3 Things Consumer Reports Would Change About the 2022 Kia EV6

As a new electric crossover, Consumer Reports a lot of what they found with the 2022 Kia EV6. But, no vehicle is perfect and the same applies to this EV crossover. Consumer Reports has a few things that they would like to change about the 2022 EV6. These changes range from audio controls to visibility. And, while these issues do impact the enjoyment of the new EV6, they are not necessarily a deal-breaker. These are the three things that Consumer Reports would make to this Kia EV crossover.

What’s wrong with the 2022 Kia EV6?

A silver Kia EV6 shows off its performance as an EV crossover.
2022 Kia EV6 | Kia

The first issue, according to Consumer Reports, is with the EV6’s rear window. For some reason, Kia has opted to omit a rear wiper. And that means in rain, snow, or dusty conditions, the rear window can quickly get dirty, with no real way to clean it. 

The Kia EV6 is not the only EV crossover with this problem. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 suffers from the same issue. And with a cost of over $40,000, we would hope that a rear wiper would be included. Even if it were just an available option.

The controls of the EV6 can be confusing

The interior of the Kia EV6 is shown off. It features ambient lighting.
2022 Kia EV6 Interior | Kia

While innovations in the automotive industry can be exciting, sometimes they fall flat. And that is what has happened with the Kia EV6’s audio and climate controls according to Consumer Reports. The controls are shared between each other, and the button to switch between them is not well labeled and gives no feedback.

Because of this, if a driver is going to change the climate but hasn’t switched back from audio controls, they will wind up frustrated. A redeeming point for the controls is that the drive mode selector is conveniently located on the steering wheel. Which will make it easier to change between drive modes.

Visibility can be poor

Some vehicles suffer from poor visibility, and this Kia EV crossover is no different. Consumer Reports says that the view out of the front of the EV6 is fine, but the B-pillars can cause issues when trying to look over your shoulder.

To make matters more challenging, the rear window is pretty small. Paired with the fact that there is no rear wiper, rearview visibility is compromised. Thankfully, there are driver-assist features to help with this fact. 

Should you buy the 2022 Kia EV6?

The EV Crossover from Kia demonstrates its unique styling.
2022 Kia EV6 | Kia

Although the Kia EV6 is not perfect, it is still a competent EV crossover that is worthy of consideration. The EV6 has a starting cost of $40,900 and is available in a variety of trim levels. Better yet, when buyers opt for the EV6, they can outfit their EV crossover with all-wheel drive. Which will help this vehicle to handle inclement weather.

Another perk of the 2022 EV6 is that it can generate up to 320 horsepower and 446 pound-foot of torque. With the power, the new Kia EV6 has a faster 0 to 60 mph time than a Porsche Cayenne Coupe. And that may make overlooking this vehicle’s drawbacks worth it.

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