The interior of the 2022 Kia EV6 is suitably futuristic-looking and is filled with displays and clean-cut surfaces. The floating center console features a gear-selector, a start/stop button, and a wireless phone charging pad. We like the two-spoke steering wheel, two-tone seats upholstered in microfiber, and clever storage solutions such as the extra compartment below the trunk floor and the storage bin underneath the center console. Visibility and space are impressive, and the overall build quality and material selection are good. Kia has come a long way, and the futuristic space it has created here is on par with its peers and better than a fair number of existing EV manufacturers.
The EV6 is strictly a two-row crossover with five seats, though the company has hinted at a future EV9 model will three rows. Kia maximized space inside the EV6 by pushing the wheelbase to the same length as a Telluride without including large front or rear overhangs. Front occupants get a whopping 42.4 inches of legroom and rear passengers receive a generous 39 inches. Headroom is slightly less spacious due to the EV6's low roofline, but 39 inches up front and 38 inches in the back feels far from cramped. Since there's no transmission tunnel, the EV6's floor is completely flat, aiding the sense of openness and practicality, particularly for a middle occupant on the rear bench.
|Kia EV6 Trims||Light||Wind||GT-Line|
|Headroom Front Seat||39 in.||39 in.||36.8 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38 in.||38 in.||38 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.4 in.||42.4 in.||42.4 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||39 in.||39 in.||39 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||57.8 in.||57.8 in.||57.8 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||55.6 in.||55.6 in.||55.6 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||54.9 in.||54.9 in.||54.9 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||53.2 in.||53.2 in.||53.2 in.|
Like most other EVs, Kia takes an environmentally conscious approach to the interior design and the materials used in the EV6. The clever flat-floor design of the EV6 is accompanied by forward-thinking materials such as recycled plastic and vegan leather upholstery. Kia says the interior (depending on the trim) contains up to 100 recycled water bottles. Even the seat frames have been constructed out of ultra-light "giga-steel" to increase rear legroom. Base models get trim details like plastic scuff plates, while the GT-Line gets Deluxe items and the 1st Edition gets bespoke ones to denote its specialness along with a numbered badge in the cabin.
Combination cloth and artificial leather seating are standard on the Light model, while the Wind, GT-Line, and 1st Edition get artificial leather instead. The GT-Line has optional faux leather/suede combination seats, with the suede either on the outer edges of the main panels, per your choosing. This trim also has a white seat option, in contrast to the standard colors of black or Charcoal/Misty Gray schemes. Selecting this also adds bespoke dash trim.
Cargo capacity in the EV6 is at the lower end of its segment despite the flat floor of the EV platform. This is largely to do with the sloping roofline. There's 24.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which trails its platform stablemate, the Hyundai Ioniq 5. You can fold down the rear seats in a 60/40 split, opening up 50.2 cubic feet. Other EVs in this class boast more space. There's a tiny frunk under the hood that's barely big enough for the charging cable and not much else.
The EV6 redeems itself with in-cabin storage. In addition to traditional door pockets, seatback map pockets, and a glovebox, the center console has tons of space due to the flat floor beneath it, creating two-level storage with a massive bin underneath the main console.
From the base model up, the EV6 comes with some pretty impressive standard features. Tech such as wireless phone charging, automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a power tailgate, an eight-way power driver's seat, and heated front seats are all standard. The seating can be enhanced further, with power passenger adjustment and ventilated front seats from the mid-spec Wind model while the steering wheel can be opted as heated, as can the rear seats - both options made standard on the First Edition. Driver assistance tech such as forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear occupant alert, automatic emergency braking, and safe exit assist are included under the Drive Wise banner, but rear park sensors, a smart park assist, auto-evasive steering, and auto lane changing for the highway driving assistant are only available on the upper trims, as is a surround-view camera, blind-spot camera, and an AI cruise control that learns from the way you drive. GT-Line cars feature a power sunroof and an augmented-reality head-up display.
It's important to note that only the 1st Edition gets a heat pump as standard, meaning those living in colder climates will need to spend extra to unlock the EV6's efficiency. The base Light can't be equipped with this.
The EV6 debuts a new infotainment system called Kia Connect, which replaces the older UVO system. It's housed on dual curved 12-inch displays with a special blue light filter to prevent your eyes from getting strained. As the name suggests, the new system is more connected with over-the-air-updates for features like the navigation maps. One feature still missing is wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; both still require a cable. Standard functionality covers all the bases with HD Radio, SiriusXM, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and standard AM/FM radio, plus a Wi-Fi hotspot
This is also the first Kia to include a new 14-speaker Meridian premium surround-sound system. It's among the best systems we've tested on any mainstream car, and outmatches any audio system available in rivals. It comes standard from the Wind trim, while the Light gets a basic six-speaker setup.