Let’s talk batteries first. Each EV6 has a 77.4kwh battery, so the only changes in range come from power and spec. The base Air and GT-Line RWD cars will achieve 328 miles of range, which lowers to 314 miles on the AWD GT-Line when the front motor is added. A move to GT-Line S will drop the range further in either AWD or RWD as the S’s bigger 20-inch wheels slash a good 15 miles of range. The top GT-Line S will run out after a square 300 miles.
What Kia are keen to emphasise is the city range. Given how much of their lives EVs will spend in cities this is pretty important and the figures are impressive. The two-wheel-drive Air and GT-Line cars will manage 459 city miles before conking out. To put it in perspective if you drive five miles a day it’ll take around 91 days before you need to top the EV6 up. Even the average 20-mile round trip will see the best part of a month pass before you need to recharge. The range is also realistic, with no sign on our test drives of those terrifying sudden mass drops in range that EVs can provide from time-to-time.
The EV6 can charge at 800V, similar to some offerings from Porsche and Audi, meaning that if you find the right charger you can get from 10 to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes. Or, perhaps more crucially, if you are in need of a quick splash of charge to get home, the EV6 can grab 62 miles of extra range in just four-and-a-half minutes. Barely enough time to grab a Ginsters and a cappuccino.
As for in car tech, the list is impressive. Even the base Air model comes with LED headlights, electric and heated door mirrors, automatic headlights, rain sensing front wipers, smart keyless entry, heated front seats and wheel, auto dimming rear-mirror, dual-zone climate control, smart cruise control, 60:40 split folding seats, multiple USB charging points and 12-volt sockets in car and boot, all for £40,945.
We spent our time in the top-line GT-Line S, which will set you back from £51,945, and adds the larger 20-inch wheels, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, powered tailgate, Merdian speakers (the subwoofer for which deletes 10-litres of boot space) wireless phone charging, 360-degree parking camera, blind spot view monitor – basically a small camera to show you your blind spots when you indicate – and a variety of safety systems.