The Kia EV6 Is Finally Picking up the Pace
The Kia EV6 is the South Korean automaker’s player in the all-electric SUV segment, and it’s been highly praised since making its debut for the 2022 model year. The EV6 isn’t yet a sales champion for Kia as the EV SUV market still remains relatively niche, and the model continues to establish itself. However, the EV6 is beginning to pick up momentum among buyers — and for good reason considering the EV6 is a standout in its segment.
Kia EV6 sales are trending in the right direction for Kia
According to GoodCarBadCar, the EV6 is behind all its Kia stablemates, save for the now-defunct Stinger, for overall sales, but the EV SUV is closing the gap to the rest of the automaker’s lineup.
The EV6 had a stellar September sales month with 2,084 units sold, a 45-percent increase over its September sales from 2022. EV6 sales from Q3 of this year were 6,470 units, an increase from 4,872 units in 2022.
Yearly sales are fairly stagnant compared to last year, down about 500 units, but the sharp rise in September sales and the third quarter showcase the EV6 is trending upward.
The EV6’s sales still are far off the pace of its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which has sold over 25,000 units this year through September. However, a rising tide raises all ships, and considering Hyundai and Kia’s partnership, sales of both the Ioniq 5 and EV6 are on the rise is positive news for the automotive group.
The Kia EV6’s rising numbers are no surprise
For those looking to make the switch to all-electric power, the Kia EV6 is certainly an attractive option. Aside from its attention-grabbing looks, the EV6 is reasonably priced, offers a choice of efficient powertrains, and it delivers the everyday pragmaticism buyers desire from a midsize SUV.
Kia has yet to reveal pricing or updates on the 2024 model, but the 2023 EV6 is available in several trims with either rear-wheel drive and a single motor, dual-motor AWD versions, or the performance-tuned EV6 GT. Pricing starts at $42,000 MSRP for the base, “Light,” model, and non-GT versions can deliver 232-310 miles of range on a single charge. Charging times are also impressive. At 350 kW, the EV6 can re-juice its batteries from 10 to 80 percent in about 20 minutes.
Those looking to sacrifice some range for speed can opt for the GT model that cranks out an impressive 576 hp and comes with a host of performance upgrades like an adaptive suspension, stiffer chassis tuning, and sport-tuned brakes.
No matter the trim, the EV6 delivers a spacious cabin, a long list of standard features, and comfortable driving dynamics. It will accommodate five passengers with relative ease, and the 28-cubic-foot cargo area will meet the needs of most buyers. Upper models also offer plenty of upscale features, and all models are well-equipped with standard safety equipment and driver aids.
Though pricier than the typical mainstream, gas-powered midsize SUV, the Kia EV6’s positive attributes make it a solid value proposition for those looking to make the all-electric switchover. And its recent sales figures show its appeal appears to be growing where it matters — at dealership sales offices.