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Kia EV6 - Reliability and safety

Packed with safety kit, the Kia EV6 is a great family car, while Kia's seven-year warranty provides peace of mind

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

4.4 out of 5

Price
£45,275 to £62,675
  • Excellent range
  • Sporty drive
  • Generous standard kit
  • Smaller boot than rivals
  • Expensive AWD model
  • Low roofline impacts on headroom
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​​The Kia EV6 was the highest-rated bespoke EV in our most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, and it managed to finish seventh on our list of the best cars to own – one of 14 Kia models to appear on the list. The EV6 received glowing praise for its powertrain, ride, handling, and smoothness, as well as the number of safety systems, child-friendly features, and rear legroom on board.

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Meanwhile, Kia, as a brand, finished sixth out of 32 brands in our best car manufacturer rankings, receiving high scores across the board, including areas such as driving pleasure, practicality and economy. We did find that 25 per cent of owners who responded to our survey had one or more faults in the first year of ownership, though.

Euro NCAP awarded the EV6 a five-star safety rating in May 2022, with the all-electric family car achieving a 90 per cent rating for adult protection and 86 per cent for child passenger protection.

Along with smart cruise control and a rear view camera, Kia’s family EV includes a host of active safety systems: Forward Collision Avoidance Assist uses a front radar to monitor for possible hazards, such as pedestrians, cyclists or other cars, before providing a warning and then automatically applying the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a potential collision. There are also systems designed to help keep you in your lane and tech that will sound a warning if it detects any loss of attention or driver fatigue.

Warranty

The Kia EV6 has a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty — one of the longest and best factory warranties in the business, especially when compared to the three years of coverage you get with a Volkswagen ID.4 or Skoda Enyaq, while the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5 gets four and five warranties, respectively. The EV6 also comes with three years of roadside assistance. 

Servicing

The EV6 only needs to be serviced once every two years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. Kia offers interest-free instalment plans for servicing costs. You pay 25 per cent up front, with zero per cent interest on the remaining balance for 3 months.

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