Kia is adding the EV6 compact crossover as its first all-electric vehicle line

Kia is adding the EV6 compact crossover as its first all-electric vehicle line

The 2023 Kia EV6 is the first electric-only vehicle in the Kia lineup.

The 2023 Kia EV6 is the first electric-only vehicle in the Kia lineup.

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Kia’s EV6 compact crossover arrived last year as the South Korean automaker’s first all-electric model line, and returns for 2023 with a new variant – a GT model for sports car-like performance, with a whopping 576 horsepower.

For 2023, this five-passenger compact SUV has an expanded battery range of up to 310 miles between charges, according to EPA estimates.

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The EV6 comes in five trim levels, starting with the Wind RWD (rear-wheel drive) model, with a base price of $48,700 (plus $1,325 shipping). This is the version we tested for this report.

It’s also available with all-wheel drive, such as Wind AWD ($52,600), which uses separate electric motors for the front and rear wheel pairs.

Also in the lineup are GT-Line RWD ($52,900); GT-Line AWD ($57,600); and the top-of-the-range GT AWD performance model ($61,600).

Kia says the high-performance GT model can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 161 mph.

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Our rear-drive Wind model comes with a 77.4 kWh battery and a 168 kW rear motor, with 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and an estimated range of 310 miles.

All-wheel drive versions (except the GT) get the same 77.4-kilowatt-hour battery, but with a 74-kilowatt front motor and a 165-kilowatt rear motor, making a total of 320 horsepower and a range of up to 274 miles.

In our Wind RWD system, the zero-to-60 mph time is listed as 7.2 seconds, and top speed is 115 mph. That drops to 5.1 seconds in regular all-wheel drive models, thanks to the extra motor up front, but top speed increases to 117mph.

GT Performance models come with a 77.4 kWh battery, a 160 kW front motor and a 270 kW rear motor, for a combined power of 576 hp and 0-60 mph performance in less than 3.5 seconds

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As a fully electric car, the EV6 does not have a gasoline engine, so it must be recharged externally. There is an onboard 11kW (Level 2) charger that can charge the battery to 10% in 7 hours and 10 minutes, using a 240V power supply at 40A.

DC fast charging (800 volts from a 350 kW source) at a commercial charging station can add 70 miles of driving range in less than five minutes, and can boost the battery level from 10% to 80% in less than 18 minutes. The car also supports 400 volt DC fast charging.

The lithium-ion battery is mounted underground and weighs 1,052 pounds.

Kia says, “In November 2021, the EV6 set a Guinness World Record, traveling 2,880.5 miles with the shortest charging time to cross the United States in an electric vehicle.

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“During the seven-day trip from New York City to Los Angeles, the Kia EV6 was plugged in for just 7 hours, 10 minutes and one second, beating the previous record holder, Tesla, by more than five and a half hours. Hours (12 hours and 48 minutes and 19 seconds).

The EV6 has a sleek body style that makes it look almost like a fastback rather than an SUV, and the door handles are flush-mounted. The EPA places them in the “small station wagon” category.

But its 114.2-inch wheelbase is the same as that of Kia’s Telluride three-row midsize SUV.

The EV6 Wind model is 184.3 inches long, while GT versions are 184.8 inches long. There are 102 cubic feet of passenger room, and a flat floor provides optimal leg and foot room, along with helping to provide 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. That expands to 50.2 cubic feet with the second-row seatbacks folded down.

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There’s room for three people in the back seat, but that drops to seating for just two with the center console pulled down from the middle of the seatback. With three people, it’s fine unless the person is the size of a child.

At the front there are comfortable bucket seats with electrical adjustment on both sides, and a memory function for the driver’s side.

There are two 12.3-inch panoramic front screens, as well as a navigation system. A Meridian premium sound system was standard, and included satellite radio and the Kia Connect infotainment system.

Other interior amenities included an intelligent key with push-button start and remote start, “vegan” leather seating surfaces, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents, rear occupant alert, and a wireless phone charger.

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Kia says the interior uses animal-free textiles, from the seat surfaces to other elements throughout the cabin, and the headliner is made from recycled wallpaper.

Outside, our car was in Glacier (white), which was an additional $495. We had 19-inch aluminum wheels with a black finish, a smart power liftgate, LED headlights with automatic dimming control, power/folding mirrors with turn signals, rear privacy glass, a rear spoiler, and a pre-wired towing package.

Kia Drive Wise driver assistance technology is included, with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist; Blind spot, collision avoidance, rear assist; Rear Collision-Avoidance Assist; Lane keeping and following assistance; Park Distance Warning (forward and reverse), Highway Driving Assist, Safe Exit Warning, and Navigation-based Intelligent Cruise Control with Stop & Go.

Our car had the Wind Technology Package ($1,500), which brought a around-view monitor, blind-spot monitor, remote smart parking assist, and parking collision-avoidance assist.

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The blind spot review monitor includes left and right dash camera views, which are triggered when the turn signal is activated for either a left or right turn. It gives a full view of the adjacent corridor.

Other extras on our tester included a cargo mat with luggage pad ($95) and carpeted floor mats ($175).

The EPA has rated the EV6 at 134 city/101 highway/117 miles per gallon/electric (miles per gallon/equivalent), using 29 kilowatt-hours of electricity per 100 miles.

The EV6 is fun to drive, especially because of the instant torque the electric motor delivers upon startup. Few other vehicles can match it for off-the-line acceleration.

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The ride was smooth, and the front seats were comfortable, at least on our limited trips around town.

The total sticker price for the 2023 Kia EV6 Wind RWD was $52,290, including shipping and options.

G. Chambers Williams III’s automotive columns have appeared regularly in the Express-News since 2000. Contact him at chambers@auto-writer.com Or on Twitter @gchambers3. His driving partner Emma-Jane Williams contributed to this report.

2023 Kia EV6 Wind rear wheel drive

The 2023 Kia EV6 is an all-electric compact crossover that seats up to five people.

The 2023 Kia EV6 is an all-electric compact crossover that seats up to five people.

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Package: Compact, five-door, five-passenger, electric-powered, rear-wheel drive crossover.

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Highlights: Kia introduced the EV6 for the 2022 model year as the brand’s first line of all-electric models. It’s battery-powered only, and has a range of up to 310 miles on a single charge.

Negatives: Long trips can be a challenge with battery range.

power: 168 kW electric motor.

moving in: Gear reduction unit.

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Power/Torque: 225 hp / 258 lb-ft.

Curb weight: 4,255 pounds.

Towing capacity: 2,300 pounds (with trailer brakes).

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Brakes, front/rear: Disc/dial, anti-lock.

Shipment size: 24.4 cubic feet (behind rear seat); 50.4 cubic feet (rear seatback folded).

Side airbags: Mounted on the front seat; Ceiling mounted side curtain for both rows.

Electronic stability control: standard.

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Fuel capacity/type: 77.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

EPA fuel economy (mpg equivalent): 134 city/101 highway/117 combined.

Base price: $48,700, plus $1,325 shipping (before any state or federal tax rebates/credits, if available).

Price as tested: $52,290, including freight and options (2023 EV6 Wind RWD).

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Rating on the road: 8.4 (out of 10 possible).

Prices shown are manufacturer’s suggested retail prices; Actual selling price may vary.

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