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I've had two runs now in an EV6 GT line-S RWD.

I really enjoy the linear progression, and can only expect that a AWD one would be better. Tech and cabin layout is very good. I hear people saying the boot isn't as big as you might expect, and I guess that's right, but its not a major consideration for me. I loved the look of the matte silver, but as has already been mentioned by some, the dealer warned me that there were a lot of rules around what you can do with it. I read up on it and it can't be polished or waxed, or use any product with wax. So if you get a slight scratch, no chance you will be able to polish it out. So unfortunately that would rule it out for me, and therefore my next choice is the blue colour.

On driving i did notice a couple of things, and would appreciate others thoughts.

1) Very quite from start and around town. However, once I got to 35mpg ish, road noise started to kick in, and by the time I got to 60+, the fact there was no engine nocise was neither here nor there, as IMO the road/tyre noise would have mostly drownd it out. Tyre pressures were 38/36 which seemed about right. I'm wondering whether 19" wheels would help in this regard. Anyone with a GTline have any thoughts ? If so I'd think about asking the dealer to swap the 20" for 19"'s

2) The two tone effect on the 20"s is acheived by black plastics clip ons, so the "alloys" are really Alloy/plastic facings. Trying to get good pics of the 19", but having found any to see if they are tru two-tone alloys.

3) Range....the one i had, was working out about 225Miles for 100% when I worked out the charge left and the mileage estimate. Now this is a demo car, so probably like me, many are giving it a a damn good squirt, but still a bit disapointing for a car with a headline figure of "up to 328". And as my preference is for the AWD, a bit concerned. The range I'm looking for is to be able to take me down to Dub airport (100 Miles) sit there for 2 weeks, and then take me back again. That's the longest run where i'd really want to do it without a top-up.

4) the in-screen side mirror display was quite a treat. The first time i had a test drive, it was raining quite a bit. In those conditions the display was a watery mess. Did drying up when you got slow enough to do you left/right turn, but they wouldn't be great for checking blindspots for lan changing in rainy conditions.
 

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I've had two runs now in an EV6 GT line-S RWD.

I really enjoy the linear progression, and can only expect that a RWD one would be better. Tech and cabin layout is very good. I hear people saying the boot isn't as big as you might expect, and I guess that's right, but its not a major considerationg for me. I loved the look of the matte silver, but as has already been mentioned by some, the dealer warned me that there were a lot of rules around what you can do with it. I read up on it and it can't be polished or waxed, or use any product with wax. So if you get a slight scratch, no chance you will be able to polish it out. So unfortunately that would rule it out for me, and therefore my next choice is the blue colour.

On driving i did notice a couple of things, and would appreciate others thoughts.

1) Very quite from start and around town. However, once I got to 35mpg ish, road noise started to kick in, and by the time I got to 60+, the fact there was no engine nocise was neither here nor there, as IMO the road/tyre noise would have mostly drownd it out. Tyre pressures were 38/36 which seemed about right. I'm wondering whether 19" wheels would help in this regard. Anyone with a GTline have any thoughts ? If so I'd think about asking the dealer to swap the 20" for 19"'s

2) The two tone effect on the 20"s is acheived by black plastics clip ons, so the "alloys" are really Alloy/plastic facings. Trying to get good pics of the 19", but having found any to see if they are tru two-tone alloys.

3) Range....the one i had, was working out about 225Miles for 100% when I worked out the charge left and the mileage estimate. Now this is a demo car, so probably like me, many are giving it a a damn good squirt, but still a bit disapointing for a car with a headline figure of "up to 328". And as my preference is for the AWD, a bit concerned. The range I'm looking for is to be able to take me down to Dub airport (100 Miles) sit there for 2 weeks, and then take me back again. That's the longest run where i'd really want to do it without a top-up.

4) the in-screen side mirror display was quite a treat. The first time i had a test drive, it was raining quite a bit. In those conditions the display was a watery mess. Did drying up when you got slow enough to do you left/right turn, but they wouldn't be great for checking blindspots for lan changing in rainy conditions.
They won't swap 20" for 19".................I've asked two dealers. :sneaky:
 

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your likely right, but i guess it depends how keen the dealer is for a sale, and whether he has a customer for a 19" wheel EV6 that fancies a free upgrade to 20"s
 

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Similar issue on range. We have an EV6 GTLine RWD with Heat pump. On 100% charge and 3 degs outside temp at the moment its advising 278 mile with no heating or 226 miles with heating (daylight so no lighting power drain) and also in ECO mode.
Also numerous problems with heating remote control discussed on another thread and also with very slow/poor heating.
A few weeks ago with outside temp about 10-12 deg's we did 230 miles round trip in ECO mode - driving very sensibly mostly on A roads with 25 left to go at the end - i.e range of 260 miles.
Personally I wish I had waited to get the heating issues sorted before buying. Other than these issues found to date, the car is great !
 

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I've had two runs now in an EV6 GT line-S RWD.

I really enjoy the linear progression, and can only expect that a AWD one would be better. Tech and cabin layout is very good. I hear people saying the boot isn't as big as you might expect, and I guess that's right, but its not a major consideration for me. I loved the look of the matte silver, but as has already been mentioned by some, the dealer warned me that there were a lot of rules around what you can do with it. I read up on it and it can't be polished or waxed, or use any product with wax. So if you get a slight scratch, no chance you will be able to polish it out. So unfortunately that would rule it out for me, and therefore my next choice is the blue colour.

On driving i did notice a couple of things, and would appreciate others thoughts.

1) Very quite from start and around town. However, once I got to 35mpg ish, road noise started to kick in, and by the time I got to 60+, the fact there was no engine nocise was neither here nor there, as IMO the road/tyre noise would have mostly drownd it out. Tyre pressures were 38/36 which seemed about right. I'm wondering whether 19" wheels would help in this regard. Anyone with a GTline have any thoughts ? If so I'd think about asking the dealer to swap the 20" for 19"'s

2) The two tone effect on the 20"s is acheived by black plastics clip ons, so the "alloys" are really Alloy/plastic facings. Trying to get good pics of the 19", but having found any to see if they are tru two-tone alloys.

3) Range....the one i had, was working out about 225Miles for 100% when I worked out the charge left and the mileage estimate. Now this is a demo car, so probably like me, many are giving it a a damn good squirt, but still a bit disapointing for a car with a headline figure of "up to 328". And as my preference is for the AWD, a bit concerned. The range I'm looking for is to be able to take me down to Dub airport (100 Miles) sit there for 2 weeks, and then take me back again. That's the longest run where i'd really want to do it without a top-up.

4) the in-screen side mirror display was quite a treat. The first time i had a test drive, it was raining quite a bit. In those conditions the display was a watery mess. Did drying up when you got slow enough to do you left/right turn, but they wouldn't be great for checking blindspots for lan changing in rainy conditions.
I can presume if you are 100 miles from Dublin airport then you are based around Belfast?
My wife just done overnight Belfast to clontarf (around 105 miles) last weekend in eco.
It was touch and go if she would have made it back and we have range topping ‘air’.

it was cold so presume this would not be an issue in summer months?
I think the big worry for you would be leaving it there for 2 months. I left my car for 2 days at weekend there (2-3deg) and it lost around 3% battery. Not sure how this would look after 2 weeks!

the one big bonus that put our minds at ease is the ionity chargers at circle k in Meath literally off the motorway between Belfast and Dublin.

she stopped there and got car from 40 to 92% in around 15 mins. There are 5 ionity chargers in Ireland and their placement is great for travelling anywhere around the country as long as you going via Dublin ring road.
 

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Similar issue on range. We have an EV6 GTLine RWD with Heat pump. On 100% charge and 3 degs outside temp at the moment its advising 278 mile with no heating or 226 miles with heating (daylight so no lighting power drain) and also in ECO mode.
Also numerous problems with heating remote control discussed on another thread and also with very slow/poor heating.
A few weeks ago with outside temp about 10-12 deg's we did 230 miles round trip in ECO mode - driving very sensibly mostly on A roads with 25 left to go at the end - i.e range of 260 miles.
Personally I wish I had waited to get the heating issues sorted before buying. Other than these issues found to date, the car is great !
Does anyone know if this quite large drop in range is common in all EV's or is it just a Kia problem/fault. I'm a bit concerned about leaving a car at an airport for 2 weeks in the winter and finding it 'flat' !
 

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Does anyone know if this quite large drop in range is common in all EV's or is it just a Kia problem/fault. I'm a bit concerned about leaving a car at an airport for 2 weeks in the winter and finding it 'flat' !
They're all the same generally speaking. Temperature has a huge effect on the ideal operation of the batteries.
 

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I can presume if you are 100 miles from Dublin airport then you are based around Belfast?
My wife just done overnight Belfast to clontarf (around 105 miles) last weekend in eco.
It was touch and go if she would have made it back and we have range topping ‘air’.

it was cold so presume this would not be an issue in summer months?
I think the big worry for you would be leaving it there for 2 months. I left my car for 2 days at weekend there (2-3deg) and it lost around 3% battery. Not sure how this would look after 2 weeks!

the one big bonus that put our minds at ease is the ionity chargers at circle k in Meath literally off the motorway between Belfast and Dublin.

she stopped there and got car from 40 to 92% in around 15 mins. There are 5 ionity chargers in Ireland and their placement is great for travelling anywhere around the country as long as you going via Dublin ring road.
Thanks for the reply. I'm actually in Omagh, Tyrone, which is around 100m or so to the airport. Its a 2week holiday I'm thinking about (not 2 months). I did some research and noted the good speed charger just off the main motorway, and I go up that far before heading towards ardee etc so its an option. Bit concerned that in another year or so, the number of EVs is going to majorly outnumber the chargers and the chance of getting an empty charger when you really need one will reduce. I've orders an AWD with 20" wheels, so I'm gusiing that's what your wife was driving ?
 

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I read in a few places that they don't drop much at all while parked. If you consider a 12V battery lasts fine for weeks on end, and an EV can't be powering anymore equipment than an ICE would be while parked. An EV battery losing 3% must be 40-50% for a 12 volt battery ?

Perhaps it "lost" it simply because the batteries were just colder than when you parked, ? and it would have still indicated 3% even 2 weeks later ?
 

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Does anyone know if this quite large drop in range is common in all EV's or is it just a Kia problem/fault. I'm a bit concerned about leaving a car at an airport for 2 weeks in the winter and finding it 'flat' !
It's very common for all lithium ion batteries. Happens to laptops, phones etc too. Would be probably worse for an EV as so much more factors (outside temps, lots of tech etc). 1% per day is normal, but for smaller batteries it's 1% per day, then the next day it's 1% of the 99% etc etc. It would only run flat after a while if something was using it.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I'm actually in Omagh, Tyrone, which is around 100m or so to the airport. Its a 2week holiday I'm thinking about (not 2 months). I did some research and noted the good speed charger just off the main motorway, and I go up that far before heading towards ardee etc so its an option. Bit concerned that in another year or so, the number of EVs is going to majorly outnumber the chargers and the chance of getting an empty charger when you really need one will reduce. I've orders an AWD with 20" wheels, so I'm gusiing that's what your wife was driving ?
I have AWD 19” wheels so it “should” be the best range available.
I would like to try it as although my wife said she was in eco, I could bet my house the heating (when it worked) was blasting.

had that worry about the chargers but generally service stations are only in use for small amounts of time. Would also say that as the usage goes up, so will the number of chargers, easier to install them than actual new petrol stations and if there is money to be made I’d presume companies will provide the service!

I’ll be doing 90%+ of my charging at home anyhow and using other rapid chargers for bigger journeys when required.
They are a good to have rather than a need to have now that I have had the vehicle for 2 weeks and understand how I will use it.
 

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Yeah the 19" wheels would get better range than the 20". I've got one ordered now,AWD Line S, so 20" wheels. I've put the feelers out at the dealer to let them know that anyone that gets 19" wheels and wants a free swap, I'm their man. Actually just going for the comfort than range.
 

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I read in a few places that they don't drop much at all while parked. If you consider a 12V battery lasts fine for weeks on end, and an EV can't be powering anymore equipment than an ICE would be while parked. An EV battery losing 3% must be 40-50% for a 12 volt battery ?

Perhaps it "lost" it simply because the batteries were just colder than when you parked, ? and it would have still indicated 3% even 2 weeks later ?
That’s a very good point, I don’t understand exactly how the batteries work but the 3% was lost between a mild sat evening and a very cold Monday morning!

still very happy with the range though, especially city driving of which I will be doing most of
 
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