Kia EV6: Kia's first-ever EV
Kia India has had a very successful journey in mass-market cars. Their ICE vehicles in India are the Kia Sonet, Kia Seltos, Kia Carens, and the Kia Carnival. However, since EVs are the future, Kia Motors globally introduced their first-ever EV, the Kia EV6.
The Kia EV6 made its debut in India at an introductory price of Rs. 59.95 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India) for the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) variant. The AWD variant of the Kia EV6 has a price tag of Rs64.95 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India).
As of now, the Kia EV6 doesn't have a direct competitor in India.
The Kia EV6 will make its way to India via the CBU route.
Considering the Kia EV6's price, will it fall under the luxury or premium EV category? Let's find that out in this Kia EV6 review.
Kia EV6: Features and Safety
The interior of the Kia EV6 looks futuristic, and it comes with a long list of features. It gets a hands-free tailgate, solar glass, front ventilated seats, an auto-dimming IRVM, a heads-up display (HUD), 64-colour ambient lighting, etc. In addition, the Kia EV6 features two 12.3-inch displays: a touchscreen infotainment display and a driver-side display screen. On the safety front, it receives numerous ADAS features, eight airbags, etc.
The Global NCAP has given the Kia EV6 a safety rating of 5 stars.
Apart from the features, it's interesting to know that the cabin of the Kia EV6 consists of eco-friendly materials. For instance, the door map pockets, mats, seats, etc., are made from recycled plastic bottles.
Kia EV6: Platform and Drivetrain
The Kia EV6 uses Hyundai's E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform). Presently, two vehicles have E-GMP: the Hyundai IONIQ5 and the Kia EV6. However, the India-spec Kia EV6 will get a 77.4kWh battery pack with a WLTP-claimed range of up to 528km. Customers can choose either of the drivetrains: RWD or AWD. The RWD gets a single electric motor that produces 227bhp and 350Nm of torque. On the other hand, the AWD will have a dual electric motor that will generate 323bhp and 605Nm. To compare the specifications of the Kia EV6 variants, visit "compare cars" in the cars section on autoX.
Kia EV6: Warranty and Assistance
The EV6 will have a warranty of 3 years, unlimited kilometres, and an additional battery coverage of 8 years, or 1,60,000 kilometres.
In addition, Kia India will provide 24/7 Nationwide Roadside Assistance for three years.
Kia EV6: Price and Rivals
The Kia EV6 rivals the BMW i4, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the upcoming Hyundai IONIQ 5 and the Skoda Eniyaq iV. The Kia EV6 price in India is pretty much on the higher side. Except for the BMW i4 and the Kia EV6, the rest of the cars' prices are yet to come. However, there is an ex-showroom price difference of Rs4.95 lakh between the Kia EV6 AWD and the BMW i4. Only time will tell which car will be a better buy after the on-road test. For more updates, stay tuned to autoX.