Efficiency, Range, and Savings: Kia EV6 Shines in Long-Term Review

  • The Kia EV6 Wind AWD offers impressive efficiency and range at a more affordable price point than its higher-trim GT-Line variant.
  • South African drivers may need to invest in a separate home charging cable, but the EV6 Wind AWD comes with 1,000 kW of free Electrify America DC fast charging through the Kia Charge Pass.
  • The EV6 Wind AWD requires minimal maintenance, with the first major service scheduled at 24,000 miles, making it a cost-effective choice for long-term ownership.

In this in-depth long-term review, we explore the Kia EV6 Wind AWD, an electric SUV that offers exceptional efficiency, range, and cost-effective maintenance. With a more affordable price compared to its higher-trim GT-Line counterpart, the EV6 Wind AWD presents an enticing option for South African drivers. Join us as we dive into its range capabilities, charging experience, and maintenance requirements.

Range and Comfort

Opting for the EV6 Wind AWD instead of the full-fat GT-Line allowed us to save approximately R38,000, while still enjoying an impressive range and comfortable driving experience. Equipped with slightly smaller 19-inch wheels, the EV6 Wind AWD delivers enhanced efficiency and a smooth ride. Although it may lack certain aesthetic features such as a sunroof and colour-matched body trim, these omissions are negligible considering the vehicle’s overall performance.

Charging Experience

Unlike its counterparts, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Genesis GV60, the Kia EV6 Wind AWD does not come with an included home charging cable. While we recommend installing a permanent charging station for daily convenience, the absence of an included 110-volt or 240-volt charging cable is a minor inconvenience. However, new owners can take advantage of the Kia Charge Pass, which provides 1,000 kW of free Electrify America DC fast charging.

During our long-term review, our team member, acting as the steward of the EV6, personally covered the charging costs. With frequent DC fast charging, the average cost for a 20% to 80% charge session amounted to approximately R380. However, by subscribing to Electrify America’s Pass Plus program, the cost decreased to R304 per session, significantly improving cost-effectiveness.

Maintenance

The Kia EV6 Wind AWD stands out as a low-maintenance electric vehicle. The first major scheduled maintenance event is expected at 24,000 miles, involving a tire rotation and inspections of brakes, air conditioning, the 12-volt battery, and suspension components. Brake fluid replacement is only necessary at 48,000 miles or around two years. These infrequent maintenance requirements contribute to the EV6 Wind AWD’s long-term cost-effectiveness.

Apart from routine tasks like tire pressure monitoring and washer fluid refills, our reviewer highlighted the need for regular cleaning of the rear camera due to varying weather conditions. We suggested that Kia consider adding a rear camera washer to enhance convenience and ensure optimal performance.

Conclusion

After seven months and over 4,000 miles of testing, the Kia EV6 Wind AWD has demonstrated remarkable efficiency, comfort, and low maintenance needs. Although the absence of an included home charging cable may pose a slight inconvenience, investing in a permanent charging solution can overcome this issue. With its affordability and impressive range, the EV6 Wind AWD emerges as an appealing choice for South African drivers seeking a reliable and stylish electric SUV.


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