We drive KIA EV6 Air RWD 2023 review

EV6 Air – Its no secret that the Kia EV6 is a favourite electric car. Especially the top models the EV6 GT-Line and the rocket like EV6 GT. 2023 Kia EV6 Air RWD front 1 However we recently drove the entry level model the EV6 Air with rear wheel drive only which is priced from around $68,000 plus the usual costs.

The single motor EV6 Air produces 168kW power and 350Nm of torque and a single charge driving range of 528km, with 0-100 acceleration being reached in approximately 7.3 seconds on 19” alloy wheels.

The EV6 Air still comes with an impressive list of standard features, none more important that the additional electric adjustable lumbar support for the driver, perfect for my ageing back.

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Charging is best done on a 350kW charger where  the 800V charging capability means the EV6 can go from 10-to-80 per cent battery charge in just 18 minutes. However is you are doing it at home on a normal 10 AMP plug, it takes a LOT LONGER.

We drove the EV6 Air around town on our normal daily routine of about 60-80 km a day. The 500km plus range is ideal for that, but we kept it topped up most nights due to the time to charge at home. It also meant zero localised emissions which helps reduce local pollution.

Electric cars are not the total answer but for some they’re perfect.

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What is good?

  • Elegant design
  • Internal space
  • Modern interior

What is not so good?

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Kia EV6 sits in the middle of the available EV cars. Its mid size but spacious.

You could look at obviously its close cousin the IONIQ5, the new Polestar3,or the Lexus UX300e. The new Subaru Solterra is coming soon and will be a direct competitor.

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Model Price $72,590 MLP*
Engine Single electric motors
Drivetrain 1 Sp reduction gear RWD
Battery Capacity / type 77.4kWh / Lithium Ion
Power 168kW
Torque 350Nm
Range (WLTP) / efficiency 528Km / 16.5kWh/100km
Fast Charge / Home (10-80%) 18 mins (350Kw) / about 7 hrs 20 mins
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (tested Feb 2022)
CO2 Emissions Zero driving emissions
0-100kmh/Top Speed 7.3secs / TBA
Servicing Capped Price
Warranty 7yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist 7Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 7
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Style / Appeal 9
Technology / connectivity 8
Value for Money 8

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Overall Length 4695mm
Wheelbase 2900mm
Width 1890mm
Height 1550mm
Wheels 20×8.0J Alloy
Tyres 255/45 R20
Max ground clearance Up to 160mm
Wading Depth TBA
Approach N/A
Rampover N/A
Departure angle N/A
Turning Circle KTK 11.6m
Boot Capacity Min 480L
Boot capacity Max 1260L
Battery Weight TBC
Kerb Weight 2105kg
Payload (kg) 435kg
GVM (kg) 2540kg
GCM 4140kg
Towing Capacity 1600kg
Tow Ball rating 100kg

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