Read Caroline’s Kia EV9 review for everything you need to know about buying Kia’s new large electric SUV in Ireland.

The Kia EV9 is one of the most anticipated new electric SUVs to arrive in 2024. With the option of six or seven seats, it’s one of the few large electric people carriers on sale.

What’s more, it’s one of the most desirable with futuristic SUV vibes and some excellent technology underneath including rapid 800 volt charging and over 500 kilometres of range from official tests.

Kia has form when it comes to building electric vehicles. The Kia Niro and Kia Soul were some of the best compact electric vehicles of their generation. The Kia EV6 is a former European Car of the Year and Irish Car of the Year winner, and remains a top choice of electric car in 2024.

The new Kia EV9 now crowns the Kia electric range, which will see more new models arriving later this year. It goes on sale priced from €77,500.

Let’s take a closer look.

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Styling

The EV9 might be Kia’s best electric model yet; but it’s definitely its biggest yet. In Ireland, the brand’s largest model was the Kia Sorento seven-seat SUV. The EV9 is a whole lot bigger, measuring over five metres in length. In fact it’s more akin to the Telluride, another Kia three-row SUV, built primarily for the North American market. So the EV9 really is a sight to behold on Irish roads! Compared to van-based MPVs that offer similar space and versatility, the EV9 is so cool and desirable. There are two trim levels, Earth and GT Line, with the latter getting a little more bling like 21-inch wheels and the gorgeous, exclusive Ocean Blue colour. Aerodynamic features include flush door handles and an active air flap at the front. The EV9 has a strong presence when viewed from the front (okay, every angle really!) with Kia’s new ‘digital tiger face’ and full LED lights. The GT Line can also be distinguished by its cube-like LEDs. Altogether, the EV9 makes large people carriers cool again.

Interior

The dashboard design is quite minimalist with a lot of space and storage integrated into the design. On first impressions, it is quite an austere, grey plastic finish but it does all feel well made and solid. It’s not as plush as a Mercedes-Benz or Volvo, but neither is it priced like one. Ambient lighting provides a little glamour, as does the widescreen digital display – full digital driver display, touchscreen and a small panel for climate controls in the centre. Surprisingly for a tech-focused car, it still uses a wired Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connection.

The cabin of the Kia EV9
The cabin of the Kia EV9

The EV9 comes with lovely two-tone synthetic leather seats with power adjustment and a massage function. The front and second row seats are heated and ventilated. There’s also a premium sound system with 14 speakers and a 360 camera. The GT Line adds features like a sunroof and remote parking.

Practicality

With a three-metre wheelbase and three rows of seating, there’s literally oceans of space inside the EV9. The Earth model comes as standard with seven seats, while the GT Line is available with a choice of six or seven seats. The six seater has two ‘chairs’ in row 2 that can slide forward and back, recline and even swivel. It’s one of the most comfortable people carriers on the market. If you need to transport adults in comfort and luxury, it’s a brilliant option.

There’s also Isofix child seat fixtures on seats in row 2 and 3. With all seats in place, the EV9 still has space in the boot for a few bags – over 300 litres actually. With the row 3 seats folded into the floor, there’s over 800 litres. A powered tailgate comes as standard and there’s also a ‘frunk’ under the bonnet.

Battery

The EV9 uses a 99.8kWh battery, with range up to 563 kilometres (WLTP) in the single motor, rear wheel drive version (203hp) or up to 505 kilometres in the dual motor, all wheel drive (384hp). A heat pump is included as standard to improve efficiency. Battery pre-conditioning is also possible to charge more rapidly once you reach your charging stop.

The EV9 can seat six or seven people
The EV9 is an electric SUV that can seat six or seven people

Driving

The EV9 GT Line is the big daddy of the range with two electric motors creating a combined 384hp and 700Nm of torque for a 0-100km/h sprint in just 5.3 seconds. Not bad for a vehicle that weighs 2.6 tonnes! It offers excellent comfort and refinement for all those on board, feeling stable and composed for its size. The steering is nicely weighted too so it’s easy to place on the road and drive through town – despite the big dimensions!

The official consumption figure is about 22.8kWh per 100 kilometres. During my test, 350-390 kilometres seemed a realistic range estimate between battery charges. There are paddle shifters behind the steering wheel to adjust the strength of the regenerative braking.

Charging 

11kW AC charging comes as standard. DC fast charging is possible up to 210kW. With 800 volt charging architecture, the EV9 is impressive when you stop at a fast charger like Ionity, for example. The battery can charge from 10-80% in 24 mins at a 350kW charger. There’s also vehicle to load charging, allowing you power household electrical appliances from the charging port!

The EV9 has a hugely spacious and versatile interior
The EV9 has a hugely spacious and versatile interior

Pricing

The EV9 is available from €77,500 for the Earth and from €85,500 for the GT Line.

Verdict

The Kia EV9 is an incredible piece of design and engineering, cool and capable. It’s an ambitious car from an ambitious car brand but it absolutely delivers on the space, equipment and technology it offers. With a hugely comfortable and versatile interior, it’s easily one of the best electric seven seaters on the market.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The EV9 is one of the best seven seaters on the market
The EV9 is one of the best seven seaters on the market