2024 Kia EV9 Review: An Affordable Three-Row EV Crossover!

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CHAPTERS:
00:00 CARS & BIDS!!!
00:16 THIS …
00:56 Summary
01:58 Size
02:31 Rates
03:02 Variety & Efficiency
04:10 Outside Quirks & Characteristic
05:14 Strange Lighting
06:10 Styling
07:01 Interior Quality
07:44 Interior Quirks & Features
11:41 Infotainment
15:06 Rear Seating
18:08 3rd Row Seating
19:11 Freight Location
21:32 Frunk
23:17 Driving Experience
27:56 Final Ideas
28:28 DougScore

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2024 Kia EV9 Review: An Affordable Three-Row EV Crossover!

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74 Comments

  1. Honestly this is an amazing entry to the 3-row EV market. Affordable (at least relatively speaking). And also from a manufacturer that has a few years experience in the EV world now which gives the buyer confidence more for the long term. Quirky but it’s nice, I like it.

    1. I am amazed how different the pricing is in US compared to EU. In my country, Finland. EV9 starts at 82 000 euros. ~ 89 500 dollars. and a top specc model going well over 100k that’s pretty much 50% more than US. Also we don’t have any tax credits to EV’s. Rather our goverment is planning on extra taxing for EV’s currently. Latest suggestion was to tax EV’s for 0,04 euros per kilometer(0,62 miles). Imagine a tax where you need to pay 5 dollars tax for every 100 miles you drive in America 🙂 That’s Finland for you.

    2. @@kepter9990 I think Europe generally has very high import taxes for products, so that cost just gets past on to the consumer.

    3. @@kepter9990 that is happening in the US in some states. Taxing ev users to offset loss of fuel sales. Its a bloody joke.

    4. 2.8c per kilometre in the state of Victoria in Australia.
      I’m not sure your $5 us per mile is accurate. If it’s 4 cents per kilometre euro then that is approximately 8.3c per mile USD.

    5. @@kepter9990 Standard of living is not quite the same in the US, even with lower taxes in general. There are a lot of people who earn only 20’000 to 30’000 dollars a year.

    1. @@user-sd3ik9rt6d That’s all fine, it’s allowed to sell but I think it’s really wasteful, in terms of materials, electricity road wear etc….

  2. Kia/Hyundai/Genesis really knocking it out of the park. Going electric kinda leveled the playing field and brands who had weak brand cache in the gasoline market are able to reach out and steal the spotlight. Its been entertaining as hell watching this new EV arms race

    1. yea and to your point i’d never thought i’d see a 600 horsepower kia or hyundaj but here we are….

    2. I hope that holds to be true, cuz the current climate for EVs is pretty bleak looking into the near future. EV values are dropping at 4% per month. This car in particular is pretty important for the culture.

    3. Im finally done with my hiring process at Hyundai/Genesis! Man it took a week! They are a very high volume dealership it’s unbelievable!

    4. ⁠​⁠@@thanosianthemadtitanicit’s a EV, not like it’s a 600 hp ICE motor that they’ve built which would be more impressive. It’s easier to “steal the show” with an EV. How competitive is it at nearly $80k?

  3. 22:55 I can see why that feature may seem frivolous, but in the rare times I have needed it with my Model 3 it came in very handy. It happens when inconsiderate drivers park way too close to my drivers side door. I back the car straight out, and jump in when there is clearance to not ding up anyone.

    1. I’ve found it handy for when I don’t want to open the doors to let out warm air after preconditioning, but I need to move the car out of the garage for some reason. It also works nicely when I’m washing my car and I want to move it back a bit so it stays in the shade. Unfortunately it’s too timid to park itself in my garage, though it has no problem backing out. (Model Y)

    2. I feel the same. I live in S.Korea where parking spaces are no where near as wide as the US parking spaces. Often times people here also park terribly and the remote move function comes in handy. I find myself using it quite often, more than I thought I would. Its one of those features that once programmed, it cost them nothing to implement cause all the camera and sensors are already on the car standard.

  4. I’ve been with Kia since I bought my Stinger brand new in 2018. Bought a Genesis GV70 brand new also in 2021. This is a home run for Kia/hyundai/genesis and I am excited to see them take this platform and expand upon it.

    The only real thing Kia/Hyundai need to improve upon is the extended wheelbase options, which really is more of a North American exclusive issue; so its understanding why it hadnt been a focus. But it would be wise if they expanded the wheel base of their telluride/palisade to better compete with the Wagoneer/Tahoe/expedition.

    Probably wont go that route, though, because they already unvieled their 2025 revisions of most of their lineup, which mostly consists of interior refreshes that are welcomed. The new interiors are fantastic, so much so that other brands are following the formula.

    1. I think Kia/Hyundai/Genesis are doing a fantastic job. I have a 23 K5 and I love that car. I get complements all the time with people thinking its much more expensive than it actually is. My brother has an Elantra N, too, and Hyundai’s N Division is doing some great work.

  5. 22:40 my dad uses that feature on his tucson pretty often, especially when he comes back from the store & some jerk decides to park too close to either side of the car. When put in situations where you need this feature, it’s insanely useful.

    1. Yeah, rather bold of him to say “nobody in history has used this function”. If that truly were the case, the Hyundai 3 would stop putting it on their new vehicles. I regularly park in a parking garage with tight spaces and use smart park all the time.

    2. I once had to park in a multi-story garage in a large city downtown. I parked up at the top in the most inconvenient place, with no one around, but of course when I came back the thing was packed full and two jackasses had given me less than two feet of clearance on either side. What I would’ve given at the time to have a back-out feature, but yeah, a 2006 Nissan Frontier was kinda lacking that lol.

  6. “most 3 row SUV buyers really need a minivan, they’re just not willing to talk themselves into it”

    Exactly! Kia and their Carnival would seem to agree.

    1. I was thinking that the EV9 interior really reminds me of the Carnival, particularly the impressive second row captain’s chairs. It’s more like a mini electrified Carnival more than a Telluride, but it has crossover SUV exterior styling that people tend to prefer. Not sure about those wheels, though. Obviously these are aero wheels of some sort, but still, I feel they could have done better.

    2. Let’s be honest here most “people” or rather women don’t want to drive a family mini van and prefer the look of a 3row suv. Even if the mini van is more comfortable, cheaper, and convenient.

  7. One feature in a lot of three rows that a lot of people don’t think to try is to put the middle seats down flat, and then sit in the third row and prop your feet up on the second row seats. It’s like riding in a limousine. Really great on long trips if you don’t need all the seats for people.

    1. I’d be curious how all of this relates to crash safety? It can’t be good for your legs in side impact for example, but I could be wrong. Have always wondered this though and crash testing is never done that way.

    2. What’s even better, is turning that second row around, and then both the second and third rows get more legroom, unfortunately, we apparently don’t get that feature in North America, only other countries. My old Mitsubishi delicas both had that feature, and it was amazing. In one of them we had seven people plus gear for two weeks on a long road trip, and everyone was comfortable. And it wasn’t really much bigger of a vehicle than the EV9. In fact it was probably narrower, and shorter length, just taller.

  8. Kia is KILLING it. The K5 is a big success, the Telluride is amazing, the EV6 and now this. Absolutely incredible!

  9. Kia killing the game in the EV segment. I love the overall package here. The design is funky overall. Great comfort and tech features. That 2nd row is the primo spot with heated/cool seats and that storage bin/table is unique. Bravo Kia!

  10. Great review as always Doug. I kinda like where KIA went with the design overall. It’s not beautiful and it’s not ugly. I actually like the wheel design for the aerodynamics. Being able to move your vehicle using a keyfob is freaking awesome. KIA almost knocked it out of the park with this one.

  11. My top trim 2021 Telluride was like $54K so all things considered a price of $65K is shocking (in a good way) given just how much more expensive EVs usually are. Tech keeps moving so the mid trim of this car is likely on par with the top of line model Telluride from 2-3 years ago.

    1. Don’t forget maintenance though, I have two EVS with 200k miles a piece and the maintenance has been nothing but tires so far (knock on wood.) will your telluride make it that far? What about gas prices? I can get about .02/.03 cents per mile with my city electricity prices. But our Kia Telluride is Lucky to get .10 cents per mile with gas currently under 2.50$

    2. Operational costs can also matter. I’m going to make a bit of a guess and put this in the 75-85 MPGe range. That’s a huge gain in efficiency versus gas powered. If you have access to decently priced electricity, that can make a pretty sizable change in your monthly cash flow. When I switched from ICE to PHEV, I dropped $250/mo in spending on gas, which let me pay for the car with my old gas money, and my electric bill went up by like $30.

      I think this is likely too expensive to even consider qualifying for the Federal incentives, let alone where it’s manufactured, but you might have state/local incentives that can save you money.

    3. @@snopesman The price point will meet the federal EV incentive which is less than $85k. However they still won’t get the incentive if this is not manufactured in America.

  12. Former minivan mom now driving an X…I’m intrigued and excited!! I loved my minivan (and we still have it). I like the rugged look and the space seems Van-comparable. I absolutely agree on the manual vs power seats. My biggest complaint with the X is falcon wing doors and seats take forever to open, close and fold. Thank you for the thorough review!

  13. I’ve been saying this for a while now, but Kia/Hyundai have been KILLING IT compared to designs of other manufacturers with their new line ups. They just have a great balance between striking, futuristic looks, without going overboard. All while maintaining great value. Very much looking forward to seeing what they have to offer in the next decade.

    1. Design doesn’t matter when your vehicles can catch on fire at the blink of an eye or get stolen with a USB cable

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  14. The remote control parking function is very useful in dealing with manually operated gates. For example: shooting range, park, natural trail, fenced in land, inoperable garage door/powered gate, etc. These are fairly common. Without the remote control function the driver has to get off the car, manually open the gate, get in the car again to move it pass the gate, get off again to close the gate, then finally get in yet again. My 2016 Model S has this function but my new 2022 one doesn’t. Really mad about it.

  15. HEY DOUG! The reason behind a cover for the button that sets the tailgate height is so if you have loose cargo back there like a set of luggage it wont slide and accidentally hit the button. Therefore you know the height you set will remain constant, sir. Thank you for the amazing content!

    1. I have a 2013 Tesla Model S, and they implemented the same feature (user-settable tailgate open height) just with a long press on the “close tailgate” button that you see once it’s open. If you press it quickly, it starts to close. But if you long press it, you hear a beep, and now it has that height set. Nice feature, great implementation. And they did it 10 years ago.

    2. Setting the open height is nothing new. It’s needed if you have a garage and it opens into the opening. Had to do that with our CRV.

    3. Same with the one up front, where stuff will definitely slide and hit the button otherwise. I assume since this is a safety mandated thing, it would override and still allow to be opened even if the vehicle is moving.
      Some of these things that Doug find perplexing or quirky are a tad annoying as thinking about it for a few seconds, most would realize there’s a reason for it.

    4. Overengineering at its finest (I.e. dumbest), considering the extreme unlikelihood of something/someone activating that button. If one argues that there’s still a possibility, then why put it there to begin with? 😂

  16. Straight-up: I’m coveting the EV9 more than I do some sports cars. The thought of an EV that can haul my budding family and deliver a load of tech is very appealing.

  17. I do have to say, the Smart Park feature is actually very useful for me, with a long narrow shared driveway between two houses. And the last time I was at the dealership there were NO spaces to park except by the service bays, where cars were parked so close the only open space was big enough for the GV70 but not big enough to open any doors. Smart Park both allowed me to park there and removed really any anxiety that I might ding a door getting in and out.

  18. I absolutely LOVE the exterior design. Looks futuristic, unique, and stylish. Would be nice to have the gps map on the cluster gauge

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