Sports car feeling in a practical family vehicle
The drive is fantastic, providing a good combination of performance with comfort. The ride is a bit on the firm side though, although it’s easy to get used to and not uncommon among heavy electric models. Kumho tyres, MacPherson struts in the front suspension with multilinks at the rear all contribute to good handling, but it does feel every bump in the road which is a little bit disappointing.
Driving Modes are Eco, Normal and Sport and if you press and hold the drive mode button you can go into Snow mode, but we tested it in summer so no need for pulling any sledges. Eco is good and not surprisingly provides the best driving range from the batteries. We spent most of our time in Normal, which provided good response, although nothing too athletic in terms of acceleration. Switch it into Sport though and it really has all that electric acceleration and plenty of grip to make the most of it. If you are an enthusiastic driver and let's face it, many are going to buy the EV6 based on the fact that it looks athletic, it’s impressive. It's great fun in the corners, great if you want to hustle along on on a nice weekend drive and it’s equally good at driving around town. Also, it cruises nicely at motorway speeds.
It’s not as compact as it might look in the pictures though. At almost 4.7m long, nearly 1.9m wide and 1.5m high, it’s wider than Tesla Model Y and while it all means a wheelbase of 2.9m, which is great for interior space, it is a big car. On country lanes you're going to find your lane departure assistant flashing at you, then beeping at you and then occasionally even trying to guide you back into the lane even though you haven't actually crossed any line. It can be switched off and try as we might over the week that we had it, we couldn’t figure out what the formula was that the computer was applying in terms of how it was supposed to work
That aside, the EV6 is one of the best electric cars we've ever driven. It is responsive when you want it to be, comfortable enough to daily driving and practical in most aspects.