Compare The 2022 KIA EV6 Vs. Tesla Model 3

2022 Kia EV6 vs. Tesla Model 3

You're looking for a cutting-edge, eco-conscious, all-electric commute, and your choice revolves around the 2022 Kia EV6 vs. Tesla Model 3 comparison. Both present top EV-value and both differentiate themselves with stand-out features, style, and more. The Model 3 has been a top player for several years now, and the Kia EV6 is poised to answer it as a top competitor in the segment.

So get hyped for the upcoming Kia EV6 release date; we'll show you all the details on how this new eco-machine stacks up to its closest competitor.

2022 KIA EV6 vs. Tesla Model 3 Range

It's the key spec for all-electric drivers. But, to start the EV6 vs. Model 3 range comparison, we must note that the EV6 is not yet EPA rated. So, these EV6 figures will be targeted predictions by the manufacturer based on WLTP testing standards. Moving on to Tesla, the Model 3 has three variants: Standard Range Plus, Long Range, and Performance. The Standard Range trim delivers an EPA-estimated 262 miles of range, the Long Range trim delivers an EPA-estimated 353 miles of range, and the Performance trim gives an EPA-estimated 315 miles of range.

On the EV6 side of things, a range of 300 miles1 is expected to accompany it — and is likely to happen based on the 316-mile WLPT estimated range. What also will accompany it is 800V DC Fast Charging capabilities — a world first that the Model 3 is not capable of. Better still, the EV6 will be able to charge other electric cars. It won't be exceptionally efficient, but it's a feature that sets the EV6 apart with unique functionality. Before we move on, here are some key figures in the 2022 Kia EV6 vs. Tesla Model 3 comparison:


KIA EV6
Models:EV6, GT-Line, GT
Horsepower:Up to 576
Drive Type:RWD & AWD
0-60:3.5 seconds
Body style:Compact Crossover
WLTP-estimated range:Up to 316 miles
Base MSRP: $58,500
TESLA MODEL 3
Models:Standard Range Plus, Long Range, Performance
Horsepower:Up to 480
Drive Type:RWD & AWD
0-60:3.1 seconds
Body style:Sedan
EPA estimated range:Up to 353 miles
Base MSRP: $39,990

2022 KIA EV6 vs. Tesla Model 3 Performance Figures

Electric power means instant torque. Instant torque means seat-pinning acceleration. The second Tesla Model 3 vs. Kia EV6 key spec is the wicked performance. Both vehicles can be had in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) form, and both have power figures ranging from smooth to supercar-level. Coming standard with a 58 kWh battery, a base-level Kia EV6 develops 167 horsepower. A standard 54 kWh accompanies the Model 3, along with a base output of 221 horsepower.

At the very top, a Model 3 Performance packs an 82 kWh battery and develops 480 horsepower — good for a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds. Meanwhile, the top-performing EV6 GT can faithfully keep up with its 77 kWh battery and 577 horsepower output — good for a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds.

2022 KIA EV6 vs. Tesla Model 3 Size & Practicality

Sedan vs. crossover SUV — Tesla Model 3 vs. Kia EV6 — take your pick. Both will offer great everyday practicality. Both will seat five. But, you'll find that the EV6 comes in a slightly larger size, with more cargo capacity to boot. In terms of rear trunk space, the EV6 offers 18.4 cubic feet of cargo room vs. the 15 cubic feet on a Model 3. Fold the rear seats down, and the EV6 offers an expansive 59.7 cubic feet of storage. In a Tesla Model 3, that figure is approximately 43.6 cubic feet.

2022 KIA EV6 vs. Tesla Model 3 Interior Features

High-res screens. They're the new benchmark for interior tech, and both vehicles pass with flying colors. The Model 3 certainly has an impressive one. Coming at 15 inches, it's as big as a laptop. Yet the EV6 zips right by, packing 24 inches of combined screen size. The layout is worth noting, too, as a Model 3 places its screen in the middle of the dashboard, while the EV6 places its dual 12.3-inch screens behind the steering wheel, wrapping around the driver in a (subjectively) more intuitive manner.

Details like a blue light filter for reduced eye strain on the EV6 and Netflix integration on the Model 3 set them apart further. Both vehicles are true tech powerhouses, and both have semi-autonomous driving capabilities along with a 360-degree camera system. The Model 3 phone key is answered by Apple Watch connectivity on the EV6, and the Augmented Reality Head-Up Display on the EV6 is answered with built-in video games on the Model 3. Just like our Kia Niro EV vs. Tesla Model Y comparison, it's a matter of tech-taste, as both are uniquely competitive.

2022 KIA EV6 vs. Tesla Model 3 Pricing

What will all these tech goodies and electrifying performance virtues cost you? In a Tesla Model 3, the starting MSRP is as follows:

  • Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus: $39,990.3
  • Tesla Model 3 Long Range: $49,990.3
  • Tesla Model 3 Performance: $56,990.3

That said, the Kia EV6 only has one price level currently confirmed. On the commemorative EV6 First Edition, you're looking at a starting MSRP of $58,500.2 That said, the First Edition includes many range-topping features and a strong performance setup. Regular production trims will likely be priced lower, and with our new Kia specials, you may eventually find even more attractive pricing on one.

2022 KIA EV6 vs. Tesla Model 3 Trims & Colors

As desirable as tech features are, the ability to make your vehicle your own is equally attractive. For the Model 3, trims listed in the "pricing" section above are your choices. Paint-wise, you can choose between white, black, silver, blue, or red. Full pricing for the EV6 trims has not been announced, but your selection of trims includes the EV6 (base), the sport-inspired GT-Line, the powerhouse EV6 GT, and the special First Edition. Included gifts like an Apple Watch aside, the listed paint colors for the EV6 First Edition are matte gray, yellow, and white.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Which is bigger: the KIA EV6 vs. Tesla Model 3?

In some measurements, the Tesla Model 3 is slightly bigger; in some others, the Kia EV6 is larger. Firstly, the length is nearly the same between them, as both come in at around 184-inches long — though the Model 3 measures slightly longer at 184.8 inches. Wheelbase length sees the Kia EV6 measure longer with 114.2 inches vs. the 113.2-inch wheelbase of the Model 3. At 74-inches wide, the EV6 measures almost two inches wider than the Model 3. Height comes in at 61 inches on the EV6, while the Model 3 is 56.8 inches tall. Trunk space is also larger on the EV6, with 18.4 cubic feet of capacity vs. the 15 cubic-foot trunk of a Model 3.

Which has a longer range: the 2022 KIA EV6 or Tesla Model 3?

As of right now, the 2022 Kia EV6 does not have an EPA-estimated range to use for comparison. That said, the brand is doing extensive testing and engineering to achieve a targeted range of over 300 miles1EPA for a single charge. In a Tesla Model 3, the range varies based on the trim selected. For a Model 3 Standard Range Plus, the EPA-estimated range is 262 miles — less than what is anticipated for the EV6. For a Model 3 Performance, you get 315 miles of EPA-estimated range, and for the Model 3 Long Range, an EPA-estimated 353 miles of range is offered. Whether the EV6 will beat these higher trims is something we eagerly anticipate the answer for.

Does the KIA EV6 have a frunk?

Yes. A staple of many electric vehicles, a front trunk (or "frunk") is one of the many practical features that the 2022 Kia EV6 comes equipped with. Offering an estimated 0.7 cubic feet of cargo volume, the frunk isn't the only storage space, as the Kia EV6 also has an 18.4 cubic foot conventional rear trunk, part of the 27.7 cubic feet of cargo space available behind the second row of seats.

Find Your KIA EV6 at Jim Ellis of Kennesaw

So that's the story of how the Kia EV6 vs. Tesla Model 3 battle plays out. We're eagerly anticipating the arrival of the EV6, and if you are too, stop by our dealership for a tour and test drive once that day arrives.


1EPA certified range currently unavailable and expected late 2021. Targeted range based on expected certification results for at least one available option. Your mileage will vary and depends on a number of factors, including battery age, ambient temperature, driving habits, options, cargo, and others. After certification, results will be available at Fueleconomy.gov

2MSRP $58,500 is for First Edition 2022 EV6. MSRP excludes destination and handling, taxes, title, license fees, options and retail charges. Actual prices set by retailer and may vary.

3Prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), Base Price or Starting At price and excludes destination fees, taxes, title, license, and registration and/or electronic filing fees, dealer fees.

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