Kia EV6, the car of the year as versatile as the Tesla Model 3?

The Car of the Year 2022 election brought together six electric models among the seven finalists for the first time. Another first is a Korean model, the Kia EV6, which was elected. We were able to test this model for a long time during its international launch, traveling 900 km a day on board, between Cannes and Paris. Without a breakdown of the Ionity chargers, the journey would not have been longer than on board a thermal car. In effect, the Kia EV6 is one of the models capable of charging the fastest market, recovering 80% charge in 18 minutes. A time that we have actually seen during our tests. This makes it, on paper, one of the most suitable electric cars for long journeys.

This ultra-fast charge is due to its high-voltage architecture that the Kia EV6 owes it. This feature of the e-GMP platform, shared with Hyundai, is unique among generalist manufacturers. Thereby, the EV6 can make the most of Ionity stationswhose terminals can deliver electricity at a voltage of 800 Volts. Its 77.4 kWh battery, with a capacity greater than that of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, was undoubtedly a decisive asset in winning the 2022 car of the year trophy, even though its cousin was also among the finalists. Our tests over the past few weeks confirm that, among the electric contenders for the title, the Kia EV6 was undoubtedly the one that offered the best versatility. But the market is not just about the finalists. This is why we wanted to highlight our measurements of the Kia EV6 compared to that of the Tesla Model 3 Long Autonomy, which came second in the 2020 election. We also kept that of the BMW i4 on our charging curve. (read our comparison of the Tesla Model 3 against the BMW i4), another recently launched electric sedan, closer to the state of the art of electric cars. That is to say, less advanced than the Kia and Tesla.

Autonomy: a step ahead for Tesla

Admittedly, the Model 3 is a pure sedan, while Kia presents the EV6 as a crossover. But the templates are close, the prices and performance also. Recently, we measured with our technical partner La Belle Batterie a useful capacity of 78.9 kWh for the Model 3 in its latest technical evolution (Tesla does not release official data). If the American has a real head start in terms of autonomy, it is however not thanks to this barely superior capacity, but rather because of its sobriety. With a consumption of 19.5 kWh / 100 km on the highway and 18.5 kWh / 100 km on the road, the Tesla Model 3 is unbeatable. In urban areas, you can stick to around 15 kWh/100 km.

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