KIA EV6 – This or Enyaq? (ENG) – Test Drive and Review
I summon thee come on. Yes, this is the kia ev6. If you didnt know by now, anyway, off you go bye. Jesus i mean. Are you gon na be using it in real life scenario off you go? The ev6 is an eevee duh built on the new egmp platform, which kia shares with hyundai theres, going to be many comparisons to the ionic 5, as well as the skoda eniac and the vw id4. Based on some of the comments ive seen on my instagram. Regarding the ev6 and the ionic, one could stipulate the hyundai design is bolder and therefore kia better suits the more conservative buyer which one do you like better. Let me know in the comments section below, however, dont be fooled into thinking. The ionic 5 and the ev6 are the same car in different packaging. The kia is longer narrower, has shorter, wheelbase, greater ground, ground, ground, ground, ground, clear and slightly smaller boot. Its got larger batteries and greater range than the hyundai like in the ionic. Also in the ev6 there is a franc under the bonnet, just what you need to store all your cables: tire repair, kit, warning triangle, etc in the back like in the ionic 5. Also in the ev6 reversing camera is in the middle of the tailgate, where the release button should be. The boot volume is almost the same 520 in the kia versus 527 liters in the hyundai. The cargo cover fits under the double floor, but in order to make full use of the cargo space its best to leave the top floor and the cargo cover at home, there are no shopping bag hooks, but there are release levers for the rear, seats and theres.
Also, a 12 volt socket in the hyundai, the rear seat could slide to make more room in the boot in the kia the seat doesnt slide. There is a 230 volt socket in the middle by the floor, while the usb ports are on the front seats. Both of them are usb c. Air vents are in the b pillars because, like in the ionic, also in the ev6, the center console is not attached to the dashboard and there would be no way for the air to pass through it. Rear seats are heated part of a winter package and the backrest angle is adjustable door. Pockets are just big enough for medium sized bottles. There are also cup holders in the armrest and behind it is a small ski hatch which hyundai didnt have its a shame. Kia didnt make a 40 20 40 split backrest its also a shame. There is no place for feet under the front seats im just 175 centimeters tall, but my thighs are in the air because the floor is thick due to the battery pack. When you sit behind the wheel of the kia ev6 its just like in the skoda enyak from the outside, the ev6 seems like a tall car, but the floor is also high. So you end up sitting like in a sedan and theres, not much headroom left. Also, the visibility is poor because of this thick, a pillar which is at a very acute angle like in the ionic also in the ev6.
The cockpit seems very wide and open, but thats just an illusion, created by disconnecting the center console from the dashboard. However, once seated, you start wondering whats this huge console for anyway, because it just takes up some space for your knee. I suppose it is better than in the ionic, where i hit the gear selector stock with my knee here. The gear selector is a rotary dial on the console. The console also features touch buttons for ventilated and heated seats, as well as the heated steering wheel. Then there is this beautifully crafted silver panel with a bulge around the start button, and then there are just buttons for the camera, parking, sensors and auto hold cup holders and a wireless charger to which youll have to run a usb cable. From one of the two floor mounted usb ports, because guess what apple carplay and android auto are not wireless storage under the armrest and the glove box are decent size and so are the door pockets. The dashboard is made up of two screens like in the ioniq. Here the graphics are dark, while in the ionic the interface was much lighter below is the ac radio control panel and it is unnecessarily complicated instead of two rows of buttons. Kia decided to display either ac or radio controls and assign different functions to the same buttons. Nice but pointless more useful, maybe the lounge mode feature for drivers and passengers who may want to take a power nap during charging.
There is a dedicated button for turning the seats into a lounge chair. I guess it would also be useful if you decide to live in your car and youll want to use the vehicle to load adapter to power. Your various accessories from the cars traction battery. You can activate this function from the infotainment system menu and since were in the back here, its nice, that the charging port flap is like electric all automatic and stuff ooh 21st century huh, but the flop, or rather plug cover for the lower part of the ccs Port is not a spring loaded, flap its just something like this on on a plastic string, so yeah. This is going to look great. The kia ev6 comes with a 58 or 77.4 kilowatt hour battery pack. The basic version is rear, wheel drive only. It has 170 horsepower and up to ‘4 kilometers range in the combined cycle. The 77s can be rear. Wheel drive like this one 229 horsepower and around 500 kilometers range or all wheel, drive, 325 or 585 horsepower and the range almost 500 and around 400 kilometers respectively. The 585 horsepower version can compete against the porsche tycoon turbo. The test example may not be quite as quick, but its 0 to 100 kilometers per hour time is on par with the manufacturers claims. The difference between results in the eco and sport mode is negligible, but regardless of the power output, kia and hyundai can fast charge like the porsche tycoon, assuming theres a fast enough charger along the route.
Initially, i wanted to drive to one of polands two fastest 350 kilowatt chargers, but this being about 350 kilometers away from where i live. I worried i wouldnt make it without charging along the way. So i just did my usual city and motorway routes to test the energy use around the city. The ev6 uses 14 to 15 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers 17 to 18 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers on b roads is achievable, driving around the city, youll easily get 500 kilometers on a single charge, but on the motorway you better have a fast charger. Every 250 300 kilometers to leave a safety buffer. Achieving a good result in the city is easier thanks to recuperation, like in the aeonic. Also, here you can select recuperation levels from 0 to 3 or use the i pedal 1 pedal driving or radar based recuperation, which will adjust braking level depending on the traffic. This test car is also equipped with an optional heat pump. Kia says, thanks to the heat pump at minus seven degrees celsius outside the ev6, still gets about 80 percent range. It would at plus 25 degrees celsius, from my point of view, its just hard to get the ideal temperature inside up to about 20 and a half degrees its too cold and, above that, its too hot ride and handling like in most evs is pretty much meh. Sure the ev6 is fast off the line, but thats it. You can spice things up with various artificial engine sounds, but i prefer to ride in silence and that silence is interrupted by weak, sound proofing.
Yes, acoustic windscreen is standard, but in the skoda enyak you can also specify here those cars, optional, acoustic side, windows which kia doesnt have and, as a result, you can hear cars all around kia. Ev6 also gets a wide array of driver aids. Some are implemented well, like the cross traffic monitoring system, which warns you about cars driving across your path. When you are reversing it will slow you down as well, but not to the point you stop and cant move like. It happened to me in the suzuki sways lane, assist and adaptive cruise control are average the keep your hands on the wheel message, pops up too often, even when im holding the steering wheel. There is also a lane change assist system which is so slow and needs. So much clear space that you dont really need to use it once you try what bmw or mercedes have to offer in this department, you wont settle for anything less. There is also a head up display with what kia describes as augmented reality its as disappointing. As that in the vw id models, i like kia, made use of side cameras for better blind spot monitoring this system debuted in the kia sorento, and i think it should be implemented in every modern car. Its a shame, theres no way to turn the camera on permanently like when you parallel park and you dont want to hit the curb, but at least theres a decent 360 camera to keep those 20 inch.
Rims pristine prices of the kia ev6 start at 45. 000. Euro thats for the 58 kilowatt hour version excluding any local incentives. This test car is a rear, wheel, drive 77.4 kilowatt hour version, which starts at 49 000.. This car has pretty much every option available on the non gt line model which bumps the price up to about 58 000 euro ive had my eevee fascination phase and im currently in the disillusionment phase, its not specifically about the electric cars because they are mostly appliances To get from a to b, but about the infrastructure which is lagging behind what the car makers offer. Today the kia ev6 looks interesting, but like the hyundai ioniq 5, it could have been better, at least as good as the perfectly boring skoda aniak.