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Kia EV6 reliability & safety rating

A five-star safety rating complements Kia's good track record for reliability

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Kia's long warranty and generally good reliability record have seen it perform well in customer-satisfaction surveys in the past so, despite the EV6 being the first of a new breed of fully zero-emissions models from the brand, we're reasonably confident in predicting a fuss-free ownership experience. Safety is excellent, too – confirmed by a five-star independent evaluation of the car's crashworthiness from Euro NCAP.

Kia EV6 reliability & problems

As mentioned above, Kia and sister brand Hyundai generally tend to have satisfied customers, and two of their models (Hyundai's Kona SUV and Kia's Rio supermini) filled the top two positions in the 2021 Driver Power car ownership survey results table, with Sportage SUV coming home ninth. Kia was also the second-highest-rated brand overall in the same edition of the survey. Combined with electric cars' inherent simplicity compared to petrol or diesel-engined equivalents, it all bodes pretty well for the EV6 to be a dependable car.

In our 2022 survey, Kia models locked out six of the top 20 places in our rundown of the top 75 cars to own. The EV6 is a little too new to have featured, but the e-Niro impressed owners with its running costs, reliability and driving experience.

Safety

The closely related Hyundai Ioniq 5 scored a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, and we expected the Kia EV6 to follow suit. It has, and in fact its individual category scores are pretty similar as well. The EV6 was rated highly for adult occupant protection, child occupant protection and driver assistance features (90%, 86% and 87% respectively), while its pedestrian protection rating was a little lower.

There's plenty of safety kit fitted as standard to ensure you don't come to grief in the first place, such as forward-collision avoidance, hill-start assistance, an intelligent speed limiter, lane-following assistance and lane-keeping assistance.

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