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1. Design & Style
2. 800 Volt architecture
3. 2WD = RWD
4. Vehicle to Load
5. 7 Year Warranty in Australia
A friend asked me yesterday: 'Why do you prefer the KIA EV6 over the VW ID.4?'
I listed the 5 above and now I'll expand a little. These are in my priority order.
1. Design & Style incorporates the Exterior AND Interior Design - I love it. From the short overhangs to the proportions of glasshouse to overall size; for me it looks great. Design also includes the 2900mm wheelbase and the packaging efficiency and interior room that allows. The dash with its 2 screens in a cohesive overall housing beats all the disparate designs out there for me.
Finally I really like the centre console layout, controls and the position of the wireless charger.
2. 800 Volt architecture includes the 100k's in 5 minutes, 80% in 18 minutes benefits. It will be some years before we can take full advantage of these features in Australia due to the slow non-Tesla fast charging infrastructure roll-out however if they're in the vehicle from day one = winning!
3. 2WD = RWD. I've driven RWD cars for 40 years. I've never found a situation where I needed AWD. So the dynamic advantages of a RWD vehicle are important to me. FWD was introduced for packaging efficiency and cost. These are non-events for EV's so why not have the advantages of RWD with the weight saving, larger frunk and less mechanical components to wear over time?
4. Vehicle to Load is self explanatory. I may never use it however the thought of having 1.5kW continuous for over 24 hours depending on the battery's initial state-of-charge is appealing.
5. 7 Year Warranty. In Australia, Kia leads the pack with their 7 Year Warranty. BMW here is still 3 years - most of the others are 5 including Hyundai. From what I can determine, we don't pay any more for the 7 year Warranty so why not have it?
The above are my opinions, yours may be different - vive la différence :)
 

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A friend asked me yesterday: 'Why do you prefer the KIA EV6 over the VW ID.4?'
3. 2WD = RWD. I've driven RWD cars for 40 years. I've never found a situation where I needed AWD. So the dynamic advantages of a RWD vehicle are important to me. FWD was introduced for packaging efficiency and cost. These are non-events for EV's so why not have the advantages of RWD with the weight saving, larger frunk and less mechanical components to wear over time?
The VW ID.4 2WD model is also RWD, not FWD.
 

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I have never found VW brand that appealing to me. While the ID.4 GTX was technically an interesting option (I live in Finland where I "need" or at least would want to have AWD 4 out of 12 months), didn't like its design at all.

For me, the competition was mainly between Hyundai and Kia. While the specs of IONIQ 5 and EV6 are almost equal as one could expect, I found the design of EV6 much more appealing than IONIQ 5. Moreover, I have been a satisfied Kia customer for two cars now. While it doesn't mean that I would never buy a car that is not Kia, positive experience does make it easier to buy a new one. Then there is that 7 versus 5 years between the two Koreans warranties, where seven years beats the hell out from the competitors including various "luxury" brands that do not trust their products that much.

V2L is an interesting bonus. In finland, its 3.6kW makes it possible to do just about everything everywhere, and I am yet to see what will be its most used application. At least I do add a powerful hairdryer to my winter survival package to get that charging port door open also in the most ugly winter weather where everything is frozen. Also, I frequently visit three cabins without electricity, where that option is just great.
 

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You all bring valid points to the table that we (at least budget minded like me) should seriously consider. Also a long time fan of the Korean brands. The business models and communications lead me to question if FE's are worthy of investment but that can apply for almost any product. Call me frugal i am almost priced out/not ready to shell out $70K+, I will still closely monitor VW/AUDI platforms. Jury is still out so will wait and see how the Korean cousins overcome FE recall or issues and adjust to customer feedback for 2nd and later releases.
 

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Ask to the forum: Why did you buy or order the Kia EV6 and choose it over the Tesla Model Y! The two vehicles are very similar ..
 

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Ask to the forum: Why did you buy or order the Kia EV6 and choose it over the Tesla Model Y! The two vehicles are very similar ..
It's not available in Canada yet but I'll throw in my 2 cents.

  • Looks better (I know, subjective)
  • Perceived build quality
  • Charging speed
  • Dashboard that I like (Not a fan of the minimalist Tesla interior. A blend of touch and physical buttons is appreciated)
  • No pricing but I'm guessing it'll come in slightly under the Y. (Definitely lower in base trim since there's a RWD 58kWh version but let's compare similar specs and I think it'll still be slightly cheaper)
  • Optional V2L - cool party trick for camping
 

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Ask to the forum: Why did you buy or order the Kia EV6 and choose it over the Tesla Model Y! The two vehicles are very similar ..
It’s a good question and I would add to Roberts response although it’s more subjective. The images and vids I have seen so far the interface appears at once traditional but adds a brilliant mix of new technology. I also prefer the cockpit approach it looks more driver centric than the open plan of Tesla.
As to the ops list absolutely 100% agree, already bought a microwave, Airfryer and picnic basket to stick in the boot/trunk, oh and the wife’s curling tongs.
 
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