Kia EV6 review: interior, dashboard & infotainment
The EV6 benefits from yet another impressive Kia interior, with easy-to-use tech and high-quality materials
The EV6's interior perhaps isn’t the most striking compared with its Tesla, Polestar and Ford rivals, but what’s buried within matches the high standards we've become accustomed to from Kia of late: quality is top-notch and ease of use has been baked into every element.
Kia EV6 dashboard
A pair of curved 12.3-inch display screens dominate the EV6's dashboard: one is a clear and crisp digital instrument panel and the other a slick and easy-to-use widescreen infotainment system. There's none of the freezing and hesitation that can plague some other brand's systems here, and you also get a useful ledge on which to rest your hand while operating it on the move.
Lower down, a touch-sensitive panel is used to control both the heating and ventilation system, as well as the audio system – you just have to flick between the two. It’s not the most intuitive setup, but at least it’s responsive enough that you’re not constantly prodding and wondering why the thing isn’t doing as you wish.
Quality is excellent, too, with only a few hard or scratchy surfaces to be found if you really go looking. The vast majority of the chrome, fabric and lacquer used feels entirely in keeping with the model's premium price.
Equipment, options & accessories
There are three Kia EV6 trim levels: entry-level Air is the 'price leader' and only available with the rear-drive, single-motor drivetrain, but it doesn't feel excessively basic, with the dual curves screens, reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers and heated front seats all standard.
Next up are GT-Line and GT-Line S, both of which are available with either the single-motor, rear-drive or dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup. GT-Line gets 19-inch alloy wheels, dual LED headlights, rear privacy glass, suede upholstery, a wireless phone charger and front parking sensors. Stepping up to GT-Line commands a premium of around £3,000 at the time of writing.
For an additional £4,500 on top, GT-Line S boasts a premium Meridian audio system, an augmented reality head-up display, a 360-degree camera, ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights and 20-inch alloys.
There's also a high-performance version called the EV6 GT which produces 577bhp from its dual-motor setup and is capable of a 0-62mph in a staggering 3.5 seconds. It won the title of Best Electric Performance Car in the 2023 DrivingElectric Awards, and we've reviewed it separately if you want to find out more.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
There's a stylish curved infotainment display giving you access to most of the car's functions, comprising twin 12.3-inch screens with sharp graphics and responsive, logically designed menus. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are standard, too, if you want to bypass Kia's infotainment system. The switchable panel for the climate controls/audio is also pretty handy, once you get used to it.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe first of the new breed of pure-electric cars from Kia impresses, offering sportier looks and handling than its Hyundai Ioniq 5 cousin
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe EV6 has impressive range figures – and comes impressively close to matching them in real-world driving, too
- 3Running costs & insuranceSlightly higher insurance groupings than rivals are the only real minus point here
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt's compromised somewhat by its significant weight, but overall the EV6 is one of the better-handling electric cars you can buy
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe EV6 benefits from yet another impressive Kia interior, with easy-to-use tech and high-quality materials
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityLuggage space is decent, but you may need to double-check if the EV6's rear seats are big enough for your needs
- 7Reliability & safety ratingA seven-year warranty and five-star safety rating complements Kia's good track record for reliability