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February 16, 2023

First Drive: 2023 Kia EV6 GT-Line Long Range (w/ Full Philippine Specs)

We got stares, inquisitive looks, and genuine questions about the Kia EV6 while it was charging at the front of Seda Hotel in Bonifacio Global City—one of Ayala Land’s pioneering EV charging sites. Finished in Moonshade, a matte silver-gray color, one guy stared intently before realizing he was blocking traffic and moved out of the way. Such is the design power of Kia Philippines’ first all-electric vehicle and why it could be vital to its success, at least locally.

No doubt about it, the Kia EV6 is a revolutionary vehicle; it wouldn’t have won the number of awards it did if it wasn’t. A quick Google search shows it to be an efficient, capable, long-range battery electric vehicle. But a quick drive reveals that it passes two criteria sought more by Filipino buyers: it’s wholly entertaining and great looking.

Exterior-wise, the EV6 wasn’t designed to “out-sci-fi” the competition. Surely, Kia designers could have make it seem like a production extra from Star Trek, but they didn’t. Instead, they designed it to appeal to buyers here and now. For that, its sportier design is far more approachable and can be appreciated by just about anyone. Best yet, it doesn’t stray too far from the ultra-successful crossover formula; but take note: while it appears small in pictures, in person, the 2,900 mm wheelbase makes it longer than even the mid-sized Sorento.

So, what does it mean for interior space? The EV6 is certainly cavernous but because of the thick pillars, it can make navigating through the tight confines of a place like Intramuros challenging. After a while though, you adjust for that extra girth and once you do, you’ll award it points for a well-thought-of execution. Like its exterior, the cabin’s more conventional and focused with none of the futuristic weirdness carmakers try to force down the throat of EV buyers. Having said that, the perforated suede seats with white leather inserts aren’t the ideal trim, at least locally. It doesn’t seem to play well with sweat. Despite just being a couple of months old, this tester is starting to smell funky.

Now, if there’s something truly weird about the EV6’s interior, it’s the dual-purpose control touch bar at the bottom of the center stack. Kia designers seem to have prioritized minimalism by combining the controls of both the audio and climate control with a single button that switches the functions between the two. In theory, it should work, but unfortunately, if you don’t know where to look, you might have trouble figuring out which button does what.

For the Philippine market, Kia Philippines is offering just one single variant: the GT-Line Long Range RWD. This setup not only gives you 229 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque, but more importantly, the larger 77.4-kWh battery. This allows the EV6 to cover around 528 kilometers on a single charge based on its U.S. EPA test. Furthermore, because it runs on an 800-volt battery architecture, the EV6 draws less current reducing heat while allowing it to top up faster (ultra-fast DC charging takes just 18 minutes from 10 to 80 percent using a 350-kW charger). Meanwhile, AC charging, at 11 kW takes 7 hours and 20 minutes.

The silent operation of the motor coupled with the impressive NVH insulation initially conjures up a general feel of disconnectedness when driving the EV6. However, once your other senses compensate for the lack of aural feedback, it is a surprisingly fun car to drive. On the straightaways, it offers a high level of acceleration confidence. It simply excels at dealing with intersection pull-aways and gap-threading. Through corners, it may not have sportscar levels of directness, but it’s well-connected and precise enough to transition from corner to corner with poise.

For those considering to go battery electric, the Kia EV6 is hard to beat. Kia Philippines has yet to reveal the final pricing, but as it stands, especially in terms of specs, it’s a brilliant EV. Not only does it have long range and the ability to charge quickly, but most important to Filipino buyers, it looks great and drives well too. In the end, these two, decidedly very emotional factors could very well give it a leg up the competition.

Photos by Jose Nicolas Calanoc

2023 Kia EV6 GT-Line Long Range Philippine Specs

2023 Kia EV6 GT-Line Long Range Dimensions

  • Overall Length: 4,695 mm
  • Overall Width: 1,890 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,550 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,900 mm
  • Minimum Ground Clearance: 160 mm
  • Minimum Turning Radius: 5.8 m
  • Minimum Curb Weight: 1,910 kg
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2,425 kg
2023 Kia EV6 GT-Line Long Range Engine & Performance
  • Engine: Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
  • Maximum Output: 229 PS @ 4,600 to 9,200 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 350 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
  • Battery: Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Battery Capacity: 77.4 kWh
  • AC Normal Charging (10-100%) w/ 11 kW: 7 hours 20 minutes
  • DC Fast Charging (10-80%) w/ 50 kW: 73 minutes
  • DC Fast Charging (10-80%) w/ 350 kW: 18 minutes
  • Range: 528 kilometers
  • AC Charging Port: Type 2
  • DC Charging Port: CCS2
  • Vehicle-To-Load: 3.6 kW
2023 Kia EV6 GT-Line Long Range Drivetrain & Chassis
  • Transmission: 1-speed AT with Shiftronic
  • Steering: Motor-Driven Power Steering
  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Drive Mode Select: Normal, Sport, Eco
  • Front Brakes: Ventilated Disc
  • Rear Brakes: Disc
  • Front Suspension: Independent, MacPherson Strut
  • Rear Suspension: Independent, Multilink
  • Wheel & Tire Size: 255/45R20
2023 Kia EV6 GT-Line Long Range Exterior Features
  • LED Headlights w/ Auto Leveling
  • Intelligent Front Lighting System
  • LED Daytime Running Light
  • LED Position Lamp
  • GT-Line Front & Rear Bumpers
  • Black Front & Rear Skid Plates
  • Black Electric Adjustable Side Mirrors w/ Fold
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Fin-Type Antenna
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Gloss Black Radiator Grille
  • Flush-Type Door Handles
  • Rear Spoiler w/ LED High-Mount Stop Lamp
  • Power Tailgate
2023 Kia EV6 GT-Line Long Range Interior Features
  • 12.3-inch LCD Multi-Function Display
  • Panoramic Curved Display Integrated Cluster
  • Driver/Passenger Sunvisor w/ Vanity Mirror, Ticket Holder, Illumination
  • Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror
  • LED Room Lamp
  • GT-Line Dash Trim
  • Silver Interior Door Handles
  • 2-Spoke Leather Steering Wheel w/ Paddle Shifter
  • Tilt/Telescopic Steering Column
  • Audio/Bluetooth/Multi-Function Display/Cruise Control/Lane Keep Assist Steering Wheel Buttons
  • Electronic Parking Brake w/ Auto Hold
  • Smart Entry with Remote Keyless Entry
  • Illuminated Push Start Engine Button
  • Illuminated Glove Box
  • Front & Rear Power Outlet
  • USB Port x 3
  • Wireless Phone Charging
  • Aluminum Scuff Plate
  • 8-Way Power Driver’s Seat w/ Memory, Cooling
  • 8-Way Front Passenger’s Seat w/ Memory, Cooling
  • 60/40 Split-Fold Rear Seat
  • Dual Zone Climate Control w/ Rear Door Pillar Vents
2023 Kia EV6 GT-Line Long Range Infotainment Features
  • 12.3-inch Touchscreen Radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 14-Speaker Meridian Sound System
2023 Kia EV6 GT-Line Long Range Driver Assist Features
  • Smart Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Detection w/ Blind View Monitor
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Lane Following Assist
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist
  • 360-degree Camera
  • Front & Rear Parking Sensors
2023 Kia EV6 GT-Line Long Range Safety Features
  • 6 SRS Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Multi-Collision Braking System
  • Hill-Start Assist Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Anti-Theft System w/ Immobilizer
  • Front Seatbelt: 3-pt ELR w/ Dual Pretensioner x 2
  • Rear Seatbelt: 3-pt ELR w/ Pretensioner x 2; 2-pt Lap Belt x 1
  • ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor
  • Child Lock


  1. Very agree it is a good looking EV! I like this than the Ioniq 5 EV, it's a matter of buyer's preference though. Good job Kia! With the newly signed EO, I hope the price will make it more competitive.

  2. Price this at 3.5M (considering the recent exemption) or below then they have a winner.

  3. Are the flush door handles reliable?

    1. The door handles are mechanical so they should be all good. It's not like the system on the I-Pace where the actuator's electric.

  4. I kinda like this better than the Ioniq 5 :P


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