The Kia EV6 2023, a fraternal twin of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, 2022 EV of the Year, forges its way through all the Electric vehicle industry with agile handling and a daring appearance of its own. Although all-wheel drive vehicles are more powerful and may be ordered with a bigger battery pack with such a maximum driving range of 310 miles (ca. 499 kilometers), rear-wheel drive is the standard. On back roads, it is enjoyable because of the aggressive handling, which is unusual for an SUV. This year’s new GT variant is the one to choose for hot-shoe drivers since it has 576 horsepower, which will make Stinger owners jealous when it passes them.
This year’s EV6 selection is headed by the blisteringly fast GT variant, which boasts 576 hp and an adjustable suspension. The propulsion system’s maximum power is unlocked via a green button also on the steering wheel, which we predict will be sufficient to rocket the Kia EV6 2023 to 60 miles per hour (ca. 97 kilometers per hour) in as little more than 3.2 seconds during our testing.
Along with the GT’s enhanced quality, Kia has also given the interior racier touches like sports seats with neon green trim. Unfortunately, the extra power required to produce the extra horsepower reduces the GT’s estimated driving range of just 206 miles (ca. 332 kilometers) for each charge, a substantial decrease from the most efficient model’s potential 310-mile range.
The EV6 can have an electric motor put on the rear axle to provide rear-wheel drive, or it can have electric motors at the front and back axles to provide all-wheel drive. The standard rear-drive example, seems to have a small battery, but just 167 HP, in contrast to all-wheel-drive variants that have a larger battery pack either 320 or 576 overall horsepower. The larger battery option raises the overall system output of the rear-drive Kia EV6 2023 to 225 horsepower. In Europe, experts had the chance to drive a GT-Line AWD and praised its pleasing acceleration, responsive handling, and programmable regenerative braking settings.
That 320-hp GT-Line variant produced a swift 4.5-second zero-to-60-mph speed at our test track. The 576-hp GT gets you covered if you desire maximum straight-line speed; experts predict it will reach 60 mph (ca. 97 kilometers per hour) in 3.2 seconds. The top-of-the-line performance model includes upgrades including an electronic variable speed differential, stiffer chassis tuning, an adjustable suspension, and stronger brakes.
Two battery sizes are available for the Kia EV6 2023: a 58.0-kWh pack as well as a 77.4-kWh pack. The bigger, long-range cell is EPA-rated for up to 310 miles (498.9 kilometers), while the smaller, regular battery has an Environmental protection agency range of 232 miles (373.37 kilometers). Even while the performance-focused GT model has the larger of the two batteries, the range shrinks to a pitiful 206 miles (331.52 kilometers) per charge. On our 75 mph (ca. 121 kilometers per hour) highway fuel efficiency route, we drove an all-wheel drive Winds model, which comes standard with the bigger battery pack, and clocked 230 miles (370.15 kilometers) of actual highway driving range well before battery required to be recharged.
Kia claims that the battery can be recharged from ten to 80 percent when hooked into a 350-kW charging station in less than 18 minutes and has an operational voltage of 800 volts. When connected to the Level 2 outlets, the 11-kW internal charger should fully recharge the battery from ten to 100 % in 7 hours.
The overall EPA rating for each single-motor EV6 is up to 117 MPGe, while the dual-motor model is certified at 105 MPGe.
Although the EV6’s interior arrangement, and its design are less garde than the exterior, they are nevertheless more enticing and futuristic compared to any other Kia vehicle now on the market. The EV6 combines high-tech features like a digital dashboard with practical features like a floating main console with plenty of storage options and a huge bin beneath it, despite the fact that it doesn’t glide back and forth as the Ioniq 5 does and lacks front-seat footrests.
The two-tone, 2 steering wheels, the large start key on the central console, and the tastefully placed gold accents all throughout the cockpit are further noteworthy features. Passenger room is ample because of the EV6’s flat floor and wheelbase, which is the same length as the 3-row, mid-size Kia Telluride. Additionally, there is a cargo area of 28 cubic feet (0.79 cubic meters) behind the passenger seat and a total of 54 cubic feet (1.53 cubic meters) with the rear back seats folded flat.