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Electric Car Awards 2021: Readers' choice
What Car? readers were given an eight-car shortlist, and asked to vote for the upcoming electric model that they're most excited about seeing in showrooms...
Could lightning be about to strike twice for Kia?
The South Korean brand really shook up the electric car market when it launched the e-Niro a couple of years ago, proving that you didn’t need to win the lottery or inherit a fortune before you could afford a zero-emissions SUV with a world-class range. We were so impressed that we named it our 2019 Car of the Year, and now Kia hopes to move the game on again with the EV6.
We’ll find out whether it’s succeeded when we get a chance to drive one later this year. What’s already clear, though, is that this strikingly styled new model has captured the imagination of What Car? readers. It beat seven other contenders to win our online poll looking for the upcoming electric car that people are most excited about. So, why all the anticipation?
Well, in its entry-level form, the EV6 will feature a single 222bhp electric motor, rear-wheel drive and a 77.4kWh battery that delivers an official range of 316 miles (whereas the e-Niro manages up to 282 miles).
There will also be a version with four-wheel drive, using two electric motors to produce a combined 321bhp. At the top of the line-up, you’ll find a model called the GT, with 577bhp and a Tesla-worrying 3.5sec 0-62mph time.
As a bonus, even the cheapest EV6 will have a maximum charging rate of 220kW, which means you can go from 10-80% of battery capacity in as little as 18 minutes. Chargers that fast are rare right now, but another of the EV6’s party pieces is that the front seats recline all the way back, with leg supports emerging from underneath them, so if you can only find a slower unit, you can have a nap while you wait.
A customisable 12.3in digital instrument panel will let you decide exactly what information you want in front of you. What’s more, there’s a separate 12.3in infotainment screen that’s angled towards the driver, plus the option of an augmented reality head-up display that can project images – such as sat-nav directional arrows showing you where to turn – so they appear to be on the road ahead.
The EV6 has a starting price of £40,895, making it more expensive than our best electric large SUV of 2021, the Skoda Enyaq. However, that’s partly because the Enyaq is available with a smaller battery. The price of like-for-like versions will be much closer.
At the other end of the range, the EV6 GT is expected to cost around £58,000, making it slightly cheaper than the Tesla Model 3 Performance.
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