There’s extra. Again, just like the Ioniq 5, the EV6 has V2L, or “vehicle to load.” It mainly turns the EV6’s battery into an enormous private energy plant on wheels. You can plug any normal family equipment—sure, together with TVs or microwaves—into the automobile, and so they’ll run identical to they’d at dwelling. It makes the sporty-looking EV6 a perfect tenting companion for individuals who like their creature comforts (, Netflix on a 60-inch TV and a meals processor to take the drudgery out of chopping greens for fireplace cooking. In reality, with an EV6, now you can deliver the oven, which is altogether extra civilized).
This V2L wizardry even enables you to cost different electrical automobiles, remodeling you into some type of automotive Samaritan, rescuing stranded EV drivers from the aspect of the highway. However, this may take “a long time,” so that you’d higher be feeling exceedingly charitable if you happen to do determine to supply such a service.
Let’s get to how the factor drives. It seems to be sportier than the Ioniq 5 for a cause. Kia needs you to assume it’s a lot sportier than the Hyundai’s nice cruiser, regardless of the shared parts. Kia has even offered an inventory of stuff it has boosted to assist on this regard. The EV6 has a shorter wheelbase than the 5 (2.9 meters versus 3 meters), so it is supposedly barely higher in corners, with marginally increased spring charges, marginally better damping drive, and 1-mm thicker entrance and rear anti-roll bars. Note the “marginally” in these components. Yes, the EV6 is sportier and stiffer than the 5, however, you guessed it, the distinction is marginal.
This does not imply the EV6 shouldn’t be enjoyable to drive. It most definitely is. Top pace, whether or not you may have two- or four-wheel drive, is 114 mph. Standstill to 60 mph is 7.3 seconds with one motor (168 kW, 229 hp). If you may have twin motors (239 kW, 325 hp) then reduce this to five.2 seconds. One the highway, nonetheless, you may’t actually inform the distinction between the 2 fashions, solely if you put your foot down exhausting. Yes, the automobile is fast, however this isn’t a efficiency automobile that gives you virtually surprising acceleration. For that you’ll have to wait till the GT mannequin arrives late 2022 with 430 kW (580 hp) and a 3.5 second 0-62 mph time.
This coming GT mannequin is likely to be the one to go for in case you are drawn in by the efficiency guarantees from Kia’s advertising and marketing campaigns. The slight criticism I’ve with the EV6 is that whereas it could be extra nimble than the Ioniq 5, it would not really feel like a sports activities automobile and so is caught between camps. Indeed, flip on Sport mode and the chassis virtually cannot deal with the increase in pace. I feel I want the honesty of the Ioniq 5 on this regard. I additionally want the Ioniq 5’s retro stylings over the extra typical look of the EV6. But the automobile’s rear is a specific success, with its sweeping traces touring the width of the car.