2021 Kia EV6: full pricing and specifications revealed

Prices start from £40,895; Kia EV6 GT model does 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds

  • Kia EV6 starts from £40,895
  • EV6 GT performance model goes on sale next year
  • Kia plans to offer 11 electric cars by 2026

Full specifications for the Kia EV6 electric car have been revealed. It’s the brand’s flagship EV, with up to 316 miles of range and a performance-focused GT variant capable of 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds. The new car is on sale now starting from £40,895, with the first customer cars expected to arrive in October.

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The EV6 is the first of 11 new electric models slated to arrive by 2026 and joins the e-Niro and Soul models in the Korean brand’s electric car lineup. When it goes on sale, direct rivals will include the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4 and the Tesla Model Y.

2021 Kia EV6 prices and specifications

The entry-point to the range is simply called ‘EV6’. It's only available in rear-wheel drive and starts from £40,895. It has a long list of standard equipment, including LED headlights, tail-lights and daytime running lights. A set of 19-inch alloy wheels are fitted, along with rear parking sensors, electrical folding door mirrors and automatic wipers. The interior features black faux leather-trimmed seats, heating for the front seats and steering wheel, ambient lighting and dual-zone automatic air conditioning.

Standard safety features include navigation-based smart cruise control which can accelerate and brake the car in traffic. Forward collision avoidance is also fitted, with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and highway driving assist.

GT-Line spec cars start from £43,895 in rear-wheel drive guise, with the four-wheel-drive model priced from £47,395. Additions include rear privacy glass, front parking sensors, dual LED headlights and a GT-Line-specific styling package. Interior upgrades include ‘premium relaxation seats’ in the front with memory function, which can be reclined flat for the driver and passenger to rest while charging. Suede and faux leather trim and aluminium pedals also feature, along with a wireless smartphone charging pad. The GT-Line spec also adds blind-spot collision warning.

The standard equipment list is swelled further still for the GT-Line S model, which gets 20-inch alloy wheels, a powered tailgate and a panoramic sunroof. Other additions include ventilated and heated front seats, heating for the outer rear seats and a premium 14-speaker Meridian stereo system.

GT-Line S models also get remote smart park assist and parking collision avoidance, a blind-spot view monitor, an upgraded version of the highway driving assist, forward collision-avoidance assist and an augmented reality head-up display. Prices for the rear-wheel drive model start from £48,395, increasing to £51,895 for the four-wheel drive version.

Pricing for the GT model has yet to be confirmed, but we’d expect it to start from around £60k. This may seem expensive for a Kia but it is £25,000 less than a Porsche Taycan 4S, which offers similar straight-line performance.

The EV6 may come in cheaper than the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT too. The EV6 GT model gets unique exterior styling, upgraded headlights, flush door handles, upgraded brakes (with calipers painted neon green), bucket seats, a premium sound system and 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Sport tyres. A battery heat pump is also standard on the GT, which is designed to maximise the car’s driving range in cold weather, and is an option on the GT-Line and GT-Line S models.

Performance and range

Kia’s striking new crossover will be available with a 77.4kWh battery and either rear or all-wheel drive. Choosing a two-wheel drive model provides the longest range estimate of 316 miles, although Kia hasn’t yet specified range figures for the other models.

A smaller 58kWh battery was announced when the EV6 was revealed; this is expected to arrive later this year with a 168bhp rear-wheel-drive model and a 232bhp four-wheel-drive version.

Each drivetrain means you get varying amounts of power from the electric motors. The rear-wheel-drive car produces 226bhp, while the four-wheel-drive version gets 321bhp. The four-wheel-drive version can hit 62mph from a standstill in 5.2 seconds, with the performance times for the rear-wheel drive model expected to be revealed in the coming months.

Kia EV6 GT

Kia has revealed that the range-topping EV6 will be called ‘GT’ and will have the quickest acceleration of any production Kia ever made. The brand is targeting a 0-62mph time of just 3.5 seconds - comparable to a Porsche Taycan or Tesla Model X - and a 162mph top speed, which sounds achievable given the 576bhp on offer. We expect the EV6 GT will be able to corner quickly, as well as posting impressive acceleration times, given that the Hyundai Group’s research and development boss, Albert Biermann, used to head up BMW’s M division.

Charging

Offering the very latest charging technology, the EV6 will be able to recharge from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes. A 62-mile top-up will take less than five minutes. Kia’s new electric car can also supply electricity if it has enough charge, in what’s called vehicle-to-load (V2L). Kia says you’ll be able to power a 55-inch TV and an air conditioner simultaneously for more than 24 hours, and it can also be used to recharge another electric car if needed.

A heat pump is also fitted to the GT model, which scoops up the energy lost from the cooling system. This improves the efficiency of the heating system, meaning range doesn’t suffer as much compared to an EV without a heat pump. We’re told that you’ll be able to achieve 80% of the car’s quoted range in temperatures as low as -7.

Styling

Kia says this is the first model launched under its new design philosophy, which means future Kia models will incorporate some of the details you can see on the EV6. In particular, the ‘Digital Tiger Face’ front end is a progression of Kia’s current ‘tiger nose’ grille, and uses sharp daytime running lights and sequential light patterns.

With a steeply sloped rear windscreen and a full-width light bar, the rear of the EV6 looks like a cross between the Kia Stinger and Aston Martin DBX. Thanks to black trim pieces, the roof looks to be floating, while black wheel arch cladding is influenced by SUVs and 4x4s. Previous spy shots have revealed that it’ll be slightly taller than a Tesla Model 3, which will be one of this car’s main rivals.

Interior

Moving to an EV-specific platform means the new car will offer much more interior space than the current Kia e-Niro. The interior looks very smart too, with as many interesting touches as the exterior. There’ll be a large curved touchscreen on top of the dashboard, alongside a set of digital dials. Both will be 12.3-inches in size. The heating and air conditioning controls are accessed by touch panels with haptic feedback, and the seats are upholstered in fabric created from recycled plastics - an amount equivalent to 111 plastic bottles per car.

An augmented-reality head-up display system will also be available, which projects driving information onto the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight. Meanwhile, the latest version of the Kia Connect software (replacing the ‘UVO’ system) allows you to find local electric car charge points - and how much they cost - plus check the range radius and the progress of charging when it’s plugged in.

The EV6 will feature a lot of the new safety technology from the Hyundai Group, such as a warning that tells you if it’s not safe to leave the car - it looks out for cyclists and other vehicles. You’ll also be able to remotely park the car, and semi-autonomous driving capability will feature too. Kia’s Highway Driving Assist 2 system includes adaptive cruise control, lane-change assist and technology that keeps you in the centre of the lane you’re driving in.

Practicality

The car’s platform, specifically designed for electric cars, means the EV6 will be spacious and practical, with the batteries stashed out of the way underneath the floor. Behind the rear seats is 520 litres of boot space - about the same as a SEAT Ateca - increasing to around 1,300 litres with the seats down. There’s also a small trunk underneath the bonnet that offers 52 litres of space (20 litres for four-wheel-drive models). It’ll probably be an ideal place to store charging cables.

Impressively, Kia says the car will also be able to tow 1,600kg, which is comparable to a modern petrol or diesel engine. It can do this as long as there is at least 35% charge in the battery.

The new E-GMP platform will be the launchpad for a whole host of electric Kia models; the Korean brand is planning to have 11 EVs on sale in the next five years. Seven of these will be built on the E-GMP underpinnings and four will be based on existing Kia models. The Kia EV6 will also be built on the same underpinnings as Hyundai’s retro-styled Ioniq 5.

It’s expected that hybrids and plug-in hybrids will continue to be part of Kia’s strategy for a while yet. These, along with the electric models, are forecast to make up a quarter of Kia’s sales by 2025 - even if the EV6 halo model makes up a very small part of that.

Read our reviews of Kia’s current models here.

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