Muscle cars, V8 engines…. gas guzzlers are generally loved by people who like the feel of raw engine power and quick acceleration in their automobiles. But gas prices today are fast changing people’s preferences and leaving them to rethink justifying the huge monthly gas bills these vehicles consume.
Enter, Electric vehicles… The initial reason to go EV was primarily out of concern for the damaging effects of carbon emissions on the environment, re: global warming.
Fast rising gas prices and struggling economies in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic have now added another reason to why we should all go EV.
And to be honest, these vehicles, though missing the growling sound, have quite the acceleration and top speed that can compete with your regular gas-driven sports cars… and with newer and newer tech advancements, they are becoming more appealing as the demand rises and more car brands are investing more in R&D as well as mainstream production.
Kia is also not left out.
The Kia has been a major seller of Electric Vehicles (EV) since the 2014 Kia Soul EV model and has upped its game with the new 2022 Kia EV6. The EV6 is available with rear or all-wheel drive with different battery options and trim levels for buyers to choose from.
Kia went all out with standard features with a stylish and well-furnished interior that appeals to buyers. It has great range and efficiency and offers good driving dynamics for its user. The EV6 also has affordable pricing and is an alternative to more expensive EVs like Tesla.
Although the Kia EV6 has lots of appealing features, it isn’t short of faults either. A review by Cars.com will give you a breakdown of what is to like and not to like about the all-new Kia EV6.
Pros of Kia EV 6
The Kia EV6 is a balance of comfort and good handling. It is a more absorbent ride than some EVs. EV6 has a quick steering response and a short wheelbase that helps with tighter turning circles. This is especially useful when parking or maneuvering in close spaces.
The EV6 has two motors which produce 320hp. Kia claims the GT-line with 4WD goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. This is quicker than the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine Kia Stinger sports sedan.
According to Kia the EV6 can add 217 miles of range in 18 minutes and go from 10% to 80% battery capacity. This can happen when using a public 350-kW DC fast charger. This may not always be the case but depends on the car and the ambient temperature. The EV6 has a long-range battery which allows it to move from empty to full in 7 hours using a level 2 home charger. A smaller battery takes 5 hours 50 minutes to recharge
The Kia EV6 has a conventional digital control panel with information readily available for the driver. The control panel is found on the dash in front of the driver. The GT-line puts augmented reality navigation and other info in the driver’s line of sight. The Kia EV6 also has control knobs for audio and climate functions.
The EV6 has standard features even in its basic trim. It has a 12.3-in digital panel, heated front seats, and a wireless phone charging spot. It also has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with a lot of safety features. Kia EV6 has adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, rear-cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.
The EV6 has limited headroom, which may be an issue for taller drivers. The top GT-line comes with a standard sliding moonroof. The moonroof is a nice addition but it eats up the headroom by 2.2-in. Depending on your height, we recommend you go for lower trim sans moonroof.
EV6 has a racy styling and a sloppy roofline that hinders its rearview and over-the-shoulder view. Although the blind spot warning system and turn-signal-activated cameras assist with side views, visibility is still poor. Cars.com drivers complain of a claustrophobic feel in the cabin.
No Charging Equipment
Many EVs come with charging equipment for plugging into a home outlet. But the EV6 doesn’t have this kind of equipment. Car owners will have to purchase a level 1 trickle charger from a dealer or online. Charging a drained battery will take longer to get full – at least 51 hours. A home level 2 charger is a better option for your EV.
Long drives with the Kia EV6 are assured thanks to its long range. You are also sure of enjoying a quality driving experience, with the range of tech features that come with it. It definitely is worth your money and driving experience. It is a great alternative to expensive EVs giving you a quality experience, handling, and ride.
Not to talk of the savings you stand to gain in terms of gas price when you generally make the switch to EVs.
Buying Your EV
If you have a large budget and can afford a brand new model, you can get your Kia EV6 from a dealership that has them in stock.
But if you are on a tight budget and you don’t mind a pre-owned vehicle – we’ve got you covered. You don’t have to fear buying used EVs. Check out 5 Essential Tips for Maintaining Electric Vehicles.
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