QOTD: Will Kia's EV9 Be a Hit or Not?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

qotd will kia s ev9 be a hit or not

On paper, the Kia EV9 looks like a potential hit -- and given the company's success with the Telluride, it seems likely that Kia knows how to sell a three-row SUV. But the EV bet is still a bit risky.

Sure, it's a safer bet than it used to be -- EV infrastructure is improving rapidly, EVs are gaining market share, and there are a lot more EV models out there to buy -- but are the family-oriented buyers who are snagging up Tellurides ready for the EV9? After all, the EV9 will be one of the first EVs in the segment.

I'd say probably yes, especially since the base price is projected to be a reasonable $56K, but I am curious as to what you folks think.

Will the EV9 sell like hotcakes, or is it a year or two too early?

Sound off below.

[Image: Kia]

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  • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron 4 days ago

    The parasitic laptop class are gonna love it 😒

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later 3 days ago

      I didn't realize there was such a thing. So if I have a laptop, am I a parasite? If I have ten, have I 10x'd my alleged parasitic status?

  • Tassos Tassos 4 days ago

    There are apparently a lot of very slow selling BEVs from legacy makers that auto journalists, whom the makers wine and dine and sleep in five star hotels, get to test drive and then write gushing pieces about, EVEN THO the corresponding Tesla models, despite being from 6 to 12 years old models, run circles and rings around them. Then the ALMIGHTY CONSUMER gets to say his piece, and it is 100% CLEAR that ALL THESE MODELS ARE UTTER SALES FAILURES. And here is the little secret the 'veteran auto journalists' never tell you: THE LEGACY MAKERS LIKE IT THIS WAY. Why? Because imagine how many billions they would lose from these crappy, underwhelming BEVs, IF they HAD been sales successes!!!! Because NO Legacy maker currently is able to produce these POS AT A PROFIT!!!!

    • El scotto El scotto 4 days ago

      As A Geophysicist is THERE some Reason an EnGinEErinG professor capitalizes at RANDOM? I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering.

  • HotRod HotRod 4 days ago

    If sales projections are as modest as I suspect they are, yes - it will be a sales success. But if the leaked pricing information proves accurate, it will fail to be the affordable electric 3-row crossover families have been waiting for - even if they can live with the slow base model. And don't get me started on the experience buyers will get from Kia's service departments.

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    • HotRod HotRod 4 days ago

      "Only 25% more"? Your average consumer will absolutely feel 25% when it's the difference between financing $50k and $62.5k. You're talking about an additional $200 to $250 a month in payments. You're also talking GV80, X5 or GLE money.

  • Dave M. Dave M. 3 days ago

    I'm going to go with no. It's a niche vehicle aimed for a small subset of willing and able buyers, of whom have the infrastructure available to support a BEV. Looks wise, it ain't no Telluride, which is a great design.