Kia EV6 hatchback - Interior & comfort
Attractive and well-appointed
Kia has done a sterling job of keeping mechanical noises from the suspension and electric motor out of the interior, so it's near-silent at lower speeds. In the single-motor version, it helps that the motor is located far away from the driver, under the boot. There's still just a very faint motor whine in the all-wheel-drive version, and the suspension isn't excessively firm either. Once speed picks up, the most noticeable noise is from the tyres. As mentioned, the EV6 is reasonably firm, so sharp bumps can be felt in the car but no more so than in lots of other models.
Kia EV6 dashboard
The dashboard is focused around a pair of 12.3-inch curved displays, both of which are easily legible thanks to sharp graphics. One houses the instrument displays, while the second is a touchscreen for media, settings and navigation, with a ledge beneath it that comes in useful for steadying your hand while interacting with the display. Below this, there's a neat touch-sensitive controller that can be switched between the climate control and audio system with a swipe.
Its design and materials also feel in keeping with a car costing more than £40,000. Fabrics, gloss-black trim and chrome all look the part and, in keeping with the environmentally friendly theme, the seat upholstery uses the equivalent recycled material of 111 plastic bottles per car. A large, augmented-reality head-up display is also available to project useful information ahead of the driver's line of sight.
Standard equipment levels are generous, with LED exterior lighting, 19-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, folding door mirrors and automatic wipers from the off. There's also artificial leather seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, ambient lighting and dual-zone climate control.
GT-Line adds front parking sensors, tinted glass, upgraded front seats which can fully recline, aluminium pedals and wireless smartphone charging. Upgrade to GT-Line S, and 20-inch wheels are added, as well as a powered tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, a 14-speaker Meridian stereo and the head-up display.