Kia EV6 GT-Line: Top-of-the-line AWD model with 320 horsepower put through its paces in a real-world range test at highway speeds
The range per charge is arguably still one of the most important criteria for prospective buyers who are comparing the latest and greatest electric cars on the red-hot EV market. Since the official range estimates that are determined by the EPA often can’t be reached during regular driving, the AWD top trim of the Kia EV6 now had to prove itself in a range test on a real highway.
A few months after the more affordable long-range model of the Kia EV6 could not meet its official EPA estimate in a range test that was conducted by InsideEVs back in March of this year, the more powerful GT-Line trim with AWD and 320 horsepower has now followed suit by undercutting its combined EPA range by a less dramatic 10.5 percent. During the 70 mph test drive on a US highway, the AWD Kia EV6 GT-Line with the optional 20-inch wheels apparently recorded a very consistent energy consumption of 3.3 miles per kWh.
In conjunction with its large 77 kWh battery, the all-wheel-drive top trim of the Kia EV6 was able to travel 245 miles on a single charge, which is exactly 29 miles less than the official estimate. Supposedly, this test was conducted at almost perfect temperatures of around 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the tire pressure of the test vehicle was adjusted according to the manufacturer's recommended values. Although the South Korean EV clearly missed its official EPA range by a more or less significant margin, the AWD variant of the Kia EV6 GT-Line arguably still makes a very economic commuter car that can travel almost 250 miles on a single charge at regular highway speeds of 70 mph.
InsideEVs, Image: Kia