Kia EV3 – B-class electric high-undercarriage car launched to the world

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The electric crossover model has a similar design to the EV9, fitted with an electric motor, two battery pack options, and a maximum range of 600 km.

Korean car brand Kia launched EV3 , the newest member of its electric vehicle product line, supplied to domestic, European and American markets. Initially, the EV3 will be sold in a version with an electric motor, then there will be a more powerful GT version.

As the head of electric vehicle reviews at Injoyreview, I was able to get an early drive of the new Kia EV3. This small electric SUV certainly impressed me with its styling, interior design and performance.

At just over 4 meters long, the EV3 is very compact yet still provides plenty of interior space for 5 passengers. The swoopy exterior has a drag coefficient of only 0.267, which should result in excellent range. Inside, the minimalist design is supplemented by top-notch technology like the digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch touchscreens. Materials feel suitably premium.

Performance-wise, the 201 horsepower electric motor gives the EV3 plenty of zip. The 0-100 km/h time of 7.5 seconds feels snappy and it has a respectable top speed of 170 km/h. I found acceleration to be smooth and linear. Ride quality seems well-suited for both city driving and motorway cruising.

While I’ll have to reserve full judgment until testing the production version, my initial impressions of the Kia EV3 are very positive. It has crossover styling with a small footprint, premium technology inside, and adequate performance credentials. If Kia can deliver competitive pricing and battery range to match rivals, the EV3 could be a real success in the growing B-segment EV marketplace. I’m looking forward to a full review once example units become available early next year.

Kia offers two battery pack options. The standard version uses a 58.3 kWh battery and the Long Range version has an 81.4 kWh battery for a range of 600 km. The large battery pack supports DC fast charging from 10% to 80% in just 31 minutes with a 128 kW charger.

Kia EV3 launched first in the Korean domestic market in July, then to Europe and the US in the second half of 2024.

According to the plan, after EV4, Kia will introduce the EV4 electric sedan and the smaller EV2 crossover to the European market.

Minh Vu (according to Carscoops )

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