- The 2024 Kia EV9 Light Long Range RWD will have the longest range of all EV9 models.
- Kia will offer the EV9 in five trims, with the GT-Line AWD having the shortest range of 270 miles.
- All EV9 models will feature Eco, Normal, and Sport modes.
- The EV9 will be the most affordable three-row all-electric SUV for sale in 2024.
The new Kia EV9 is turning heads for all the right reasons. Demos of the three-row EV have arrived in Kia showrooms all over the United States, and drivers can’t wait to get their hands on the attractive electric SUV with up to 304 miles of range.
Kia built the EV9 as a fully-electric SUV that sits atop the same frame as the popular Telluride making it the only non-luxury three-row EV. The upscale and cavernous interior will make this new EV incredibly popular with large families who want zero-emissions driving.
Range in the 2024 EV9
The automaker announced that the EV9 will be available in five trims. Four trims will be equipped with a 99.8 kWh battery and one or two electric motors. The Light Standard Range with RWD will be outfitted with a 76.1 kWh battery and a single motor atop the rear axle. This 2024 EV9 model will deliver an EPA-estimated range of 270 miles.
The rest of the trims have the larger battery and drivers who want the longest range should choose the Light Long Range with Rear-Wheel Drive for an EPA-estimated range of 304 miles. The Wind and Land trims with all-wheel drive will deliver an EPA-estimated range of 280, while the GT-Line with AWD will get an EPA-estimated range of 270 miles.
Expanding Range with Eco Mode
Rear-wheel-drive models with a single electric motor use less battery power, so they naturally get more range than all-wheel-drive models that spread the battery power to both axles.
Kia’s power technology includes Eco, Normal, and Sport modes. When driving an AWD model in Eco mode, the EV9 powers the rear wheels, except at take-off, when both axles are engaged for a moment. In Normal and Sport mode, both axles are used more often, depleting the battery faster. AWD models also have Snow mode for added safety in slippery conditions.
The Light Standard Range has a 215-horsepower motor, while the 99.8 kWh battery gets 201 horsepower out of the rear-wheel-drive models, and 379 horsepower out of the all-wheel-drive models. Like the EV6, the EV9 has the 800-volt charging architecture that makes filling up at DC Fast Charger incredibly fast. The 99.8-kWh battery fills from 10% to 80% in about 25 minutes.
The Price is Right on the EV9
Kia released the prices and opened up reservations earlier in October.
- Light Standard Range RWD – $54,900 MSRP
- Light Long Range RWD – $59,200
- Wind e-AWD – $63,900
- Land e-AWD – $69,900
- GT-Line e-AWD $73,900
If you reserve your EV9 before November 27, you can receive a suite of gifts that includes a Webasto Go Dual Voltage Portable EV9 Charger, up to three years of Kia maintenance, and a year of digital features and services. Like EV6 drivers, EV9 drivers will receive 1,000 kWh of free charging at Electrify America.
Range Comparisons: 2024 EV9 vs Other All-Electric SUVs
The Kia EV9 range is impressive, especially compared to other fully electric SUVs.
EV9 vs EV6
The 2024 EV6 has a maximum range of 310 miles in the Light RWD models. The EV6 has a 77.4 kWh battery and seating for five. The all-wheel-drive EV6 models get between 252 and 282 miles of range.
EV9 vs. EQS
The EV9 joins the Mercedes-Benz EQS as one of a handful of three-row SUVs. Unfortunately, the EQS does not come standard with seating for seven, while the EV9 does. The EQS has about 305 miles of all-electric range and a price tag that starts at about $105,000.
The well-equipped EQS with all-wheel-drive gets about 285 miles of range, and the top trim the 580 4Matic has a sticker price of over $125,000.
EV9 vs. Ocean
The Fisker Ocean is an exciting SUV EV that has an estimated range of 350 miles. The quirky EV resembles the Range Rover Evoque with plenty of rounded edges to soften the straight lines. While the Ocean has an impressive range, it’s tough to get your hands on one. And, like other compact SUVs, the Ocean will only seat five.
EV9 vs. Tesla Model X and Model Y
Both Tesla models have roomy interiors, and both have optional seating for seven. The Model X has a maximum range of 348 miles, while the Model Y travels about 330 miles on a single charge.
The Model X has a starting price of just under $80,000, while the Model Y can be purchased for under $50,000. Neither are as roomy or well-equipped as the EV9, but they come with a robust and reliable charging network. The EV9 will have the same charging network later in the fourth quarter of 2024 when Kia begins outfitting the EV9 and EV6 with the Tesla NACS charging ports.
EV9 vs. Rivian R1S
Like the Mercedes-Benz EQS and the Kia EV9, the Rivian R1S (the Rivian SUV) has seating for seven. This EV has a starting price of just under $80,000, which is higher than the top EV9 GT-Line trim.
The Rivian R1S has an EPA-estimated range of 321 miles, slightly more than the EV9. Like the Fisker Ocean, the Rivian R1S isn’t as easy to purchase as vehicles with local stores – like Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla.
EV9 vs. BMW iX
The BMW iX is a beautiful electric SUV with the styling and driving experience that separates BMW from the rest of the crowd. This SUV has a range similar to the EV9, but it does not have three rows of seating. The BMW iX is loaded with features and has a starting price of slightly over $88,000.
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