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New Kia EV6: bigger battery, new styling and fingerprint recognition for 2024

The 2024 Kia EV6 gets a futuristic facelift – and some new tech to match

  • New 84kWh battery
  • Fresh styling with ‘Star Map’ headlights
  • New cabin tech

Three years on from its launch, the Kia EV6 has received a mid-life facelift to keep it fighting fit for 2024. The electric hatchback was the first dedicated electric car from the South Korean brand, preceding the Kia EV9 SUV and the upcoming EV3. This new facelift, complete with a bigger battery, revised styling and some cabin updates, should bring the EV6 up to date with those models and keep it competitive in an ever-growing market of electric family cars.

What’s new for the 2024 Kia EV6?

At first glance, the new front-end styling appears to be the biggest change for the 2024 Kia EV6. Gone are the wide headlights of the outgoing car, replaced by a pair of pencil-thin daytime-running lights surrounding the main units. It’s a design that Kia has dubbed ‘Star Map Signature Lighting’, visually linking the EV6 to the EV9 and the facelifted Sorento.

The light bar across the rear has been tweaked, too, now with a slightly different pattern to the LED arrangement. Both the front and rear bumpers have been redesigned with a ‘wing-shaped’ appearance, while new alloy wheel designs up to 20 inches complete the refreshed styling.

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The changes are fairly minor inside, starting with the new curved displays on the dashboard. There’s a 12.3-inch screen for infotainment alongside one for the driver as before, although they’re now contained within a new housing and run Kia’s latest software. Unlike the Kia EV9, the EV6 doesn’t get the small 5.3-inch touchscreen for climate controls between the two main displays, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now wireless.

Tech-aficionados will be most intrigued by the new fingerprint scanner fitted to the EV6’s centre console. Much like a smartphone, the scanner reads your fingerprint and can apply your individual driver settings for you automatically.

Under the skin, the EV6 gets a new 86kWh battery, up from 77.4kWh of the outgoing model. It’s the same unit found in the newly-facelifted Hyundai Ioniq 5 – the Kia EV6’s sister car. There are no official range figures yet, but we expect a small increase over the outgoing car.

How much does the 2024 Kia EV6 cost and when can I buy one?

UK pricing, specs and delivery dates are all still yet to be confirmed, although we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a small uplift from the outgoing EV6’s starting price of around £45,000. The new EV6 should be available to order in the UK this year, as part of Kia’s plan to offer six bespoke electric cars in Europe by 2026.

Read more about our favourite electric cars by reading our top 10 list of the best EVs

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