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Car of the Year Awards 2024: Best electric 7-seater

An interior with space for seven people is obviously a prerequisite in this class, but we also expect an upmarket feel, sensible costs, and top-notch comfort and refinement...

Best electric 7-seater

Kia EV9 AWD GT-Line

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Most seven-seat electric SUVs are either ludicrously expensive, or not as practical as you might expect if you’ve taken an economies-of-scale approach to family planning. The Kia EV9 solves that problem by offering comfortable seating for seven adults in a package that, while far from cheap (around £73,000 in our chosen form), is still well-priced next to the similarly spacious Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV.

Kia EV9 interior

Although the EV9’s interior isn’t as plush as those of premium rivals such as the Land Rover Defender, it’s big and practical, with plenty of head and leg room throughout and, in five-seat mode, a massive boot.

With a generous official range of 313 miles, the four-wheel-drive EV9 GT-Line can tackle long trips without you having to worry about where the next charge is coming from. When you do plug it in, a peak charging rate of 210kW means a 10-80% top-up takes less than 25 minutes.

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