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Kia EV9

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

77
%
A

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

78
%
A

Safety Rating:

86
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

77
%
A

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

78
%
A

Safety Rating:

86
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

56
%
D

Summary


The Kia EV9 is a large upmarket seven-seat SUV, and Kia’s flagship all-electric model, which became available to order in the UK in Autumn 2023.

A similar size to the latest Range Rover, the EV9 is Kia’s largest model and can comfortably accommodate seven adult occupants – a fact that What Car?‘s Will Nightingale says will give the car an “undeniable appeal” with some British buyers. That said, the EV9 is also Kia’s most expensive model, ever in fact.

Carbuyer‘s Andy Goodwin points out that other large premium SUVs at this price point have more a higher quality interior fit and finish, and for those that are expecting the switch to electric power to lead to future savings, Richard Ingram of Auto Express warns that “poor efficiency means this EV9 won’t cost peanuts to run.”

However, other outlets argue that the SUV is truly impressive and justifies its price tag in other ways. The Driving Electric team praises the EV9’s “strong electric range” and “seemingly endless standard equipment list”, while Top Gear‘s Ollie Kew concludes that the SUV “feels tough enough for everyday family life, feature-stuffed enough to be future-proof, and packing enough range and performance to justify a price that would’ve seemed laughable for a Kia – or any Korean car – a decade ago.”

Our own editor at The Car Expert, Stuart Masson, said: “The Kia EV9 is an excellent car. If you’re looking at spending around £60-80K on a large SUV, and you’re comfortable with it being an EV, you’ll struggle to find a better choice than the Kia EV9.”

As of March 2024, the Kia EV9 holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 77%. It’s still a brand-new car, so we expect this score to rise or fall by a few points as more reviews are published in coming months.

EV9 highlights

  • Long battery range
  • Plenty of space and practicality
  • Well-equipped as standard
  • Very fast max charging speed

EV9 lowlights

  • Interior quality doesn’t match similarly-priced rivals
  • Expensive, base price and up
  • Slightly firm ride comfort
  • Fiddly touch-sensitive controls

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV
Engines:
electric, battery-powered
Price:
From £64,995 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2019
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2023
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 84%
Child protection: 88%
Vulnerable road users: 76%
Safety assist: 83%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of March 2024, the Kia EV9 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of March 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Kia EV9 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as we have sufficient data on the EV9, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models322 milesA313 – 349 milesA – A
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models3.2 m/KWhE3.1 – 3.5 m/KWhD – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models49E45 – 50D – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£345C
Year 2£668C
Year 3£1,065C
Year 4£1,328C
Year 5£1,623B
Overall£5,029C

The Kia EV9 is not a particularly cheap car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon in a petrol or diesel car) is poor, although that’s not surprising for a huge, seven-seat SUV. Similarly sized diesel SUVs also score very poorly on fuel consumption, so the EV9 will still be cheaper to run.

Insurance is likely to expensive, but servicing costs are not bad for a car of this price and sophistication – again, competitive against similar vehicles from other brands.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Kia EV9 has received.

2024

  • UK Car of the Year
  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Large SUV
  • Fleet News Awards – Breakthrough Electric Car
  • iF Design Awards – Gold award
  • Women’s World Car Awards – World’s Best Car + Best SUV

2023

  • Driving Electric Awards – Car of the Year + Best Premium Electric Car
  • Top Gear Awards – Best Family Car
  • What Car? Awards – Reader’s Choice Award

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Kia EV9, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

BMW iX | Hyundai Ioniq 7 | Land Rover Defender | Land Rover Discovery | Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV | Range Rover plug-in hybrid | Tesla Model X | Volkswagen ID. Buzz | Volvo EX90


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