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 digital instrument panel behind the steering wheel and a central touchscreen for all the infotainment. The interior feels smart and up to date, with cabin materials of sufficient quality for a £45k-plus family car, while Kia provides a further nod to its commitment to sustainability by offering vegan leather upholstery as standard.
Below the central display is Kia’s touch-sensitive control panel that you can toggle between climate controls and media settings. It’s easy to use, responds very quickly to inputs and makes the cabin look modern without forcing you to dig through sub-menu upon sub-menu just to change the fan speed. That said, you still have to take your eyes off the road to use the panel, and resting your hand on the ledge of the centre console can result in you activating the heated steering wheel or heated/cooled seats.
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All EV6s are well equipped. The entry-level Air model is more than ready for family life with standard kit that includes climate control, heated front seats and steering wheel, dual-screen setup, integrated sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, numerous USB ports for connecting devices, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.
The GT-Line trim adds sporty front and rear bumpers with body-colour side sills, plus electrically adjustable front seats, a wireless smartphone charging function and front parking sensors. 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.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The twin, gently curved 12.3-inch screens in the EV6 look fantastic, work well and offer clear graphics. Kia’s infotainment system is easy to use, the smartphone link works seamlessly and the touchscreen display is responsive. It’s all laid out well and the menus make sense. We like the use of black backgrounds for the menus as it reduces eye strain at night. Meanwhile the driver’s display provides all the information you need.
There’s also a small touch-sensitive panel that switches between radio and air-con controls easily, and while we’d prefer real buttons here, the setup is impressive and there are still physical dials to quickly change temperature, fan and volume settings.
It’s a clever, space-saving design and responds very quickly to inputs, but the panel is flush with no protruding edges to define each function, meaning you have to look down while driving if you want to use them. And resting your hand on the ledge of the centre console directly in front can result in you activating the heated steering wheel or heated/cooled seats by accident.
In this review
- 1Kia EV6 reviewThe Kia EV6 is a superb, all-electric family car that offers a quality interior and a sporty drive
- 2Electric motor, drive and performanceThe EV6 is great for blasting down a twisty B-Road, plus there’s plenty of straight line speed on tap
- 3Range, charging and running costsFamily buyers that are looking for lower running costs will be impressed by the EV6’s range and overall efficiency
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingKia continues to push its models more upmarket, with the EV6 offering a quality cabin and the latest on board tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe EV6 is full of useful practical touches, but rivals offer more interior space
- 6Reliability and safetyPacked with safety kit, the EV6 is a great family car, while Kia's seven-year warranty cover provides extra peace of mind