2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line evaluate

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There’s been a variety of exercise within the mid-sized electrical SUV phase, however giant electrical SUVs – at the least these with out luxurious nameplates – are few and much between.

Enter the hulking 2024 Kia EV9, which measures simply over 5.0 metres lengthy – across the similar measurement as a Toyota LandCruiser 300 Collection – and is priced above $100,000 drive-away, even in base guise.

Whereas some manufacturers appear to need to make their EVs both seem like blobs or simply facsimiles of their combustion-powered vehicles, Kia has taken a unique route.

The EV9 seems to be remarkably just like the idea that previewed it, with its squared-off strains and bulging fenders. Our tester’s matte blue exterior end makes it look much more like the unique idea.

This SUV has critical presence, and it’s bluff and imposing with out simply trying like a field on wheels.

If the design is a deal-breaker for you however you need an electrical three-row SUV proper now, you’re out of luck. You may get a significantly smaller Mercedes-Benz EQB, or a significantly dearer EQS SUV.

The Tesla Mannequin X is useless in Australia, and the EV9’s Ioniq-badged platform-mate isn’t due in Hyundai Australia showrooms till later this 12 months.

The Kia and its upcoming Hyundai sibling, previewed by the 2021 Seven idea, are the most important autos on the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP devoted electrical car (EV) structure.

They’re significantly bigger than platform-mates just like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 and Kia EV6.

How does the Kia EV9 evaluate?

View an in depth breakdown of the Kia EV9 in opposition to equally sized autos.

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How a lot does the Kia EV9 price?

There are three EV9s on supply.

2024 Kia EV9 pricing:

  • 2024 Kia EV9 Air: $97,000
  • 2024 Kia EV9 Earth: $106,500
  • 2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line: $121,000

Costs exclude on-road prices

To see how the Kia EV9 compares with its rivals, use our comparability device.

The EV9 is an electrical counterpart of types to the Kia Telluride, a big three-row crossover, intently associated to the Hyundai Palisade, which isn’t offered right here.

There’s no Telluride or Palisade that gives the sort of acceleration on supply with the EV9, and the electrical Kia – which is totally unrelated mechanically – additionally boasts some unique options.

Nonetheless, for comparability’s sake, the $121,000 earlier than on-roads value of our GT-Line, which works out to be $140,200 drive-away, is simply over $41,000 greater than the costliest Hyundai Palisade.

What’s the Kia EV9 like on the within?

The Kia EV9’s inside is clear and fashionable however, whereas it doesn’t really feel low-cost, it isn’t what we’d name luxurious when it comes to supplies.

However, it manages to keep away from trying like every other Kia.

There’s numerous smooth-grained, soft-touch plastic, harking back to a Hyundai Ioniq 5. Whereas it’s nicer than a Kia EV6 with its onerous plastic sprint, there’s not a sea of leather-based and neat stitching particulars such as you would possibly count on in a $100,000+ SUV.

Material inserts might be discovered on the doorways, sprint and on the edges of the centre console within the GT-Line, and serve to interrupt up this plastic. There are additionally metal-look accents on the sprint, in addition to gloss gray trim.

Not like the opposite members of the EV9 vary, the GT-Line encompasses a black suede (as a substitute of gray cloth) headliner. There are additionally alloy pedals and sill plates.

Additionally bettering the atmosphere is the intensive ambient lighting, which lets you choose colors for 2 totally different zones for a reasonably Mercedes-Benz-like impact. The illuminated Kia emblem on the steering wheel is a neat contact, too. Each of those options might be discovered on the mid-range Earth.

The entrance seats have a sexy two-tone therapy, distinctive mesh headrests, and have heating, air flow and, for the motive force solely, a superb therapeutic massage operate.

The GT-Line uniquely will get ‘Premium Rest’ seats with two-way energy leg rests, four-way energy lumbar and power-adjustable bolsters. Meaning they’re each snug if you’re driving, but additionally a delight if you’re enjoyable in your automotive ready for it to complete charging.

There’s a subtly patterned trim piece stretching throughout the sprint that comprises touch-capacitive shortcut buttons for capabilities just like the satellite tv for pc navigation. These are backlit when the automotive is on, and have haptic suggestions if you press them – although you’ll want to present them a agency press.

There’s nonetheless some conventional switchgear on the sprint, together with easy buttons for adjusting fan pace and temperature, and a metallic curler wheel for adjusting quantity. On the doorways, you’ll discover bodily switches for options just like the heated and ventilated seats.

These are all tactile, as are the metallic switches on the steering wheel.

Talking of the steering wheel, the illuminated Kia emblem is a neat contact.

Whereas the switches for fan pace and temperature are simple to entry and use, the local weather management display itself isn’t. It sits between the infotainment touchscreen and digital instrument cluster, which suggests it’s blocked by the steering wheel… except you’ve gotten a really, very totally different seating place to me.

The digital instrument cluster has neat graphics however there’s no map view such as you’ll discover in numerous European autos. It’s possible you’ll not have a look at all of it that a lot, although, as there’s a superb head-up show.

The infotainment system is superb, other than the peculiar absence of wi-fi connectivity – at the least for now – for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Each properly replenish the 12.3-inch display.

Response occasions are fast and menus are intuitive. All that must be mounted is the annoying consumer profile display that seems if you begin the automotive and which takes too lengthy to go away.

We additionally famous a few attention-grabbing messages. When cleansing the windscreen, a message appeared on the touchscreen advising the scent of the washer fluid was robotically prevented from getting into the cabin, whereas on one other event the display suggested us the rear air-conditioning had been turned off because the car (appropriately) didn’t detect any rear-seat occupants.

By way of storage, there’s an expansive shelf beneath the centre console which helps make up for the pretty small centre console bin beneath the centre armrest subsequent to the wi-fi charging pad.

There are two cupholders within the centre console which might be retracted to kind a extra open storage cavity, or hid beneath a curler cowl.

The second-row ground is flat, and the ambient lighting carries by way of to the again. There are USB-C shops on the entrance seatbacks and air vents within the B-pillars, whereas there’s an unusually voluminous but darkish storage space on the rear of the centre console.

There’s loads of room in each route, and the second-row bench is snug. There’s a fold-down centre armrest with cupholders, plus guide sunblinds.

Automobiles on devoted EV platforms are sometimes touted as providing packaging superior to combustion-powered autos.

Maybe that’s why I used to be anticipating an enormous third row, which the EV9 doesn’t have. A Palisade or Grand Cherokee L is arguably extra snug again right here for adults.

You may make it work, although. The third-row occupants of the EV9 might want to ask their pals within the second row to scooch their seat ahead a bit. It’s doable to have adults sit in each the second and third rows, offered they’re not NBA gamers.

With the second row in its common place, I couldn’t sit within the third row with out my knees being pressed firmly in opposition to the second row seatbacks, and I’m 180cm tall.

Headroom is nice, nonetheless, owing to the automotive’s boxy form.

By way of facilities, there are two cupholders and one USB-C outlet on both facet, plus air vents. There are top-tether factors for all second and third row seats, plus 4 ISOFIX anchor factors throughout these rows.

Boot house is common. You’ll be able to match a big suitcase and a carry-on with the third row up, with the house measuring 333L. Dropping the third row, which is finished by pulling the straps on the seatbacks, will increase house to 828L.

You’ll be able to drop the second row seats with the press of a button, additional rising cargo house to 2318L.

Within the boot, you’ll discover a 250V 16A outlet – useful if you wish to, for instance, cost a laptop computer – in addition to a 12V 180W outlet, and switches to drop the second-row seats. Not like different EV9s, the GT-Line additionally options an exterior vehicle-to-load (V2L) outlet.

As with most EVs, there’s no spare tyre. As an alternative, all you get is a tyre mobility equipment.

Beneath the bonnet, there’s an illuminated 52L storage compartment. That’s down on the 90L within the rear-wheel drive Air, with the presence of a entrance electrical motor necessitating a smaller compartment. It’s additionally rated to hold solely 20kg, as a substitute of 40kg, and goes with out an adjunct internet.

What’s beneath the bonnet?

The GT-Line shares its dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain with the mid-range Air, although Kia claims a 0.7-second faster 0-100km/h time.

Mannequin Kia EV9 GT-Line AWD
Drivetrain Twin-motor electrical
Battery 99.8kWh lithium-ion
Energy 283kW
Torque 700Nm
Pushed wheels All-wheel drive
0-100km/h time (claimed) 5.3 seconds
0-100km/h time (as examined) 5.21 seconds
Weight 2636kg (tare)
Vitality effectivity (claimed) 22.8kWh/100km (WLTP)
Vitality effectivity (as examined) 20.8kWh/100km (metropolis, freeway, suburban loop)
22.2kWh/100km (over the course of every week)
Claimed vary 505km
Max DC cost charge 270kW

To see how the EV9 compares with its rivals, use our comparability device.

How does the Kia EV9 drive?

Kia engineers ought to be counseled for making a automotive on large 21-inch wheels experience this effectively with out adaptive or air suspension.

We’ve pushed some Hyundai Motor Group merchandise on bigger wheels that may have a stiff really feel over bumps and ruts, and but have a floaty really feel to their suspension.

Not so the EV9. As you experience over bumps and ruts, there are simply muffled thumps with no influence harshness, whereas the car additionally feels properly tied down. Pockmarked roads are dispatched with no drama.

It will get somewhat extra terse on an unsealed highway, nevertheless it’s nonetheless snug. There’s little if any penalty on experience consolation exacted by the 21s in contrast with the 19-inch wheels on the bottom Air.

For one thing that weighs over two and a half tons and rides a 3100mm wheelbase, the EV9 can be impressively nimble.

It appears to shrink round you, as a drive alongside a winding mountain highway proved. The steering has a pleasant, progressive weighting to it, even when it mightn’t be the final phrase in highway really feel, and you may throw this huge bus into tight corners with out issues going pear-shaped.

However the place the EV9’s outsized dimensions are painfully obvious is in a parking zone. That lengthy wheelbase makes this automotive a ache to park, even when the steering is sufficiently gentle. The turning circle is 12.4m.

There’s an automatic parking system that may establish and manoeuvre into each parallel and perpendicular spots. You can even have it find a spot and get out of the automotive, holding down a button on the important thing fob to look at it manoeuvre into the spot. It’s a neat occasion trick, even when it’s not all that helpful.

The GT-Line is correctly fast, doing the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.3 seconds. That’s speedy for one thing this huge and heavy, and but Kia nonetheless plans to launch an virtually definitely faster GT mannequin!

There’s fast torque on faucet in typical EV style, and the EV9 will get its energy to the bottom easily and effortlessly.

You’ll be able to activate a pretend propulsion sound, which was cool for about 10 minutes. I then turned it off and by no means activated it once more.

As an alternative, I simply loved the nearly imperceptible whir of the electrical motors. The cabin is quiet, with wind and tyre noise effectively suppressed.

There’s somewhat tyre roar on coarse-chip roads, however not a lot you could’t simply have a dialog together with your passengers.

The GT-Line will get three further drive modes, with Snow, Mud and Sand becoming a member of Eco, Regular, Sport and My Drive Mode.

In Kia style, the lane-keep help and lane centring are reasonably over-eager, however they know what they’re doing; even curvy off-ramps aren’t any drawback for the latter.

The Freeway Driving Help, which mixes the adaptive cruise and lane centring programs, makes the freeway commute virtually senseless.

As with different current Hyundai Motor Group merchandise, there’s an annoying overspeed alert that received’t shut up. It bings when it detects a brand new pace restrict, it dings if you happen to exceed it even solely barely, and is simply an all-round ache within the behind. It additionally defaults to on, so it’s a must to manually flip it off every time.

Kia’s useful star shortcut buttons might be programmed to take you to the motive force help programs menu so you may flip off this method (you may flip off the sounds and maintain the pace signal readout lively).

I went to program the star button to take me there, and located the earlier driver had already finished it. Clearly I’m not the one one that finds this method annoying.

The driving force consideration monitoring system precisely identifies whether or not you’re paying consideration, although I discovered it chided me a few occasions for not trying forward after I was merely trying down on the digital instrument cluster.

Kia’s Blind Spot View Monitor is a wonderful concept, with digital camera footage of your blind spot showing within the instrument cluster if you point out along with the standard indicator lights within the exterior mirrors.

There’s a digital rear-view mirror, permitting you to drag a tab under the mirror to change it to displaying digital camera footage of what’s behind you. That’s useful when you’ve got a automotive loaded up with individuals and their belongings.

The digital digital camera mirrors are much less helpful. Positive, they’re a fantastic dialog starter, however I’m struggling to think about one benefit they maintain over typical mirrors.

While you go to vary lanes, useful pointers seem, so there’s that. However absolutely there aren’t any effectivity beneficial properties right here, given they stick out simply as a lot as common mirrors and don’t notably look any extra aerodynamic.

Sadly, if you happen to get the GT-Line, you’re caught with them.

On a blast by way of the mountains, I noticed vitality consumption of round 33kWh per 100km. Over a loop comprising inner-city, suburban and freeway driving, we recorded consumption of 20.8kWh/100km, and this elevated barely to 22.2kWh/100km over the course of every week.

That’s near the official WLTP declare of twenty-two.8kWh/100km.

With 100 per cent cost, the EV9 GT-Line displayed vary of 552km, although the official WLTP declare is 505km.

You’ll be able to regulate the extent of regenerative braking utilizing the paddle shifters, although you’ll have to have interaction i-Pedal – Kia’s one-pedal driving mode – every time you begin the car. Once more, that is finished by way of the paddles.

i-Pedal will carry the automotive to a cease, nevertheless it’s not among the many extra aggressive one-pedal programs on the market.

Lastly, now we have to reward the adaptive LED headlights which not solely look nice, however work beautifully by casting gentle far and extensive with out dazzling oncoming motorists.

What do you get?

There are three trim ranges within the EV9 vary, with the GT-Line sitting on the prime for now.

EV9 Air highlights:

  • Automobile to Load (V2L) inside socket
  • Battery conditioning with warmth pump
  • Eco, Regular, Sport and customized drive modes
  • 19-inch alloy wheels in Kumho/Nexen 255/60 R19 tyres
  • Tyre stress monitoring
  • Tyre mobility equipment
  • Electrochromic rear-view mirror
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Automated high-beam
  • Automated LED headlights
  • Keyless entry and begin
  • Distant begin
  • Seven seats
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • 8-way power-adjustable entrance seats with 2-way energy lumbar
  • Sliding and reclining second-row seats
  • Energy-folding second row
  • 60:40 cut up/fold second-row seats
  • 50:50 cut up/fold third-row seats
  • Reclining third-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated entrance seats
  • Ventilated entrance seats
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Kia Join Telematics
  • Satellite tv for pc navigation
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 5.0-inch local weather display
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 8-speaker sound system
  • Tri-zone local weather management
  • DAB digital radio
  • Fingerprint authentication
  • Wi-fi cellphone charger
  • 6 x USB-C shops (two for every row)
  • 2 x 12V shops (one up entrance, one within the boot)
  • 9 x cupholders

EV9 Earth:

  • Terrain Mode Choose (Snow, Mud, Sand modes)
  • 64-colour ambient lighting
  • Gloss Black wheel arch extensions

EV9 GT-Line:

  • Automobile to Load (V2L) exterior adaptor
  • Energetic Sound Design (synthetic propulsion sound)
  • 21-inch alloy wheels in Continental 285/45 R21 tyres
  • Digital Facet Mirrors
  • Digital rear-view mirror
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Twin sunroofs
  • Rear privateness glass
  • Gloss Black window surrounds
  • Distant Sensible Park Help 2
  • Two-tone leatherette upholstery
  • ‘Premium Rest’ entrance seats with two-way energy leg rests
  • Driver’s reminiscence
  • Heated and ventilated outboard second-row seats
  • Black suede headliner
  • Augmented actuality head-up show
  • 14-speaker Meridian sound system
  • Illuminated steering wheel emblem
  • Alloy pedals
  • ‘GT-Line Material’ sprint, door and centre console trim
  • Debossed, backlit touch-capacitive controls

Is the Kia EV9 protected?

The Kia EV9 has but to be examined by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.

Normal security tools throughout the vary contains:

  • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Automobile, pedestrian, bicycle owner detection
    • Junction turning/crossing help
    • Direct/oncoming lane change detection
  • Adaptive cruise management with cease/go
  • Blind-spot help
  • Lane-keep help
  • Lane Following Help (lane centring)
  • Freeway Drive Help 2 with Lane Change Help
  • Rear cross-traffic help
  • Protected exit help
  • Clever pace restrict help
  • Driver consideration monitoring
  • Main car departure alert
  • Rear occupant alert (sensor-based)
  • Entrance and rear parking sensors
  • Reversing digital camera
  • Twin entrance airbags
  • First- and second-row facet airbags
  • Entrance centre airbag
  • Curtain airbags for all three rows

EV9 Earth provides:

  • Parking Collision Avoidance Help – Reverse
  • Encompass-view digital camera with 3D mode
  • Blind Spot View Monitor

The GT-Line additionally options facet and ahead variations for the Parking Collision Avoidance Help.

How a lot does the Kia EV9 price to run?

The Kia EV9 is backed by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre car guarantee, with a seven-year, 150,000km guarantee for high-voltage parts just like the battery and electrical motors.

Kia gives a selection of three-, five- and seven-year pre-paid service plans. These are priced at $706, $1351 and $1997, respectively.

CarExpert’s Tackle the Kia EV9

The EV9 is the most important car Kia has ever offered right here and the costliest.

It’s additionally arguably essentially the most spectacular car ever from the Korean model, which has produced some genuinely interesting, aspirational autos just like the Stinger, K9 and EV6.

From its show-stopping seems to be to its spectacular know-how, the Kia EV9 feels extra like an idea automotive than your typical three-row SUV.

And but it’s not simply flash. There’s loads of real substance right here, from the surprisingly snug experience to the agile dynamics and the lengthy checklist of security tools.

Our gripes are few, however embrace a reasonably small third row and overbearing security assists.

Nonetheless, whereas the EV9 has basically no direct rivals, there’s nonetheless no getting round that lofty price ticket.

The excellent news is cheaper EV9s are equally spectacular. Even the entry-level Air, regardless of being slower and missing a few of the GT-Line’s devices, is effectively value taking a look at if you wish to transfer to an electrical SUV.

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