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2022 Kia EV6 Consumer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

LOVE, love It, Like it and sometimes hate it.

David S, 04/03/2022
Wind 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
27 of 27 people found this review helpful

Not completely sure if the reviewer drove the EV6. Purchased AWD Wind with technology option. Could not find Gtl with color my wife would accept. The highs: After looking at the Mustang Mach-E, and the Ioniq 5 I fell in love with both exterior and interior of the EV6. Love the Dash, love the control knob for putting th car into drive and reverse. Love the Sporty interior I feel like I'm in total control some have used the words comfortable Cockpit and I do think this apt compared to the Hyundai and Ford, which is my like sitting in living room captains chair. I felt snug and comfortable and confident in the Cockpit from the get go. The Drivers seat held me in and so far no back issues which common in the many cars that I have driven in recent years. To know where I am coming from, My main mode of transportation when not on a bike has been the Chevrolet Volt which for a non Tesla car was one of the sportier options for an early EV and my seating is quite similar to the EV6. Also was not looking to emulate a SUV drive or look of an SUV which is why so many people prefer th Ioniq and Mustang over the EV6. Despite their truly beautiful styling they look like an SUV or crossover, more stylish than most other options out there true but nothing iconic about the above two. The EV6 is in a class by itself, its iconic styling and will not only standout but I believe the test of time. The Seats are very comfortable, better than the Hyundai, though I would prefer as seats raise that they did not automatically tilt forward. The simplification of the radio and climate control is both a major plus and a major minus. These will need to be a learning curve no matter who buys the vehicle. The simplicity of them works, but the fact that one will inadvertently turn the dial believing they are changing the volume are actually changing temperatures will in fact take place. So not intuitive from the get go which is minus. Driving is sportier then both the Ford and Hyundai, despite what the reviewer contends. Not sure what car he was reviewing Frankly just a joy to drive. Now to be honest, I also loved and prefer my Volt driving experience. Especially around the city where I could zip in out of tight fits without issue as well as finding parking. This will not be the case with the longer and wider EV6 or for that matter any Crossover EVs on line or coming on line. So not the perfect urban car. But I bought it for our drives to our beach house 300 miles away. Lots of room for our travels and plenty of space for another passenger, yet better maneuverability than the other two options. Though Cubic inch wise in hatch is less than the Ford, it's better design to accommodate more without needing to take the lid off to the bottom storage compartment. Naturally that will change should one want to load car to the very top which then both the Hyundai and Ford will win utilizing the full cubic capacity of the cars. Something I'm not to concern with. I really wish that is said in these reviews otherwise one gets the wrong impression of utilitarian nature of these vehicles, especially the EV6. Just looking at the numbers one gets the wrong impression of utilization of the space and in that case the Kia excels. Of course the Hyundai does allow the backseats to move forward and back, so if hatch space is your main focus the Hyundai wins from both Ford and Kia. Feedback is to the road is more confident in the EV6 over the Hyundai, the system rides harder than the other two, but very responsive. So as far as being the driver one will love it. Have not been the passenger as my wife hates to drive, but she seems to have found it quite comfortable. Plenty for most people for the backseats . Now again every person will be buying for their and their family needs. I have no one who I know who is over 6'2' who will driving in our rear seats. Both for myself my wife and daughter is more than ample room for feet and head and with the ability to adjust seat back, plenty of room to fall asleep in. Also love the placement of the climate vents and the usb c ports. Oh and nice seat pockets compared to the Hyundai, more first class than tourist in that regards as well as placement of ports and climate control. No ski slide through on the wind back seat unfortunately that's on the AWD Gtl. Most reviews they are doing the top of line GTL. Heated and cooling seats as well as heated steering wheel, work well, and many cases will keep one from needing the heat and air conditioning thus saving you some range anxiety. And despite the reviews grip on placement, I find placement of those controls perfect for both passenger and driver. Those are intuitive where on the Hyundai and Ford I did not find them as intuitive and the Kia. The Lows and I mean a real low. Editorial, Kia please please fix this with software upgrade. For those of us without the top price models we do not get augmented information on windshield which would take away from this editorial. But for us in the Wind or Base cars we are driving with speed occluded by steering on left side of dash. Depending on steering wheel position almost totally obstructed. Not cool, not safe. instead they have this center portion that looks cool but does not give the necessary safety and speed information in the center. Waste of real estate and frankly a safety hazard. Put the Speed on the Center as well as tire pressure and EV miles left to drive and all the other non sense information on the side. Driving is first and foremost about safety and the front dash is total fail on that end. And yet I did buy the EV6. Okay okay, I'm just a village idiot so what do I know. However, Hear this Kia do something about that driver Dash. Who knows could be epic lawsuit on that end. Other lows, Only on optimum conditions will you charge up with rates stated. However that is the case with every bloody EV out there so take any review on charging times with a grain of salt. As far as obstruction, it's true hard to see out rear window as well as side windows. I opted for a car with the technology package for safety so I could have better side visibility when changing lanes. The package comes on all top of the line models and option on Wind model AWD. I got it mainly for the ability to see the car on the side of me through the camera thus taking out a X factor. With the package I feel far more comfortable with visibility. And why no rear windshield wiper, I know that EVs try to save as much battery as possible, but you put power seats in, power this power that, how about a little safety a lousy rear windshield wiper. It's enough from me now have a great day, afternoon and evening. And yes do I have second thoughts on the Kia, some but for the most part I'm very happy.

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5 out of 5 stars

Thrilled - but it’s early.

Paul, 03/01/2022
GT-Line 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
13 of 14 people found this review helpful

My wife and I decided to take the plunge and purchase an electric vehicle. We initially test drove a Ford Mustang Mach e and ordered one after test driving it. Due to Ford’s inability to deliver we decided to move on. We test drove an Ionniq 5 and liked it, but couldn’t find the model we wanted. Because the EV6 is based on the same architecture as the Ionniq 5 I started looking for the EV6. While EV6s were available in Atlanta, prices were over $10K over MSRP for the 1st Editions, which I wasn’t willing to pay. I found one in Montgomery, AL that was less than 5% over MSRP and bought it. I never thought I’d pay over MSRP for a vehicle, but according to the WSJ 82% of people are paying over MSRP these days for new cars. I’ve only owned the car for a little over a week, so this review is limited. My initial impression after driving the car home a 190 miles from the dealership where I bought it are that the car rides great and is very quite. I give the Meridian sound system an A+. The interior is a great place to spend time and I much prefer the layout of the EV6 digital screens to the large center screen used by Tesla and Ford on their EVs. The GT Line that I purchased comes very nicely equipped with heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel and a 360 degree camera view which is great when backing out of parking spaces. The seats are comfortable and there is plenty of room despite it being a relatively small vehicle. The roofline is low and therefore egress and ingress might be a bit challenging for tall people. The awd version that I purchased comes with the extra front motor raising both horsepower and torque. Acceleration is exhilarating and is stated by Kia to be in the mid 4 second range. There are certainly faster vehicles out there, but this is plenty for me. This car won’t be confused for a Porsche Cayman in the twisties as it does have some body roll in corners despite the battery pack creating a nice low center of gravity. The car feels solid, the doors have a nice solid feel when closing.

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5 out of 5 stars

Sporty EV Wagon loaded with great features!

Mike, 03/19/2022
GT-Line 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
15 of 17 people found this review helpful

I have researched BEV's for the last year. I was looking to replace my 2016 Cadillac ELR PHEV. I reserved a 2022 Ford Mustang Mach e Premium Long Range AWD last October but have received limited production timing information from Ford. The local Ford dealer I selected also has provided no input regarding the estimated timing of production. The KIA EV 6 caught my eye last Summer when it was introduced to the U.S. market. I did not reserve a vehicle at that time but continued to follow media updates and test reviews of the EV 6. In early February I started checking local dealers inventory. I was lucky to find an EV 6 GT Line AWD that just arrived at the same dealer group I purchased my 2019 Audi A4 allroad prestige through. With all the delivery delays and long production times I immediately arranged a test drive to confirm the mostly glowing reviews the EV 6 was getting. My biggest concern were some reports of a too firm ride and particularly how it handled sharper impacts like expansion joints and the infamous Michigan potholes. I was immediately impressed by the quality of the vehicle both inside and outside. The panel gaps were excellent and the features of the GT Line were equal to those of my allroad prestige. I really appreciated the blind spot view images that come up with turn signal activation - a feature lacking in my Audi. Considering you get a 360 camera (with high resolution display), a Heads Up Display, Smart Cruise Control, 14 speaker stereo system, Powered Sun Roof and a full group of safety technologies I was very impressed with the GT Line EV6. In my test ride I considered the ride very controlled with sharper impacts damped to the point that expected cabin intrusions were handled extremely well. Once I confirmed that I could purchase the vehicle at MSRP I immediately placed a deposit and arranged completion of purchase for the following week. I can say my ownership experience and satisfaction with the EV 6 deserves a 5 star rating. Sure there are some items that have been noted or reported in reviews like the two tiered stereo/HVAC control panel that gets accidentally changed to HVAC mode when you manually try to adjust the volume knob. I have learned to use the steering wheel volume control which is actually more convenient and safe once your brain is trained. This does not let KIA off the hook but that fault along with the addition of more soft touch and higher quality interior surfaces and a totally not-intuitive voice recognition system with limited control features make up my list of areas for improvement. I initially found the 14 speaker stereo to be mediocre but found a thread on the EV 6 forum that displayed screen shots of optimized stereo sub menu settings that moved it to equivalent my Audi's 19 speaker B&O system. Unfortunately both are still just slightly above average for expected performance with that high a speaker count. However in closing I find all the positive elements that this vehicle presents move it into the higher ranks of sporty EV's with the added bonus of hatchback versatility. In many ways I consider it an electric version of my Audi A4 allroad which in my opinion is a great compliment. For some reason the word station wagon is frowned upon especially in marketing a vehicle in the U.S. but I considered this EV 6 more wagon than SUV from its release. I am so impressed with KIA's quality and features for the price point that I plan on following the availability of the high performance GT EV 6 later this year.

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5 out of 5 stars

Our First Full EV :)

Dan, 03/29/2022
Wind 4dr SUV (electric DD)
10 of 11 people found this review helpful

I literally found this car through pure dumb luck. Stumbled into a Kia dealer and two of them just came off the truck. One was spoken for and this one a White Wind rear wheel drive was available somehow. I did pay a little over sticker but in this market I figured it was not a deal breaker. I've had an order in for a Ford Maverick since October and I was told that it may not get here this year. Anyway, our family's first fully electric car and we love it. The wife drives a Pacifica hybrid which we also love, but this is next level. I only have 600 mils on the car but I can give a good rundown on the good and not so good. The good: 1. The car is as quiet as you want to make it with all the sound settings... can be complicated but fun to mess with. 2. The range seems to be right on... but haven't taken any road trips. No doubt it's very frugal since it's so streamlined 3. The controls on the media stack are intuitive after a quick learning tutorial... I'm glad there are actual buttons for seat controls, heaters, radio, and most importantly the front and rear sensors. Kia and Hyundai have some of the most intuitive controls out there and everything works well. Best of all you can turn only the driver side vents on... which is great since the wife is always cold. 4. The car is very spacious... more like a mid-size SUV rather than a compact SUV. 4 or 5 tall adults can sit in this car comfortably due to great leg-room and wide body. 5. Acceleration is good and on par with most V6 cars or SUVs. It's not crazy fast with the RWD but fast enough for daily driving. It used to be that 7 sec 0-60 was pretty good for SUV or sedan standards. 6. The safety tech is easily manipulated and works very well. The car can almost drive itself on the interstate. The lane centering works very well almost everywhere you drive. The beeping noises are loud enough to hear but not obnoxiously loud like in our last Subaru or our current Chrysler Pacifica. 7. The trunk is large enough for a road trip and you can just remove the top floor of the trunk and get a few more inches of space. The frunk is only good for small things. Room for improvement: 1. The heating situation could be improved. You have to turn the cabin heat button on in order to produce heat when it's very cold... this took some getting used to and can be confusing. Think of it as the opposite of the A/C button. If it's too cold you need heat... if it's too hot you need A/C...but it's a bit stupid. You do loose on mileage when you turn the heat on so I guess it just gives people more options to save energy. 2. The roof line could be a bit taller to make it look more like a SUV. I don't have the sun roof so there's plenty head room, but I can see that with a sun roof it could get tight. 3. Ambient lighting is not an option for anything below the GT-line... this is bull crap KIA!! A $50k car should have ambient lighting. Not a deal breaker but annoying. 4. Kia does not supply any type of charger!!! Again, for first time buyers this is not that great. However, a 110v charger would not do much anyway, and the 220v chargers are a bit more pricey. I did get one online and ran a 220v to the garage. All in all cost was around $1000 self installed... and 6/3 electrical wire is very expensive right now. 5. While it's a plus that that car is roomy on the inside, it is very wide and it shows when you have to park it. It's not extreme or anything, but just something to think about. The turn radius is pretty good though so that helps. Overall, I think this is a great vehicle for the price. A friend has a $40k Kia Niro EV and there's just no comparison. Those are converted regular cars and while they're very nice they just don't have the look of the future. It's worth paying the extra money for something that looks like it will be good for a while.

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4 out of 5 stars

Sweet ride but the paint scratches too easy

John, 03/05/2022
Wind 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Fast, fun to drive, very comfortable with all the amenities you would expect from a high end luxury automobile. I love that I don't have to go to the gas station or get oil changes or have loud noxious emissions! My only disappointment with the vehicle is the paint job. It came fresh off the lot with lots of scratches. It's like the person who prepped it for delivery had used a dirty rag that left swirls and micro scratches all over. I didn't notice this until I got it home under good light. I had the same problem with a new 2019 Nero with the expensive coating.

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