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2022 Kia EV6 priced from $42,115

Pricing for the 2022 Kia EV6 has been announced and the least expensive version, the Light RWD, starts at $42,115. That will get you a 58.0-kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor with 167 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque mounted on the rear axle. On a single charge, the EV6 Light RWD can travel up to 232 miles.

The rest of the 2022 Kia EV6 lineup uses a larger 77.4-kWh battery and is available in single- or dual-motor configuration. In the former, you get 225 hp and 258 lb-ft and the longest driving range of 310 miles per charge. Dual-motor variants are the most powerful at 320 hp and 446 lb-ft. Later this year, the EV6 GT arrives as the high-performance variant, building on the dual-motor variant with up to 576 hp and 545 lb-ft. However, expect that model to have less range than the standard dual-motor model’s 274 miles. All variants of the EV6 will also be sold in all 50 states.

Every version comes generously equipped with a full suite of driver assistant features that includes all of the usual suspects plus the Highway Driving Assist semi-autonomous system. The base Light trim even gets 19-inch alloy wheels, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 12.3-inch main touch screen, heated front seats, keyless entry/start, and a wireless charger. Moving up to the Wind grade adds a hands-free power liftgate, the V2L connector, ventilated front seats, an eight-way power passenger’s seat, the Meridian audio system, and parking sensors.

If you’re looking to load up your EV6, you’ll need to go to the GT-Line grade. That’s the only one that gets includes enhanced adaptive cruise control, Highway Driving Assistant II with automatic lane changing, and evasive steering assist. You’ll also be able to distinguish the GT-Line trim thanks to the body-colored fenders and lower front fascia with black inserts. Inside, it gets a flat-bottom steering wheel and a unique center console bin cover. The GT-Line is the only version available with 20-inch alloy wheels and heated rear seats. A heated steering wheel, the blind-spot view monitor, the surround-view camera, remote parking, and the heat pump are either optional or standard on the EV6.

A fully loaded EV6 GT-Line AWD will run you just a little over $57,000. However, getting the extra-cost exterior paint colors will bring you closer to $58,000. Its retro-futuristic cousin, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, is less expensive starting at $40,925 to the base model and topping out at $55,725. The list of available features is similar but the Kia offers unique interior color combinations like the White Seat and Suede Seat packages for the GT-Line trim.

Volkswagen’s ID.4 starts at $41,995, which is the same ballpark as the standard range EV6 Light. That gets you a single-motor variant with 250 to 260 miles of range on a single charge out of its 82-kWh battery pack. An equivalent EV6 Wind travels farther at 310 miles per charge and has more power but is pricier at $48,215. A dual-motor ID.4 with 295 hp is less expensive at $45,635 versus $52,115 for an EV6 Wind AWD. Even fully loaded, the ID.4 AWD checks in around $51,000.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E has a higher starting price for the base model at $44,995. However, at the top end, it’s similarly priced to the EV6 regardless of whether you get one in single- or dual-motor configuration. The Tesla Model Y Long Range, on the other hand, is significantly pricier at roughly $62,190 and it goes up from there once you start adding options. The 2022 Kia EV6 is expected to arrive at dealerships in the coming weeks. If you’re looking for the high-performance GT variant, you’ll need to wait longer because that’s not coming until the end of the year. Expect to shell out over $60,000 for that one considering the go-fast goodies it comes with.

Written by Stefan Ogbac

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