The 2022 Kia EV6 Makes the Mustang Mach-E Nervous

Has anyone informed the 2021 Mustang Mach-E that it has a new rival? Because the 2022 Kia EV6 just made its debut. Now that we know some of the specifics for the new Kia EV6, we see that it’s adding to the competition among electric vehicles. 

The 2022 Kia EV6 is ready to roll 

A dark colored 2022 Kia EV6 parked in front of a city building
2022 Kia EV6 | Kia

According to Roadshow, the 2022 Kia EV6 was finally revealed, and the first models known as the First Edition will be available early next year. Preorders for the Kia EV6 First Edition will open on June 3, with only 1,500 models available. 

Also, you may have to wait until the end of the year for the Kia EV6 GT. The EV6 rides on Hyundai-Kia’s E-GMP platform. A total of 23 new battery-electric models from the Hyundai Motor Group will utilize this platform over the next five years. 

How does the Kia EV6 compare to the Mustang Mach-E? 

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The 2021 Kia EV6 is expected to have an estimated 300-mile range with up to 576 hp. The EV6 will most likely be offered with a 77.4 kWh battery and a smaller 58 kWh battery. The EPA-estimated range for each model hasn’t been released. 

There will be two rear-wheel-drive versions. The Kia EV6 with the 58 kWh battery will provide up to 167 hp, and the option with the 77.4 kWh battery will pump out 218 hp. These variants will have a single electric motor. 

The 58 kWh battery isn’t offered with the all-wheel-drive models. Also, the EV6 GT will have dual electric motors to provide 576 hp. This model is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. 

According to Car and Driver, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E is available with two battery options with an EPA-estimated range of 211 to 305 miles. There is the 75.7 kWh battery and the 98.8 kWh battery pack with either a single or electric motor or two. They generate between 266 to 346 hp. 

Models are equipped with two electric motors to provide all-wheel-drive. Also, the Mustang Mach-E GT and GT performance models are expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds. 

What are the KV6 and Mustang Mach-E features like? 

An image of a red 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E outdoors near palm trees.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford

Charging the 2022 Kia EV6 should be fast and straightforward. It utilizes Kia’s multi-charging system for 400 and 800-Volt DC fast charging. If you use a 350-kilowatt fast charger, about 70 miles of range can be added in as little as five minutes.

Kia suggests that you can gain 80 percent of power in under 18 minutes. With the at-home onboard 11 kW charger for Level 2 charging, you can fully charge your KV6 in about seven hours. 

Also, the Kia EV6 offers vehicle-to-vehicle charging, so you can help other electric vehicle owners in need. The Integrated Charging Control unit acts as a generator to charge other EV’s like it’s plugged into a 110-volt outlet, and it can power other devices for up to 36 hours. 

With the Ford mobile charger, you can add about 30 miles of range to the Mach-E with a 120-volt outlet. About 80-percent of the battery life will be returned overnight with a 240-volt outlet. If you order a Ford charging station, you can replenish about 32 miles of range per hour and fully recharge the battery overnight. 

The Ford Mustang Mach-E provides 29 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats with up to 60 cubic feet total. The EV6 offers 27.7 cubic feet of cargo space with up to 53.5 cubic feet total. So, the Mach-E provides a little more room. 

With the Mach-E, you get a 15.5-inch touchscreen, and the KV6 comes with a dual 12-inch display. Both vehicles come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a Wi-fi hotspot. Deciding between the two may come down to price, availability, and test drives.