2022 Kia EV6: Everything You Need to Know

A detailed breakdown of the all-electric 2022 EV6 from Kia, including trims, pricing, and range differences.
Written by Scooter Doll
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Aug 8, 2022
The Kia EV6
was first introduced in March of 2021 and quickly followed by initial deliveries in August. It is the first
Kia electric car
to arrive on Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform. It also represents the beginning of the brand’s new EV nomenclature, which will eventually consist of models ranging from the EV1 to EV9.
As Kia’s first dedicated electric crossover SUV the EV6 is just getting started as its makers transition to an all-electric lineup.... Join
Jerry
as we dive into the details of this EV.
Kia EV6 at a glance:
  • Price: $41,400-$56,400
  • Range: 232-310 miles (EPA est.)
  • Availability: 2022 models currently available for order, 2023 model year to be announced soon.
  • Quick take: The EV6 is a sleek SUV crossover with a wide wheelbase that delivers a surprisingly roomy cabin for its passengers and starts at a relatively low MSRP.

What are the pros and cons of the 2022 Kia EV6? 

Pro: Spacious interior

The total length of the Kia EV6 is 184.3 inches and 114.2 inches of that is its wheelbase. The result is shorter hang in the front and rear of the vehicle, allowing for more passenger and cargo room in between.
The total interior volume is 103 cubic feet including 50.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. The 74 inches of width also contributes to the overall interior space in the EV6, allowing plenty of legroom for you and your passengers.
The spacious back seat of the 2022 Kia EV6

Pro: Vehicle to Load (V2L) capabilities

One of the features that sets the EV6 apart from (most of) the pack, is its vehicle-to-load capabilities. Just like the Hyundai IONIQ 5 on the same E-GMP platform, the EV6 can not only receive power, but also output it into other devices.
Whether its powering a blender or mini fridge during a tailgate, or powering an air mattress pump or electric stove at a campsite, the EV6’s V2L feature adds a whole new dimension to owning an electric vehicle.
With an output of 10.9 kW, the EV6 can also charge other EVs, and you can set a cutoff point so you don’t deplete your own battery too far, ensuring you have enough range to get some safely.

Con: Adequate performance at best

While there is a lot to love about the EV6, Kia has not reinvented the wheel on the performance sheet. The E-GMP platform provides 800V technology to deliver some of the best charging speeds, but this crossover is not the industry leader in range or power.
That being said, the specs you’ll see below help keep the EV6 more than competitive against other comparable EVs available today, especially its 310 miles of range on the RWD trims.

How much does a KIA EV6 cost?

The lowest-priced Light trim currently starts at an MSRP of $41,400 and can go as high as $56,400 for the all-wheel drive GT-Line. 
With three additional EV6 variants priced in between the two above, there are plenty of options to meet your EV needs and budget.
According to
Electrek
, the Kia EV6 currently qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit. It’s important to note, however, that the
federal credit
qualifies your EV6 purchase for up to $7,500 based on your annual income.

Breaking down the range estimates and performance specs of the EV6 crossover

With five different trims to choose from, Kia has delivered a multitude of performance tiers to suit your EV needs, whether your preference is range, horsepower, or both. 
The motors are powered by one of two battery options—a smaller 58 kWh pack in the Light trim delivers 167 hp, while the larger 77.4 kWh battery in the remaining trims can deliver horsepower between 225-320 hp, depending on which you choose. 
The trims offer varying levels of torque and acceleration, so we’ve broken it all out for you below and have also included range:
EV6 Trim
Battery Size
Horsepower
Torque
EPA Est. Range
Light (RWD)
58 kWh
167 hp
258 ft-lbs
232 miles
Wind (RWD)
77.4 kWh
225 hp
258 ft-lbs
310 miles
Wind (e-AWD)
77.4 kWh
320 hp
446 ft-lbs
274 miles
GT-Line (RWD)
77.4 kWh
225 hp
258 ft-lbs
310 miles
GT-Line (e-AWD)
77.4 kWh
320 hp
446 ft-lbs
274 miles

How long does it take to charge a Kia EV6?

Thanks to its 800V capabilities on the E-GMP platform, the EV6 has the capability to charge at speeds up to 350 kW, allowing for some of the fastest recharge times in the market right now. 
For example, any EV6 with the larger battery pack can replenish from 10%-80% in under 18 minutes at a 350 kW DC fast charger. Slower fast chargers (50 kW) offer slower rates of charge, but that’s to be expected.
If you end up purchasing a new EV6, you’ll probably want to consider a Level 2 AC charger for your home, which can replenish from 10-100% battery in seven hours, ideally while you sleep. 
A standard 120V plug is going to take you several days to recoup that same amount of charge, so we’d recommend Level 2 charging and above.
Type of Charger
Average Charge Time
Level 3 DC Fast Charger (DCFC) (350 kW charge rate)
10-80% in under 18 minutes
Level 3 DC Fast Charger (DCFC) (50 kW charge rate)
10-80% in 73 minutes
240V outlet (Level 2 AC)
10-100% in 7 hours
120V outlet (Level 1 AC)
10-100% in 68 hours

Plenty of trims and options for any budget

Below, we have provided further insight into each of the five available trim levels of the EV6, highlighting some of the differences between them. Additionally, we’ve suggested what option might offer the best value.

Kia EV6 Light (RWD)

  • Starting MSRP - $41,400
  • Comes with 19-inch Alloy Wheels, heated front seats, ultra-fast DC charging capability as well as V2L.
  • Dual 12.3-inch panoramic connectivity displays, Apple Carplay, Android Audio, and WiFi hotspot.

Kia EV6 Wind (RWD)

  • Starting MSRP - $47,500
  • Includes the features mentioned above plus black finish on its wheels and vegan leather seating materials.
  • Onboard generator included plus the ability to tow up to 2,300 lbs.
  • Highway Drive-Assist

Kia EV6 Wind (e-AWD)

  • Starting MSRP - $51,400
  • All the above plus a range preserving Heat Pump to precondition the EV’s battery in colder conditions.
  • 14-Speaker Meridian Premium Audio system.
  • Surround and blind-spot view monitor, remote parking assists available as add-ons.

Kia EV6 GT-Line (RWD)

  • Starting MSRP - $51,700
  • All the above, plus unique GT-Line exterior and interior styling, wide power sunroof, plus heated and ventilated front seats.
  • Augmented-Reality (AR) Head-Up Display (HUD), remote parking assist, plus surround and blind-spot view monitor standard.
  • Automatically extending, flush door handles and Highway Drive-Assist 2.

Kia EV6 GT-Line (e-AWD)

  • Starting MSRP - $56,400
  • All the above, plus 20” alloy wheels with black finish, heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.
  • Automatically extending, flush door handles and Highway Drive-Assist 2.
There are plenty more similarities and differences between the trim levels of the 2022 EV6, so we recommend checking out Kia’s
detailed breakdown
for yourself.
The Kia EV6 comes in a variety of trims with plenty of options.

What is the best version of the Kia EV6?

What trim level of the EV6 crossover might be the best for you and your household is a subjective decision, but we still like to provide a bit of our own EV insight as to which version of the vehicle provides the most bang for your buck.
In the case of the EV6, we recommend two separate trims, varying in starting MSRP by only $300 – the EV6 Wind e-AWD or the GT-Line RWD. The decision between these two will be which you value more, range or power. The all-wheel drive Wind will offer more horsepower and torque at a slightly lower price, but at the cost of 36 miles of additional range the RWD GT-Line can provide.
Additionally, the GT comes with several features standard including AR Head-Up Display (HUD), remote parking assist, and surround/ blind-spot view monitor standard. Not to mention you get Kia’s Driver Assist 2 ADAS.
Driver Assist 2 is not available on the Wind e-AWD trim, but most of the other stuff is available to add-on, but for an additional cost. In that sense, the GT-Line RWD EV6 probably offers the most value, but if you want the second motor for more power, go with the AWD on the Wind.

How the EV6 stacks up to its competitors

As we previously mentioned, the electric crossover segment of EVs is popular and ever-growing. Several competitors come to mind, but some of the more popular EV6 competitors in the US are the Tesla Model Y, Volkswagen ID.4, Hyundai IONIQ 5, and Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Compared to the EV6, the Tesla Model Y is significantly more expensive (currently starting MSRP is $67,990)—over $11k more than the top tier GT-Line EV6. The Model Y does deliver slightly better range, however (303-318 miles).
The VW ID.4 and Hyundai IONIQ 5, are also comparable in terms of price, each starting within a couple thousand dollars of $40k. There are varying levels of performance and cargo space present in each model individually, but the biggest differentiator compared to the EV6 is styling.
The ID.4 represents a tamer SUV body, while the IONIQ 5 is a more futuristic, aerodynamic hatchback. The Kia EV6 is definitely the most sporty and futuristic looking of the three, but the Mustang Mach-E still takes that crown. 
Ford’s all-electric crossover starts at a lower MSRP compared to the EV6, but all of its other trims are priced above comparable Kia options. Especially the Mach-E GT which starts at about $62,000.
Looking ahead, there are additional crossover EVs in the works, includingthe Fisker Ocean and an
electrified version of the Chevy Blazer
.

The Kia EV6 delivers a more unique look than most competitors

While the EV6 is by no means your only option when it comes to choosing a new electrified crossover, it’s tough to argue that it’s not one of the most unique options available today.
While it may not top the leader list in the spec category, the EV6 delivers more than adequate range and power, all on top of a cabin filled with state-of-the-art tech and room for plenty of passengers plus cargo.
What crossover you choose is up to you, and if it is the Kia EV6, so is the decision on what trim to go with. Whatever the final decision is, one last choice will be what insurance you will use to protect your shiny new EV. Luckily, the insurance experts at
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