Raised ground clearance, sedan dimensions and appearance of a 4-door coupe, the EV6 is an atypical car. A crossover in the truest sense of the word that dusted off the image of Kia and launched the manufacturer into a new electric era.
A Kia that atomizes a Lamborghini Urus, a Porsche 911 Targa, an AMG GT and a Ferrari California T on a standing start … No need to turn off your game console or wake up, the Korean manufacturer has set out to point a drag-race beast of 584 electric horsepower. Its name, EV6 GT. Marketing planned for next year.
Waiting for, its intermediate version of 325 hp will perfectly ensure the interim. Already for its good engine power but above all for its design and its totally innovative positioning for Kia.
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A real crossover
“The specifications were for a crossover but we wanted to turn everything upside down and mix different styles. The EV6 is therefore a classic sedan, firmly planted on its enormous 20-inch wheels, with SUV elements such as increased ground clearance and worked wheel arches ” explains Grégory Guillaume, vice-president of design at Kia Europe.
Without forgetting the dynamic side of the drawing with a very inclined rear window and a double spoiler obtained by a small rear spoiler and a peacock-like optical unit. Moreover, Grégory Guillaume and his team did not hesitate to seek inspiration far, very far, from the Kia universe.
“When we started the project, we had a vehicle in mind. A mythical vehicle from the 1970s, the Lancia Stratos ” confirms the French. Visible or not, this sports DNA has the merit of making the 4.70 meters of the EV6 completely different from the rest of the current car production… And old Kias.
Moreover, the Tiger Nose grille has disappeared, sliding into the headlights and giving way to a brand new logo. “The logo was a bit dated compared to the new vehicles we were bringing to market. Especially since we are going to become a manufacturer that will focus on the future and electric vehicles ” explains Grégory Guillaume.
Space on board
A crossover in the truest sense of the word, at the crossroads into the cabin. Between the double curved screen (12.3 inches each), the floating center console, the two-spoke steering wheel with flattened sides and the atypical headrests, the EV6 cultivates its difference.. And takes care of its ergonomics with a clean environment and well thought-out controls. Special mention for the small instrumentation unit capable of switching from the multimedia interface to air conditioning thanks to a touch key.
At the rear also the passengers will be rather well received. Geeks can plug in their phones using the USB-C ports in the front seats, and long-haul enthusiasts will easily find their way home with good headroom and plenty of legroom. On condition of supporting the firm foundations and the raised knees positions because of a high floor.
The latter also influences the practicality of the safe, good value with a load capacity of 520 liters, but making it difficult to load bulky items despite a wide and deep space. Logical when we know that on electric vehicles, the installation of batteries is done under the floor.
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Good at everything
In the case of the EV6, the 77.4 kWh battery powers two electric motors located in each axle – 100 hp at the front and 225 hp at the rear – for a total power of 325 hp and 605 Nm of torque sent to the 4 wheels. Enough to take off the 2 tons of the beast in 5.2 seconds on the 0 to 100 km / h (185 km / h maximum speed).
More than its beautiful accelerations experienced on the German autobahn, the EV6 amazes with its dynamic behavior. Without going as far as the sporting adjective used in abundance by Kia’s communications department, the crossover comes out with its head held high on winding roads.
Healthy, reassuring and rather well balanced, it contains body movements during heading changes and only ends up understeering when driving really very sporty, the fault of its high weight.
An additional bowstring of a vehicle logically designed to be versatile. Besides, with 484 kilometers of autonomy announced in this AWD variant (20 inch rims), the EV6 is not afraid of long distances. On a route combining highway (with peaks at more than 150 km / h), city and countryside, the Korean crossover gave usconsumption of 20.3 kWh per 100 km. That is a range of 380 kilometers, less than what the Tesla Model 3 offers.
Electricity in several modes
Less fun than sporty driving, the game of eco-driving still has its charm, especially with the different braking and deceleration energy recovery modes controlled by the paddles on the steering wheel. Allowing to switch from a freewheel mode to the famous i-Pedal dispensing the use of the brake pedal. Ideal in town despite the imposing size and damping too brittle at low speed.
Obviously, all this does not dispense with the usual recharge break. And from this point of view, the EV6 is well helped thanks to an 800 V architecture capable of accepting a charging power of 240 kW, allowing it to go from 10 to 80% in about twenty minutes. A time checked on an Ionity terminal on the motorway next to Frankfurt but which flies away on a more traditional 11 kW charger (7h20 and 73 minutes in 50 kW).
Finally, like its cousin Hyundai Ioniq 5 with whom it shares the same platform, the EV6 can serve as a current generator to power everyday objects thanks to the V2L function invoiced as an option € 1,400.
|Model tested: Kia EV6 GT-Line AWD 325 hp|
|Dimensions L x l x h||4,695 / 1,890 / 1,550 m|
|Min / max trunk volume||520 / 1.300 l|
|Unloaded weight||2.050 kg|
|Engines||Permanent magnet synchronous electric motors|
|Engine power||325 ch|
|0 to 100 km / h||5,2 s|
|Max speed||185 km / h limited|
|Autonomy||484 km WLTP (380 km measured)|
|10 to 80% recharge||7h20 in 11 kW, 73 minutes in 50 kW and 18 minutes in 240 kW|
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