Kia EV9 SUV is it worth the money

Kia EV9 2024 road test review

Kia EV9 – Kia has released the all new EV9 SUV. This is a seven seat all electric SUV that is sure to make many premium brands look over their shoulder.

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In short, its simply stunning.

The EV9 comes in two versions immediately, the entry level Air priced from $97,000 and the top spec GT-Line, priced at $121,000. These are all plus the usual costs.

Its big with an overall length of a bit over 5.0 metres and yet looks smaller. It’s a box on wheels yet looks stunning. Inside its cavernous with ample room for seven.

The EV9 is engaging to drive with substantial performance and the suspension tuning for Australian conditions is spot on. It feels firmly planted to the road and the hefty 2600kg weight helps. Given that weight, the 0-100km/h time for the AWD GT-Line of 5.3 seconds is impressive.

You expect electric cars to be quiet. But not this quiet. There is almost no exterior road or traffic noise that invades the cabin.

Kia has excelled with the EV9. It has a level of intelligent convenience that cars twice its price aspire to.

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Readers can find a full review HERE 


More Kia EV9 Details

Quick highlights for the EV9

  • Three models Air, Earth, and GT-Line
  • Two are available immediately the EV9 Air and EV9 GT-Line
  • The Earth is coming early next year.
  • Pricing is $97,000 for the single motor RWD Air. It has 160Kw/350Nm available
  • Pricing is $106,500 for the dual motor AWD Earth with 283Kw/700Nm available and
  • Pricing is $121,000 for the dual motor AWD GT-Line.
  • All plus the usual costs.

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The Kia EV9 is in a bit of its own category.

Buyers could look at the Mercedes Benz EQS, Audi e-tron, LDV Mifa9 or Volvo EX 90

Hybrid style seven seat SUVs that could interest buyers include: Mazda CX-90, Toyota Kluger Grande Hybrid,

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What is good?
  • Elegant design
  • Internal space /Modern interior
  • Dynamics and handling
What is not so good?

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Kia EV9 final thoughts

My first impression is that the Kia EV9 is stunning.

Stunning in styling, practicality, interior ambience, and intelligent convenience.

Here is a vehicle that is pushing boundaries everywhere.

The onset of EV technology is levelling the playing field for brands.

Kia has just taken a giant leap forward and many premium brands should be worried.

When you consider the price of $121,000 plus the usual costs for the GT-Line, it could be considered an absolute bargain.

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Kia EV9



Model Price $121,000 MLP*
Engine Dual Battery Electric motor
Drivetrain One speed AT AWD
Battery Capacity / type 99.8kWh / Lithium Ion
Voltage / Capacity 552V / 180.9Ah
Power 283kW
Torque 700Nm
Range (WLTP) / ADR 505Km max / 11kW charging capacity
Economy / efficiency 25.6kWh/100km claimed
Fast Charge**/ Home 239 km range with 15 minutes ultra-fast 800-volt charging time

DC Fast charge 10-80% 50 kW charger 83 mins

Safety TBC
CO2 Emissions Zero driving emissions
0-100kmh/Top Speed 5.3 secs / 200km/h
Servicing 12mth / 15,000km service plan
Warranty 7yr/ Unlimited km 150,000km on high voltage components
Roadside Assist 7Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Style / Appeal 9
Technology/connectivity 9
Value for Money 9

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Overall Length 5010mm
Wheelbase 3100mm
Width 1980mm
Height 1755mm
Wheels 21 inch Alloys
Tyres 285/45 R21 Continental
Max ground clearance up to 177mm
Wading Depth N/A
Approach N/A
Rampover N/A
Departure angle N/A
Turning Circle KTK 12.4m
Boot Min 333L
Boot Max 2318L
Kerb Weight 2636kg
Battery weight 563kg
Payload (kg) 604kg
GVM (kg) 3240kg
GCM 5740kg
Towing Capacity 2500kg
Tow Ball rating 250kg

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.