Kia has been in the electric car game for some time now, but it took a massive leap forward with the new-for-2022 Kia EV6. With its shared Electric-Global Modular Platform (e-GMP) with the Hyundai IONIQ 5, the Kia EV6 can offer trailblazing range and performance while helping spread the cost across two models.
With stellar specifications, a bold design, and plenty of features for just about every buyer, the new EV6 is primed to be one of the hottest electric crossovers on the market.
To help prime you determine if the EV6 may be a good option for you and its estimated arrival as a used model, we took a deep dive into the newest offering from Kia. Learn all about the KIA EV6’s specs and more below.
The Kia EV6 has a sharp and stylish exterior. As a compact crossover, it carefully blends the looks and feels of a hatchback and an SUV, though it’s likely more hatchback than anything else. Despite being a battery electric vehicle (BEV), the EV6 lacks the dramatically modern exterior design many in its class have.
The body carefully blends a sporty aesthetic with its diving front end, forward-raked rear hatch, and dovetail-like rear lip on the rear end., Its lighting is also unmistakable thanks to its massive headlights with distinct dashed LED accent surrounds and its one-piece rear LED bar.
If you’re looking for a sportier design, you can upgrade to the EV6 GT-Line 1 package and get more aggressive-looking 19-inch wheels and a sporty body kit. The GT-Line 2 PAckage pushes it even further with 20-inch wheels.
Inside, the Kia EV6 continues its sharp-looking ways without overdoing the EV over-styling we’ve seen in the past. Likely the most telling part that this is an advanced EV is its 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen set in one large bezel, making it appear to be one 24.6-inch screen.
The dash is relatively simple and features a customizable heating and climate control interface that uses virtual buttons. Below is a rotary shifter system that also shows off a modern tough without being too wild or overly complex.
Otherwise, this is your typical five-passenger crossover interior look with no wild design features making everyday drivers feel overwhelmed.
There’s also no shortage of technology on the inside. On top of the 24.6 inches of screens on the dash, the Kia EV6 also has standard dual-zone climate control, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio, and electronic parking brake. In higher trims, you can also get other premium features, like a wireless phone charger, ambient mood lighting, a Meridian premium audio system, virtual engine sounds, and a vehicle-to-load onboard generator that can power a small refrigerator or other electronics.
As for interior roominess, the front seats have plenty of headroom and legroom for people of all shapes and sizes. In the rear, 990 mm of legroom is plenty for kids or adults.
The EV6 can swallow up to 1,322 litres of cargo with the seats folded. With them upright, it can handle 690 liters. This is in line with many other compact crossovers and hatchbacks on the market but falls short of some class leaders.
Kia EV6 Interior Specs
One of the big selling points of the EV6 is its powertrain, which ranges from mild to wild.
The base powertrain, which is standard in the Rear-Wheel-Drive (RWD) Standard Range trim delivers a modest 167 horsepower and 258 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque. Moving into the RWD Long Range trim bumps the output to 225 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Once you move into the all-wheel-drive (AWD) variants, you have three trims to pick from AWD Long Range, AWD Long Range with GT-Line Package 1, and AWD Long Range with GT-Line Package 2. All three share the same dual-motor setup with a wild 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque.
Later in 2022, an EV6 GT will arrive with an even higher output electric motor setup that’ll push the model into sports car territory with a 3.5-second 0-100 km/h sprint time and 260 km/h top speed. More details on this model are upcoming.
While the horsepower and torque from the drivetrain will attract performance-minded buyers, the Kia EV6’s real attraction is its EV range and charging capabilities.
The base electric crossover will come standard with a 58-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack that gives it up to a 373-km all-electric range (AER). Its fuel consumption equivalents check in at 1.7 Le/100 km city, 2.4 Le/100km highway, and 2 Le/100 km combined.
Charging the base model ranges from 51 hours, 5 minutes on a standard 120-volt household charger to 5 hours, 50 minutes on a Level 2 charger (240 volts at 48 amps). On a Level 3 DC Fast Charger, you can get an 80% charge in 63 minutes on a 50-kW charger or a lighting-fast 18 minutes on a 350-kW charger.
On Long Range models, which included a 77.4-kWh battery pack, AER ranges from 441 km in the AWD Long Range models to 499 km in the RWD Long Range model. Fuel economy equivalent ratings chime in at 1.8 Le/100 km city, 2.3 Le/100km highway, and 2 Le/100 km combined in the RWD Long Range model and 2 Le/100 km city, 2.5 Le/100km highway, and 2.2 Le/100 km combined in AWD Long Range models.
Charging the Long Range models will take 68 hours on a 120-volt household outlet and 7 hours, 10 minutes on a 240-volt Level 2 charger at 48 amps. A DC Fast Charger will range from 73 minutes at 50 kW to just 18 minutes on a 350-kW charger when charging only to 80%.
The range and charging specs on the GT trim are still pending, but Kia has announced it’ll have a 424-km AER and a 350-kW DC Fast Charging time of 18 minutes to 80%.
The Kia EV6 is still too new and too limited in production for independent safety testing, but Kia has put a lot of focus on its safety recently. This should carry on into the new EV6. What we do know is the new EV6 comes with a plethora of standard safety features, including:
There is also a long list of available additional safety features that come standard in its higher trim levels. Each trim level’s additional safety features are as follows:
RWD & AWD Long Range
AWD Long Range With GT-Line Package 1
AWD Long Range With GT-Line Package 2
The Kia EV6 is surprisingly affordable considering the features it includes and the range it offers. Its MSRP range is as follows:
This pricing is before the rebates and incentives offered by the Canadian’s government’s i-ZEV Program and various provinces’ savings programs. The nationwide i-ZEV Program offers up to a $5,000 point-of-sale rebate on this electric SUV, and some provinces add an additional few thousand dollars in savings.
The Kia EV6 lineup is available nationwide in Canada, except for the GT trim, which will arrive later in 2022. However, inventory shortage across the nation has made the EV6 a tough new car to find. You may need to special order one and await its arrival.
The EV6 is also too new and scarce to develop much of a used market at this time. You may find a few here and there, but we may see this loosen up in 2023 and beyond. At that time, you can start saving thousands of dollars compared to a new KIA EV6 by opting for a pre-owned model.
In the market for a pre-owned Kia EV6 and struggling to find one? You’ll likely experience this until 2023 or later. However, at Clutch, Canada’s largest online used car retailer, we have a wide range of electric cars that can fit your needs just as well as the EV6. These may include the:
You can also rest assured all our electric vehicles go through a 210-point inspection and reconditioning process to ensure they’re ready for service. Plus, we add to your peace of mind with a no-cost 90-Day or 6,000 km Protection Plan. All our Mach-Es also include a 10-Day or 750 km Money-Back Guarantee. All our EVs also include a 10-day money-back guarantee.
Check out our pre-owned EV inventory today, choose the perfect model for you, and complete your purchase 100% online. We’ll even help set up the financing, evaluate your trade, and deliver your car to you. All without setting foot inside a car dealership.