Kia EV3: Everything you need to know

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Author: | Updated: 24 May 2024 08:52

Kia has taken the covers off its new compact electric crossover, the EV3.

With its combination of bold design, innovative technology, and ground breaking features, the EV3 sets new standards never before seen in the compact EV SUV sector.

Kia EV3

Kia EV3 fast facts

  • Kia EV3 brings innovative technology of brand’s flagship EV9 SUV
  • Best-in-class 600km AER driving rang
  • 10-80 per cent battery charging in 31 mins
  • European launch in the second half of 2024

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Kia EV3 styling

The EV3 boasts a bold and assertive presence. At the front, vertical headlamps located at the edges of the clean-surfaced face create a broad, ultra-confident look. The combination of spacious volume, distinct graphics, and a muscular build blends seamlessly with the overall design.

Kia's iconic Tiger Face design is reimagined with a sturdy fresh look, featuring the brand's latest Star Map signature lighting. The vertically arranged Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) accentuate the Tiger Face design, projecting a highly confident character.

From the side, the EV3 exudes exceptional strength, agility, and dynamism. The long, sloping, sleek roofline flows smoothly into a hatchback-style tailgate, highlighting the technical sophistication of the body design. The dynamic silhouette and roomy cabin create a spacious interior, while the unique interlocking volumes and graphics underscore its innovative character.

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Kia EV3 interior and tech

The EV3's interior features a spacious cabin that comfortably seats five. Kia has designed a highly functional and efficient space that exudes a cosy, living room-like atmosphere, ensuring occupants enjoy every journey and even the time spent while the vehicle is charging.

The EV3 boasts a 25-litre “frunk” and a 460-litre rear load capacity, offering the largest luggage space in its class. The adjustable two-tier luggage board provides over 140mm of load height flexibility, making it ideal for activities like family camping trips.

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A near 30-inch combined widescreen display features a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a five-inch air-conditioning panel, and another 12.3-inch AVN display. This setup allows seamless touch control of the climate functions and delivers clear graphics and intuitive information to the driver.

The screen extends to the centre of the dashboard, enabling the front-seat passenger to access entertainment and navigation features.

Many of the EV3’s functions, including drive mode, cruise control, entertainment, and navigation, can be easily accessed and controlled via the steering wheel buttons. A seamless row of buttons below the central screen intuitively manages functions like mapping, media, and vehicle system configuration.

Kia EV3 drivetrains

The EV3 is equipped with innovative front-wheel drive electric powertrain built on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and uses Kia’s fourth-generation battery technology. The Standard model comes with a 58.3kWh battery, while the long-range variant features an 81.4kWh battery. 

Both versions are powered by a 150kW/283Nm electric motor, achieving a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 7.5 seconds. The EV3’s top speed is 170km/h. The EV3 Long Range offers an estimated range of up to 600km (WLTP), providing excellent flexibility and instilling confidence for long journeys for those new to electric mobility.

When it's time to recharge, occupants can relax in the cosy, living room-like interior. Kia’s advanced Vehicle Charging Management System allows the battery to charge from 10-80 percent in approximately 31 minutes.

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Kia EV3 release date

The EV3 will be introduced first in Korea in July 2024, followed by its European launch in the second half of the year. Kia has plans to further expand the sales of EV3 into other regions, with subsequent launches to be expected after the European market entry. In the meantime why not compare prices of other KIA's below.

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