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2023 Kia EV6 Consumer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
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Federal EV Tax Credit: not eligible The Light trim does not qualify for the Clean Vehicle Credit.
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5 out of 5 stars

Great EV

Jay Slater, 10/26/2022
updated 10/02/2023
2022 Kia EV6 Wind 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
25 of 25 people found this review helpful

I purchased my EV 6 wind all wheel drive last March and after 5500 miles with no problems think it is one of the best cars I have ever owned. The weak point in Kia’s armor is their dealership structure The policy of dealers to “markup” above list price is unethical and I would not buy again for that reason UPDATE: I owned the beautiful EV6 awd with tech package for 12 months. By driving in In In Eco mode I managed a range of 300 miles on numerous occasions. Over this period I had ZERO issues and only service required was a tire rotation at 8000 miles ( covered by warranty) Fit and finish as good as our 2020 Mercedes. The interior and technology is excellent and very comfortable. The EV6 is also very quick

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4 out of 5 stars

1.75 Years of ownership Love it, hate some of the

David S, 04/03/2022
updated 10/16/2023
2022 Kia EV6 Wind 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
88 of 92 people found this review helpful

Update: Bought the car when few were available and options severely limited, while there was a 4 or 5 month wait for the Tesla Model Y. Wanted the tax credits and bought before the EV6 prior to loosing the Credit and credit was not available for the Tesla at that time. Though I love the styling of the EV6, I would be torn between the EV6 and the Tesla, today due to the significant price drops for the Tesla. though I find the styling of the Tesla uninspiring. What I love about the Tesla is that it has significant advantage over the EV6 with OTA Updates while you get OTA for the EV6 only twice a year for the Navigation. Further you only get them if you subscribe for $200 a year Kia Connect otherwise you have to download them on a USB stick. For all other updates you have to take it to the dealership, what a bloody waste of a day and time. I also love the Tesla Supercharger network and ease and use of it. Do Not except superior charging with Kia and other 800V EVS with Tesla even though Kia will go to NACS plug. Tesla system was developed from ground up for Tesla's. For the Hardware and software to sync with all the new adapters will not be a panacea for current 800V CCS. Kinks and bugs will be numerous and will take time to sort out, meantime EA, EVGO and others will have sorted out their issues. Further EV6 charges is superior in its charging curve than Tesla with DCFC. Tesla has the upper hand with long distance Route Planning and Battery Preconditioning as well as their overall software. EV6 has only this year put in Battery Preconditioning in a very convoluted way and their Route Planning is at best dismal and that is being kind.. Will see if improvements for the newest Nav update improves route planning. Another negative for the EV6 is you must subscribe to their Kia Connect to use Voice Commands and here is another bugaboo, Kia's Commands is almost useless so not worth the money to for the service. What I love about the Kia EV6 over the Tesla is the superior charging, styling, cooling seats & heating seats. Reclining capabilities and I do like the superior cockpit for the driver. More driver centric and I find the ride superior over the Tesla. I prefer the handling and smoothness of the EV6 on curvy B roads and out bad city streets. I also prefer the fact that there are easier controls over one Screen which diverts the eyes and attention of the driver. I know there are those who love the Tesla screen but being behind and on the side of Teslas and watching the how bad some of these Tesla drivers are I can forgo the bloody screen. I also love the turn screen monitor quite helpful in both dense urban highway driving. Love the Sporty interior for the Kia EV6 though some of the finishes are hard cheap plastics, like the back of the front seats and some of the lower side panel other finishes are quite nice. Plenty of space in the front for storage, virtually none in back seat. Frunk is pretty useless. EV6 has an ease to replacement of Cabin Filter and adding fluids. Other attributes to EV6 is smoothness and blending of the braking. Superior regenerative breaking vs almost any other EV out there. The EV6 is in a class by itself in its iconic styling and will not only standout but I believe it will stand the test of time. Pros. Styling, Excellent drive and ride quality, Driver Cock Pit, heated and ventilated seats, intuitive controls for seats and climate. Driver safety devices including blind spot monitoring blind spot warning, Pedestrian and Cyclist stopping Camera with 360º and Birds Eye camera. Decent Adaptive Cruise Control, Decent luggage space, Heat Pump, great leg room for passengers front and back. Excellent front storage. Good Adaptive high and low beam for front lights. Oh yes it has some knobs gotta love knobs, no fiddling through menus to get to change stations and volume as well as temperatures. Though screen quality is very good software is not cutting edge. Ability to easily self park in tight spaces. Very good efficiency with combine highway and high speed driving ,I can get from 3.2 to 3.9 depending weather and speeds, the 3.4 are speeds in the 80 mph plus driving city driving gets between 4.5 to over 5 kW/mi. Most of my driving though is between 45 to 85mph. Very quiet, though I do get some tire noise. Very good efficiency while using climate controls. Excellent build quality, no rattles or fit imperfections. Oh and of course the superior DCFC which I do quite frequently and the main reason I purchased the EV6 Most of driving consists of 300 plus drives. By the time I use facilities or order lunch the car is done charging, so as far as a need to use screen time to occupy oneself while charging the truth as I mentioned before the car would be charged before I could access it. But I can only speak for myself. Also after long drives I do not find myself fatigue nor complaining of back pain as I do with other vehicles. Oh yes one other small thing, I do not see exhaust from a tail pipe. I am now driving 11 years with EVs and love that aspect. Forget the instant torque, the smoothness the quietness of an EV, the lack of tail pipe is number 1 for me. Cons: NO OTAs, Poor rear visibility, no rear windshield wiper Need it for when it is dusty or has not rained for days but in rain and movement no need for wiper. Poor visibility of driver screen when steering wheel is in certain positions. Poor visibility because of A&B pillar, luckily there is the pedestrian and side warning systems and excellent visibility with side mirrors. NO wireless CarPlay. Must pay for substandard Kia Connect, but Connect does give you slightly better route planning and Battery Preconditioning but only slightly better than without but very Poor audio command controls. App is no more than 6 out of 10. Navigation screen is archaic, wish Google or Apple Maps could interface with car for route planning and battery preconditioning. Paint quality appears to be adequate. Would I buy it again, Hmm, there are better interiors, infotainment systems, Cars with OTA, faster 0-60, better efficiency, but none of them thus far are over all as well packaged as the EV6 at least as of this writing. So yes even with some of the drawbacks I would buy again

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5 out of 5 stars

Thrilled - but it’s early.

Paul, 03/01/2022
2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
29 of 30 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

Our First Full EV :)

Dan, 03/29/2022
2022 Kia EV6 Wind 4dr SUV (electric DD)
24 of 25 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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5 out of 5 stars

I'll Never Own an ICE Vehicle Again

Reverendbiker, 12/16/2022
2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
12 of 12 people found this review helpful

I own a T-shirt with a pic of a Harley Road King and the caption "If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand." That's the way I feel about my 2022 Kia EV6 First Edition. As an old gearhead (I've owned 22 vehicles, mostly performance oriented) and I have to say that the EV6 is my favorite. From the eerie quite to the acceleration from the two motors' instant-on torque, this vehicle provides a driving experience that must be experienced to be believed. Look--electric vehicles aren't for everyone. I don't need a car for driving long distances (there's an Audi A6 diesel in the garage for that) so the EV6 277-mile range is more than enough for me. I installed a level 2 charger in my garage so I can charge overnight and always have a full tank of electrons. Cost of running and maintaining it is less than 1/3 that of my previous vehicle, a Mustang GT. Fast, nimble, and a pleasure to drive on the back roads of Central Texas, it's a treat to drive. I often find myself looking for an excuse to take it out of the garage. Sheesh-you'd think I was 16 years old again...

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