Review Kia EV6 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E - Electric car | Car Blog

The battle to build the perfect EV family. Kia has been bold with its all-new EV6, but how does it stack up against Ford's Mustang Mach-E?

Kia EV6

The EV6 is the first Kia to be designed as an electric car and the first from Kia to use the E-GMP (for Electric Global Modular Platform) architecture, as seen below the Ioniq 5 by Hyundai. 11 new Kia EVs are planned for 2026. Kia already has a good EV reputation mainly thanks to the e-Niro, but six is a more serious endeavor.

It's a modern electric car. The claimed 10 to 80% charge time is just 18 minutes, using an ultra-fast 350kW charger. That's faster than you can recharge the Tesla Model 3, which is standard, powered by its 800-volt system, following the Porsche Taycan. That's twice the standard EV. Not only does it allow for faster charging, but it also reduces weight and reduces heat. Also very clever is the vehicle balance (V2L) function (tested here on Hyundai's Ioniq 5), which uses a tripod plug (under the back seat) to provide portable charging, perfect for camping. It can even charge other EVs through an external adapter.

Top GT-Line S AWD. There are three trim levels and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. RWD models offer better range - up to 328 miles - while dual-motor AWD accelerates harder. The entry-level Air (£40,945) is well equipped, with nav-based smart cruise control. The GT-Line S, as tested, has 20-inch wheels, pop-out door handles and premium Meridian audio.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Mustang was the first Ford designed from the ground up to be an EV, and it's a good first attempt, however you get a feel for the use of the sacred Mustang badge. Instead of a V8 under the bonnet, you'll find a small 'junk' full of charging cables. However, the Mach-E combines a utilitarian crossover body with powerful performance, good range, and a cool Silicon Valley cabin you've never seen before.

The touchscreen-dominant cabin received nods of approval. Order the Extended Range RWD model and you also get a fantastic range (for an electric vehicle) of 379 miles. Notable highlights include small door handles and electrically operated push-buttons, and unusually named driving modes - Whisper, Active and Untamed. They change the vehicle's responsiveness and can also change the background music. Sadly, there's no mode quite like an old-school Mustang V8 at high revs.

We're testing the rear-wheel drive in the standard range, the entry-level model and also the best value. It's well equipped - heated driver and passenger seats, attractive upholstery, adaptive cruise control, wireless charging sockets and much more. You can order all-wheel drive and also Extended Range versions that run on 88kWh of battery - 379 miles if you go with RWD. Order the GT at the top of the range and you'll spend £70k.

Journey with EV6

The American motor industry has also been shaken from its apathy. Its prominent car company now comes from Silicon Valley, not Detroit. However, Detroit is also changing rapidly, and there is no better example than the new Mustang. America's most famous car name has been repurposed from a V8-powered fastback to an electric crossover. Surprisingly good car, a true Tesla rival. The first Ford designed from the ground up as an electric car even had a giant touchscreen that Apple would be so proud of.

The Mustang-vs-Kia comparison shows how dramatically the world of cars has changed. The EV6 is a standout vehicle that bears a lot of resemblance to Jaguar's humorous i-Pace. It's low for a crossover, has cabin styling, big wheels and wings and bodywork, and a long wheelbase - longer than a Sorento SUV. Overall, though, it's not particularly long, as long as the Tesla Model 3 or BMW 3-series.

The Kia's cabin is also the most luxurious here, and in some respects. The control panel is clean and minimalistic, and beautifully shaped. It is cut with recycled plastic bottles and has a very nice touch, modern look. There are two large curved digital displays. There's an instrument cluster in front of the driver that covers the vehicle's speed and range, and a high-definition central touchscreen for infotainment and navigation. Below is a touch bar to control the climate as well as the audio volume, the controls used most often. It's a smart and intuitive alternative to sub-menus or physical buttons on a touchscreen. A large floating center console, driver-side tilting start button and nicely positioned rotary wire-operated motion controller complete the look. Below the dashboard is a large storage tray. The Oddments space is great, the best here.

The seats are slim, nice and comfortable, decorated with black suede and white vegan leather upholstery. On our top-spec GT-Line S, the front seats are also ventilated, heated and have electrically adjustable lumbar support.

There are three driving modes, easily accessible with a button on the steering wheel; think of it as an EV6 manettino. Scroll through the settings - Eco, Normal and Sport - and watch the range drop but the response is still sharp. In the Sport version, the instrument cluster is red and instead of an eco-efficient display you get torque figures. In fact, on most roads, Normal Mode is the better mode. The steering is less difficult.

The claimed range is 300 miles, but even with a full charge we started at just over 290. It moves fast enough in Eco mode. Move to Sport and get out of range 20 miles or so. Our test car was an all-wheel drive dual-engine model, although rear-wheel drive single-engine versions in all trim levels are also offered: performance suffers, beneficial range (up to 328 miles).

The AWD model uses a 226bhp rear and 99bhp front motor. Combine the torque of the two and you get 446lb ft, the largest of the trio. The Kia also feels fastest and is a second quicker to 62mph. But does it feel sporty? Is it fun to drive? Not really. It's quick, calm and sure, but like all electric cars, the smile while driving is hindered by the sheer mass of the vehicle - almost 2.1 tons, half a ton of lithium batteries included. -ion. The steering is sharp and precise, but lifeless.

Mustang Mach-E

With Mustangs. Our test car was a Standard Range Rear Wheel Drive model, although I'm also familiar with the more expensive Extended Range Drive AWD. The entry-level model, as tested (£41,330) is the best value and probably the pick of the range. The AWD has two electronic motors and higher acceleration, but less range. The rear-wheel drive car also feels like a 'real' Mustang, although there are some dynamic similarities between the classic Pony and its calling name.

The Mustang style cues include the long bonnet – unnecessary as it houses the charging cable and not the powerful 5.0-liter V8. It makes the Mustang longer than the EV6 but also smaller inside. There's the prominent Mustang front fascia in the grille (no blue oval Ford badging in sight), and Mustang-esque side and tail treatment including tail lights and a bit of fastback. It looks very special, It's a car with character, if not beautiful.

Inside, the cabin is dominated by a large 15.5-inch touchscreen located vertically in the center of the dashboard. It gives the entire cabin a touch of great technology. Its graphics, style, and visualization are by Apple (or Tesla) standards. The radio volume is controlled by an alloy knob at the base of the monitor. Also welcome is the slim digital instrument cluster in front of the driver, displaying speed and range. However, the cabin is not as luxurious as the Kia and does not have the style of fantasy.

The Mustang drives well enough, and in some ways it's surprisingly good for a two-ton crossover. It's designed for American interstates rather than British B-roads, you might lose your temper because of the powerful engine's traction. The Kia is more stable, more secure, more enjoyable and more agile. The steering wheel can also feel a bit hazy about the American car. But it's not bad. On the highway or A-road, the environment is more likely, it is quiet and comfortable.

Manually operated brake modes are one way to increase engagement. But not at Ford, the EV6 does this best, with four brake modes activated by wheel-mounted paddles. I wanted stronger 'one-pedal' action, putting more weight on the front of the bike to aid the return turn. More interactivity can come from enhanced interior acoustics. Once again Kia offers the most pervasive sci-fi 'engine' sound.

So the rulings of the Giant Trial often involve heated debate. Not this time. There is a clear winner. That.

It drives the best, has the most luxurious cabin and the most advanced electronics, and is most comfortable on broken B-roads or smooth highways. It's a car that stands out from the crowd and showcases many of the advantages of owning an electric vehicle, especially a remarkable space-saving cabin.

The fast charging offered by its 800-volt architecture also offers obvious practical advantages. You're supposed to be able to charge it, on a 350kW charger, in just 18 minutes from 10 to 80%. Please note, we spent twice as long at Gridsserve in Braintree. And 18 minutes is still about five times slower than refueling a car.

The EV6 is further proof that Koreans, more successful than most automakers, have navigated the arduous path from hardware-dominated mechanical engineering to hardware-dependent electronics. soft. Aside from the impressive Ioniq 5, here's another electric car that's right up there with the best. The only disappointment is that, despite its power and poise, it's still not very enjoyable to drive. But then none of these cars.

So, after some debate, we'll give the Mustang a silver medal. It's a perfect car, but it's also a car with character. In key areas, it's also a convincing EV, from the more intuitive controls to quicker infotainment response times. Spend a little more and go for the Extended Range version and you can also get a Tesla beating range.

So a Kia beats a Mustang for the top spot. As another American legend once said, times, they are changing. 

Review Kia EV6 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E - Electric car | Car Blog Review Kia EV6 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E - Electric car | Car Blog Reviewed by Dang Nhan on December 30, 2021 Rating: 5

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