By the end of 2022, there will be three models to choose from in the Kia EV6 range. Kicking pricing off at a whisker over £40,000 is the EV6 RWD, which drives just its rear axle and is thus most efficient, topping out at 328 miles of range. Which matches most petrol-powered saloons of similar size and power on a full tank.
If you want more power and performance, you need the EV6 AWD, which uses the same battery but hits 60mph over two seconds quicker, and all with minimal impact to its range, which peaks at 314 miles. Later this year we get the high-performance EV6 GT, with more power than a BMW M3 sports saloon and a diminished 252-mile range figure as a result.
For now, UK buyers get the choice of just one battery in their EV6. All three power outputs –the 226bhp EV6 RWD, the 321bhp EV6 AWD and the mighty 577bhp EV6 GT – use the same 77.4kWh battery. It’s on par for the class – higher-spec Audi EVs use a similar size – and we can expect a smaller, cheaper battery option in time. The EV6’s Hyundai cousin, the slice-of-cool IONIQ 5, offers a 58kWh option for the more cost conscious, and it may appear here too.
This is where the EV6 dazzles even more. Like the Hyundai, its 800V architecture allows seriously quick charging – 350kW if you can find it – which could give you 60 miles of range in just five minutes or top you up from 10 to 80 per cent in a mere 18 minutes. Which is the time it usually takes to correctly locate the toilets in most motorway service stations. On more regular 50kW chargers you’ll get up to 80 per cent in an hour, while a complete charge on a wall box at home is an overnight job, at 11 hours.