The 2023 Kia EV6 is essentially a carry-over model with the exception of a new high-performance trim that packs more power, upgraded chassis hardware, and an interior that reminds you that this is the GT trim. At the other end of the spectrum, the base trim, along with its smaller battery pack, has been dropped.
Choosing Your Kia EV6
All 2023 Kia EV6 models feature the same 77.4-kWh lithium-ion (nickel-manganese-cobalt) battery pack and route power through varying levels of motor output. The all-wheel drive models gain a second motor, located on the front axle. The Kia EV6 GT features all-wheel drive as standard, and even a drift mode for EV hooligans, while the Wind and GT-Line offer a less performance-focused version for $3,900 and $4,700, respectively.
The EV6’s 800-volt system can take the battery pack from 10%-80% in as little as 18 minutes using a DC fast-charger and Electrify America provides complimentary charging for the first 1,000 kWh (or three years, whichever expires first). At a more-typical 240V charger, the EV6 requires just over seven hours. The EV6 also features a vehicle-to-load port so it can provide charge for external devices.
|Model||Battery Pack||Motor Output hp/torque (kW)||Fuel Efficiency (MPGe)||Range (mi)|
|Wind (RWD) GT-Line (RWD)||77.4 kWh||225 / 258 (168)||117||310|
|Wind (AWD) GT-Line (AWD)||77.4 kWh||320 / 446 (239)||96||252|
|GT||77.4 kWh||576 / 545 (430)||79||206|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The EV6 stretches to 184.3 inches and sits 74 inches wide which makes it nearly identical in size to Toyota’s all-electric bZ4X and over four inches longer than the Volkswagen ID.4. Inside, the five-seater provides 39 inches of rear legroom and 39 inches of rear headroom which are good figures for the class. Cargo capacity is less than typical with 24.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats which expands to 50.2 cubic feet with the seats folded.
The EV6 is rated to tow up to 2,300 pounds.
All trims are equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, full-speed adaptive cruise control with lane centering, lane keep assist, high beam assist, and parking sensors.
The GT-Line gains a surround-view monitor, a blind-spot view monitor in the gauge cluster, an upgraded AEB system with evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control with lane change assist, reverse automatic braking, and remote parking.
The Wind trim can be ordered with the Technology Package for $1,500 which includes a surround-view monitor, remote parking, blind-spot view monitor, and reverse automatic braking.
The 2023 Kia EV6 earns IIHS’ 2022 Top Safety Pick+ award with top scores for its headlight performance and crash avoidance technology while it has not yet been evaluated by NHTSA.
All models have a 12.3-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, HD Radio, navigation, and Wi-Fi. A premium sound system is also standard, and there are three USB ports up front and two for the rear passengers as well as a wireless phone charger on every trim.
The Wind is the new entry-level EV6 trim and it is standard with last year’s extended-range battery pack that was offered on the Light.
It is also well equipped with features such as 19-in wheels, LED headlights, daytime running lights, tail lights, and interior lights, heated power-folding gloss-black mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lights, acoustic front glass, tinted windows, flush door handles, a gloss black front grille, lower front fascia, side sills, and fender trim, and a hands-free power tailgate.
Proximity entry, heated and ventilated seats with an eight-way power seat with memory for the driver, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, and a reclining rear seat are also among the most notable features.
The GT-Line features a differentiated look with body-color lower body trim and fender flares, unique front and rear lower bumper trim, and a gloss-black grille. Automatically extending flush door handles, a sunroof, a D-shape steering wheel, and a head-up display are also included.
The GT trim features front and rear bumper trim with vertical accents (as opposed to the horizontal ones on the GT-Line), 21-inch wheels wrapped with performance rubber, larger brakes with neon-green calipers, adaptive dampers, a revised front suspension design, and a limited-slip rear differential.
Inside, the sport seats are further bolstered and the seat and back cushions are wrapped with suede for extra grip, the steering wheel gains neon green stitching and a GT sport mode button, and the rear seats are heated as is the steering wheel.
The GT offers incredible power but with a sacrifice to the range rating which might put it out of some consumers' comfort zones. The GT-Line uses its power with a bit more restraint while its added features deliver a premium experience without losing its sense of overall value.