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2022 Kia EV6 GT Line Review: Royal Rumble

Derryn Wong
23/11/2022
  1. Introduction, Design and Appearance
  2. Interior/Features, Practicality/Space
  3. Driving Experience, Charging/Range
    Competition and Conclusion

Interior and Features 

2022 Kia EV6 GT Line Review - Long Range Dual Motor - CarBuyer Singapore - interior cabin wide

We’ve seen quite a few EVs now. Many are the same as their ICE brothers, but the EV6 is a ‘full-on’ EV like the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 and once you step inside there’s no doubt you’re driving something Of The Future.

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The dual 12.3-inch screens are decent, though they certainly won’t win the Screen Size Wars (not with behemoths like this, or this) and have a slight lag, at least they’re sharp and easy to read. You need a bit of forward lean to engage the infotainment touchscreen, but it’s simple to navigate and does a good job of explaining almost every feature to you via text. 

The shifter section sees Kia’s rotary gear selector and the morphing infotainment/ac control bar – both as seen on the new Niro – but it’s the wide storage space below that clue you into the fact that you’re in an EV. 

But the EV6 really scores points in two places: Firstly, it’s very well-appointed. All the must-haves and the nice-to-haves are included, and what shores up Kia’s mainstream appeal is that the Standard model has almost everything the GT Line does – except for GT Line suede trim/seats, and alu pedals.

EV Weekend saw a range of EVs on show at Suntec – incuding the Kia EV6’s more spacious brother, the Hyundai Ioniq 5


This encompasses keyless go, heated/cooled seats, sunroof (fully electric),TPMS, auto tailgate, auto everything (mirrors, mirror dimming, wipers, lights), a wireless charger and more. There’s even a fancy 3D, 360 degree surround view camera that’s the same as what the German luxury cars have. It also includes a very full suite of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) – more on that in the driving section. A good, healthy list, but so far, so Kia.

But secondly, Kia also has taken pains to improve the presentation of everything – vividly patterned textile on the armrest and dashboard, a whole lot of ambient lighting zones, premium feeling materials at key touchpoints. 

Now 1 and 2 combined do not a luxury car make, but the Kia has pretty much everything you could expect from a well-specced luxury car that costs even more than the Kia’s S$280+k. Does that sound familiar? Key competitors Tesla and Polestar also occupy the premium, semi-demi-luxury space. 

2022 Kia EV6 GT Line Review - Long Range Dual Motor - CarBuyer Singapore - Android Auto

There are niggles, though : The Android Auto/Apple CarPlay is wired-only, a disappointment in an otherwise very high tech car. And for the first time we see Kia sacrifice usability for presentation : The row of touch buttons that control the seat/wheel heating are also a perfect resting point when your fingers engage the morphing infotainment/ac control bar, which is why I roasted my passengers’ behinds – and my hands – on multiple occasions. 

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Row of touch-buttons at the top are very easy to engage by accident

Space and Practicality

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Like the Ioniq 5, the EV6 has plenty of interior room, although the Hyundai at 1,605mm is a considerably 55mm taller – so tall families take note. The front sees plenty of useful stowage space thanks to the EV traits of lacking a transmission/drive tunnel, and a flat floor all around. There’s a large cargo area under the gearshifter, the armrest has more space.

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Excellent legroom, aircon vents, and great seats

Toward the rear, the Kia’s aggro roofline eats into headroom, but only if you really lean back. Cleverly, Kia’s rear seats can recline rearward for more ‘virtual’ headroom, although disappointingly they do not move fore or aft to give more flexibility for passengers/cargo. 

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And speaking of seats, the car’s ‘Comfort Relaxion’ seats are worth a mention, being one of the best we’ve tested with our seasoned, leathery, veteran posteriors. They’ve been designed to evenly distribute your body weight, and they are – front and back – immediately, very comfortable with a lack of pressure points or awkwardness. The heating/cooling (standard) just adds to the plushness. 

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The EV6 also has the rare (to-date) V2L (vehicle to load) capability, meaning it can use its battery pack to power external appliances. There’s also an option for internal V2L (in-cabin), though that option is not yet available for Singapore.

2022 Kia EV6 GT Line Review - Long Range Dual Motor - CarBuyer Singapore - V2L



The boot stows 520-litres, which is not superb considering the size of the car. It’s a high, flat boot, but there’s a variable height floor, and some space underneath it where you can stow the tonneau cover, and a tyre repair kit below. There’s a frunk of just 20-litres – you can fit maybe a ring folder or some VCDs – with the single motor model packing 50-litres. 

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  2. Interior/Features, Practicality/Space
  3. Driving Experience, Charging/Range
    Competition and Conclusion

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About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's chief editor brings 15 years of experience in automotive journalism. Previously, he was the editor for Top Gear Singapore, and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment. He's contributed to The Business Times, Today, and many other publications, and also covered technology as editor of Stuff magazine. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he is the Chief Slave of two cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong

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