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Kia EV6 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The EV6 is full of useful practical touches, but rivals offer more interior space

The Kia EV6 shares the same E-GMP architecture as the Hyundai Ioniq 5, although offers a sportier edge to its design and driving setup. Despite its firmer ride, the EV6 remains a comfortable family car and, with very little whine from the electric motor, the cabin is a relatively quiet and refined place to spend time.

There are practical touches that help to make family life a little easier; the rear seats fold in a 60:40 configuration and include a ski hatch for loading longer items, while there are USB charging ports and voice control for the Apple CarPlay function, which is a particular boon when you're ferrying kids to and fro.

Other kit such as auto headlights and wipers are standard, while GT-Line cars include Kia’s Premium Relaxation Seats which automatically recline when the vehicle is charging to provide the driver with a more comfortable position to take a nap if they feel tired. 

The Vehicle to Load function (V2L) is a neat idea that allows the EV6 to be used to power or charge devices (via a three-pin plug) such as laptops, phones or even camping equipment when you’re away on a trip. A V2L dock is located under the rear seat, while an adapter can also be used to connect to the main external charging port.

Size

As with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the EV6 is a surprisingly big car in the metal. At 4,680mm long and 1,880mm wide, it’s 31mm longer than a Skoda Enyaq, although width is virtually identical. In comparison to a standard family hatchback like the Volkswagen Golf, the EV6 offers an extra 396mm in length and 91mm in width, although it's just 59mm taller.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

The driver and front passenger will have no issue with finding enough space to get comfortable, although taller occupants in the back will pay the price for the EV6’s sleek, sporty looks, because the lower roofline does affect head room slightly. A completely flat floor helps to create more leg room, though, since there’s no raised central tunnel.

Boot

At 490-litres, the EV6’s boot is a useful size, while a variable-height boot floor means you can decide whether to maximise space or create a flat loading lip. Rear-drive cars also benefit from a 52-litre storage compartment under the bonnet, while this space is reduced to 20 litres in all-wheel-drive versions.

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