When introducing the first Kia model, which is designed as a purely electric model, the manufacturer apparently exercised modesty. He stated “over 510 kilometers” for the Kia EV6 with a 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery and rear-wheel drive. Of course, the small print said that the so-called ECE homologation had to be awaited for definitive values. This is what the official approval process is called, in which a certified test laboratory, among other things, officially determines consumption. The French Kia boss had already revealed the result to an auto journal, now it is official.
EV6 with all-wheel drive creates 506 kilometers
This process is now complete and has a range after WLTP of 528 kilometers. That corresponds to 16.5 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers. The all-wheel drive version also made it to the 500-kilometer limit. Their combined range is 506 kilometers, the consumption is 17.2 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers.
Comparison is difficult
According to the numbers, the EV6 ranks between the ID 4 Pro Performance (522 kilometers) and the Skoda Enyaq VI 80 (test) (536 kilometers). The A4-E-Tron series and the vehicles from parent company Hyundai, Ioniq 5 and Kona Elektro as well as the VW ID 4 GTX and Tesla’s Model Y Performance are below this. But tests by the ADAC show that the table can look different. As a consumption miracle, the Hyundai Ioniq Electro with 16.3 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers is on top of the podium. The Model 3 in the Range Plus variant ranks second, followed by the VW e-up! (Seat Mii) and the Hyundai Kona Elektro.
Fast charging thanks to 800 volt technology
The EV6 battery can be charged with both 400 and 800 volts. In 800-volt mode, all models accept up to 239 kilowatts of power and can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. This technology is only known from higher-priced electric cars such as the Porsche Taycan. In addition, the on-board network has a charging unit with which the driver can charge other devices or vehicles with a maximum of 3.6 kilowatts. This bi-directional loading is also rare in the market and is one of the features of Hyundai’s E-GMP platform.
Three models with a total of six variants
Kia names even more properties of the EV6, such as the lush space, recycled materials and high-quality workmanship. You want to get out of the cheap supplier image – and rightly so – and this is also reflected in the pricing on the homepage. The rear-wheel drive EV6 with a 58 kilowatt hour battery and 125 kilowatt engine output (170 hp) starts at around 45,000 euros. The 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery can also be configured in addition to the basic model; the rear-wheel drive variant then has 168 kilowatts of engine output (229 hp). If you also choose all-wheel drive, you get 239 kilowatts (325 hp). The GT-line variant is only available with the large battery and the same engine configurations. Their price starts at around 55,000 euros. The top model is called the Kia EV6 GT and costs from 66,000 euros. In return, the customer receives a four-wheel-drive sports version that has a total output of 430 kilowatts (585 hp). In contrast to the other two models, Kia will not deliver the GT this fall, but rather in winter 2022.