The technology of modern cars is amazing, but at a certain point, weight and the laws of physics cannot be bypassed. Kia does not yet belong to a purely premium brand, but with the EV9 model it shows that the driving characteristics are better in some respects.

Kia has delivered a truly usable electric SUV to the market with the EV9. It carries seven passengers, offers the latest driving and entertainment technology and a spacious interior with a number of storage spaces. Life is made easier by automatic communication with the charging station and the ability to charge from 10 to 80 percent in 24 minutes. More importantly, the Kia EV9 exceeded the original range assumptions, driving 563 km on a single charge in the WLTP cycle. But now none of that will be the case, because this five-meter SUV with a weight of 2648 kg arrives at the polygon with the editorial team km77 pass the slalom and moose test.

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The weight data indicates that it is a version with two electric motors with a power of 283 kW and a torque of 700 Nm. It goes into battle with cones on Continental PremiumContact C tires in size 285/45 R21. Thanks to all-wheel drive and acceleration even with the 100kWh battery on board, it is flexible and the car behaves calmly when changing direction with limited body roll.

Pleasantly tuned assistants do not intervene unnecessarily in the steering, so it is possible to guide the Kia in the intended track between the cones. A time of exactly 25 seconds is on par with the Mercedes EQS SUV 580 4Matic. It is one of the competitors in terms of size, but the price is much higher. The Kia EV9 generally has few competitors that can carry 7 people in its price range. The Volvo EX90 is almost half a million more expensive, and the mentioned Mercedes EQS SUV even a million more.

During the moose test with a higher approach speed, the electronics try to tame the car by massively braking the front outer wheel, creating a paralyzing understeer accompanied by limited steering options. This behavior is enhanced by a more comfortable chassis setup. It is true that a large SUV has a harder time slipping through the cones than a small hatchback, but the moose test track is laid out according to ISO standards and is the same for all cars.

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A smooth passage is achieved at an approach speed of 71 km/h, which is by no means dazzling, but still better than the EQS SUV, which had to slow down to 66 km/h. Despite the greater tilt of the body, the assistants are alert, but do not unnecessarily interfere with the steering, so you are in control of the car at all times. At higher speeds, expect a lot of understeer due to the stabilization system trying to bring the car back into the lane. But you avoid the obstacle, and that’s the main thing.