The brand new 2022 Kia EV6 is a fantastic-looking electric car, with its low, wide shape and big hips it's one very attractive vehicle! But how does it do for family practicality?! Let's find out and put it through our BabyDrive testing…
Firstly, this fully electric five-seater has a 504km range (according to Kia) for the single motor GT-Line tested but the range readout does jump around a bit while driving so I would say confidently it has a 460km range when used for the everyday driving of family life.
It's a great drive, lovely and smooth and quiet, to me it has the look of a fast, noisy and aggressive petrol car but has the refreshing modern sound of silence! I found at junctions and roundabouts the EV6 had the steady acceleration you would expect from a fuel car rather than the instant go I have come to expect from an EV. Then again, this smoother style could be nice for people making their transition to an EV for the first time.
When it comes to family practicality, the Kia EV6 is full of tricks! There are great features throughout the car that are really appreciated by passengers big and small!
There are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats and top tether anchorages in the back of all three rear seats that you can easily access through the boot or by bringing the seatbacks forward.
We did find accessing the buckle for the central seat a bit tricky with three child seats across. It is a bit of a squeeze with three across and you do have to pick your child seats carefully to make sure they fit.
If you only need to install two child seats, you will find it is more comfortable and everyone has some much-needed personal space. With two child seats installed I could just fit between them and I'm 162cm. There is also no hump in the rear footwell which makes accessing your seat nice and easy and gives you better kick-room too.
As well as that, legroom is something the Kia EV6 does extremely well! With rear-facing child seats installed in the back we could fit a 186cm driver or passenger in front of them and they had heaps of space to spare.
You can learn more about and purchase the child seats used in this review here.
There is great storage in the EV6 too, especially in the front where there is a large storage tray under the central console bridge. I found this area perfect for my handbag or purse and there are USB, USB-C and 12V sockets down there too.
Two cup holders, a good size central console box and wireless phone charging pad are also in the central console.
The glove box is also cavernous and door bins will hold a refillable water bottle and purse.
In the back, things are a little more what we're used to and still practical, with small map pockets on the back of both front seats and USB-C sockets there too for rear charging.
In the rear footwell, there is a 240V regular house socket, which I found so handy for plugging in my laptop for working in the car while my Bub had her day sleeps!
Door bins in the back are smaller but still hold a refillable water bottle and the handles double as little storage wells too.
A central seat fold-down armrest provides two good size cup holders as well.
Also handy for passengers in the back, the front headrests seem to double as jacket hangers and iPad holders, which my girls took full advantage of while we enjoyed the EV6 as a family.
Rear passenger comfort is well taken care of with rear air vents in the side pillars rather than in the back of the central console box. I prefer these because they are too far away for little rear passengers' feet to mess around with them. They are also easily reached by front passengers.
Storage in the boot of the Kia EV6 is practical for families. From empty it holds 13 shopping bags. This is comparable to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 which holds 15, the Polestar 2 that holds 14 shopping bags, the Volvo XC40 which holds 12 and the Kia Niro Electric which holds 11 shopping bags.
A twin side-by-side pram fits in the boot with five shopping bags around it.
Or a modular double pram fits in the boot with six shopping bags.
Or you could fit your medium size family dog in the boot comfortably!
The Kia EV6 has a driverless parking function, where you can drive the car forwards and backwards, in and out, of a parking space using just the key fob. The EV6 does feel quite wide on the hips so I found this function really helpful when getting the kids in and out of the car in tight car parks. It also prevents the kids from opening the doors into cars parked next to you!
When it comes to driving, the EV6 is a great car and has a fabulous 360-degree camera that you can turn on and off with a button in the central console which makes parking and manoeuvring easier and the turning circle is very good. Unfortunately, visibility is extremely poor out of the back partly due to the shape of the bodywork and windows that are made even worse when you have child seats in the back. You really do rely on those cameras.
The media system in the Kia EV6 is fantastic. It is nice and modern, and easy to use and navigate.
It has some great Kia family features like the voice memo which I love for recording funny conversations with my kids in the car or notes for work and quiet mode which brings the sound from the rear speakers to the front speakers, which is really useful when your kids fall asleep in the back!
You can control the climate from the front media screen and select ‘Driver Only' to save battery when you're the only one in the car.
The EV screen allows you to see your battery range and control your charging etc.
The EV6 has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too which is great news for safely accessing your phone's navigation, listening and communication apps while driving.
The reversing cameras are really crisp and clear and you can turn the parking sensors off with a button in the central console.
The Kia EV6 is packed full of features that make it a great family car, like its good media system and cameras, storage and connectivity throughout the car. Legroom is exceptionally good with rear-facing child seats and even with that low wide rear, the boot space is still practical too.
Some great stand-out features include the iPad holding headrests…
…rear air vents in the side pillars and the central console bridge.
All these really take the EV6 to the next level in passenger comfort for the parents as well as the little people on board.
The Kia EV6 scored a 5 star ANCAP crash test rating and has seven airbags as standard including a central airbag that inflates between the front passengers in side impact crashes.