Exterior of Tesla’s enviable Supercharger community, the general public charging infrastructure for EVs in lots of locations is grim. Oh, positive, it is promised to get higher, however how a lot does that assist if you’re standing outdoors a damaged charger or ready for somebody to depart a spot so you possibly can juice up? Customers who prioritize vary when selecting an EV decrease their interplay with the general public charging community, and for these Kia’s spectacular EV6, which means going with the single-motor configuration. That is the variant we have examined right here, within the GT-Line trim degree.
For 2023, the EV6 is obtainable with three powertrains, as the bottom Gentle model with a 58.0-kWh battery pack and a 167-hp motor has been dropped. The one-motor model now comes commonplace with a 77.4-kWh battery and makes 225 horsepower within the Wind and GT-Line trim ranges. Those self same two trims are additionally provided with all-wheel drive and twin motors making a complete of 320 horsepower, once more utilizing the 77.4-kWh battery. And, lastly, there’s the new-for-2023 high-performance dual-motor GT with a mixed 576 horsepower.
The one-motor drivetrain yields one of the best EPA-estimated vary: 310 miles. That betters the the dual-motor Wind model’s 282 miles, the dual-motor GT-Line’s 252 miles, and the EV6 GT’s dramatically decrease EPA vary estimate of 206 miles.
Not solely does the single-motor EV6 have one of the best EPA vary of its siblings, it additionally exceeds most of its rivals. The Toyota bZ4X maxes out at 252 miles, the Audi This fall e-tron at 265 miles, and the Volkswagen ID.4 at 275 miles. The Kia falls simply wanting the longest-range variations of the Ford Mustang Mach-E (312 miles) and the Tesla Mannequin Y (330 miles), however as we have identified in a current SAE paper, these on-paper benefits could not equate to a real-world vary benefit at freeway speeds.
Driving the EV6
The draw back is that the single-motor EV6 would not have the sports-car quickness of the dual-motor model. In our testing, the dual-motor all-wheel-drive GT-Line zipped to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, whereas the single-motor GT-Line took a extra languid 6.7 seconds. It was an analogous story quarter-mile occasions, with the dual-motor automobile’s 13.3 seconds at 102 mph nicely forward of its single-motor sibling’s 15.2 at 93 mph. In fact, pulling away from a cease is not all the time a time trial—or so we’re informed—and the single-motor EV6 strikes via site visitors eagerly sufficient, significantly at metropolis and suburban speeds.
The rear-wheel-drive GT-Line got here to a halt from 70 mph in 168 toes, though for mild stops, some drivers may not have to make use of the brakes in any respect. Within the highest (i-Pedal) setting, brake regeneration permits for one-pedal driving, however drivers who don’t need that a lot regen can select 4 different ranges, together with none—all chosen through the steering-wheel paddles. The EV6’s cornering is succesful if not keen, principally as a result of quite lifeless steering, and on the skidpad, the automobile demonstrated 0.87 g of grip. Rather more noteworthy is the trip high quality, because the EV6 reveals spectacular composure over bumps, with zero harshness making its approach to the cabin.
That cabin incorporates a mod-style design with a striped sample on the sprint that repeats on the middle armrest, and illuminated blue stripes seem beneath the vents. The suede seat upholstery with synthetic-leather trim is $295 further (and unavailable on the Wind model), and its white accents brighten the in any other case black cabin. The rear seat cushion is low—essential, maybe, to create sufficient headroom for six-footers beneath the squashed roofline (here is the place the mechanically comparable however boxier Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a bonus). The seat is loads huge for 3, although, and the ground is flat.
Up entrance, twin screens dominate the sprint. The central show is impressively broad, though, on the house display screen, that house is basically wasted, because the default show is only a clock. Beneath it, the touch-sensitive local weather controls oddly additionally do double responsibility working the audio system, that means it’s a must to toggle backwards and forwards between the 2 units of capabilities. The digital instrument cluster is barely configurable, with the middle part in a position to present driver-assist information, a visit pc, turn-by-turn instructions, or tire strain. The middle console initiatives out over a big, open storage bin, and on high, there are cupholders, lined storage, and a spot to cost your telephone wirelessly. Shifting is through dial, and there are additionally buttons for seat heating and cooling, the parking digicam, and the parking sensors.
The 2023 EV6 GT-Line in single-motor type at the moment begins at $54,225—there’s additionally the EV6 Wind, which might be had in the identical configuration for $50,025. For the GT-Line, the single-motor powertrain saves $4700 over the dual-motor model; within the Wind trim degree, the distinction is $3900. So, we see that those that have mastered the artwork of persistence are rewarded with a fatter pockets in addition to the flexibility to journey higher distances earlier than plugging in.
2022 Kia EV6 Lengthy Vary RWD
Car Kind: rear-motor, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Examined: $48,795/$53,985
Choices: GT-Line trim (sunroof, Freeway Driving Help 2, park help, HomeLink, auto-dimming rearview mirror), $4200; Metal Matte Grey paint, $695; GT-Line Suede Seat bundle, $295
Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 225 hp, 258 lb-ft
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 77.4 kWh
Onboard Charger: 10.9 kW
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 12.8-in vented disc/12.8-in strong disc
Tires: Kumho Crugen HP71 EV
Wheelbase: 114.2 in
Size: 184.8 in
Width: 74.4 in
Peak: 60.8 in
Passenger Quantity, F/R: 52/48 ft3
Cargo Quantity, behind F/R: 50/24 ft3
Curb Weight: 4395 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 6.7 sec
1/4-Mile: 15.2 sec @ 93 mph
100 mph: 18.0 sec
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 6.7 sec
Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec
Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.7 sec
Prime Pace (gov ltd): 118 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.87 g
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 117/134/101 MPGe
Vary: 310 mi
C/D TESTING EXPLAINED
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Joe Lorio has been obsessive about automobiles since his Matchbox days, and he acquired his first subscription to Automobile and Driver at age 11. Joe began his profession at Car Journal beneath David E. Davis Jr., and his work has additionally appeared on web sites together with Amazon Autos, Autoblog, AutoTrader, Hagerty, Hemmings, KBB, and TrueCar.