Branded Content: Kia EV6 – A Bold Leap Into A World Of Electric Luxury
Kia EV6 – Epitome Of Stylish, Feature-Packed Luxury In EV Segment
Versatile would be the perfect term to describe the Kia EV6 in one word. Launched in India in January 2022, the Kia EV6 has set a new benchmark for automotive excellence in the realm of electrification. From its exquisite aesthetics to cutting-edge features, the Kia EV6 promises a driving experience unlike any other. In this feature, we’ll delve into its remarkable qualities and traits, which make it the epitome of stylish, feature-packed luxury in the world of electric mobility.
Built on the Hyundai Group’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the Kia EV6 is a born-electric vehicle that has all the elements that will make you fall in love with this car, especially when seen from the rear. Its dramatically raked rear windscreen, complemented by an aero spoiler and jewel-like patterned connected LED taillights, instantly holds your attention. This striking composition is further accentuated and mirrored by turn signal indicators and the chrome trim below.
These lights at the rear go well with the Matrix LED headlamp units surrounded by large pixel-like DRLs up front. Furthermore, there’s the clamshell bonnet, digital tiger nose and sharply designed bumper that provide it with an utterly convincing look.
In profile, the Kia EV6 is long & squat and boasts a sportier fastback design, escorted by flush-fitting door handles and smooth & flowing character lines, all counting to its aero efficiency. In fact, its low-slung stance, aero-optimised ORVMs and 19-inch alloy wheels help it to achieve a low drag coefficient of 0.28cd.
Overall, the ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy of the Kia truly makes the EV6 a head-turner.
Step inside, and the EV6’s interior will greet you with a sense of sophistication and luxury. Its futuristic-looking premium cabin is thoughtfully crafted, featuring high-quality materials and finishes that bleed opulence. Its dark cabin theme, with the grey patterned finish on the dash and centre console, works well, and its minimalistic designed 2-spoke steering wheel, two curved screens and floating console give it an uncluttered appearance. Furthermore, the soft-touch surfaces, premium vegan upholstery, and recycled materials for door padding and floor mats add a touch of sustainability and elevate the overall premium feel of the interior.
The Kia EV6 prioritises passengers’ comfort & safety with features like 10-way powered front seats with ventilation and heating functions for added convenience, zero-gravity recline function for horizontal level reclining of front seats to help you relax better, dual 12.3-inch curved displays for infotainment and an instrument cluster with an intuitive user interface, a 14-speaker premium Meridian system with 3D autistic sound for emerging sound experience, wireless smartphone connectivity, connected car technology, large electric sunroof, wireless charger, dual-zone climate control, a heads-up display with augmented reality for more immersive experience, a 3-pin AC power outlet to power small electronic devices on the go, powered boot lid, front & rear parking sensors, 360-degree camera to monitor your surrounding, eight airbags, and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that further includes state-of-the-art active safety features like dynamic cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, driver attention warning, lane-keep assist, auto-emergency braking, collision-avoidance assist, adaptive high beam, and much more.
One of the standout features of the EV6 is the Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) technology, which supplies up to 3.6kW of power to run other electronic devices or charge any other EV.
Practicality and Comfort
Measuring 1,890mm in width and 4,695mm in length with a 2,750mm wheelbase, the EV6 offers an abundance of space inside the cabin. And thanks to the flat floor, seating three adults at the rear is not an issue.
This luxurious crossover hatch also offers plenty of storage space inside the cabin, including a deep storage box inside the front armrest, bottle holders in all doors, seatback packets, a generously big glovebox, cup holders on the armrests, and storage below the centre console.
At 520 litres, its boot space is also quite large, which can be further increased by folding down the rear seats. There’s also a 52-litre frunk in the RWD version, while the AWD version provides only 20 litres of storage in the front.
Electric vehicles are generally on the swifter side of the scale, but completing the century sprint in just 5.2 seconds is not a piece of cake, and it’s all thanks to its 325PS AWD motor setup that makes 605Nm of peak twisting force.
It’s also available in a rear-wheel-drive configuration that makes 229PS and 350Nm combined, good enough for hitting the 100kmph mark from a standstill in 7.3 seconds before attaining a top speed of 183kmph, 3kmph less than the AWD version.
Irrespective of the drivetrain, the EV6 comes with a 77.4kWh battery pack that claims a range of up to 528 kms and supports ultra-fast DC fast charging of up to 350kW, one of the highest for EVs available in India. It can juice up its battery pack from 10 to 80% in 18 minutes.
Fun To Drive
Driving the Kia EV6 is truly rewarding. It feels exceptionally responsive and agile, especially in the Sport mode. It offers a plush and stable ride, making cornering a breeze. Its steering has substantial weight, which adds to your confidence. Furthermore, there’s the “Sport Brake” mode, which sharpens the overall braking response. Moreover, there are also the Eco and Normal modes, which slightly dull the overall output to suit the daily driving needs.
Priced between Rs 60.95 – 65.95 lakh (ex-showroom), the Kia EV6 is indeed an exciting offering. It has a magnetic appearance and a bouquet of state-of-the-art features. It undoubtedly raises the bar in the EV segment, particularly in terms of interior quality, design, tech package, and driving dynamics. This makes it an excellent choice for both family car buyers and automotive enthusiasts seeking a luxury electric vehicle.