There are more options in the 60-70 lakh price bracket today. It was completely empty earlier, with the MG ZS EV on one side and a straight jump to the Mercedes EQC on the other.

At present, in the Indian EV market, there are only two cars competing in the Rs. 50 lakh – Rs. 1 crore price bracket – the Kia EV6 and the BMW i4. Both have been launched in the recent weeks only.

Kia EV6:

The EV6 is Kia’s first ground-up EV. It is a crossover, based on Hyundai Group’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and features Kia’s “Opposites United” design philosophy. The car is equipped with adaptive LED headlamps and LED tail lamps with an LED light bar as well as sequential turn-indicators. The car rides on 19-inch alloy wheels. It is available in 5 colours – Moonscape, Snow White Pearl, Runaway Red, Aurora Black Pearl and Yacht Blue.

Features include a panoramic dual 12.3-inch curved displays, a head-up display, a Meridian sound system with 14 speakers, an electric sunroof, electric seats with ‘Zero G’ function, cruise control with stop & go functionality and vehicle-to-load. On the safety front, the EV6 comes equipped with 8 airbags, 360-degree camera, adaptive LED headlights, all-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist, ESC, hill-start assist control, multi collision brake assist, VSM as well as ADAS.

It is offered with a permanent magnet synchronous motor and a 77.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack offer a maximum range of 528 km (WLTP cycle) offer a maximum range of 528 km (WLTP cycle). The battery supports ultra-fast charging, which adds 100 km of range in 4.5 minutes. It can be recharged from 10% – 80% in 18 minutes using a 350 kW fast charger, while a 50 kW fast charger takes 73 minutes for the same.

In India, the EV6 is offered in single motor and dual-motor variants. The single motor RWD variant packs 226 BHP and 350 Nm, while the AWD version produces 321 BHP and 605 Nm. The car is priced from Rs. 59.95 – 64.95 lakh (ex-showroom). While the car itself is very competent, would you pay Rs. 65 lakh for a Kia?

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BMW i4

The BMW i4 is a liftback sedan based on the company’s CLAR architecture. The car is available in 3 colours – Mineral White Metallic, Skyscraper Grey Metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic. It comes with aero-optimized wheels. Customers can also opt for the M Aerodynamic Kit, which includes M aerodynamic bumpers, 18 or 19-inch M light aerodynamic alloy wheels and M elements in high-gloss black.

Features include a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the latest iDrive 8 interface and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. It comes loaded with features like 3-zone automatic climate control, wireless charging, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Harman Kardon sound system with 17 speakers, Parking Assistant with reverse camera and Reversing Assistant.

The BMW i4 uses a single electric motor with an output of 335 BHP and 430 Nm. It is powered by an 83.9 kWh battery pack that is said to offer a maximum range of 590 km (WLTP cycle). BMW claims a 0-100 km/h time of 5.7 seconds.

The battery can be recharged from 10-80% in 31 minutes using a 205 kW DC charger or in 83 minutes using a 50 kW DC charger. An 11 kW AC charger takes 8.25 hours to charge the battery completely. The car comes with a complimentary wall box charger. The i4 comes with a 2 year / unlimited km warranty. The battery has an 8 years / 1,60,000 km warranty.

The i4 is available in a single eDrive40 Sport variant priced at Rs. 69.90 lakh (ex-showroom). While this makes it more expensive than the EV6, it must be remembered that the BMW badge has a much higher snob value compared to Kia.

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Here’s what GTO had to say on the matter:

The Kia EV6, without a doubt . Ignore the badge advantage of the BMW, and you’ll see the EV6 AWD as a car that is vastly superior. Better looking (hate the BMW grille), built on a proper EV platform (unlike the i4 which is on a modded 3 / 4 Series platform), faster performance, more space, more technology & features. Not to forget, its 800v architecture is a generation or two ahead of what BMW is offering.

The superior EV here is also 5-lakhs cheaper, which will take care of maintenance, tyres & more for 10 years.

Regardless of which way this poll swings, I’m just happy that:

1. There are more options in the 60-70 lakh price bracket. It was completely empty earlier, with the MG ZS EV on one side and a straight jump to the Mercedes EQC on the other.

2. Kia being compared to a BMW? Wow, that says a lot about where Hyundai-Kia have come. What the heck are the older stalwarts like Honda & Toyota doing? Selling newer generations of the same old cars they’ve been selling for decades (City, Innova, Fortuner).

Here’s what BHPian Turbanator had to say on the matter:

We should wait for test rides (if that’s an option even) on normal roads before we can have a conclusion. From my limited experience with Model 3, I can feel the extra weight of the batteries affecting the suspension. BMW has done the right thing by giving an Air suspension. For youngsters like my son, this is not important, and they look at only technology, so I guess BMW will appeal more to older adults like me and Kia to youngsters like you

Long-term reliability on Kia can be a question mark too. Also, as I mentioned before, due to the number of hatches we have, EV6 will gel more with regular cars, whereas i4 will scream attention with that big mouth.

With Volvo XC40 coming in, we are looking at a change in EV space in the next 12-24 months.

Here’s what BHPian Axe77 had to say on the matter:

I would want to see both the cars in person, drive both cars and understand their respective tech specs very closely before I can decide which one gets my vote. Definitely wont be swayed by badge value alone, either way.

In terms of looks (from what is evident from photos), the EV6 stands head and shoulders above, including on overall design, spot on proportions – its just incredibly handsome. Internal space also seems to be superior (to the extent one can judge from pics) as does the boot space (important to me).

Separately, isn’t it a class of three and not two, even pending the XC 40 Charge launch? With the electric Mini Cooper also in this 50L -1cr groupset?

Here’s what BHPian sunikkat had to say on the matter:

For that money definitely a BMW. How much ever capable is EV6, I wouldn’t spend 50+ lakhs on a Kia. And since EV’s are generally loud to look at, I feel i4 stands out in the crowd than EV6 (personal opinion though).

Also I have more confidence on BMWs engineering capability and feel it will age better too.

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