A prominent UK car expert reviews the Kia EV9 which is about to launch in India soon. The EV9 represents Kia’s top-notch offerings in the world of future transportation. Its exterior flaunts a modern and stylish design, while the interior combines recycled materials with advanced technology. Positioned as Kia’s first-ever 7-seat electric SUV, the EV9 is constructed on the specialized Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), showing the brand’s dedication to advanced design and eco-friendly innovation. Let’s see what the reviewer thinks of this 7-seat luxury electric SUV.
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UK Expert Reviews Kia EV9 – Exterior Design
This video comes from carwow on YouTube. The exterior design of the Kia EV9 combines the latest design philosophy from the Korean auto giant. Upfront, the EV9 features modern LED daytime running lights (DRLs), LED headlamps, a strong bumper with a sturdy skid plate, and a sealed-off grille section, giving it a bold and imposing appearance overall. The LED taillamps of the EV9 stand out with their vertical orientation, stretching to the sides. Alongside, there’s a roof-mounted spoiler, a sporty bumper, a tough skid plate, and chrome inserts behind the rear fenders. Looking at the sides, you’ll notice stylish dual-tone alloy wheels, side body cladding, flush-fitting door handles, roof rails, and a sturdy, boxy shape. In fact, the overall silhouette enhances the road presence of this electric SUV.
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UK Expert Reviews Kia EV9 – Interior
On the inside, the cabin oozes premium vibes. The overall layout is quite sophisticated and minimalistic. That is in line with most premium EVs today. The vlogger mentions that there are soft-touch materials on the upper sections of the car including door panels, centre console and dashboard. However, the bits down below bear plastic materials, which is not unusual. Carmakers use this technique to keep costs in check. The third-row seating is particularly comfortable. There are even ISOFIX child seat mounts in the second and third rows. Even with all three rows up, the boot space is a healthy 330 litres. This expands to 830 litres with the third row folded. In terms of the safety and convenience features, the list is rather expansive. Top highlights include:
- Connected Touchscreen Displays for Infotainment and Driver’s Instrument Cluster
- Physical buttons for shortcut functions for HVAC and other features
- Multiple USB ports
- Comfortable Seats with Electrical Adjustment for Lumbar and Position with Heating, Cooling and Massage
- Wireless Smartphone Charging
- Fingerprint Sensor for individual settings
- Dual-Panel Electric Sunroof
- Option of 6 or 7 seats with revolving second-row seating and sliding and reclining function
- Hands-free Powered Tailgate
- 90 litre Frunk (with RWD variant)
- Remote Control Driving to get out of Parking Spot
- ADAS Functions – Lane Keep Assist, Single Pedal Driving with Autonomous Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more
- 3-Pin Charging Socket to power external electrical appliances
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- 360-degree Camera
- Regenerative Braking
- Terrain Modes
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The EV9 is already on sale in many international markets. It is about 4,930 mm long, 2,055 mm wide, and 1,790 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3,100 mm. It can travel approximately 350 miles (563 km) on a single charge in the single-motor 2WD version and 315 miles (507 km) in the dual-motor AWD configuration (GT-Line version). Also, the RWD version makes 203 hp which goes up to 385 hp in AWD configuration. The electric motors receive power from a ginormous 100 kWh battery pack. Furthermore, the luxury electric SUV supports 210 kW DC fast charging and 11 kW AC fast charging capabilities. There are various terrain modes on offer to ensure maximum traction across various terrains.
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The reviewer is mighty impressed by the way the Kia EV9 drives. The suspension setup is particularly comfortable. He is barely able to feel the undulations on the road. This is despite the electric SUV not getting air suspension. In the city, the light steering is certainly helpful. He even performs the acceleration test and gets a 0-60 mph sprint in under 5 seconds. Note that this SUV weighs over 2.6 tons. To have such brisk acceleration is quite unreal. All in all, the review asks his viewers to buy the electric SUV straightaway. That is a testament to just how impressive it is.
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The electric vehicle industry is growing rapidly worldwide. In India, companies like Tata Motors have become big players in the budget EV market. However, if you’re interested in higher-end EVs, models like the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are worth considering. The EV9 will be Kia’s top-of-the-line EV in India. Actually, it’s Kia’s flagship EV worldwide right now. So, with the EV9, we’ll get to see Kia’s best. We’ll need to watch out for its launch in our market
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