There’s an all-new electric vehicle from Kia, and Consumer Reports recently got its hands on one. After undergoing plenty of driving and testing, there is lots to like about the new Kia EV6. However, CR disliked a few things because nothing and no one is perfect. Here are five things Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the 2022 Kia EV6.
Consumer Reports doesn’t like the 2022 Kia EV6 split-use controls
As the automotive industry pushes further into the future and technology, some decisions are required. Are certain controls and features better, or are they just the latest trend? That’s Consumer Reports‘ problem with the Kia EV6 controls. In Kia’s new electric model, volume and tuning knobs are also temperature knobs for the driver and passenger. In addition, owners need to press a “tiny, poorly labeled” button to switch functions. The driver must press a small button to change the knobs from controlling the temperature to the volume even while driving on a busy road.
CR reported that some of its drivers would consistently accidentally turn on and off the seat heat and ventilation. Their controls are positioned between the seats, right where most people would rest their hands while using the buttons below the screen. Overall, the controls are clunky and confusing to use. Using a button to change the functionality of the knobs is confusing and can be hectic while driving.
The EV6’s design impacts comfort and cargo
Electric vehicles are taking on shapes and sizes never seen before in cars. Overall, they’re OK, and the automakers simply want to make their next-generation of EVs look more futuristic. However, some styling cues in the 2022 Kia EV6 affect the comfort and cargo space on the inside. CR reported that the EV6’s sloping roofline causes some passengers to feel they’re sitting too high. Moreover, that feeling is caused by the headline dropping too close to their heads, not a raised seat.
Notably, adults of average height lost some headroom in the back seat. In addition, combined with the rear hatch angle, the EV6 loses cargo space too. Unfortunately, there’s no spacious frunk to compensate for the lack of rear storage. Many automakers provide a front-trunk where the engine would be on a traditional ICE vehicle. However, Kia filled this area with high voltage components and cooling system hardware for the electric powertrain.
Visibility could be better
Another thing Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the 2022 Kia EV6 is its visibility. Inside the electric crossover, the B-Pillars are thick and can be a genuine hurdle for the driver. These pillars can easily block a vehicle or pedestrian a bit more than most vehicles at a glance over the shoulder. The downward-sloping roofline and rising beltline create small rear windows and an even tinier back window. Luckily, the Kia EV6 has blind-spot warning and a backup camera, which will get plenty of use because of low visibility.
The rear window is one thing Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the 2022 Kia EV6
The rear window sounds like a bizarre thing to complain about. However, CR’s complaint is about the lack of a rear wiper. Consumer Reports doesn’t like that there’s no rear wiper and no option to add one. Unfortunately, if the back window of your Kia EV6 gets dirty or wet, you’ll have to deal with it. Just when you thought visibility couldn’t worsen, we hope you won’t need to see out the rear window in inclement weather.
CR’s last problem is with dealers, not the electric car itself
The Kia EV6 is being marked up by dealers, according to the publication. As we’re sure you’re aware, the current car market is out of control. Thanks to supply chain problems, the chip shortage, and so many more factors, it’s difficult for dealers to get inventory. Additionally, they know when an in-demand car is in their possession and act accordingly.
Right now, the 2022 Kia EV6 is one of those very in-demand cars. In short, the first Kia electric vehicle of many is popular, so dealers will charge extra. Consumer Reports noted that it had to pay a $5,000 premium for an EV6, which would nearly eliminate the $7,500 federal tax incentive for a regular customer. Additionally, CR noted that not all dealers are authorized to sell the EV6, so whether or not your local Kia dealer will sell you one is up in the air.
Things Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the Kia EV6
This new electric model is one of the most popular on the market right now. Please make no mistake; it’s an excellent tiny SUV with fantastic modern features, a sleek look, and a respectable driving range. There’s plenty to like, but as with all vehicles, it isn’t perfect. Those are the five things Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the 2022 Kia EV6.