Kia Wins Wards 'Best Interior' Award For EV6

kia wins wards best interior award for ev6

Kia’s continual improvements are getting noticed by Wards Auto.

Kia has announced in a press release that its latest electric vehicle was named a winner of the prestigious Wards 10 Best Interiors & UX awards. This is the latest accolade received by the automaker as it continues to expand its ‘Plan S’ phase which revolves around its commitment to EVs.

As a reminder, this is what the interior of the EV6 looks like:

The folks over at Wards Auto consider factors such as design, material quality, fit-and-finish of said materials, ergonomics, and value. For the first time, they are throwing interface controls into the mix. This includes infotainment systems, their usability, the display itself, and contributing controls.

2022 marks the first year that the 10 Best Interiors and 10 Best UX awards is now one award, setting a higher standard for automakers to bear.

As for Kia, it can’t be more proud. “The EV6’s modern, bold design elements and interior solutions thoughtfully integrated with intuitive technology reinforce Kia’s future-forward vision for electric vehicles,” said Steven Center, COO and EVP of Kia America.

They have moved more than 10,000 units since the EV6 went on sale in the US earlier this year. This latest accolade is a testament to Kia’s continually evolving brand perception as it works hard to no longer be perceived as a bargain-basement brand with a 10-year warranty.

Case in point? The EV6’s cousin, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, qualified as a finalist for the same award but wasn’t considered a winner. On the other hand, their sister luxury brand, represented by the Genesis GV70, is taking home a 10 Best award.

You can read about the other winners on the list here.

[Images: Kia]

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  • Skippity Skippity on Jul 06, 2022

    Blech. Less screen, more knobs.

  • Syke Syke on Jul 06, 2022

    My sister is seriously looking at one of these when it’s time to trade in the C-class (soon). Given their Sorento has been very good, my excellent experience with Kia’s, and they have one of the really good dealers in the Philadelphia area, it’s their current first choice.

  • Teddyc73 The Bronco just doesn't have enough editions and models.
  • ToolGuy @Matt, let me throw this at you:Let's say I drive a typical ICE vehicle 15,000 miles/year at a typical 18 mpg (observed). Let's say fuel is $4.50/gallon and electricity cost for my EV will be one-third of my gasoline cost - so replacing the ICE with an EV would save me $2,500 per year. Let's say I keep my vehicles 8 years. That's $20,000 in fuel savings over the life of the vehicle.If the vehicles have equal capabilities and are otherwise comparable, a rational typical consumer should be willing to pay up to a $20,000 premium for the EV over the ICE. (More if they drive more.)TL;DR: Why do they cost more? Because they are worth it (potentially).
  • Inside Looking Out Why EBFlex dominates this EV discussion? Just because he is a Ford expert?
  • Marky S. Very nice article and photos. I am a HUGE Edsel fan. I have always been fascinated with the "Charlie Brown of Cars." Allow me to make a minor correction to add here: the Pacer line was the second-from-bottom rung Edsel, not the entry-level trim. That would be the Edsel Ranger for 1958. It had the widest array of body styles. The Ranger 2-door sedan (with a "B-pillar", not a pillarless hardtop), was priced at $2,484. So, the Ranger and Pacer both used the smaller Ford body. The next two upscale Edsel's were based on the Mercury body, are were: Corsair, and, top-line Citation. Although the 1959 style is my fav. I would love a '58 Edsel Pacer 4-door hardtop sedan!
  • Lou_BC Stupid to kill the 6ft box in the crewcab. That's the most common Canyon/Colorado trim I see. That kills the utility of a small truck. The extended cab was a poor seller so that makes sense. GM should have kept the diesel. It's a decent engine that mates well with the 6 speed. Fuel economy is impressive.
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