We drive the KIA EV9 Electric SUV

Kia EV9 – Kia has released the all new EV9 SUV. This is a seven seat all electric SUV that is sure to make many premium brands look over their shoulder.

Kia EV9 Air and GT-Line 2

In short, its simply stunning.

The EV9 comes in two versions immediately, the entry level Air priced from $97,000 and the top spec GT-Line, priced at $121,000. These are all plus the usual costs.

Its big with an overall length of a bit over 5.0 metres and yet looks smaller. It’s a box on wheels yet looks stunning. Inside its cavernous with ample room for seven.

The EV9 is engaging to drive with substantial performance and the suspension tuning for Australian conditions is spot on. It feels firmly planted to the road and the hefty 2600kg weight helps. Given that weight, the 0-100km/h time for the AWD GT-Line of 5.3 seconds is impressive.

You expect electric cars to be quiet. But not this quiet. There is almost no exterior road or traffic noise that invades the cabin.

Kia has excelled with the EV9. It has a level of intelligent convenience that cars twice its price aspire to.

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Kia EV9 GT-Line exterior driving 5

Readers can find a full review HERE 


More EV9 Details

Quick highlights 

  • Three models Air, Earth, and GT-Line
  • Two are available immediately the EV9 Air and EV9 GT-Line
  • The Earth is coming early next year.
  • Pricing is $97,000 for the single motor RWD Air. It has 160Kw/350Nm available
  • Pricing is $106,500 for the dual motor AWD Earth with 283Kw/700Nm available and
  • Pricing is $121,000 for the dual motor AWD GT-Line.
  • All plus the usual costs.

2024 Kia EV9 Air profile 1

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The big electric Kia is in a bit of its own category.

Buyers could look at the Mercedes Benz EQS, Audi e-tron, LDV Mifa9 or Volvo EX 90

Hybrid style seven seat SUVs that could interest buyers include: Mazda CX-90, Toyota Kluger Grande Hybrid,

Kia EV9 GT-Line interior 1

What is good?
  • Elegant design
  • Internal space /Modern interior
  • Dynamics and handling
What is not so good?

Kia EV9 GT-Line exterior rear 3

Kia EV9 final thoughts

My first impression is that the EV9 is stunning.

Stunning in styling, practicality, interior ambience, and intelligent convenience.

Here is a vehicle that is pushing boundaries everywhere.

The onset of EV technology is levelling the playing field for brands.

Kia has just taken a giant leap forward and many premium brands should be worried.

When you consider the price of $121,000 plus the usual costs for the GT-Line, it could be considered an absolute bargain.

Kia EV9 GT-Line exterior rear 3

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