Sportier and as a coupé also an eye-catcher, the EV 6 presents itself as the more potent brother of the Ioniq 5. Kia is finally giving the Stromer the qualities that make it the ideal travel companion on long journeys. In addition to the large battery pack and the powerful engine, the 800 volt on-board electronics are particularly interesting for a very fast charging process on the superchargers. That was reason enough for us to subject the EV6 to an extensive travel test. What qualities does the electric coupe offer as a tourer?
The Kia is offered in four performance levels. We start with our test car in the GT Line version with 229 hp and 350 Newton meters of torque. In this combination, the largest radius of action of Kia is promised. Under optimal conditions, a range of 528 kilometers should be achieved. We will subject him to all natural adversities on our tour and settle accounts at the end.
First, there's the core GT statement as a promise of a great ride around the overhead bins and cargo space. The smallest storage compartment under the front hood is very modest at around 20 liters. This frunk is celebrated by some emobilists, but unfortunately the small compartment cannot hold more than 50 liters. There is 520 liters of storage space in the rear luggage compartment and there is even space in the intermediate floor for charging cables, first-aid kits and breakdown kits.
The low vehicle height offers a correspondingly optimized air resistance value. Inside the vehicle, the EV6 still offers enough space for up to 5 people. The flat vehicle floor and the omission of the center tunnel offer legroom and a good sense of space for the vehicle dimensions. For the rear passengers, the headroom is limited due to the design due to the coupe shape.
On to the freeway
After all the utensils are stowed away, we start our first travel test from Kiel in the direction of Leipzig. The first feature is the fold-out door opener as soon as you approach the car with the key. An interesting solution in terms of design, but not necessarily ergonomic in everyday use. As soon as you sit down in the tightly upholstered seats with good lateral support, you quickly feel at home in the digitally arranged cockpit after take-off. Here you can quickly be guided through all main menu items, integrate the smartphone and regulate all individual settings according to your own taste. The center console offers ample storage space including the charging cradle for the smartphone. Kia sets beneficial accents other than Tesla, for example, with the monitor solution. The concave cockpit offers all information at eye level and all essential elements in the configurable head-up display.
Before the test, we checked Kia's target promise of up to 240 kW charging capacity with the new 800-volt on-board network. Here, at warm temperatures, there was actually an increase on the supercharger in the display up to 238 KW at the top. Of course, there is a typical charging curve over the route. But in fact, our battery was charged to 20% on all superchargers in less than 80 minutes. This allows charging and driving breaks to be optimally coordinated over long distances.
When charging to 100%, the EV6 develops into a long-range electrician. With a range of more than 400 kilometers, we can make our way to Leipzig with a short charging stop. Plenty of time to familiarize ourselves with the qualities of the assistance systems. The blind spot warning system is extremely sophisticated. Warning signals are not only displayed here when the turn signals are activated, but if the adaptive cruise control is integrated, all approaching vehicles are also announced on the central display and in the head-up display. In addition, there is also a superimposed camera image when the turn signals are activated. The adaptive cruise control is equipped with a special gimmick. As soon as you adjust the preset speed to the current maximum speed, the maximum speeds are automatically switched directly with each sign change. This eliminates the hassle of readjusting during long distances.
Attractive driving and charging performance
As usual with electric cars, the maximum range is only achieved in ECO mode, but even in the most defensive mode the EV6 offers the qualities for cruising. Only at speeds over 130 km/h did the steering sometimes feel too light. Anyone who switches to normal or sport mode experiences a significant increase in performance when accelerating, and driving pleasure is significantly greater here. When the outside temperatures are warmer, there is a comparatively moderate increase in consumption. But even here, a distance of well over 300 kilometers is realistic in summer. And with the short charging times, the sporty coupe is more driving pleasure.
The EV6 is also visually more appealing than all conventional Kia models. And so the interest in the mature tourer in European countries is clearly increasing. In terms of value for money, the EV6 can offer a technically sophisticated tourer that does not need to fear any comparison in terms of driving and charging performance.
For long-distance drivers with sporty ambitions, there is a suitable coupe from Kia that combines touring qualities and fast charging options. Those who value good design and appealing performance will quickly become friends with the attractive EV6. The consumption values under summer conditions largely correspond to the manufacturer's specifications.
Test in May 2022
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