Kia's EV6 is stunning from the side
It has more powerful batteries and can drive farther. Possibly even more important, at least for the look conscious: it wears its sporty and bold design better than the Ioniq 5.
The Korea JoongAng Daily recently visited a showroom where three variants of the EV6 -- the Standard, the GT Line, and the high-performance GT -- were on display.
While the Ioniq 5 seems to have come from the future, with pixel-inspired headlamps and sharp creases throughout the exterior, the Kia EV6 seems like a sporty SUV that happens to run on electricity.
With a redesigned version of Kia’s signature Tiger Nose grille, its face had a definite link with the Kia look of the past.
The GT Line and the GT versions had accentuated slopes on the hood, giving a more sporty and voluminous demeanor.
The vehicle's side silhouette is its highlight. An elongated wing-type spoiler and rear-lamp spoiler complete the marriage of coupe and SUV, all atop the relatively big 20-inch tires.
The wing-type spoiler, according to the carmaker, reduces sound and air resistance. It also acts as a roof for the rear windshield, eliminating the need for rear windshield wipers.
Some futuristic elements of the Ioniq 5 are absent here.
The Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function in the Ioniq 5 is offered in the EV6. Electricity from the car’s battery can be used to power external electronic devices such as a gas burner or a coffee machine.
The EV6's center console is like a compact cabinet with an engine button, dial-type gear shift, wireless phone charging pad and two cup holders arranged nicely. But its size made the driver’s seat feel cramped.
The back seat was spacious enough for three male adults to sit comfortably.
The high-performance GT, which is slated to hit the market next year, differentiated itself from other trims with a D-shaped steering wheel and neon-colored stitching on the front bucket seats. Bucket seats give a sports-car feeling.
By the specs, the EV6 has some superior elements over the Ioniq 5.
The long-range version is equipped with a 77.4 kilowatt-hour (KWh) battery and has a driving range of 510 kilometer per charge on the WLTP standard. The equivalent trim of the Ioniq 5 however comes with with 72.6 KWh battery and can run 480 kilometers on the WLTP standard.
The EV6 already has 30,000 orders in Korea and 7,300 in Europe.
It remains to be seen whether Kia can handle such big orders since Hyundai Motor is having trouble delivering Ioniq 5s due to parts shortages.
Kia said it plans to start deliveries of the EV6 in July.
BY JIN EUN-SOO [firstname.lastname@example.org]