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Best Cars of 2022: Kia EV6 GT and Picanto Lauded by Autocar Writers

The Kia EV6 GT and the Kia Picanto have received high praise by Autocar writers as two of the best cars of 2022. Annually, Autocar writers choose their favourite cars of the year based on their own, first-hand driving experience. This year, the Kia EV6 GT and the Kia Picanto have been selected by Autocar writers for their list of best cars of 2022.

Autocar’s test team have lauded the dynamic and enjoyable driving experience of the Picanto and the EV6 GT in their recent reviews. Read on to find out even more reasons why these two Kia vehicles are considered some of the best cars to buy from 2022.

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Kia EV6 GT Applauded for its Sensational Performance

In his Autocar review, automotive journalist Felix Page lauded the Kia EV6 GT as “a recipe to be celebrated, even for enthusiasts”. With an impressive electric range of up to 263 miles and 0-62mph in just 5.2 seconds, this ultra-modern crossover successfully blends pure electric power with GT credentials.

As Page reports, the EV6 GT finished in a close third place in Autocar’s ‘EV Handling Day’ competition. The sporty crossover came in a very close third behind the BMW i4 eDrive40 and Porsche Taycan GTS. Autocar commended how well the EV6 GT kept up with cars that cost twice the amount.

“That the Kia can hold a candle to the dynamic prowess of a five-star Porsche costing twice as much is testament to the makeover at the hands of Kia’s GT department,” wrote Page.

One of our best electric cars of 2022, the EV6 GT boasts a range of 285 miles between charges and ultra-fast charging from 10-80% in less than 20 minutes. With an inspiring interior fitted with lightweight bucket seats and Kia Connect services, the EV6 GT also creates an immersive and practical driver experience.

Page’s review also praised the dynamic performance and “compelling” driving experience the EV offers. He summarised the Kia EV6 GT ’s zero-emission capabilities, advanced connectivity and elevated comfort as “cause for extra celebration”.

“The stunning, smooth switchbacks north of Oslo gave scope to deploy its brutal shove between corners, while its unflappable turn-in and refusal to break trajectory mid-bend made rapid and rewarding work of even the tightest passes,” wrote Page.

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Kia Picanto Praised as one of the Best Small Cars of 2022

Automotive journalist Piers Ward’s Autocar review applauded the “simple, joyous fun” of the Picanto driving experience, dubbing it “a riot to drive”. Ward also remarked on the longevity of the Picanto’s ongoing triumph on the roads. “The car has been on sale for five years, which shows that if you build it right in the first place, it’ll stay right".

When it comes to the best small cars of 2022, Autocar gives high praise to the Picanto. Ward highlighted the stylish hatchback as a commendable small family car family car, offering a “comfortable ride” for all four passengers.

As one of Kia’s most economical cars , the Picanto boasts an MPG of up to 58.9, ideal for fuel-efficient driving. Piers Ward made note of the value for money that the Picanto delivers. He applauded the dynamic performance of the sporty compact car as matching that of far less affordable cars on the market.

“Incredibly sharp turning with the body control of a car several times the price means it’s a hoot to drive,” wrote Ward. “Here’s hoping that manufacturers continue making them".

Get inspired and experience everything the Kia Picanto and Kia EV6 GT have to offer. You can find these cars and more online, including our comprehensive range of hybrid , plug-In hybrid and electric cars.

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*Fuel economy and emissions: driving range standards are calculated using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).


**There are certain situations in which the petrol engine will automatically activate even when the vehicle is in EV mode. Examples could include: when the hybrid battery state of charge is reduced to a certain level, when acceleration demand is high and/or when it is required to heat up the cabin.


*** Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)


Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) is an assistance system and does not relieve the driver from their responsibility to safely operate the vehicle at any time. The driver still has to adapt their driving behaviour to their personal driving capabilities, to the legal requirements and to the overall road and traffic conditions. FCA is not designed to drive the vehicle autonomously. For further information, please refer to the owner’s manual.