KIA EV6 CUV Malaysian Test Drive Review

This Kia EV6 is not the first full electric vehicle (EV) from KIA but it is the first EV from the brand to arrive officially in Malaysia and with the brand new distributor, Dinamikjaya Sdn Bhd.

Porsche was the first with the Porsche Taycan, followed by Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Then came Hyundai with the award winning IONIQ5 and more recently, its engineering sibling, the KIA EV6. The EV6 is Kia’s first car to be based on the company’s dedicated new architecture for electric vehicles (EV).

Kia EV6 Cabin

The EV6’s cabin benefits from class-leading interior space and passengers are greeted by a lean, minimalist dashboard architecture that emphasizes the cabin’s remarkable sense of space. This is why we are comparing it to a Tesla Model Y which is also a spacious vehicle.

Kia EV6

The Kia EV6’s flat floor provides rear seat occupants with 990mm of legroom for exceptional space and comfort. For front passengers there is a roomy 1,078mm of legroom on offer.

With its 2,900mm wheelbase, the EV6 is longer than the Sorento SUV which is arriving in Malaysia very soon. This results in cabin space on par with many mid-size SUVs.

Interestingly, the cabin is trimmed in a range of sustainable materials, with seats that are slim, lightweight, very comfortable and trimmed in vegan leather. Sections of the dashboard and centre console are covered in recycled plastics, equivalent to 107 plastic 500ml water bottles per car.

All of the Kia EV6’s primary controls are located within easy reach of the driver for an intuitive driving experience. The vehicle’s space-saving Shift-By-Wire gear selector is conveniently placed alongside the EV6’s starter button on the centre console, while the sleek steering wheel integrates key ADAS switches for quick and easy driver use. Touch control switches on the screen and steering wheel have a smartphone-like feel.

Kia EV6

Kia EV6 Powertrain

There are a few variants from the factory and KIA Malaysia has decided on the just one, the GT-Line variant, which is powered by a dual-motor AWD setup and a 77.4 kWh battery.

This drivetrain offers a possible impressive range of 506 km on a single charge. Like the IONIQ 5, the EV6 is built on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which means it has an 800V architecture that supports ultra-fast DC charging of up to 350 kW. Based on the spec sheet provided, charging from 10 percent to 80 percent takes just 18 minutes.

Kia EV6

Kia EV6 Drive

So, how does it drive? Well, from ignition the two 12.3-inch screens provide a wealth of information and are feature filled. You will need a few days or a week with the EV6 to get acquainted with all the features.

The infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multi-Bluetooth connectivity and a powerful 14-speaker Meridian surround audio system that shames cars costing 2 times more. There is also wireless smartphone charging, two 12V power sockets and four USB-C ports for all passengers to be occupied.

The battery delivers a smooth and buttery acceleration time of 5.2 seconds with its 320hp and 605Nm of torque and has a top speed of 185 km/h.

More importantly, this is more a luxury premium vehicle that can stand side by side with vehicles costing more than double its price. Yes, it is very comfortable and all touch and feel points have a premium feel to the touch.

When on the move, the ride comfort is supple and the sound insulation in the cabin is great. This is KIA at its finest and RM300k buys you a premium vehicle, plus it is all electric.

On top of all that, it looks really great and attracts attention at every traffic light and junction. Take a test drive to better understand how KIA has matured.

Kia EV6

KIA EV6 GT Specifications

Powertrain: Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor

Battery Capacity: 77.4kWh

Range: 424km (WLTP)

Charge Type: Type 2 (AC) and CCS2 (DC)

Min Charge Time: 8.0 hours (AC) and 16 mins (DC)

Transmission: Single Speed Reduction Gear

Max power: 320bhp

Max torque: 605Nm

Top Speed: 185km/h

0-100 km/h: 5.2 seconds

Price: RM300,668

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