Kia offers the 2022 EV6 in three trim levels, starting with the Light, followed by the Wind, and finally the GT-Line. The base model is presented with a 167 hp rear motor, the Wind RWD and GT-Line RWD with a 225 hp rear motor, and the Wind AWD and GT-Line AWD with dual motors producing 320 hp. Standard features on the Light include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 12.3-inch central touchscreen, automatic climate control, wireless phone charging, and driver assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Wind adds features such as a power liftgate, faux-leather seats, and a Meridian sound system. The GT-Line gets auto pop-out door handles, rear park distance warning, a power sunroof, and, importantly, Kia's Highway Drive-Assist 2 suite that allows for semi-autonomous driving.
The price of the Kia EV6 starts at an MSRP of $40,900 for the EV6 Light RWD, which is significantly cheaper than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE RWD at $43,650. Next up is the EV6 Wind RWD at $47,000, while the Wind Dual Motor e-AWD breaches the $50k mark at $50,900. The GT-Line goes for $51,200 in RWD form and $55,900 in AWD guise. If you were lucky enough to get the 1st Edition, you would've paid an MSRP of $58,500, excluding a destination charge of $1,215.
Various state-specific incentives reduce the price of purchase depending on where you reside, and a federal tax rebate of up to $7,500 is available depending on your tax profile. While not available at the time of purchase, it makes the EV6 remarkably affordable in the long run, especially compared to the likes of Tesla which no longer qualifies for such. Buyers also receive three years worth of charging credits to the value of 1,000 kWh.
Based on three well-specced trims, Kia keeps the options list short and sweet for the EV6. one of the biggest upgrades is the 1st Edition package which is now sold out, giving the EV6 special numbered plaques and badging, a standard heat pump, 20-inch wheels, and all the available safety features for an extra $2,600 over the GT-Line and can only be equipped in concert with AWD. Speaking of the GT-Line, white seats in combination suede/leather cost $195 or $295 depending on which parts of the seat you want in which material. The mid-sec Wind can be equipped with a Technology Package for $1,500 which adds a heated steering wheel, rear park distance warning, remote smart park assist, a surround-view camera, and blind-spot camera.
A heat pump is available on the Wind and GT-Line, although pricing is unconfirmed at the time of writing.
We only had a chance to sample the EV6 with its larger battery in the GT-Line configuration, so we can't speak to how the base Light and mid-level Wind models drive. However, the 167-horsepower rating on the Light model strikes us as lacking for the vehicle's weight, and the lack of an available heat pump on this won't work well for buyers in colder climates. We do recommend the heat pump, because, without it, you'll never see the claimed range or anywhere close to it in colder states. For these reasons, we'd recommend stepping up to the more powerful Wind model with the larger battery and increased range. Adding AWD makes the EV6 significantly quicker and more powerful, but we think driving enthusiasts will prefer the RWD model. If you are trying to keep the EV6 at a reasonable price, check out the Wind RWD model for $47,000. With the $7,500 federal tax credit, you can possibly pull the effective price below $40 grand.