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Kia EV6 Owner Review

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Kia EV6

Light 2022

9.5/10not logged25 votes

EV6 Light 58 kWh RWD

12 Sep 2022

Kia EV6 Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Price

  • Usability 

  • Efficiency 

  • Charging Speed

  • Driver assistance HDA

Cons:
  • Seat Comfort

  • Styling around open rear hatch exposes corners to bump into

Considered buying

Hyundai Ioniq 5

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The Attractions:

The Kia was more readily available from a local dealer than the Hyundai 

Chevrolet Bolt EUV

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The Attractions:

Very pretty car inside

The Dealbreakers:

Charging speed was slow and the dealer wanted $55,000 for a launch edition of the Bolt EUV. Mind boggling. 

Volkswagen ID.4

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The Attractions:

Affordable price and usable package space for passengers and cargo. 

The Dealbreakers:

Again just not available from anywhere at the time apparently 

Owner Review

EV6 Light 58 kWh RWD

An overall great EV for those on a budget. The least expensive trim in the USA at $42,000 in April 2022. Not a slow car in this trim level but certainly not one to win drag races. Is being quicker worth $20-30k more to you?  Also here’s another thing to consider for the small battery version of the car. It’s light, as in 3900 lb or 1770 kg. Maybe this is not light compared to a Lotus Super 7, but it’s in line with the weight of internal combustion vehicles in 2022. So that means everything is better in terms of ride, handling, acceleration (from the 125 kW/175 hp motor). In regards to the small battery, it’s usable capacity is 54 kWh and it’s a 600 volt pack (vs 800 volt nominal for the large pack) and in my experience chargers equally well on a properly spec’d 150 kW station as it does on a 350 kW station.  After a dozen road trips including 10 stops at EVgo, 30 stops at ElectrifyAmerica, and 20 stops at ChargePoint a good charge is over 100 kW and a great charging session is over 150 kW (averaged over the whole session).  Given the infrastructure in the real world right now this means sessions tend to be 10-30 minutes and even though the voltage and capacity are smaller, on a great session it’s less than 20 minutes to go from 10% state of charge to 80% and 20-70% is closer to 10 minutes.  This car almost charges too quickly if you’re not paying attention.

Now if you would allow me to reminisce. About 35 years ago I owned and drove a 1971 Volvo 145 (wagon/estate body style). Although the Volvo looked like the box it came in, it was a very useful hauler of people and things. This Kia EV6 reminds me of that utility of the old Swedish tank. With the seats folded down things (or a person on mattress) upwards of 6.5 ft (2 m) fits nicely.

If we compare the efficiency (or consumption) then we really see this small battery EV6 is a bit of a super star for the various trims of the car.  In 11,000 miles of driving, and according to the Kia Connect app which logs each and every drive including energy used, average speed and miles travelled, the efficiency is 3.7 mi/kWh. And a lot of that was done at 70 mph (112 kph) highway speeds.  At slower speeds the efficiency rises nicely.  What about winter?  Well, only time will reveal the effect on range and charging speed due to a lack of a heat pump or battery preconditioning.  But anyone with a right foot can do their own heating od the battery while driving with a bit of yo-yo-ing to pump the power and then dig into the regeneration.  By the way the Volvo was lucky to get 18 mpg.   

Unlike the Volvo the Kia has a wonderful automatic and adaptive HVAC system. It’s adjustable but the system can automatically detect and account for humidity and dry the air. It even has the thoughtfulness to temporarily stop fresh air from coming into the cabin when the windshield washer is activated. All of this is adjusted in menus only a Windows 95 black belt would love but at least it is adjustable. 

Speaking of computers, the little digital dictators in our pockets integrate very nicely into the Kia’s right hand touch screen through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. You could pay any amount of inflation-adjusted dollars you choose to flush into depreciating assets for a Tesla, Rivian or Lucid and still never sniff that feature. So I’m still able to bow down and abide by whatever Waze tells me to do. Hey it’s the new millennium, unlike the road trips taken with the old 145 wagon we don’t need no stinking road atlases where we’re going. But we do need our turn by turn directions and our traffic reports from our fellow wazers. And in the Kia EV6 it’s all beautifully displayed on the built in display. Somewhere Elon is crying into his bowl of cereal wondering if his walled software garden really was the way to go. 

Anyway billionaires aside the Kia is a weird looking reincarnation of a Swedish tank for this era. Just add electrons and let the good times roll. 

Long-term average consumption

Long-term average consumption: 3.7 mi/kWh

Kia EV6 Photos

Kia EV6 - Charging Curve on an EVgo 350 kW station at 20-25C Kia EV6 - Charging at a shared 125 kW ChargePoint unit Kia EV6 - 91 kW on a mid grade ChargePoint station Kia EV6 - A new wagon for new times

See Tech Specs - Kia EV6

Discussion

  • 2022-09-14 14:22:03 UTC

    what to buy?

    Thanks for the detailed review about your new KIA EV6. It gave me a lot of information and will certainly help me in deciding what to buy.
  • 2022-09-17 17:59:49 UTC

    Mach-e

    Have you driven a Mustang Mach-e? Have you considered it?

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