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2023 Kia EV6 Assessment, Pricing, and Specs




Overview

A fraternal twin to the Hyundai Ioniq 5our 2022 EV of the Year—the 2023 Kia EV6 charts its path through the EV market with athletic road manners and a bold look all its own. Rear-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive models are punchier and can be had with a larger battery pack with a maximum of 310 miles of driving range. Handling is eager, especially for an SUV, which makes it fun on back roads. For hot-shoe drivers, this year’s new GT model is the one to get as its 576 horsepower is enough to make Stinger owners envious as it blows by them. All the while the EV6’s cabin remains quiet and is spacious enough to justify its place among SUV rivals such as the Ford Mustang Mach E, the Ioniq 5, and the Volkswagen ID.4. It’s one of our favorite SUVs because its traits add up to a well-rounded electric vehicle that’s easy to live with, fun-to-drive, and a good value.

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What’s New for 2023?

The ballistically quick GT model takes its place atop of the EV6 lineup this year, complete with 576 horsepower and an adaptive suspension. A green button on the steering wheel unlocks the propulsion system’s maximum potency, which we estimate will be enough to blast the EV6 to 60 mph in as little as 3.2 seconds in our testing. To go along with its enhanced performance, Kia has also added racier interior elements to the GT’s cabin, including sport seats and neon green trim. Unfortunately, the additional juice needed to pump out the extra horsepower cuts the GT’s driving range estimate to just 206 miles per charge, a significant drop from the maximum 310-mile range of the most efficient model. The entry-level Light trim has been dropped for 2023, making the rear-wheel drive Wind model the cheapest EV6 and raising the SUV’s base price by $7100.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

We’re charmed by the top-spec GT, but we figure most EV buyers are more interested in maximum driving range over maximum performance. For those folks, we recommend the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Wind trim level, not only because it’s the most affordable way to get all-weather traction but also because the dual motors generate a combined 320 horsepower versus the single motor’s lower power output. Going with the standard 19-inch wheels also preserves driving range and the EV6 Wind with all-wheel drive is said to be good for up to 282 miles of driving per charge.

EV Motor, Power, and Performance

The EV6 is available with a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle that gives it rear-wheel drive or with electric motors on both front and rear that enable all-wheel drive. While all-wheel-drive models have a larger battery pack and either 320 or 576 total horsepower, the base rear-drive example has a smaller battery and just 167 horses. Opting for the bigger battery boosts the rear-drive EV6’s total system output to 225 horses. We drove a GT-Line AWD in Europe and enjoyed its satisfying acceleration, agile handling, and adjustable regenerative brake settings. At our test track, that 320-hp GT-Line model managed a brisk 4.5-second zero-to-60-mph time. If you prioritize maximum straight-line performance, the 576-hp GT has you covered; in our testing, it hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. The performance model sits at the top of the lineup and comes with enhancements such as an electronic limited-slip differential, firmer chassis tuning, an adaptive suspension, and stouter brakes.

Range, Charging, and Battery Life

The Kia EV6 offers two battery sizes: a 58.0-kWh and a 77.4-kWh pack. Obviously, the larger of those will provide a longer driving range. The smaller, standard battery has an EPA-rated range of 232 miles; the larger, long-range battery is EPA-rated at up to 310 miles. Opt for the performance-oriented GT model and the range drops to a measly 206 miles per charge even though it comes with the larger of the two batteries. We took an all-wheel drive Wind model, which has the larger battery pack standard, on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route and measured 230 miles of real-world highway driving range before the battery needed to be recharged; the most powerful GT model provided a highway range of 190 miles. Along with an operating voltage of 800 volts, Kia says its battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in under 18 minutes when plugged into a 350-kW fast charger. We tested this claim and were pleased with the result. This same setup is also said to add 70 miles in less than 5 minutes. The 11-kW onboard charger is expected to refill the battery from 10 to 100 percent in 7 hours when hooked up to a Level 2 outlet.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

Every single-motor EV6 has a combined EPA rating of up to 117 MPGe; the dual-motor variant is rated at 109 MPGe combined with the standard 19-inch wheels and 96 MPGe combined with the optional 2os. Go for the high-performance GT model, and the combined estimate drops to 79 MPGe. For more information on the EV6’s fuel economy, visit the EPA website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside, the EV6’s design and layout are not as daring as the outside, but the configuration and features look more attractive and futuristic than any other current Kia model. Although the center console doesn’t slide back and forth and there are no front-seat footrests like there are on the Ioniq 5, the EV6 mixes high-tech content such as a digitized dashboard with practical elements such as a floating center console with copious storage solutions and a large bin underneath it. Other touches that stand out are the two-tone, two-spoke steering wheel, the prominent start button on the center console, and the gold accents that are tastefully placed throughout the cockpit. The EV6 has a flat floor and a wheelbase as long as the three-row, mid-size Kia Telluride, so passenger space is generous. There are also 28 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat and 54 cubes total with the rear seatbacks folded flat. There’s more storage space under the front trunk, too, but it’s not as big as expected.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The infotainment system runs through a 12.0-inch touchscreen that’s an extension of the EV6’s 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster. However, the design and performance of the menu structure and navigation are unimpressive. Along with the ability to accept over-the-air updates and respond to myriad voice commands, the system includes popular features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Additionally, the stereo can be upgraded to the available Meridian unit with 14 speakers.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Kia packs the EV6 with a variety of standard driver-assistance technology that includes automated emergency braking and automatic high beams. Several other optional assists can be added for an even safer experience. For more information about the EV6’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist
  • Available remote parking assist

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Kia provides one of the best warranty plans in the industry. Unfortunately, unlike Hyundai, it doesn’t come with any complimentary scheduled maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line

Vehicle Type: rear- or front- and rear-motor, rear- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE

Base/As Tested: $52,415/$58,105

Options: Dual-motor all-wheel-drive, $4700; Steel Matte Gray Paint, $695; GT-Line Suede Seat Package, $295

POWERTRAIN

Front Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 99 hp

Rear Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 221 hp

Combined Power: 320 hp

Combined Torque: 446 lb-ft

Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 77.4 kWh

Onboard Charger: 10.9 kW

Transmissions: direct-drive

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 12.8-in vented disc/12.8-in solid disc

Tires: Continental CrossContact RX ContiSilent

F: 255/45R-20 105H M+S Extra Load

R: 255/45R-20 105H M+S Extra Load

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 114.2 in

Length: 184.8 in

Width: 74.4 in

Height: 60.8 in

Passenger Volume: 103 ft3

Cargo Volume: 24 ft3

Curb Weight: 4647 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 4.5 sec

100 mph: 12.8 sec

1/4-Mile: 13.3 sec @ 102 mph


Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.7 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.9 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.8 sec

Top Speed (gov ltd): 118 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 169 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.86 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Combined/City/Highway: 105/116/94 MPGe

Range: 274 mi

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

2023 Kia EV6 GT
Vehicle Type: front- and rear-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE

Base/As Tested: $62,695/$63,400

POWERTRAIN
Front Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC

Rear Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC

Combined Power: 576 hp
Combined Torque: 545 lb-ft
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 77.4 kWh

Onboard Charger: 10.9 kW

Peak DC Fast-Charge Rate: 240 kW

Transmissions: direct-drive 

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink 

Brakes, F/R: 15.0-in vented disc/14.2-in vented disc

Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV
255/40R-21 102Y

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 114.2 in

Length: 184.8 in

Width: 74.4 in
Height: 60.8 in

Passenger Volume, F/R: 52/48 ft3
Cargo Volume, behind F/R: 50/24 ft3
Curb Weight: 4772 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 3.2 sec

100 mph: 8.0 sec

1/4-Mile: 11.6 sec @ 119 mph
130 mph: 14.8 sec

150 mph: 24.1 sec

Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 3.4 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.7 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.2 sec

Top Speed (mfr’s claim): 161 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 159 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.92 g 

C/D FUEL ECONOMY AND CHARGING

Observed: 74 MPGe

75-mph Highway Driving: 80 MPGe
75-mph Highway Range: 190 mi
Average DC Fast-Charge Rate, 10–90%: 152 kW
DC Fast-Charge Time, 10–90%: 26 min 

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Combined/City/Highway: 79/85/74 MPGe

Range: 206 mi

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