With its stylish and sporty new battery-powered EV6 coupe-like crossover Kia is creating an electrical storm and you too can enjoy it, says RAY MASSEY

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Kia is creating a lightning storm with its stylish and sporty new battery-powered EV6 coupe-like crossover. Already garnering awards, this feisty five-seater has over 1,500 UK pre-orders to launch. I’m driving on British roads right now.

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There’s a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, powered by a 77.4kWh high-voltage lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

Priced from £40,945, the entry-level, but well-stocked Air trim spec comes with rear wheel drive only, while the GT-Line (£43,945 to £47,445) and GT-Line S (£48,445 to £51,945) There is an all-wheel drive option.

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Sprinter: Kia’s electric EV6 will challenge Tesla and BMW

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As for performance and value, it poses a deep challenge to BMW, Mercedes-Benz and even Tesla.

I drove the mid-range EV6 GTLine rear-wheel drive on 19 wheels, which cost over £43,945 with ample range up to 328 miles. Developing 226bhp and mated to a single-speed automatic transmission, it accelerates from 114 mph to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds. It’s quiet but has speed and engages in a taut and dynamic Sport mode. The other modes are Eco, Normal, and even Snow.

Brewing Up: Nikki Shields of electric car website Electrifying.com Plugging a kettle into the Kia EV6

Brewing Up: Nikki Shields of electric car website Electrifying.com Plugging a kettle into the Kia EV6

It’s a comfortable and practical family car with aerodynamic coupe styling, flush pop-out handles, privacy glass at the rear, plenty of space, a large boot with underfloor storage, sporty head rests and rear seats that fold away.

Will it fit in my garage? Kia EV6 GT Line, Rear Wheel Drive

EV6 Price Range: £40,945 to £51,945

Length: 4,695 mm

Width: 1,890 mm

Height: 1,550m

Wheelbase: 2,900 mm

Battery: 77.4kWh Lithium Ion Polymer.

Wheels: 19 inches

Category: 328 miles (plus miles from London to Newcastle)

Power: 226bhp

Transmission: single-speed automatic transmission

0-62mph: 7.3 seconds

top speed: 114mph

Drive Mode: Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow.

Luggage space: rear seats up: 490 liters

Rear seats folded: 1,300 liters

Properties

rear privacy glass

paddle shifter

12.3 Inch Curved Driver Display Screen

Provides a portable power supply for charging other cars, camping kits, or boiling kettles

You can also use the car as a portable power supply, to charge another car or electric bike, camping equipment, or boil a kettle to make a cup of tea.

It will also pull a trailer up to 1,600 kg and has a seven-year warranty. Vegan leather and recycled plastic are also available.

The all-wheel version with the dual motor delivers 321bhp, goes up to 62mph in a comfortable 5.2 seconds, and goes up to 116mph with a reduced range of 314 miles.

And a mighty range-topping flagship 577bhp ‘GT’ – lightning-fast super-car acceleration from 0 to 62mph to a top speed of 162mph in 3.5 seconds – arrives late next year and will account for a quarter of sales.

The EV6 will fully charge overnight (in 7 hours and 20 minutes) on a standard 11kW AC charger, with an 80 percent charge on a DC fast-charger between 73 minutes and 18 minutes.

Higher trim levels include a sun-roof and powered automatic tail-gate.

With Kia you get value for money in terms of standard kit and seven year warranty.

There’s no kitchen sink – I checked – but you can run a mobile kitchen from its power socket.

My favorite safety feature is the indicator cameras that project a blind spot image of what’s behind you when you signal to turn left or right.

Depending on the maneuver, the live-feed image appears on the left or right side of the screen in front of the driver.

Top Jobs for Alison Jones

For the first time in more than a century’s history, a woman is leading Britain’s car industry – as industry leaders called for more women leaders in top jobs.

Stelantis boss Alison Jones was named this week as the new president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), taking office in the new year.

Top job: Stelantis boss Alison Jones was named new president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Top job: Stelantis boss Alison Jones was named new president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

He is Global Senior Vice President and UK Manager for the group – now the world’s fourth largest carmaker – owning Peugeot, Citron, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and more.

Ellison said: ‘This remains an important and exciting time for our industry as we drive technological development and customer experience, respond to regulatory changes, and adapt to the effects of the coronavirus and the post-Brexit world.’

SMMT chief executive Mike Hayes said the organization will continue to work to improve diversity.

Up Arms: Gordon Bennett was known for his bad behavior

Up Arms: Gordon Bennett was known for his bad behavior

Read all about it: Gordon Bennett

Gordon Bennett! It is an oath that is still spoken today, yet little is known about its origins.

A new book just in time for Christmas can do it right. Born in 1841, James Gordon Bennett was an ‘impaired’ only son who took over from his father as publisher of the New York Herald, but gained fame as the ‘father of international motor racing’.

In 1899, he sparked the ‘International Gordon Bennett Cup’ race series, a precursor to today’s F1 Grand Prix. Known for its bad behavior, on one occasion it provoked an exclamation of surprise, hence the phrase ‘Gordon Bennett!’ was born.

  • Gordon Bennett’s story is written by author Patrick Lynch in At the Greatest Speed ​​(Unicorn, £25).

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