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Kia are old hands when it comes to EVs, with their Soul and e-Niro EVs being hugely popular for many years. But they needed a new car to take on the German rivals and that’s where we now have this – the EV6.
Technically it’s a sister car to the Hyundai Ioniq5, but there are key differences. Firstly the styling couldn’t be more different – the Ioniq5 is boxy, retro and has crisp clean edges, while the EV6 is altogether a far sportier looking car. They both have the ability to look like much smaller vehicles from far away though, until you see them up close or in context and you realise they’re medium SUV-sized.
Up front the EV6 has a sloping nose with powerful wheelarches, with intricate detailing around the headlights and centre ‘grille’, that carries on to the wheelarch trims. A long wheelbase gives the EV6 a stretched out look, which leads you to the most striking aspect of the design – the rear.
A light bar runs from the wheelarch right up to the bootlid and back down, all in red and sharply creased, which lights up in a glorious show of LEDs and really adds to the drama. The EV6 really is a seriously striking car when you see it on the road.
Underneath this EV sits a 77.4kWh battery, which drives twin motors making it AWD, that produce 316bhp and 605Nm of torque. That big battery means you have a certified range of 314 miles, which means a real-world range of 260-270 miles between top-ups. It’s certainly a strange world where the German manufacturers are playing catchup to the Korean and American manufacturers, but that’s how it is on EV tech!
This is the current top-line spec too, so you get all kinds of cool kit as standard like LED lights, keyless entry, 20-inch alloy wheels, 12.3-inch infortainment screen, head-up display and Meridien sound system to name but a few.
And you can win an EV6 in this week’s BOTB Midweek Competition!