The all new Kia EV6

There are two ways you can go with a new EV. There can be an argument made for making it understated and ‘like any other car’. You can go the other way though; you can design a spaceship with wheels and cupholders. That seems to be where the South Korean car companies are heading. The new Kia EV6 combines a bit of both.

Hyundai and Kia are not the same company, technically. Hyundai owns a third of Kia and they are classed as ‘corporate sisters’ but they are not the same. That said though, these sisters tend to share quite well. What is more confusing is the Hyundai Motor Group is the parent company. Now that is going to be tricky to explain to the kids. Anyway. The new Kia EV6 and Hyundai IONIQ 5 are very similar with regards to running gear. They both use what has been catchily dubbed the E-GMP platform or the ‘Electric Global Modular Platform’. Shall we stick to E-GMP for now?

Image: The new space age Kia Ev6 (picture courtesy of Kia)

What the E-GMP means for us though, is a dedicated and quite clever e-chassis. The key has been a low centre of gravity with the heavy batter integration- that means better cornering and stability at speed. The development of the E-GMP also means you can use the same e-platform and have different body styles on the top.

How does it compare?

That is basically what has happened with the IONIQ 5 and EV6. The main area where this has impacted the most is the interior. They both have flat cabin floors so there is legroom galore in these cars. Not only that but due to the E-GMP design, they both have ‘front trunks’ or ‘frunks’ (or ‘froots’ I suppose by the same token) of over 50 litres. Both interiors are full of technology, screens and automation. Weirdly though, they both also show in their press photos how far the front seats recline. Not sure when you would necessarily want that but I suppose you could have a power-nap while your car is charging.

Image: Due to the chassis, the Kia has a decent sized boot (picture courtesy of Kia)

Battery Range

The Kia pips the Hyundai to the post when it comes to battery range though at 328 miles on a single charge compared to the Hyundai’s 298 miles. They both offer 10-80% charge in 18 minutes with the rapid charging feature and both have some impressive acceleration figures for fairly large vehicles.

Performance

Again though, the Kia wins this one too- the IONIQ 5’s fastest model will do 0-62mph in 5.2s whereas the Kia’s hottest EV6 will do 0-62mph in 3.5s. To put that into perspective, that is faster than a Ferrari Enzo and that will cost you about £2 million. The Kia is a slightly more cost-effective option than the Ferrari as the sporty one will cost around £48,000.

The Kia does not look quite as space age as the Hyundai and it is slightly more expensive, as the Hyundai has a starting price of £36,995 compared to the Kia’s £40,945. The performance and battery range numbers are quite hard to ignore though. Not only that but Kia are offering their famed 7-year warranty on their EVs too the Hyundai is not too bad though as it offers a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty.

Image: The interior of the Kia EV6 features some recycled cloth fibres to make it even more environmentally friendly (picture courtesy of Kia)

The interior

The environmentally friendly aspect of both vehicles did not just stop at the power. The interiors feature recycled plastics everywhere and vegan leather but there is no element of second-handness to either interior.

Should you think about an EV6 then? Well, if you’re looking at either an EV or maybe even a luxury family vehicle then it could be something to consider. If you’re doing miles and miles on the motorway all the time, I’d probably say look elsewhere but if you are doing standard commuting miles it could be an option.

Image: The Kia comes with a variety of powertrains and soon will offer 0-62mph in 3.5s (picture courtesy of Kia)

With the four and half minute top-up charge to get 62 miles of range, it actually makes it quite liveable day-to-day. Not just that though- it may be eco-friendly but it isn’t boring. It has technology leaking out of it as well as buckets of space and refinement. Maybe ‘buckets’ and ‘refinement’ don’t go together but you catch my drift.

What can we do to help?

If you are interested in swapping the fuel pump for a charging plug, then we can discuss what options we have on offer for you at Van MonkEV.

As always, thanks for reading and we hope to see you soon!

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