SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – We’ve pushed the 2022 Kia EV6 fairly a little greater than maximum newly offered fashions, because of a couple of RWD and AWD take a look at vehicles on each coasts, plus our ongoing long-term take a look at. Up to now, despite the fact that, all of the ones were the present range-topping GT-Line trim stage that includes other styling and upgraded inside fabrics. It’s additionally a much less in style type. Scour dealership stock and also you’ll in finding GT-Traces are few and a long way between (despite the fact that in better provide than the bottom EV6 Gentle). Nope, the auto you’re possibly to search out is that this, the 2022 Kia EV6 Wind. It’s the amount dealer, a quasi-equivalent to the EX in different Kia fashions. So, what are you truly giving up through sticking with the Wind?
Neatly, you undoubtedly gained’t be giving up differ or functionality. The Wind and GT-Line percentage the similar battery and drivetrain choices. The bottom rear-wheel-drive model examined right here has a unmarried motor hooked up to the rear axle that achieves a 310-mile differ and produces 225 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 time is 7.2 seconds, which now not too way back amounted to an attractive fast automobile. There’s no scarcity of buh-bye passing energy, and all that instant electrical torque all the time makes the EV6 RWD really feel full of life whilst riding round the city. I don’t disagree with Zac Palmer that it’s now not truly a laugh according to se, and that you simply shouldn’t be expecting the rear motive force to be the extra performance-oriented one. If you need that complete EV snap off the road – and a pair of seconds zapped off the 0-60 time – you most likely gained’t remorseful about paying an additional $4,000 or sacrificing 36 miles of differ.
Once more, all that applies to the EV6 Wind AWD, too. The GT-Line is most commonly an look and kit bundle – the approaching 2023 Kia EV6 GT (no Line) is the 576-hp best canine model that is going above and past in various different functionality tactics. The one imaginable dynamic distinction between the Wind and GT-Line is the wheels … perhaps. The GT-Line is to be had with not obligatory 20-inch wheels you’ll’t get at the Wind. It most effective comes with the 19-inchers same old on each and every EV6, together with the GT-Line I drove again in Oregon. Perhaps the larger wheels may assist the EV6 really feel a little extra spry on a again street, however it could nonetheless really feel just like the very cast and heavy automobile that it’s. I’d wager that the in a different way pliant journey high quality could be adversely affected extra.
OK, so the Wind and GT-Line force the similar, what about the whole thing else? Outdoor, the Wind’s rocker panels and wheel arches are gloss black, with the latter that includes a ribbed trend additionally discovered within the decrease grille and trim bit underneath the KIA logo. The GT-Line has body-colored items as a substitute, plus mesh-like grille inserts inside a distinct decrease fascia. The decrease rear fascia differs between the vehicles, as neatly, together with an additional body-colored bit at the GT-Line. In all probability the black wheel arches give a contribution to the Wind taking a look a bit extra SUV-like, however on the whole, the variations play extra like “other” than “higher” or “worse.”
The inner is a distinct tale: the GT-Line is healthier from a classy standpoint (above proper). Multi-color ambient lighting fixtures provides a welcome little bit of shade to what’s in a different way a piano-black piece of trim underneath the Wind’s air vents. The strains added to the sprint best and middle console armrest upload much more visible aptitude lacking from the Wind. Its sprint best is constructed from a recycled material (above, backside left) that appears like material from afar however looks like squishy plastic – there’s now not truly a judgement to be made right here rather then it is not fairly as attention-grabbing because the extra visually dynamic if rubbery GT-Line trim. The GT-Line additionally will get a flat-bottom steerage wheel (shrug).
Then there’s the upholstery. Each Wind and GT-Line come same old with “vegan leather-based” often referred to as “somewhat convincing however nonetheless pretend leather-based constructed from petroleum-based vinyl.” It’s not the similar because the Kia Niro’s “vegan leather-based,” which is constructed from eucalyptus leaves. The Wind provides a collection of all black or the light-colored “Misty Grey” proven right here with black on a lot of the sprint, doorways and seat backs. The GT-Line comes same old with black vegan leather-based accented through white vegan leather-based arcing across the seat and accenting the doorways. Non-compulsory at the GT-Line, then again, is a vegan leather-based and suede upholstery combine: both white vegan leather-based facilities with black suede arcing across the seat, or what’s proven within the photos right here, black suede facilities with white vegan leather-based arcing round. Pleather is all the time at the doorways, and in each, I’d say the door trim seems to be and feels a little reasonable for a automobile within the $50,000 differ this is in a different way convincingly top rate.
Relating to apparatus, the Wind lacks the GT-Line’s mechanically extending door handles. My spouse specifically used to be now not amused through the additional dexterity or additional hand had to fumble them open with out energy help. “Why do those need to be fancy?” she contemplated. Different added pieces are the augmented-reality head-up show and HomeLink storage door opener. And that’s it. There aren’t any additional choices to be had for the GT-Line, both, aside from the wheels.
The associated fee distinction comes right down to $4,200, or $48,215 for the Wind RWD and $52,415 for the GT-Line RWD. Tack on about $4,000 for the dual-motor AWD, plus a heated steerage wheel and heat-pump HVAC improve. For my cash, I don’t assume the GT-Line’s upgrades are value that a lot. Certain, the inner is a little snazzier and I’d moderately have extra body-colored external items – the black fenders don’t precisely flip the EV6 Wind into an X-Professional (despite the fact that severely, Kia, that’s an concept I wish to see). Principally, you’re now not shedding a lot through sticking with the Wind, and it surely doesn’t diminish our affection for this outstanding electrical car. The larger query stays: RWD or AWD?