Dual automatic air conditioning
  • Front and rear door storage
  • Front and rear luggage area LED lights
  • Front cabin LED light
  • Front seat back pockets
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
  • Luggage area load cover
  • Luggage board
  • Luggage net hooks
  • Metal paint interior door handles
  • Paddle shift for drive mode select
  • Rear cabin LED light
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholder
  • Ski through
  • Suede/Vegan leather upholstery
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
  • Vegan leather trimmed steering wheel

Passive Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • ABS
  • Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
  • Brake assist system
  • Centre side front airbags
  • Dual shell horn
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • Electronic stability control
  • Front centre airbag
  • Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Front seatbelt pre-tensioners
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Multi collision brake assist
  • Twin curtain airbag
  • Twin front airbag
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Vehicle 2 load
  • Vehicle stability management

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • Visible vehicle identification number

Wheels

  • 19" Black alloy wheels
  • Tyre mobility kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    77.4
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.8
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    1965
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    3.7
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    440
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    73
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    350
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    18
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
    13
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    17.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City
    4.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.6
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City
    669
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    505
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
    416
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    314

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    321
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    GT Line
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    40A
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    7
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    321
  • Engine Power - KW
    236
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    446
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    61.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    605
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4500
  • Top Speed
    116

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1550
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4695
  • Wheelbase
    2900
  • Width
    1890
  • Width (including mirrors)
    Not Available

Weight and Capacities

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    490
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1600
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2105
  • No. of Seats
    5
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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Oliver Blayney

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"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

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