The EV6 looks like a large hatch, and drives like a hatch, but is technically an SUV courtesy of the ride height. That pits it against the Tesla Model Y, which is a high-riding off-shoot of the hugely popular Model 3 sedan.
The Tesla Model Y hasn't landed here yet, but when it does, the game will be on.
Both companies will be supply-limited as a result of the chip shortage; Kia can only source 500 cars this year despite having 25,000 expressions of interest and up to 1800 deposits.
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How much does the Kia EV6 cost?
As EVs go, the Kia EV6 starts at a competitive $67,990 plus on-road costs for the entry Air variant. The money buys a rear-wheel-drive platform with a 77.4kWh battery and electric motor developing 168kW and 350Nm, with a driving range of up to 528km.
The reality is, most drivers will accept a range of just over 400km, given they won’t want to drop the battery under 20 per cent (a quarter of a tank in the combustion-engine world).
Long term, it doesn’t do the lithium-ion cells much good to be completely depleted on a regular basis.
The good news is the battery supports 400v and 800v charging. That means the EV6 will deal with everything from home-plug trickle charging to 350kW DC fast chargers.
Plugging into a 22kW/h charger at lunch isn’t going to do you much good - these vehicles work best with a minimum of 50-75kW DC charging - if you’re only spending 60 minutes dining.
According to ChargeFox, a 350kW ulata-fast charger will add 400km of range in around 15 minutes, while the default 22kW chargers will add 30km in the same time.
Buyers of the EV6 GT-Line rear-wheel drive version will pay $74,990 for the privilege of having a more luxurious interior, though the 0-100km/h time is identical at 7.3 seconds.
Owners of the all-wheel-drive GT-Line will fork out $82,990 plus on-roads. The range-topping model can be instantly identified via the sunroof, and it hauls to 100km/h in just 5.2 seconds.
Range drops by around 50km to a WLTP standard of 484km.
Service intervals for the Kia EV6 are every 12 months or 15,000km and a pre-paid plan over the course of the seven-year warranty will cost just $1,584.