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Kia EV6 review - Interior, design and technology

Kia continues to push its models more upmarket, with the EV6 offering a quality cabin and the latest on-board tech

Kia set a challenge for its designers to produce a zero-emissions family car that offers a practical range and ultra-fast charging ability, along with a stylish exterior design and a spacious, tech-filled cabin. Has it succeeded? Well, the answer can only be a resounding yes, with the EV6’s range and charging ability pretty much up there with the class leaders, and a sleek, purposeful look that should appeal to modern EV buyers.

On-board technology is a standout feature, too, with ​​the dash dominated by two 12.3-inch curved displays, one a digital instrument panel and the other controlling the infotainment system. The interior feels smart and up to date, with cabin materials of sufficient quality for a £40k-plus family car, while Kia provides a further nod to its commitment to sustainability by offering vegan leather upholstery as standard.

All models are well equipped and, although the top-spec GT-Line S version offers niceties such as bigger 20-inch alloys, a tilt/slide sunroof, a head-up display, heated rear seats and an upgraded 14-speaker Meridian audio system, you can save between £3,000 and £8,000 if you opt for the Air or GT-Line-spec cars. 

The entry Air model is more than ready for family life with standard kit that includes climate control, heated front seats and steering wheel, integrated sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and a USB port for connecting media devices. The GT-Line trim adds electrically adjustable front seats, a wireless smartphone charging function and front parking sensors.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The EV6 has a pair of 12.3-inch curved displays; one directly in front of the driver for the digital dials, and the other central screen housing the infotainment system. Both offer clear graphics, with fast operating speeds and intuitive menus, and we found it relatively easy to use the touchscreen on the move.

Kia has also included a touch-sensitive panel lower down the fascia, where you can toggle between control of the car’s heating and ventilation functions and its audio systems. It’s a clever, space-saving design and works well.

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