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The 2024 Kia EV9 is a new seven-seater electric SUV for families. I have reviewed it previously on the Australian launch, but this time, I have a full range of Thule prams to test in the boot and kitted it out with a Thule roof rack, roof box and awning and multiple child seats to test in the second and third rows! Let's see how it fares as a BabyDrive and put it through our family car testing…

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BabyDrive Verdict

This seven-seater fully electric SUV is available in three variants. The bottom-spec Air starts at $97,000 and has a 443km battery range and rear-wheel drive single motor. The mid-spec Earth costs $106,500 and has all-wheel drive, dual motors, and a 512km battery range. I am driving this top-spec GT-Line, which also has all-wheel drive and dual motors, a 505km battery range, and costs $121,000 (these prices exclude on-road costs).

The Kia EV9 is a very cool-looking car. Its chiselled features give it a real presence. The Thule roof box and awning give it an even more purposeful look.

The styling inside the Kia EV9 is modern, minimal and clutter-free.

There is plenty of storage throughout all three rows of seats, so kids have somewhere to store their water bottles, phones, tablets, toys, etc.

Third-row passengers have double cup holders on both sides and USB-C sockets for charging devices.

Second-row passengers have great door storage, the door bins will hold a refillable water bottle and a book or phone can fit in the handles that run along them like a ledge.

There's a fold-down armrest in the central seat back, with two cup holders, they will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup and a child's drink cup fits in them too. 

The central console in the front of the 2024 EV9 provides great storage.

Two cup holders hold reusable or disposable coffee cups…

… behind them is a wireless phone charging pad and a small storage box.

Underneath the central console bridge is a large storage area where your handbag, iPad, or kids' lunchbox can fit!

The glove box is a generous size and fits my wallet and iPad.

Storage in the boot of the seven-seat Kia EV9 is practical for large families when using all seven seats. The boot floor is nice and flat for an emergency nappy change.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line has top tether child seat anchorages in the third row

Underneath the boot floor is a storage area for the cargo blind.

On the right-hand side of the boot is a household plug socket, which is great for charging laptops or powering things on family camping trips, like bringing a powered site with you!

On the left-hand side of the boot, there is a 12V socket.

When using all seven seats the boot of the Kia EV9 will hold nine shopping bags. Which is just one less than a Kia Carnival and way more than a Land Rover Discovery which holds three, or a Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series which holds four. A Nissan Patrol comes close with room for eight shopping bags. 

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for shopping with all three rows in use

When using all three rows of seats, the Thule Sleek, future-proof, multi-configuration pram with a single seat…

Thule Sleek

…will fit in the Kia EV9 boot with three shopping bags.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for single stroller pram and shopping with all three rows in use

The Thule Urban Glide 2 single is the ultimate all-terrain stroller…

Thule Urban Glide 3

… with one of the back wheels removed, it will fit in the 2024 Kia EV9 boot with two shopping bags.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for single stroller pram and shopping with all three rows in use

The Thule Spring, lightweight and one-handed folding stroller…

Thule Spring

… fits in the boot of the Kia EV9 with four shopping bags.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for compact stroller pram and shopping with all three rows in use

You can also fit one 90L and one 70L Thule Chasm duffle bag in the boot of the Kia EV9 behind row 3.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for luggage with all three rows in use

Or a small-sized dog.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for dogs with all three rows in use

When using the first two rows of seats in the EV9, the boot will hold nineteen shopping bags, which is one more than the Land Rover Discovery or Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series that both hold 18. For comparison a Kia Carnival holds 26 and a Nissan Patrol has room for 22 shopping bags.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

When using all three rows of seats, the Thule Sleek, future-proof, multi-configuration pram with a single seat…

Thule Sleek

…will fit in the Kia EV9 boot with eleven shopping bags.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Thule Sleek, future-proof, multi-configuration pram with two sibling seats…

…will fit in the boot of the 2024 Kia EV9 with twelve shopping bags.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for shopping with tandem stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Thule Sleek, future-proof, multi-configuration pram with a single seat and bassinet beside it…

will fit in the boot of the 2024 EV9 with five shopping bags

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for shopping with tandem stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Thule Urban Glide 2 single is the ultimate all-terrain stroller…

Thule Urban Glide 3

… with the back wheels on, it will fit in the 2024 Kia EV9 boot with ten shopping bags.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Thule Spring, lightweight and one-handed folding stroller…

Thule Spring

… fits in the boot of the Kia EV9 when using the first two rows of seats, with thirteen shopping bags.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for shopping with compact pram if two rows of seats are in use

You can also fit two 90L and two 70L Thule Chasm duffle bags in the boot of the Kia EV9.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for luggage with two rows of seats in use

Or a large-sized dog.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

When it comes to installing child seats in the 2024 Kia EV9, there are ISOFix points in both outer second-row seats. They are not within plastic guides, but they are nice and easy to connect to.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the second row

All three second-row seatbacks have top tether anchorages, which are within plastic guides and easily located through the boot or by bringing the seats forward.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

Three child seats fit really well across the second row of the 2024 Kia EV9. Combinations of forward-facing and rear-facing child seats also fit well.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line with three child seats installed in the second row

Both third-row seats have ISOFix. They are not within plastic guides but are nice and easy to connect to.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line has ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the third row

There are top tether anchorages on the back of both third-row seats, within plastic guides, and they are easy to connect to.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line has top tether child seat anchorages in the third row

Two child seats fit comfortably in the third row.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line with two child seats installed in the third row

Accessing the third-row seats is excellent in the Kia EV9. It uses the same mechanism as was in the old Kia Carnival to gain access (unfortunately on the driver's side only). It means you can bring the seat forward with a child seat installed provided you are using the ISOFix and top tether rather than the seatbelt and top tether.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line access to the third row with child seats installed in the second row

The footwells are completely flat throughout the Kia EV9, which provides great legroom for all rear passengers. They can easily get to and from their seats and have good kick room.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line legroom with forward-facing child seats installed in the second row

With a forward-facing child seat in the third row and a rear-facing infant capsule in the second row, we could fit a 180cm driver in front.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

Legroom can also be adapted by the driver bringing the front passenger seat forward or backward and changing the recline using the controls on the driver's side.  These are particularly helpful when kids are getting in and out at pick up and drop off time from the kerb side of the vehicle and also when you have an elderly relative in the front passenger seat.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line legroom with forward-facing child seats installed in the second row

All rear passengers are kept comfortable with air conditioning vents in the ceiling in both rear rows.

That you can control from the front media screen climate controls.

Rear passengers also have built-in window blinds in the top-spec GT-Line model I am driving. These keep little passengers shaded from the sun while driving and save you having to buy aftermarket versions.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line legroom with forward-facing child seats installed in the second row

The Kia EV9 is full of tech! The Kia EV9 has a 12.3-inch media touch screen and a 12.3-inch digital driver display with a 5-inch monitor sandwiched between them with the climate controls, and these are easy to reach and use while driving.

The media system has a new, clean, and modern look. I find it slightly harder to navigate than previous Kia system, as this one seems more text-based, while the previous system was more imagery-based.

You have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can easily access your phone's navigation, listening and messaging apps etc while driving.

The reversing cameras are excellent in the Kia EV9, with multiple views to choose from…

… and a 3D camera view too.

As well as the reversing cameras in the top-spec EV9, there are digital side mirrors. I find they do take a bit of getting used to.

The top-spec GT-Line also has a digital rear-view mirror…

…and a rear camera you can switch on with a button down in the central console that comes up in the media screen so you can see easily behind you while driving. This is great, especially for large families using all three rows of seats when heads and child seats can block your view through conventional mirrors.

The 2024 Kia EV9 looks big, boxy, and striking on the outside, so I was expecting it to feel enormous when driving it. Actually, it wasn't too bad. It is surprisingly easy to navigate rush hour traffic.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line with Thule roof box and awning

We installed the Thule Wing Bar Evo roof rack with the Thule Force XT L roof box and Thule Overcast Awning. These were great for a family weekend at the beach. The awning provided perfect shade and was very easy to put up.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line with Thule roof box and awning

We could fit all our camping chairs in the Thule Force XT L roof box, and our daughters' scooters!

Kia EV9 with Thule Force XT L roof box

Overall, the 2024 Kia EV9 makes a very practical and modern BabyDrive for those looking for a fully electric seven-seat family car. It comfortably fits five child seats in the back, with good third-row access and legroom. Boot space is excellent when using five or seven seats; it can hold a double Thule Sleek pram.

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line boot space for single stroller pram and shopping with all three rows in use

The 2024 Kia EV9 has a five-star ANCAP safety rating and has seven airbags as standard.

Dual frontal, side chest-protecting (first and second rows) and side head-protecting (first, second, and third row) airbags are standard. A centre airbag which provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes is also standard

There is a child lock button in the driver's door control panel so you can easily lock the rear doors and windows so little kids can't fiddle with them while you are driving.

Storage inside the cabin is practical for family use, too.

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Tace Clifford
About Tace Clifford
Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

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