Kia Wins Wards 'Best Interior' Award For EV6

kia wins wards best interior award for ev6

Kia’s continual improvements are getting noticed by Wards Auto.

Kia has announced in a press release that its latest electric vehicle was named a winner of the prestigious Wards 10 Best Interiors & UX awards. This is the latest accolade received by the automaker as it continues to expand its ‘Plan S’ phase which revolves around its commitment to EVs.

As a reminder, this is what the interior of the EV6 looks like:

The folks over at Wards Auto consider factors such as design, material quality, fit-and-finish of said materials, ergonomics, and value. For the first time, they are throwing interface controls into the mix. This includes infotainment systems, their usability, the display itself, and contributing controls.

2022 marks the first year that the 10 Best Interiors and 10 Best UX awards is now one award, setting a higher standard for automakers to bear.

As for Kia, it can’t be more proud. “The EV6’s modern, bold design elements and interior solutions thoughtfully integrated with intuitive technology reinforce Kia’s future-forward vision for electric vehicles,” said Steven Center, COO and EVP of Kia America.

They have moved more than 10,000 units since the EV6 went on sale in the US earlier this year. This latest accolade is a testament to Kia’s continually evolving brand perception as it works hard to no longer be perceived as a bargain-basement brand with a 10-year warranty.

Case in point? The EV6’s cousin, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, qualified as a finalist for the same award but wasn’t considered a winner. On the other hand, their sister luxury brand, represented by the Genesis GV70, is taking home a 10 Best award.

You can read about the other winners on the list here.

[Images: Kia]

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  • Skippity Skippity on Jul 06, 2022

    Blech. Less screen, more knobs.

  • Syke Syke on Jul 06, 2022

    My sister is seriously looking at one of these when it’s time to trade in the C-class (soon). Given their Sorento has been very good, my excellent experience with Kia’s, and they have one of the really good dealers in the Philadelphia area, it’s their current first choice.

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  • FreedMike Back in the '70s, the one thing keeping consumers from buying more Datsuns was styling - these guys were bringing over some of the ugliest product imaginable. Remember the F10? As hard as I try to blot that rolling aberration from my memory, it comes back. So the name change to Nissan made sense, and happened right as they started bringing over good-looking product (like the Maxima that will be featured in this series). They made a pretty clean break.
  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
  • FreedMike It's not that consumers wouldn't want this tech in theory - I think they would. Honestly, the idea of a car that can take over the truly tedious driving stuff that drives me bonkers - like sitting in traffic - appeals to me. But there's no way I'd put my property and my life in the hands of tech that's clearly not ready for prime time, and neither would the majority of other drivers. If they want this tech to sell, they need to get it right.
  • TitaniumZ Of course they are starting to "sour" on the idea. That's what happens when cars start to drive better than people. Humanpilots mostly suck and make bad decisions.
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