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Base Camp: 2022 Kia EV6

Every week, wheels.ca selects a new vehicle and takes a good look at its entry-level trim. If we find it worthy of your consideration, we'll let you know. If not, we'll recommend one - or the required options - that earns a passing grade.

By Matthew Guy Wheels.ca

Apr 4, 2022 3 min. read

Article was updated 3 months ago

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With the automotive world headed at a rapid clip towards electrification – and governments ready to plow millions into the effort – many companies are finding this is the right time to launch a new electric vehicle. Kia sets out from this gate with the EV6, a vehicle which has been starting plenty of arguments around these parts over if it is a hatchback or compact SUV (hint: it’s the latter).

Leading the charge is a $44,995 base trim rear-wheel drive Standard Range model, with a single electric motor of sufficient grunt to heave out 167 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Its battery has 58kWh of capacity and Kia estimates a driving range in the neighbourhood of 373 kilometres. Spending an extra $8,000 will net customers a 77.4kWh battery pack that will allow the car to travel an advertised 499 kilometres on a single charge.

2022 Kia EV6

It's not like your neighbours will know the difference, since the entry-level EV6 comes with a smattering of LED lights, body colour flush-mounted door handles, heated sideview mirrors with signal repeaters, and a natty rear spoiler. Those are 19-inch alloy wheels, if you’re wondering, and Kia’s snazzy new corporate logo shows up on the leading edge of this EVs hood. Spaceship-like taillights will nab plenty of attention at the DQ drive-thru lane after dark. Aurora Black Pearl is the only zero dollar paint choice but the Deep Forest Green shown here is an intriguing option for the sake of just $250.

Dual-zone climate control greets passengers, along with an expansive 12.3-inch multimedia interface and enough USB charging ports to choke a moose. Smartphone integration is onboard, along with satellite radio and integrated navigation. Smart cruise control with stop-and-go function takes the drudgery out of commuting. Another 12.3-inch screen sits ahead of the driver as a gauge cluster, ready to offer up minute details of the EV6 operation. The black cloth and synthetic (read: fake) leather front seats are heated and height adjustable.

What We'd Choose

If stepping up to the Long Range variant, it’s just as well to spend an extra $2,000 and get the dual motor all-wheel drive model. It gives up about 60km of all-electric driving range compared to the single motor model but more than makes up for that deficiency with a grin-inducing 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of right now torque.

2022 Kia EV6

But there’s a lot to like in the base model, especially if you live in a province where generous local incentives can be stacked on top of money offered through the federal iZEV program. This largesse can bring the EV6’s price down near that of some other machines in the same showroom which are powered by internal combustion. With an attractive amount of standard kit and a usable real-world driving range, this funky-looking roller skate is set to be a very important model for Kia.

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