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Kia EV6: range, battery & charging

Kia may not have awarded the EV6 an industry-leading range figure, but at least it’s accurate – it can charge mightily fast, too

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.5 out of 5

Model

Range

Wallbox charge time

Rapid charge time

RWD

328 miles

12hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

18mins (10-80%, 233kW)

AWD

314 miles

12hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

18mins (10-80%, 233kW)

GT

263 miles

12hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

18mins (10-80%, 233kW)

Like the majority of electric Kias we've tested, the EV6 is very efficient – if not quite as economical as the smaller Niro EV. Regardless, the EV6 comes close to its claimed numbers in real-world driving, never over or under-promising how many miles you can cover on its dashboard display.

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Maximising your range around town means making the most of the regenerative braking, and the EV6 has one of the most effective systems of any electric car we've tried. The strongest 'i-pedal' setting is sufficient for genuine one-pedal driving, and you can activate this mode momentarily at any time just by holding one of the steering-column paddles.

Kia EV6 range

In the UK, all Kia EV6 models come with a 77kWh battery pack. This gives the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version an official range of 314 miles, and the 577bhp EV6 GT a range of 263 miles. Choosing the two-wheel-drive EV6 with the same battery slashes the power output (it gets a one motor as opposed to two) but doesn't actually get you that much more range – its official figure stands at 328 miles.

When we drove the rear-drive EV6 on a mixture of open country roads, fast motorways and slow urban traffic, using both Sport and Normal modes, but not Eco, the car returned efficiency of 4.2 miles per kWh, which works out at a real-world range of 325 miles – just three short of the official number. That means between 3.5 and 4.0mi/kWh should easily be achievable in daily driving 

Charge time

Like the larger Kia EV9, the EV6 benefits from an 800-volt electrical architecture, which gives it a maximum charging speed of 233kW. It’s worth noting that Kia quotes 350kW charging in its marketing literature, but that’s because you’ll need to use a 350kW charger to get the fastest rates – not because it’s actually capable of such lofty speeds. Regardless, those numbers are among the very best currently on the market; find a sufficiently powerful ultra-rapid charging point and you can top up from 10 to 80% capacity in less than 20 minutes – or to put it another way, add over 60 miles of range in five minutes.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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