The Kia EV6 comes up short in real-life range test, misses its projected WLTP range by up to 45%
Owners of regular gas or diesel-powered vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines might be familiar with the issue - it is borderline impossible to achieve the fuel consumption which is listed by the respective manufacturer. As many buyers transition to battery-powered vehicles, this core issue apparently persists, as a range test of the new Kia EV6 now illustrates.
According to a German report by InsideEVs, the long-range RWD model variant of the sleek Kia EV6 has not provided its projected WLTP range of 328 in a real-life range test conducted by a French reviewer. Over the course of almost 1,200 miles, the Kia EV6 and its 77.4 kWh battery apparently consumed significantly more power, which led to an average of just 204 miles per charge, which is 38% below the official range.
At regular highway speeds of 80 mph, the Kia EV6 dropped to an even lower range of just 178 miles, while it remained somewhat efficient when driving in the city. At an average speed of 28 mph, the South Korean EV recorded a range of almost 270 miles. However, the French reviewer also admitted that he used the AC heating and heated seats due to cool winter temperatures, which means that the Kia EV6 could in fact come a bit closer to its projected WLTP range of 328 miles at warmer temperatures. Either way, this latest test once again highlights that prospective buyers of an electric car should not necessarily take the proclaimed ranges of any EV manufacturer for granted.
InsideEVs (German), Image: Kia