Among the historic automakers, there are surely no brands whose inventory has grown as sharply, amid the transition to electric vehicles, as the Korean sister companies Kia and Hyundai.
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For a very long time, both were known for their simple, affordable, sensible, and, if we’re honest, largely lackluster economy cars. Then, courageously embracing the electric vehicle revolution long before most of their rivals, they forged a new reputation as champions of long-range and relatively affordable (but still slightly drab) electric cars – namely the e -Niro, Soul, Ioniq, and Kona. And now comes the big step: to reinvent their image and transform into desirable brands – brands you buy because you really WANT one, not just because of the appeal of a long warranty and plenty of cup holders.
Hyundai has already accomplished this feat with force with the brilliant and much-loved Ioniq 5. It’s a car with more charm than almost any Hyundai ever made before, and now here’s Kia’s answer. And I’m not going to waste your time: it’s absolutely awesome.
Everything we admire about Kias from yesteryear stays with the new EV6: the price is competitive, the standard equipment is ample, the range, although it may not be the best in the segment anymore, is more than sufficient. for any use case, and the car is littered with thoughtful little touches designed to make your life easier. But on top of that, and unlike the brilliant e-Niro, it looks fantastic, it’s fun to drive, and the interior is exquisite. It is more comparable to high-end e-SUVs like the I-Pace and EQC than to the ID.4 and Mustang Mach-E to which it is closer in terms of price.
Kia says that in 10 years we will see the EV6 as the car that transformed the brand. And after spending a day with one, I totally agree.
Watch the video below for my full review of the new Kia EV6:
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