Kia’s EV6 Is One Fine Tech-Boosted Ride


    Kia’s EV6 Is One Fine Tech-Boosted Ride

    Inside is also a win. The cabin is like a Sith version of its gleaming white Hyundai sibling. Black and dark hues everywhere, but none of the extras, such as a movable center console or folding flat seats. It’s all beautifully presented, though, with no obvious cost-cutting in sight. I did find the wind noise in the EV6 louder than in the Ioniq 5, oddly.

    The dash is dominated by a pair of 12.3-inch curved displays, running a version of UI very similar to Hyundai’s (but in Empire blacks and reds of course). You get the usual suite of augmented safety systems (collision avoidance, people and object recognition), but the smart parking is still no use if you live in a crowded city with small parking slots. It works if the empty parking space is the size of a small bus, though. And don’t go looking for yet-to-be-turned-on autonomous systems either, as there aren’t any.

    Photograph: KIA

    There’s a novel approach to a touch-sensitive panel under the media screen where the button options flick between ventilation and audio controls. This mostly works, apart from one major drawback: The volume control disappears if you are on the heating settings. It took me about 10 confusing minutes to puzzle out this quirk. Another audio oddity was the fact that, yes, the EV6 has Apple CarPlay, but you have to connect with a cable rather than wireless. This is odd for a new purportedly cutting-edge flagship EV.

    The rear cabin is not as fine as the Ioniq 5’s, either, but there’s a flat floor, of course, so three adults fit with room to spare, though the lower roofline squishes headroom a little. Trunk capacity is a serviceable 490 liters (about 17 cubic feet), but a disappointing lack of hooks to keep shopping bags in place is a minus. Rear-drive EV6s also get a 52-liter (1.8 cubic feet) storage box under the hood, which is cut to 20 liters (.7 cubic feet) for four-wheel drive versions.

    But despite these minor failings, and regardless whether you prefer the styling of the Ioniq 5 over the EV6, what we’re left with here is a simple, compelling offering. More than 300 miles of range, plenty of tech, a fine ride (if not as sporty as claimed), superb build quality, and exemplary battery management, all for a competitive price. What’s not to like? Maybe that darn volume button.

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    Published at Sat, 06 Nov 2021 18:34:00 +0000

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