The EPA just posted the official range numbers for the new 2024 Kia EV9. We also have our own test results that give you a better idea of how far the new three-row electric SUV can go on a charge in real life. The government says the EV9 can go anywhere from 230 to 304 miles, depending on how it is set up. Our test result for the dual-motor GT-Line trim level with the bigger battery pack is pretty close to the EPA rating for that type.
We got 240 miles out of our fully loaded GT-Line test car, which has two motors with a total of 379 horsepower and a 99.8-kWh battery pack. The EPA says this model can go 270 miles, but keep in mind that this is an average number. Our test was done on the highway at 75 mph, so the EV9 lived up to 88% of its EPA rate.
Several other EV SUVs we’ve tried, like the Rivian R1S, Cadillac Lyriq, and Nissan Ariya, got only 72 percent of what the EPA said they would get. This is a better percentage than those cars. But in our tests, some EVs—mostly German brands—performed better than their EPA scores. The EV9 isn’t quite up to that level. Still, it’s an amazing result considering how big and boxy the EV9 is. At higher speeds, it makes sense that such a big car would do worse than the EPA estimates.
If you want your EV9 to go farther, choose the Light type with the bigger battery pack and rear-wheel drive. It is rated by the EPA to go 304 miles. More than 280 miles of driving range are promised by the AWD Wind and Land trims. Only 230 miles are promised by the base RWD Light model with its smaller 76.1-kWh battery pack. We can’t wait to test these other versions and see what range results they give us in the real world.