The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

An eye catching family electric

Starting price: £45,245

The Pros

Lots of storage

Spacious

Powered tailgate

Long range

Fast charge

Cons

Door handles

Crossover boot

Intro

It’s easy to see why the car industry is excited about the Kia EV6. The sleek lines and futuristic look make it such a head-turner. It boasts a fast charge time and long range, so we were excited to take a look.

There are 3 trim levels; Air, GT-Line, GT-Line S. We drove the GT-Line and we found opening the door to step inside interesting! Sorry Kia, but we’re not keen on your door handles. Whilst they are streamlined (similar to a Tesla) we’re not convinced when you’ve a baby in your arms you’ll be able to open the door easily.

Moving onto the drive; it is smooth and effortless, and being a crossover SUV, you’re nice and high up on the road meaning you’ll have great visibility. Switching between gears, as always with Kia, is simple with a large dial. Extra features such as lane assist and auto hold mean that you can rest assured if you’re distracted for a moment, the car will warn you of any potential hazards. EV cars are also lovely and quiet, so sleeping babies are less likely to be disturbed. Cruise control comes as standard and there’s an SOS button for emergencies.

Ok, let’s talk range – an impressive 328 miles! That’s more than the Hyundai ioniq 5, Kia Niro and Nissan Ayria. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the weather, use of air con, heated seats/wheel and radio can all debleat the battery. Smart, regenerative braking will try to help compensate this and improve battery efficiency. A 3-pin plug will take 34 hours to charge the battery to 100%. A home wall mounted charge point will take 21 hours. Public charge points vary depending on their power from 7 hours to 11 hours, but Kia state on a fast charge the EV6 can take as little as 18 minutes to charge from 10% to 80%. That’s more than any of its rivals.

Kia also offer lots of other whizz, bang helpful features such as Kia LIVE (live traffic info, live charging stations , live parking – how much roads and car parks cost), Kia Connect (weather updates, sports, calendar, vehicle diagnostics and settings) and Kia Charge – an app which gives you access to the vast majority of UK public charging networks including bp pulse, Pod Point, Source London, Instavolt, Shell New Motion, Osprey, Char-gy, IONITY and more. In addition, it works in 28 other European countries in exactly the same way as it does in the UK so you can travel long distances where everything is handled as part of a monthly, itemised billing process.

Interior

The Kia EV6 has a very luxurious feel about it. With a lovely wide panoramic sunroof on the GT-Line S trim, it feels light and airy. The dashboard itself, is sleek and tidy, with one long continual, curved screen which consists of a 12.3 inch central infotainment system and a 12.3 inch digital cockpit behind the steering wheel. The infotainment system is easy to navigate and smartphone integration comes as standard. No need to panic if you’ve misplaced your cable however, as there is also wireless/Bluetooth connection. We must say the map app from our phone looks crystal clear on the screen and is preferable to the on-board sat nav. For more tech, the GT-Line S trim offers a heads-up display.

Dual climate control is operated via the touchscreen or just below the screen using dials. We much prefer this option; it just seems safer and less fiddly with little ones in the back. Here you’ll also be able to operate the infotainment system if you’d rather not use the touchscreen. There are air vents on each rear door, so passengers in the back can decide if they wish to use the air con or not. Kia offers the option of purchasing a heat pump which can be added to the car, helping to improve the efficiency of the heating in the car. This will, however, drain the battery life more.

Parking the EV6 is easy thanks to the front and rear parking sensors, large retractable wing mirrors and rear camera. A 360° camera comes as standard on the GT-Line S trim. These are fabulous and give the driver a birds-eye view of the car, making parking the car an absolute breeze. Kia have also gone one step further and their Remote Smart Parking Assist technology means you can park or unpark the car without being in it! They say this is perfect for tight spaces and using your key, you can safely move the Kia EV6 into or out of a parallel or perpendicular space. Braking is automatic if the vehicle detects an obstacle – let’s hope so! If you aren’t brave enough to use this feature (we weren’t), the car will alert you when reversing if there are any hazards by beeping and vibrating the steering wheel.

There’s no rear windscreen wiper, so you will most certainly need to rely on the car’s technology during the winter months.

Seats & Passenger Space

Seats in the EV6 are synthetic swede with leather edging, meaning any spills or crumbs can be wiped away with ease. Plenty of height and leg space can be found in the front for the driver and passenger. As you start the car, the seat will remember your setting and move to its last position. Similarly, when you exit, the seat moves back, giving the driver lots of space to manoeuvre out of the car – how considerate! There are 2 seat settings and the driver and passenger seats are operated electronically. It’s also worth noting that the upholstery makes use of vegan leather while the inside uses abundant amounts of recycled and durable materials.

Heated front seats make cold, winter months more bearable as does the heated steering wheel (one of our favourite features in a car.) Both are operated by simple buttons. If you’re after ventilated seats to cool you down in the summer, you’ll need to opt for the GT-Line S trim.

Moving to the rear and there’s a fair amount of leg space for adult passengers if front seats aren’t too far back, kids on the other hand will love the space available. The floor level is completely flat too as there is obviously no exhaust pipe column down the centre. Tall passengers may struggle with the height however. Being a crossover, the roof does slope. Older children on booster seats may also find their head is slightly closer to the ceiling than that of a standard SUV. There are 2 ISOFIX points on the rear bench, and we were able to fit 2 high back booster seats and our smallest booster in the centre. As an alternative, we were able to place a rear facing baby seat and high back booster on there, sadly there wasn’t enough room for our smaller booster in the centre with this option. There is a further option to recline the rear seats for added comfort for any sleeping children.

Privacy glass is on the rear windows to help block out the sun’s glare, which are much better than using flimsy car shades.

Cups & Cubby

The cupholders in the Kia EV6 are positioned in the centre in between the driver and passenger seats in the central console. Here you’ll also find a small storage area for keys and a wireless phone charger. You’ll have to slide your phone under the armrest a little to place it on the charge point. There’s a good amount of storage in the armrest too.

1 front USB port and 1 USB C port are hidden underneath the dashboard and there’s an extra USB C and 12V battery port at floor level next to an extra large storage space that could charge an iPad or hold larger items.

The front door bins are a fairly good size. You’ll be able to fit a water bottle in there whilst leaving a little bit of room for other bits and bobs.

In the rear, there are 2 central cupholders in the armrest, although we couldn’t fit our large water bottle in there. Storage pockets can be found on the back of the driver and passenger seats, perfect for iPads, colouring books etc. The rear door bins will only hold a large water bottle sadly. A fabulous feature is the addition of 2 USB C ports on the side of each front seat, brilliant for ensuring those iPads don’t run out of battery – priorities and all that!

Kia have also included 3 pin plug in the back – this is quite a rare feature and a welcome added extra.

Boot Space

The boot is a good size in the EV6 – 490 litres. That’s smaller than the Hyundai ioniq 5 but bigger than the Nissan Ayria. We were able to fit our large pram in there, leaving plenty of room for shopping, school bags, sports kits and even the dog! Our stroller also fit neatly in the back, leaving a huge amount of space in the boot.

There is a small drop to the boot floor so you will need to lift things up and over slightly.  It’s also worth remembering, that as it is a crossover SUV, you won’t quite get the height in the boot as you would with a standard SUV. There’s extra space under the boot floor, allowing for a deeper boot but this space is too small to store any charging cables. A retractable parcel shelf is also a feature on the Kia EV6. These are brilliant when storing tall items. You won’t need to remove the parcel shelf and find somewhere to put it, simply release and let it slide away! A boot liner is an optional extra to protect from any mucky paws or dirty sports kits.

Kia have also included a front storage trunk (frunk) under the front bonnet. It holds up to 20 litres on AWD models and up to 52 litres on RWD models.

Finally, to make life easier opening and closing the boot, there’s a powered tailgate (boot button) which can be set to open automatically to a desired height. These are a game changer when your hands are literally laden down with everything.

Summary

To summarise, if you’re looking for a reliable, family and eco-friendly car, we would recommend you take a look the at the Kia EV6. Its spacious interior, storage, user-friendly tech, worry-free range and child friendly features make it a great contender for a family electric car. Book that test drive – you won’t be disappointed!

Car seats used in this review: 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm) 1 x Maxi Cosi Pebble (width 43cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4695 (L) x 1890 (W) x 1550 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

490 litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

118 cm

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

N/A

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

328 miles

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-62mph in 5.2 secs