Smart, innovative with a modern sensibility and purely electric, the 2022 Kia EV6 is a brilliant choice as the road to electric adoption continues.
Already fans of Kia’s earlier electric offers (i.e. the Niro), when word that the EV6 was coming, we couldn’t help but get excited. Built on the rapid-charging platform that brings the award-winning Hyundai Ioniq5, the EV6 takes it and offers a slight twist on the experience that is purely new Kia… and we are here for it.
Good Looks and Solid, Confidence-Granting Tech
One of the first things that I do when a car comes for review is take a good walk-around, peep the details and see what the vehicle has to offer. The EV6 does not disappoint.
In fact, from carpool to valet at the mall and charging in the next town over the nods of appreciation came and the conversation about the ‘electric car from Kia’ could be heard. It was also noted that it “doesn’t look like an EV”, and that might be part of the secret of its success.
A Look Inside
Etched architectural lines, a bold, low profile and a muscular stance give the EV6 an almost sporty feel. It looks right at home in the sport sedan/SUV space — including the Cayenne Coupe, Ioniq5, E-Pace and the iX, regardless of the method of power that the vehicle uses.
The model that we tested came equipped Kia Connect, which enables a beautiful navigation system that also highlights the charging stations and creates a gorgeous Heads-Up display that easily connects to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Crystal clear cameras, surround sensors that let you get a sense of your vehicle in space and on the road. Easy touch buttons prevent the hunt and find scrolling. Intuitive design speaks through the placement, function and flow of the vehicle. It’s a great combination.
Kia retained many of the elements that drivers love about modern vehicles like blind spot monitors, collision avoidance, driving assist, the abundance of cupholders and charging ports then added elements that make the drive better, easier, smoother and even safer, if you let it. All in all, it makes for a drive that is intuitive, simple in its usage but brilliant in its execution and complexity. As a driver, you get to reap the benefits.
Range Anxiety, Charging and Maintaining Power
Since I live in rural-ish North Texas, range anxiety is a legitimate concern. That being said, if you recharge your vehicle, like you charge your phone in most cases you will be safe, sound and secure in your new EV. The EV on a full charge comes in right around 300 miles. For this trip, we ventured out for an impromptu trip to Rowlett for lunch and a bit of antiquing.
What I learned is that not every charging port is created equal, there is a learning curve with EV adoption. There is a beautiful thing that happens when a community invests in its electric future and that the process is simpler than we make it. Scroll through to see the charging set up that comes with the EV6.
You can find the components that come with the vehicle below:
Who Will Love This:
- Fans of the Cayenne Coupe, E-Pace, Ioniq5 and the iX are going to go adore this one.
- Families that are ready to step into the EV space.
- Drivers that want a vehicle with pep and get up and go… and a faster 0-60 than the Cayenne.
- EV drivers that crave a faster charging process. We found that the EV6 can on a rapid charger obtain nearly 80% charge in less than 40 minutes.
- The EV Curious will also enjoy this vehicle. It’s simple to use, uncomplicated and smart. It doesn’t scream, “I’m an EV.” It simply says, “I’m a beautiful, rapid-charging car that will take you to your next adventure.”
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