2022 Kia EV6 Debuts With Plenty of Power and Engaging Handling
This comely new model is a stylish and high-tech addition to the EV market
The 2022 Kia EV6 is the automaker’s first electric vehicle that has been developed purely as an EV, without a gasoline-powered counterpart. The EV6 has its own unique look, driving dynamics, interior styling, and dimensions.
Even though the dual-motor versions provide all-wheel drive, this isn’t a go-anywhere SUV. It’s closer to a large hatchback or a sportback-type vehicle. Keeping true with the rest of Kia’s vehicle lineup, the EV6 has a sportier, more aggressive appearance than the similar Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The EV6’s 114-inch wheelbase (the distance between the center of the front wheels and the center of the rear wheels) is the same as Kia’s three-row SUV, the Telluride. That means that the EV6 is larger in reality than it might look in photos, and interior room is maximized.
The EV6 comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, lane keeping assistance, safe exit assist, and a driver attention alert system. All trims have adaptive cruise control, a convenience in stop-and-go traffic. GT-Line versions like our rented sample car also get surround view and blind spot view cameras as well as an augmented reality head-up display. This latter feature will project instructions for changing lanes and making turns onto the windshield when the built-in navigation system is in use.
The standard range, rear-wheel-drive EV6 Light that has an EPA estimated range of 232 miles. The long-range, RWD versions have an estimated 310 miles of range. The EV6 line is topped by the $55,900 long-range, all-wheel-drive EV6 GT-Line, which has a 274-mile estimated range. While this is the version that we rented from Kia, we will be buying an AWD EV6 Wind, which starts at $50,900 and also has a 274-mile estimated range.
While not an issue unique to the EV6, buyers should keep in mind how dealer markups will impact their purchase. The starting price of the EV6 sounds nice: about $33,000 after figuring in the $7,500 federal tax incentive. But there are so many unknowns. Will your local dealer even sell the EV6 (not all are authorized to do so)? If they do, what are they going to charge you? For example, we had to pay a $5,000 premium to get our EV6. For a consumer, that nearly wipes out the tax incentive.