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Car of the Year Awards 2022: Electric SUV of the Year

Thanks to big advancements in battery and charging technology, the best electric SUVs are now as usable as they are desirable...

WINNER: Electric SUV of the Year

Kia EV6 RWD GT-Line

Car of the Year 2022 - MotorEasy

The Best Electric SUV award may be making its debut this year, but it certainly isn’t short of worthy contenders for the title; it’s already a crowded and treacherous battlefield to navigate. To emerge victorious, a candidate has to seamlessly blend the ability to cover long distances with enough practicality to serve as a family’s sole mode of transport. To that end, size matters, and the Kia EV6 is big. Surprisingly so.

It’s actually longer than the Jaguar I-Pace, but because of how the EV6’s sleek exterior blurs the lines between hatchback and SUV, it hides its size well. Until you get inside, that is. Take a seat up front and there’s plenty of leg and head room for even the tallest to get comfortable, and its considerable width gives it a more open feel than its rivals.

Kia EV6 2022 interior

Jump in the back and you’re treated to almost limo-like levels of space. There’s more than enough leg room to ensure that six-footers in the rear won’t graze their knees on the seatbacks when similarly tall folk are in the front. Yes, the rival Skoda Enyaq also has lots of rear space, but the EV6 takes it to the next level and feels much more airy.

With its sizeable, 77.4kWh battery, the EV6 has the sort of range required to allow you to cover long distances without breaking a sweat. Officially, it can go for up to 328 miles between charges – farther than the closely related Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the entry-level Tesla Model 3 can manage.

Kia EV6 2022 front

Granted, you can’t use Tesla’s brilliant charging network when you eventually need to top up the battery, but if you can find a public CCS device that can deliver power at 233kW or more, the EV6 will go from 10-80% in as little as 17 minutes – quicker than the entry-level Model 3. And with a button that reclines the front seats like those in an airliner’s business class section, you can catch a quick 40 winks while the car charges.

Finally, the fact that it’s enjoyable to drive means the EV6 leaves no box unticked. The 226bhp electric motor is strong enough to push you into your seat, delivering a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.3sec. Meanwhile, the suspension strikes a fine balance between comfort and control, and the EV6 is more refined than all its key rivals, further bolstering its credentials as a long-distance cruiser. All in all, it mixes space and pace with considerable grace.

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