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Kia EV6 review - Practicality & boot space

It's a good size and can even deliver power to other electrical devices

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The Kia EV6 is a practical family car, with a spacious interior and a useful, top-hinged hatchback bootlid. It’s perhaps not as roomy overall as the boxier Hyundai Ioniq 5, or the awkward-looking by spacious Tesla Model Y, but it’ll still happily fulfil the function of a family’s only car.

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There are plenty of handy features, too, including an innovative vehicle-to-load (V2L) function that allows you to power devices such as phones or laptops using a three-pin plug in the rear footwell. Cars fitted with this tech come with a special adapter that connects to the car’s AC charge port, too, meaning you could power something like an external projector on a weekend camping trip – should the want or need arise. Likely even more useful day-to-day are the USB-C ports located in the sides of the front seats for passengers in the front or back seats to use.

Kia EV6 interior space & storage

The electric Kia has a flat floor, with no transmission tunnel, helping make the interior spacious and uncluttered. There's lots of room in the front seats and you won't feel too hemmed in by a large centre console or towering dashboard, with plenty of forward visibility.

A smooth floor helps three passengers sit across the back seat, and a long wheelbase (the gap between the front and rear wheels) means there's little chance of them banging their knees on the front seats. Headroom isn't quite as good as in the Ioniq 5, though, because of the lower roofline. If you regularly carry tall adults in the back, the EV6 might not be the best choice.

Boot space

The boot is a useful shape and there's a variable-height floor, so you can decide if you want a smooth loading lip or maximum space. Its 490-litre volume should be more than enough for most owners but it's a shame there aren't more useful features like hooks and a set of cargo nets to help secure items as you drive.

Rear-wheel drive models also get a 52-litre 'frunk' storage area under the bonnet, which is perfect if you want to carry charging cables, a wet umbrella or muddy boots away from the interior. Pick a four-wheel-drive version and this space shrinks to a less-impressive 20 litres.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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