The Kia EV6 is an all-electric, compact crossover SUV with an attractive entry price. Following the Kia EV6 release date, it’s received high accolades from the electric vehicle community. It’s comparable to other crossovers, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Volkswagen I.D.4, and its cousin, the Hyundai Ioniq 5. The Tesla Model Y is similar but pricier.
The $40,900 base version, the EV6 Light, is equipped with a 58 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery and rear-wheel drive. Moving up the spectrum, the Wind ($47,000) and Kia EV6 GT-Line models get a longer range 77.4 kWh battery and are available either with rear- or all-wheel drive. The First Edition ($58,500) is a fully optioned model with 320 horsepower, a larger battery, and all-wheel drive. All 1,500 examples of the First Edition model have been reserved. Features include an ultra-wide sunroof and leather-like vegan seats.
The EV6 is not primarily a performance car, though it will have impressive off-the-line performance and be available in high-speed versions. Kia will later introduce a fast EV6 GT capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. That contrasts with 7.2 seconds for the Wind and 8 seconds for the base model. The Light and Wind both have top speeds of 115 miles per hour and are rated at 117 MPGe. The entry model can’t tow, but the Wind trim and above have a towing capacity that can reach up to 2,000 pounds.
The EV6’s interior is dominated by a large, floating center console that offers controls for features such as heated seats. A pair of 12.3-inch screens with a touch-sensitive display for everyday functions. Another plus of the EV6 is the standard “Drivewise” safety suite, including surround-view monitor, highway driving assist, front and rear blind-spot collision avoidance, and head-up display. There’s even remote smart parking assist.