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, but it offers a sportier edge to its design and driving setup. At low speeds in urban areas, imperfections in the road are transmitted through the stiff chassis, but it’s far from uncomfortable. At motorway speeds the EV6 settles down and becomes a rather serene cruiser. Despite its firmer ride, it remains a pleasantly composed family car, with very little whine from the electric motor.
There are practical touches that help to make family life a little easier; there are plenty of useful cubbies, including a deep recess underneath the floating centre console, the rear seats fold in a 60:40 configuration and include a ski hatch for loading longer items, while USB-C charging ports are built into the sides of both front seats, so there should be no squabbling between those in the rear about who gets to charge their devices.
Other kit such as auto headlights and wipers is standard, while GT-Line cars include Kia’s Premium Relaxation Seats which can 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.
As with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the EV6 is a surprisingly big car in the metal. At 4,680mm long, 1,550mm tall and 1,880mm wide, the EV6 is 31mm longer than a Skoda Enyaq iV, although width is virtually identical. It’s also 66mm lower than the Enyaq, which helps give the Kia its sporty, dynamic look, while the 2,900mm wheelbase is actually longer than the Audi A8’s and means there’s plenty of room inside.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
There’s no shortage of space up front in the EV6, so the driver and front passenger should have no issue getting comfortable. While the Ioniq 5 chooses to emphasise the amount of space it offers, the EV6 separates the driver and front passenger with a centre console, but it’s not so wide that you’ll be clanging your knee into it all the time or tall enough to make you feel entombed within the cabin. You sit quite as low as you do in some electric saloons, like a Tesla Model 3 for instance, but the driving position does feel quite low slung, and slightly sportier than the Ioniq 5’s.
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Swing open the rear doors you can marvel at the sheer arches of legroom on offer, thanks in part to the EV6’s enormous wheelbase. The completely flat floor also helps in this department, and if you need to carry three adults across the back, they wouldn’t be forced to play footsie for the entire journey. The EV6’s sleek, sporty profile and lower roofline does affect headroom, but only slightly. So taller passengers might find it a little tight in the back, but anyone under six-foot shouldn’t have anything to complain about.
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. The 60:40 split rear seats fold down nearly flat, and doing so expands the luggage capacity all the way up to 1,300 litres. 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. Either way, the EV6’s ‘frunk’ is good for keeping your charging cables out of sight.
The maximum braked trailer towing weight for the EV6 is 1,600kg, which should be more than adequate to be able to pull a decent sized trailer or a small to medium-sized caravan. However, we'd always advise double checking your trailer’s weight before hitting the road.
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 technologyKia continues to push its models more upmarket, with the EV6 offering a quality cabin and the latest on board tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe 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