SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – We drove the 2022 Kia EV6 quite a bit more than most of the newly introduced models, thanks to the many RWD and AWD test cars on both shores, plus Our continuous long-term testing. However, by far, they are all the most advanced GT-Line versions available today with different styling and upgraded interior materials. It is also a less common model. Scours authorized dealer inventory and you’ll find GT-Lines few and far between (despite offering more than the base EV6 Light). No, the car you’re most likely to find is the 2022 Kia EV6 Wind. It’s a bulk seller, roughly equivalent to the EX in other Kia models. So, what are you really giving up by sticking with Wind?
Well, you certainly won’t give up scope or performance. Wind and GT-Line share the same the battery and powertrain options. The base rear-wheel drive version tested here has a single engine connected to the rear axle, achieving a range of 310 miles and producing 225 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 time is 7.2 seconds, which wasn’t that long ago relatively fast for a car. Enough buh-bye power transmission and all that instantaneous electric torque always makes the EV6 RWD feel energized when driving around town. I disagree with Zac Palmer that it’s not really fun each joinand you shouldn’t expect the rear driver to be more performance oriented. If you want that full EV to pop out of the line – and 2 seconds shorten the 0-60 time – you probably won’t regret paying the extra $4,000 or sacrificing 36-mile range.
Again, all of that applies to the EV6 Wind AWD as well. The GT-Line is mostly an equipment and looks package – the upcoming 2023 Kia EV6 GT (without the Line) is a 576hp top-of-the-line dog version, which beats it out in several other performance aspects. . The only possible difference between the Wind and the GT-Line is the wheel… maybe. The GT-Line is available with optional 20-inch wheels, which you can’t get on the Wind. It only comes standard with 19 inches on every EV6, including the GT-Line I drove back to Oregon. Maybe the larger wheels could help the EV6 feel a bit more nimble on the back road, but it will still feel like a very solid and heavy car. I guess that the ride quality is soft otherwise it would be worse affected.
OK, so Wind and GT-Line drive the same, what about everything else? Outside, the windscreens and wheel arches are glossy black, with a ribbed rear end also found in the lower grille and a bit of a border under the KIA emblem. The GT-Line gets body-color patches instead, along with a mesh grille that sits inside another lower baffle. The lower rear apron also differs from car to car, including a bit of additional body color on the GT-Line. Perhaps the black wheel arches contribute to making the Wind look a little more SUV-like, but overall, the difference is more like “different” than “better” or “worse”.
The interior is another story: the GT-Line is better from an aesthetic perspective (upper right). Multi-color ambient lighting adds a welcome touch color the other side is a piano black decorative piece under the Wind’s air vent. The lines added to the dash top and center console armrest add to the visual flair that the Wind lacks. Its dash top is made from recycled fabric (top, bottom left) that looks like fabric from afar but feels like dirty plastic – there’s really no judgment to be made here other than it’s not quite interesting by looking more dynamic if GT rubber -Red band. The GT-Line also has a flat-bottomed (shrink) steering wheel.
Then there’s the upholstery. Both Wind and GT-Line come standard with “vegan leather” also known as “reasonably convincing faux leather made from petroleum-based vinyl”. It’s not like the Kia Niro’s “vegan leather”, which is made from eucalyptus leaves. Wind offers a choice of either all black or the bright “Fog Gray” color shown here with black on most of the dashboard, doors, and seat backs. The GT-Line comes standard with black vegan leather accented by white vegan leather that surrounds the seats and accentuates the doors. The option on the GT-Line, however, is a mix of vegan and suede leather: a white vegan leather hub with black suede trim around the seats, or what’s shown in the photos here, mid-range. Black suede center with white vegan leather trim around. Pleather is always on the door, and of both, I would say the door trim looks and feels a bit cheap for a car in the $50,000 range which in other words is convincingly high-end.
In terms of equipment, the Wind lacks the GT-Line’s automatic opening door handle. In particular, my wife doesn’t enjoy the dexterity or need extra hands to dig through them without the help of a power source. “Why do these things have to be fancy?” she thought. Other additional items are the augmented reality head-up display and the HomeLink garage door opener. And that’s it. There are no additional options available for the GT-Line, other than wheels.
The price difference drops to $4,200, or $48,215 for the Wind RWD and $52,415 for the GT-Line RWD. Get around $4,000 for the dual-motor AWD, plus a heated steering wheel and a heat pump HVAC upgrade. For my money, I don’t think the GT-Line upgrades are worth it that much. Sure, the car’s interior is a bit more aggressive, and I’d love to have more splashes of color on the outside – the black fenders don’t exactly turn the EV6 Wind into an X-Pro (though seriously, the Kia, It’s a an idea I’d like to see). Basically, you don’t lose much by sticking with Wind, and that certainly doesn’t diminish our love for you. tram. The bigger question remains: RWD or AWD?