Kia EV6 GT First Drive: Shorter Ranger, More Speed

The EV6 GT is still a heavy car and its 2,185kg curb weight is noticeable through corners when driven fast. If it’s really let loose, we suspect that physics would soon overtake the efforts of Kia’s engineers. Certainly, and despite its massive power, this is not a car designed for track use. Kia says so themselves, admitting that while the GT was tested on the Nürburbring Nordschleife, it “has been developed very specifically for road use.”

As such, you probably don’t need to know that a “secret” drift mode shuts down the front engine, tells traction control to take a few minutes, and lets you slide the Kia with a flick of the throttle. Fun for a couple of minutes on private land, but kind of pointless for the other 99.9 percent of the time.

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Inside, the GT shares a very similar cabin to a regular EV6 equipped with the GT-Line option package. It’s comfortable and pretty quiet at low speeds like any other EV. However, the wind noise generated by the wing mirrors (a hangover issue in the standard EV6) is louder than we’d want from a car costing just over £60,000.

The cabin is attractive and the GT’s exclusive semi-cube seats offer extra support, but they’re not as comfortable as the softer, whiter seats fitted to the standard car.

The two curved 12.2-inch dashboard screens are the same as in the regular EV6, and so are the touch controls below them, which display icons for media and climate, but not on the same time Kia has tried to cut down on the clutter here, but in doing so has a system that frustratingly doesn’t display any climate controls unless you press a touch-sensitive button to switch media and navigation to temperature. After a few seconds it goes back to the previous instead of leaving the heating and cooling controls in place.

Kia’s wireless phone charger is grippier and more reliable than some others we’ve seen, but the lack of wireless Apple CarPlay, a glaring omission in the existing vanilla EV6, remains unfortunate. Practicality is on a par with its siblings, with the same cabin and storage space as the regular twin-engine variant, meaning just 20 liters of storage under the hood.

Kia says it set out to produce a grand tourer reminiscent of the comfortable, big-engined cars of the 1970s. The EV6 GT certainly has plenty of performance, and the suspension and differential changes show the company has put real effort into driving dynamics and straight-line pace. But the 262-mile range doesn’t live up to the GT’s billing.

And while super-fast charging via the car’s 800-volt technology will go some way to easing range anxiety, we wish Kia had scaled back the overall performance and gone for a longer combination of speed and autonomy

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