Kia EV6 vs Tesla Model Y: Which Is The Best Electric?
Aug 17,2022 | Chloe Lacour
Difficult to decide between the Kia EV6 GT-line four-wheel drive and Tesla Model Y Long Autonomy. Automobile Propre offers you information today to help you make your choice between these two cars displayed at around 60,000 euros.
Collecting distinctions around the world – including the title of the car of the year 2022 – the Kia EV6 is placed in direct competition with the Tesla Model Y more typical SUV. Already well extended, its footprint on the ground is however a little more modest: 4.70 x 1.89 m for a height of 1.55 m, against 4.75 x 1.92 m for the American which rises to 1.62m.
The 2 machines are both presented in an optional gray color: “metallic night” at 2,100 euros for the Model Y, and “matt comet” at 950 euros for the EV6.
Note that the latter is based on 19-inch rims fitted with winter tires. This will not facilitate the behavioral comparison against the SUV, which is based on Sport flanges encircling 20-inch Induction rims billed at 2,100 euros.
|Kia EV6||Tesla Model Y|
Engine side: a Model Y is more powerful and faster than the Kia EV6
The Tesla Model Y embeds 2 motors of different technologies: induction for the front, and synchronous with permanent magnets at the rear. The latter equips 2 copies of the Kia EV6.
The match of powers gives the winning American: 330 kW (449 hp) against 239 kW (325 hp). But in the game of useful energy capacity, they come tied with a common value of 72.5 kWh.
The 0 to 100 km/h exercise is completed in 5.2 seconds with the Korean sedan. As standard, the Model Y 2022 does a little better with 5 s. But with the Acceleration Boost option (+ 1,800 euros), the figures drop for him to 4.4 s. Its top speed is 217 km/h, against 185 for its rival.
As far as DC fast charging is concerned, both the Kia EV6 and the Tesla Model Y are truly benchmarks. On paper, the first has a power of 239 kW which could be used in Ionity stations for example, against 250 kW for the American SUV.
By connecting to the 22 kW AC terminals available on the road, the 2 electric cars in our test will be limited by the 11 kW chargers they carry.
|Kia EV6||Tesla Model Y|
|Powerful||239 kW – 325 hp||330kW – 449hp|
|0 – 100 km/h||5.2s||5.0s – 4.4s with boost|
|Max speed||185 km/h||217 km/h|
Trunk: king size for the Tesla SUV
Impossible for the Korean sedan to compete with the Americans on the issue of the trunk. Devoid of a protective shelf, the latter displays a record value for its category: 854 liters, with an impressive double bottom. By adding the 117 l hold at the front, we even obtain 2,158 l in total by folding down, with the electric buttons available, the 3-part backrest of the bench seat.
The figures that the EV6 aligns then appear very modest: 480-490 l, or 1,300 l, on a hatch that will not hide much more than the charging cables. The luggage cover reduces the space which, even without it, is not really optimal for transporting large dogs, for example. The backrest is classically split 60/40 and has a ski hatch.
Due to the integral motricity, the frunk (trunk at the front), does not exceed 20 liters, against 52 l with the rear-wheel drive model. In addition, the rigid parts may quickly scratch with use.
In the rear seats, the Kia EV6 offers much more knee space than the Model Y. The front seats of the latter are however more perched, allowing feet to pass underneath.
Very comfortable, the seat of Korean has a longer seat, but lower. With a greater width, that of the American helps to travel better with 3 at the back. In addition, its standard panoramic glass roof enhances headroom while bringing brightness on board. The laminated panes are of better dimensions in these places.
Inside: each has its strengths
How to make it more refined than the presentation offered to front passengers on the Tesla Model Y ? An impression that results in particular from the absence of combined instrumentation behind the steering wheel. The materials used are pleasant, in wood and foamed materials.
Which gives an almost contradictory result: better presentation, but with assemblies that are not up to those found in the Kia EV6. This will be reflected during our test, especially in town, by some parasitic noises from furniture in the Model Y.
The feeling of space is however more present in the American which offers, like its rival, a multitude of arrangements. The central console which separates the passengers at the front of the Korean partly explains this impression.
Tesla remains unmatched for the 15-inch touchpad that sits in the middle of the dashboard. It centralizes almost all the functions of the car, with extreme fluidity of use. And this
is because of the Rysen-type processor that drives it, as found on Sony's PlayStation 5. The system offers a host of sometimes very fun and friendly applications, with access to games, Netflix, YouTube, etc.
“ It's an embedded iPad with its operating system. And that, today, only Tesla offers it, ”underlines Maxime Fontanier. On the other hand, we must forget Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and the head-up display so appreciated in the Kia EV6.
The latter offers the driver a very typical automotive presentation, with a large high central console, a row of 2 12.3-inch screens, and many very accessible and identifiable buttons.
Kia EV6 VS Tesla Model Y: behind the wheel of both vehicles
The 2 electric cars in our test are based on immediately noticeable firm suspensions. Evolving in narrow streets highlights a slightly better turning circle on the Kia EV6: 11.6 m, against 12.1 m with the Tesla Model Y whose steering is also heavier.
The Korean offers a very useful set of paddles behind the steering wheel to adjust the power of regeneration. However, its absence in America is not really a problem due to a very fine and flexible operation with the only accelerator pedal. “ His dosage is so precise that everything seems natural. The engine brake is never too brutal, with very gentle acceleration ”, compares our tester.
For safety, both cars are equipped with a device that monitors blind spots at the rear. It is activated by activating the indicators on the EV6, and thanks to a button on the tablet with the Model Y.
If the Kia is a little more at ease in an urban environment, it will appear firmer to passengers at low speed than to those installed in the Tesla.
The winding roads are a real playground for the Tesla Model Y. This car is then well planted on its supports, does not roll, has a very precise direction, and provides incredible acceleration. With a higher center of gravity, it offers more traction than the Kia EV6.
" It is also difficult to feel the limits of this vehicle as it is well suspended ", feels Maxime Fontanier. Above 80 km/h, the suspension feels much less firm and the car always goes “ where it is asked, without crashing ”. The brakes are also impressively efficient.
The EV6 is barely handicapped by winter tires and its weight
Despite its smaller footprint, the EV6 is significantly heavier than the Model Y: 2,180 versus 1,979 kg, or 201 kg more. Even if the behavior of the Korean in these conditions is also very healthy, with even less roll, it is still more floating, with a more blurred midpoint in the direction, and less effective braking. However, winter tires are no strangers to all these perceptions.
“ We remain on a very high level of grip, road holding, general pleasure, but the Tesla Model Y remains the reference ”, opposes our tester. The American manufacturer has carried out a real weight hunt which makes its electric SUV a model of lightness for its size while being the most efficient.
Lower, the EV6 communicates less air noise in the passenger compartment at high speed, but also concerning the bearings, and nothing at the level of the furniture.
Consumption: the EV6 more greedy than the Model Y
The consumption of the Korean is higher than that of the American SUV, by several kilowatt hours per 100 km. We recorded 25-26kWh/100km on the highway at 130kph and averaged just over 22kWh/100km over the entire distance tested. It will be difficult to fall below 19 kWh/100 km.
Suffice to say that the 506 km of autonomy promised by the WLTP mixed cycle will only very exceptionally be achieved. Counting between 280 and 420 km will be more realistic, depending on use.
Same thing for the American SUV which can however lend itself more effectively to the game of eco-driving. Against 565 km communicated by its manufacturer, the actual range will most often be between 310 and 450 km, for average consumption between 16 and 22 kWh/100 km. “ Users have even managed to go down to 13 kWh/100 km in urban use with an egg under their feet,” points out Maxime Fontanier.
Kia EV6 VS Tesla Model Y: very similar prices for equivalent equipment
During our test, the 2 vehicles were offered at very similar prices: 59,790 euros for the EV6, against 59,990 euros for the Model Y. The latter was however subject to an increase which now places it at 62,990 euros. A price increase which makes him ineligible for the 2,000 euros of the government bonus. Thus, the difference concerning the amount to be indicated on the check is no longer 200 euros, but 5,200 euros against the SUV.
However, to approach its level of equipment, it would be necessary to add to the Korean options which will also make it lose environmental aid. Thus: Sunroof + 20-inch rims (+1,300 euros with the Style pack); driving aids with rear cameras (+2,000 euros); heat pump (+ 1,400 euros).
In the color of the model tested, the EV6 would be charged 65,440 euros. Against 65,090 euros for the Tesla Model Y with its metallic midnight gray paint or 67,190 euros by adding the Induction rims present on the copy at our disposal.