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2022 Kia EV6 Review: A Bold New Direction for Kia

What do our experts think of the 2022 Kia EV6? We look at powertrain, interior options, trim levels, and more. Find out our thoughts here.

What’s new for the 2022 Kia EV6?

The all-new 2022 Kia EV6 is the first all-electric offering from the brand and it’s one competitive package. Kia has outfitted the EV6 with a number of high tech features like adaptive cruise control, lane-centering assist, and multiple drive modes. Everything from the all-electric powertrain to the new crossover-ish body and everything inside. This is a bold new direction for Kia

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $42,155

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

RWD or AWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

136 City / 100 Hwy (MPGe)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

The GT-Line is properly fast

Excellent driving dynamics

Outstanding interior quality

Love or hate it styling

Limited cargo space

Finicky dual touch controls

Can’t wait for the EV6 GT

2022 EV6 Specs

Trims & Pricing

Light RWD - $42,155
Wind RWD - $48,255
Wind AWD - $52,155
GT-Line RWD - $52,455
GT-Line AWD - $57,115

2022 Kia EV6 Powertrain

2022 Kia EV6 - kiamedia.com
2022 Kia EV6 - kiamedia.com

Kia has managed to make the EV6 feel considerably sporty for its size and weight. Through turns at high speed it’s composed and easy to place. It also provides excellent feedback through the controls which inspires confidence. For some, its suspension might be slightly too stiff but we like the way it handles everyday commutes as well as passionate backroad cruises.

The base RWD EV6 isn’t particularly fast but it does punch off of the line quickly and offers the same instant response that we’ve come to know and love in most EVs. It runs out of steam at top speed limits but that’s not a real problem in our opinion.

2022 Kia EV6 - kiamedia.com
2022 Kia EV6 - kiamedia.com

Those who want more speed can get it with the dual motor AWD GT-Line trim which makes 320-horsepower and feels a lot faster than that number might infer. In between each end of the spectrum is a 225-horsepower version found in Wind models equipped with the larger battery pack than in the base.

2022 Kia EV6 Battery Range

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2022 Kia EV6 - kiamedia.com

The EV6 is available in two battery pack sizes. The base 58 kWh unit has an EPA estimated range of 232 miles and a larger 77.4 kWh battery is estimated to have 320-miles of range. That’s right in keeping with rivals but Kia has another trick up its sleeve. This car uses an 800-volt architecture so it can charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes or add some 70 miles worth of range in just five minutes when connected to a 350 kW fast charger.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

It’s clear from behind the wheel of the EV6 that Kia intended this to be a driver’s car of sorts. Much in the same way that a sports car might envelop the driver, the EV6 does the same sort of dance. The center console is fairly high and the seats sit fairly low. For taller folks, it will likely require leaning the seat back just a bit but it’s easy enough to find a good balance. The rear seats are also spacious and offer more than ample headroom and legroom.

The way the dash and the screens come together feels decidedly high quality and the switchgear feels great to use. There isn’t the same sort of play in those switches as you’d find in rival vehicles. If there’s a complaint to be had in the EV6 it’s got to be storage. Sure, the cargo area has a nice open space for gear but the frunk is only big enough for something like the charging cable.

Entertainment & Technology

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2022 Kia EV6 - kiamedia.com

Overall, Kia has done a great job with the technology package in the EV6 but there’s one glaring annoyance. The climate controls and the off-screen media controls are located on the same capacitive touch panel. Each one works well but they can’t be used at the same time. Instead, you’ll have to hit a little button on the panel to swap from climate to media. Perhaps with more time behind the wheel I could get used to this but in my short time with the EV6 it was more frustrating than innovative.

Aside from that gripe it’s easy to love this car. The infotainment and driver information displays are bright, easy to read, and intuitively laid out. The driver assistance tech that Kia includes in every EV6 is top notch too and for those who spring for additional features like the in-gauge blind-spot cameras it’s one of the best in the business at this price point. We also like how simple it is to change regenerative braking strength thanks to paddles on the steering wheel.

Safety Features

At the time of this writing, neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has revealed any scores or information about safety regarding the Kia EV6. Despite that, we expect it will do well thanks in part to the excellent driver assistance and safety technology it comes with as standard.

2022 Kia EV6 Trims & Pricing

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2022 Kia EV6 LIght - carsforsale.com

Light RWD – $42,155

The Light is the only EV6 to use the 58 kWh battery pack and it’s only available with rear-wheel-drive. It also gets 19-inch wheels, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a digital driver information display, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 12 speakers, and a wireless charging pad. Every EV6 also gets lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.

2022 Kia EV6 - kiamedia.com
2022 Kia EV6 - kiamedia.com

Wind RWD – $48,255

The Wind RWD adds ventilation to the front seats as well as heat to the steering wheel. In addition it gets a hands-free liftgate, faux leather upholstery, parking sensors, and a 14-speaker Meridian audio system.

2022 Kia EV6 Virtual Valet - kia.com
2022 Kia EV6 Virtual Valet - kia.com

Wind AWD – $52,115

Nearly identical to the RWD version, the Wind AWD adds a heat pump to more efficiently warm the cabin. It also opens up the optional technology package including an automated parking system, blind-spot cameras, and a surround-view camera system.

2022 Kia EV6 Sunroof - kiamedia.com
2022 Kia EV6 Sunroof - kiamedia.com

GT-Line RWD – $52,455

The sporty GT-Line gets everything from the technology package, a sunroof, automatically deploying door handles, an evasive steering assist feature, and improved versions of both adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.

2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line - kiamedia.com
2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line - kiamedia.com

GT-Line AWD – $57,155

Opting for the AWD version of the GT-Line adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

Warranties

Kia sets the standard in the industry with a five year or 60,000 mile limited warranty and adds to it with a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. It’s unbeatable in this segment.

What we think

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2022 Kia EV6 – kiamedia.com |  Shop 2022 Kia EV6 on Carsforsale.com

This is one of the most engaging electric cars on sale today in this price bracket. For those who want a little more comfort at the same price, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is worth a look. Either way, it’s impressive that Kia has managed to build a car that in our opinion is as good if not better in most ways than offerings from Ford or even Tesla. Keep in mind that the costs listed above do not take into account tax rebates that could drop the total end price significantly.

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Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers is a car enthusiast who loves all things built with passion, extending to nearly all car cultures. After obtaining an occupational studies degree in sports medicine, Stephen turned his attention to sports cars. He was employed as an auto shop manager, spent time in auto sales, and worked as a software developer for a racing company, but Stephen began writing about cars over 10 years ago. When he's not in front of a computer screen, he's racing his own Bugeye Subaru WRX in as many autocross and rallycross competitions as he can.

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