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Kia EV6 First Drive Review: New Electric Cars Are Getting Popular

Kia EV6 First Drive Review: New Electric Cars Are Getting Popular

Kia EV6 First Drive Review: New Electric Cars Are Getting Popular

Kia EV6 First Drive Review: New Electric Cars Are Getting Popular

At the BIC, it’s a rough afternoon. The weather app on the Kia EV6 says we can have a barbecue at 44 degrees in the Greater Noida area. The trip computer says it will be even hotter at 47 degrees, and I’ve been told that it was 49 degrees a few days ago.

Those gauges don’t lie, and climate change is real. Even though cars aren’t the biggest cause of global warming, the auto industry is everyone’s favorite scapegoat, and government regulations are forcing fast change.

People are making electric cars and scooters left and right, ignoring that over 75% of electricity comes from coal and that we need to import more and more of it. EV policy is an important topic, but it’s not the focus of this test. Instead, look at the impressive line of electric cars cooling down in the pit lane.

Even though electric cars are very quiet when moving, when the air conditioner is on full blast, and the cooling fans are working hard to keep the battery temperature down, they can make a lot of noise when they are stopped. The EV6 is being asked to do too much during peak summer, but that’s how it is in a country that has always been hot and is only getting hotter.

Kia EV6’s looks and outsides

It’s not a hatchback because it’s too tall. Not quite long enough to be an SUV. With the back end’s hints of a shooting brake, it’s not a sedan. The best way to describe it might be “compact crossover,” but even that might not be right. It will divide people, but there’s no doubt it will make people look.

The benefits of the devoted EV architecture, which we’ll talk about briefly, are the very short overhangs, shallow bonnet area, and huge wheelbase, which give it a unique shape. Kia’s new design language, which pushes the limits of traditional car design, is draped over it. This is done to meet the early adopters’ desire for uniqueness without putting the more traditional buyer.

Mercifully, the EV6 doesn’t have a decorative grille. Instead, it has a thin strip that looks like Kia’s old tiger-nose grille, and the air dam below it has vents to cool the battery and other systems. In the end, the form should follow the function! People love big wheels on electric cars, and the EV6 is no exception. It has beautiful 19-inch wheels that give it a great stance.

Kia EV6’s insides and features

You’ll find a digital cabin fitting the electric age when you enter. Two 12.3-inch screens are set up in a curved unit in front of the driver. This unit, along with the raised center console, makes the driver feel like he or she is in a cocoon. Kia has moved away from the openness of other EVs, like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, to give off a sporty vibe, and it works.

You still have a flat floor, which means there’s a lot of room under the center console for purses and other small things. Carbon neutrality is a hot topic, so Kia wants you to know that they plan to be completely carbon-neutral by 2045. They will start by making trim pieces out of recycled PET bottles and wrapping the seat bolsters and steering wheel in vegan leather.

There are so many USB chargers that they look like a forest. While we’re on the subject, I should also mention that you can use the electricity from the EV6 to charge another electric car or run appliances like a refrigerator at home or strobe lights and a DJ console for a rave in the middle of nowhere.

If we had to criticize, I’d say that for the expected price, you’d want better materials like those in high-end German cars, and you’d also want to be able to sit differently. Based on an electric-only skateboard design that doesn’t have to make room for an engine, the front view is similar to mid-engined supercars.

There isn’t much of a bonnet, and what is there falls away quickly. The 77.4kWh battery pack is under the floor of the 2900mm wheelbase. This means that all of the space above it can be used by passengers, making the cabin much bigger than any ICE that is 4.7 meters long. There is much knee room in the back, and the floor is flat, so three people can sit together comfortably.

Kia EV6 engine and how it drives

A track isn’t the best place to test an electric car, and we won’t give you a final answer, especially about how it rides and how useful it is every day. I can tell you that the dynamics are very interesting. First, the speed turn happens immediately because the full torque is sent immediately.

There’s no waiting and no doubt. At the end of the pit lane, I put it in Dynamic mode, check my mirrors, and floor it. The full force of 320bhp and 605Nm pushes me back into my seat. The AWD version of the car I’ve been given gets to 100kmph in just 5.2 seconds.

Buyers can save a couple of lakh rupees by choosing the RWD-only EV6, which has 226bhp and 350Nm and can go from 0 to 100kmph in 7.3 seconds. I secretly wanted to drive that one to see if the electric torque could be used to oversteer it. But that’s not what most people want to see from their EVs, so let’s not talk about it.

Turn in for T1, and the front end is surprised by how eager and excited they are. The EV6 was designed with sportiness in mind, according to Kia’s product planners, and I can confirm that it feels surprisingly direct and eager. Since all that weight is low, it seems to have an even lower center of gravity than other high-end EVs we’ve tried.

It also feels like the springs are quite stiff, and the power delivery and weight distribution are slightly skewed toward the back. As we go through the left-handed T2, the 19-inch tires make a lot of noise, but I don’t have to let off the gas because the EV6 resists understeering so well.

You can feel the rear pushing and torque-vectoring tighten the line and give it a rear-biased attitude as you enter the T3 hairpin on the right and accelerate as you come out. What a shock! She reaches an indicated speed of 190kmph about halfway down the straight and then stays between 190 and 192kmph for the rest of the straight. Her true top speed is 182kmph.

Kia EV6: Regeneration and Driving Range

There are four levels of regeneration, which can be changed with the paddles on the steering wheel. In the most extreme “i-pedal” setting, you can drive with just one pedal, and when you take your foot off the accelerator, the EV6 will come to a complete stop.

Since I’m going at top speed, I have to brake hard for T4, and the all-wheel disc brakes slow me down well with good pedal feedback. However, I have to say that repeated heavy braking does cause brake fade, which you can see.

In the end, though, this isn’t something that EV owners will care about. The range matters, and it does well on that front with a WLTP-certified range of 528 km. That’s the most you can get from any EV on the market right now, and in the real world, it should be enough for most uses.

After the Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-Tron GT, the E-GMP is the only platform with an 800-volt architecture, and the EV6 can charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes. For now, though, it doesn’t matter because there aren’t any 350kW chargers.

On a 50kW charger, that’s what we call a “fast charger,” it takes 73 minutes to charge an electric car from 10 to 80 percent. This makes the Kia EV6 a great full-electric car that is practical, roomy, and fun to drive. It is one of the best on the market right now.

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