2022 Kia EV6 Long-Term Update | Cold snap
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — I had our long-term Kia EV6 throughout a brutal chilly snap on the finish of the 12 months, the place we noticed almost every week the place the daytime temperatures didn’t attain above freezing, and a pair consecutive days the place the excessive didn’t crest 15 levels and the wind blew mercilessly. We didn’t get a lot snow, however the earlier days’ precipitation had slicked sheer. I didn’t put lots of miles on the EV6 throughout this spell, however I did some fast provide runs as soon as the roads has been salted and our family’s Christmas lull had damaged. Right here are some things I observed.
The one mechanical problem I had with the chilly was that the folding energy mirrors wouldn’t unfold on account of the crust of ice encasing them. It was solely a minor factor. I merely needed to give them just a little nudge earlier than I drove off to get them again the place they need to be. There’s an choice to disable the “welcome mirrors” from activating when the car unlocks.
However I had the car set to unlock as I approached. I did, nevertheless, giggle once I heard them creak open any time I walked previous the automobile in my driveway with the important thing fob in my pocket. Such a tragic sound. Upon returning to work after the vacation, Highway Take a look at Editor Zac Palmer requested if I had points with the pop-out door handles. I hadn’t. Regardless of the tough time the mirrors have been having with the chilly, the door handles by no means didn’t deploy.
One cold-related bonus is that the inside heats up shortly. I’d be hardly a mile down the street earlier than I used to be unzipping my jacket and eradicating my hat. The heated seats and steering wheel labored virtually too nicely. Only a couple minutes with the seat on excessive warmth, I discovered myself turning it all the way down to low or fully off. I want the steering wheel had the identical three heating ranges as a substitute of simply an on/off button. That sucker would get uncomfortably scorching to the touch — virtually painful. Although once I turned it off, the near-searing temp light into a mild heat that lingered for many of a drive round city.
The entrance and rear defrost modes have been additionally efficient, clearing frost from the glass shortly. I did discover myself wishing for a rear wiper although, because the soiled street slush that finally ends up masking the automobile simply made the rear-view mirror ineffective.
Compulsory be aware about vary and charging. Like I stated, I didn’t drive a lot throughout these brutally chilly days — it was the vacations, in spite of everything — however in different sub- or near-freezing driving, I’d been seeing an estimated driving vary simply over 200 miles on a full cost, down from its 282-mile EPA score. To be truthful, that was what the automobile was calculating once I had a heavy mixture of freeway driving. And as for charging, boy, it takes longer when it’s chilly. Even at Electrify America’s 350-kW plugs, I hardly ever noticed something above 130-kW peak charging charge. I did have the “Winter Mode” activated, which is meant to heat the battery pack for optimum DC charging (which, because the menu warns, may also negatively have an effect on vary). With my favourite native 125-kW station all to myself, I’d peak at 90 kW.
Fortunately the charging infrastructure alongside the I-75 hall to Northern Michigan has improved within the final 12 months, making journeys up there straightforward (if just a little longer) even in winter. The journey I had taken earlier in December, I ended twice within the 250 miles up, simply to be secure, and twice once more on the way in which again as I began house with a partial cost from a distant location many miles from any quick charger, then I topped off in Bay Metropolis so I might get house with a surplus of juice.
And for these snowy roads, the EV6 was a champ, even on its inventory all-season tires. Finally the climate warmed up sufficient that it might snow once more, and I packed our ski gear within the automobile and headed to the mountain with my son. With the automobile in Snow Mode, the all-wheel-drive’s fixed 50/50 torque break up is efficient, and stability management quietly takes care of the remainder.