Kia EV6 running costs & insurance
Slightly higher insurance groupings than rivals are the only real minus point here
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|34-45||7yrs / 100,000 miles||TBC||From £82 / £164|
Like all electric cars, the Kia EV6 will be significantly cheaper to run than any petrol or diesel-engined equivalent – usually by enough to cancel out any initial list-price difference. One area to keep an eye on is insurance premiums, as the Kia sits in higher groups than several of its immediate rivals, but overall this should be a very cost-effective car to run.
Kia EV6 insurance group
The Kia EV6's slightly sportier nature than its Hyundai Ioniq 5 sister car is evident in slightly higher insurance groupings: 34 to 45, depending on spec, as opposed to 30 to 41 for the Hyundai. That's also slightly higher than the groups 33 to 40 ratings for the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Audi Q4 e-tron's groups 25 to 39.
Kia has long been the industry leader when it comes to manufacturer warranty cover and that hasn't changed with its move into the fully electric world. The EV6 comes with the same excellent seven-year/100,000-mile guarantee that all the Korean brand's cars leave the showroom with, although MG is nipping at its heels with a seven-year/80,000-mile cover package on its (admittedly cheaper and less high-tech) electric models.
Kia has yet to confirm service intervals for the EV6, but in common with all of the brand's zero-emissions models, they should be longer than you'd expect for a combustion-engined car and routine maintenance should be cheaper, too.
The Kia EV6 is, like all fully zero-emissions vehicles, zero-rated for road tax (VED) in the UK at present. That could change in the future as more and more electric cars hit the roads, but for now it's one less ongoing bill to worry about. Zero-emissions status also means exemption from the London Congestion Charge until 2025, and other low and zero-emissions zones that are popping up around the country.
According to October 2021 data from CDL Vehicle Information Services (CDL VIS), the Kia EV6 should be worth close to 58% of its new value after three years or 36,000 miles on the road.
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 & insurance - currently readingSlightly 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 & comfortThe 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 ratingNo independent Euro NCAP crash-test score yet, but Kia's track record for both safety and reliability is good