The Verdict: Kia EV9
7-seater EVs are few and far between in New Zealand, so the arrival of the Kia EV9 has been met with great anticipation and excitement among families and environmentally conscious consumers alike. The Kia EV9’s introduction is seen as a significant step forward in addressing the demand for larger electric vehicles in New Zealand, providing a practical and sustainable option for those seeking spacious and eco-friendly transportation.
Now available in New Zealand, local experts have eagerly seized the opportunity to test it out. Continue reading to see what they have to say, as well as more reviews out of the UK, Australia, and Canada.
“The EV9’s presence is immense, it’s spacious and practical and a refined drive, while the towing capability might appeal too”
Kyle Cassidy (NZ) Photos: Isaac Western NZ Autocar Magazine–Full Review
“I have never driven a car that harnessed quite as much attention at the kids’ pickup than the seven-seat Kia EV9 SUV. And I’ve picked my kids up in a (borrowed) Maserati.”
Sam Wallace (NZ)Driven Car Guide–Full Review
“The space-age seven-seater impresses with its plush and spacious cabin, while a strong electric range and seemingly endless equipment list is sure to draw in UK family buyers. Smooth to drive, both in terms of acceleration and ride comfort, (…) the Kia EV9 is thoroughly deserving of the title of Driving Electric’s Car of the Year 2024.”
Tom Jervis (UK)Driving Electric–Full Review
“The EV6 is impressive, but the EV9 takes things to the next level. It will be the most expensive production Kia ever made, but if this short preview drive is anything to go by, it feels every bit the luxury large electric SUV it needs to be to justify the brand moving into uncharted pricing territory.”
Tom White (AU)Cars Guide – Full Review
“The 2024 Kia EV9 is a bold and innovative proposition in the electric family SUV segment. With its distinctive design, refined interior, powerful dual-motor powertrain and cutting-edge technologies, it positions itself as a serious player in this still very young market.”
Khatir Solanti (CA)Auto123 – Full Review
“Bigger, bolder and more premium than any Kia before it, there’s little doubting the EV9 was a risk for the Korean everyman brand. But on first impressions, it appears a well-calculated one, and one that proves electric family friendly electric motoring has well and truly arrived.”
Andrew Chesterton (AU)EV Central – Full Review
Kia has come out swinging with the EV9 and according to industry experts, it has exceeded expectations. The EV9 not only holds its own in its 7-Seater SUV category, but is also reshaping it by embracing full electric capability. Hearing this from industry experts is inspiring, and the affirmation from the Kiwi car community adds an extra layer of significance, showcasing that the EV9’s modern appearance and performance translates to the unique context of New Zealand.