2021 Kia EV6 electric SUV revealed: price, specs and release date

New Kia EV6 electric SUV will be able to travel more than 300 miles between charges and features a high-tech interior...

2021 Kia EV6 front

On sale: October 2021 | Price from: £40,895

Car makers are divided into two schools of thought on what buyers want from an electric car. Half believe you want something that looks like any other car on the road but which happens to be electric. The other half believe you want to shout about your eco choices through bold, bespoke design. Looking at the new Kia EV6, it’s clear the Korean brand now falls into the latter camp.

The EV6 is the first of a new range of electric cars from Kia, and it’s based on 2019’s Imagine concept. It sits on new underpinnings designed with electric power in mind – the same structure as that of the recently revealed Hyundai Ioniq 5, which will be the EV6’s main rival, alongside other electric models including the Skoda Enyaq iV, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4.

2021 Kia EV6 rear

2021 Kia EV6 power and range

Entry-level models are powered by a single 222bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels. Energy comes from a 77.4kWh battery, giving the EV6 a range of 316 miles – farther than the 282 miles the existing Kia e-Niro can manage in 62kWh form and about on par with rivals. You can also opt for four-wheel drive, with two electric motors producing a combined 321bhp.

The EV6 range will be rounded out by a GT-badged version with a focus on performance. This model packs 577bhp from its dual electric motors and can reach 62mph in just 3.5sec – quicker than the Porsche Taycan 4S, our reigning Performance Car of the Year.

Like the Ioniq 5, the EV6 supports charging of up to 220kW and – using the fastest public chargers – can go from 10-80% of battery capacity in just 18 minutes. Of course, using a less powerful public charger or typical home wallbox will take longer.

2021 Kia EV6 interior

2021 Kia EV6 interior and space

Inside, there’s a 12.3in digital instrument panel in front of the driver, plus a separate 12.3in infotainment screen that’s angled towards the driver. As is becoming the norm, the EV6’s climate control functions are accessed via a touch-sensitive panel on the dashboard, but there are also small dials to quickly change the temperature. This panel is smart, too: at the press of a button, its functions change to quickly help you put a destination into the sat-nav.

We’ve sat inside the EV6 and were impressed by the quality of materials on show. Most surfaces are coated in soft plastics, and indeed Kia says it has used recycled materials for parts of the car’s interior and for its front seats. You’ll find some harder, scratchy plastics lower down around your feet, but everything you’ll touch regularly has a pleasantly solid feel to it. 

2021 Kia EV6 interior

The seats are comfortable and well bolstered, but taller drivers are likely to find that their heads will brush the roof lining of the car. One of the EV6’s party pieces is that the driver’s seat reclines all the way back, while leg supports appear from under the seat, so you can have a nap while your car recharges.

Space is better in the rear seats, where taller passengers will find they have decent head and leg room, even when sitting behind a driver of equal size. There are two USB ports back there, in addition to the three up front, meaning everyone can charge their devices.

The big, 520-litre boot has no loading lip, so heaving your gear inside shouldn’t be a problem, and a family’s holiday luggage should fit without any trouble. There’s also a 52-litre space under the bonnet (reduced to 20 litres on four-wheel-drive models) for you to store your charging cables. 

2021 Kia EV6 side

2021 Kia EV6 price

Prices start at £40,895 for the EV6 in entry-level form, with 19in alloy wheels, heated front seats and automatic emergency braking which can detect pedestrians and cyclists coming as standard. At that price, though, the EV6 will be a more expensive choice than the Enyaq, but about on par with the Mach-E and ID.4, and no version will be eligible for the Government’s plug-in car grant. Higher-spec GT-Line models will cost from £43,895, while the range-topping GT will set you back around £58,000 when it goes on sale next year. Kia’s seven-year warranty is included, should anything go wrong, too.

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