Kia EV3 enters the compact SUV segment with design, range, and innovation

Max McDee, 23 May 2024

Kia has finally unveiled its latest electric vehicle, the EV3, a compact SUV designed to redefine expectations in its class. The EV3 builds upon the success of Kia's flagship EV9 SUV, incorporating the brand's 'Opposites United' design philosophy, advanced technology, and sustainable materials to deliver an engaging and eco-conscious driving experience.

With its distinctive design, the EV3 commands attention. The vertical headlamps, clean surfaces, and robust interpretation of Kia's iconic Tiger Face design contribute to a broad and confident stance. The Star Map signature lighting concept, vertical daytime running lights (DRLs), and sleek roofline create a dynamic silhouette that projects strength and agility. Available in nine vibrant colors, including two exclusive shades - Aventurine Green and Terracotta - the EV3 allows drivers to express their individuality.

Kia EV3 Kia EV3

The EV3's interior is designed to be a comfortable and versatile living space. The cabin seats five passengers and features a sliding center console with a table and storage area. This unique design element allows occupants to enjoy a meal, work on a laptop, or simply relax while the vehicle is charging. With a generous 0.88 ft³ frunk and a 16.2 ft³ rear cargo space, the EV3 offers ample storage space for everyday adventures and family getaways.

The dashboard features a widescreen display spanning nearly 30 inches, integrating a 12.3-inch cluster, a 5-inch air-conditioning panel, and a 12.3-inch AVN display. This intuitive interface provides easy access to climate control, navigation, entertainment, and vehicle settings. Steering wheel-mounted controls and a seamless row of buttons below the central screen offer further convenience and functionality.

Kia EV3 Kia EV3

Built on Kia's Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the EV3 is powered by a front-wheel drive electric powertrain with fourth-generation battery technology. The Standard model is equipped with a 58.3 kWh battery, while the Long Range variant boasts an 81.4 kWh battery, offering up to 373 miles of range on the WLTP cycle. Both models feature a 150kW (201hp) electric motor that delivers a respectable 0-62 mph acceleration time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 106 mph.

Kia has prioritized efficiency in the EV3's design, incorporating enhanced body aerodynamics and advanced battery management technology. The vehicle's impressive drag coefficient of 0.263 Cd contributes to its extended range. The EV3's fast-charging capability allows the battery to replenish from 10 to 80 percent in approximately 31 minutes.

Kia EV3 interior Kia EV3 interior

The EV3 comes with a comprehensive suite of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) that work to protect occupants and pedestrians. Features like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist, Highway Driving Assist, and Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist help drivers navigate various road conditions with confidence. The EV3 also boasts Remote Smart Parking Assist, a 12-inch Head-up Display (HUD), and Kia's innovative i-Pedal 3.0 regenerative braking technology, which allows for one-pedal driving.

In addition to its impressive performance and safety features, the EV3 offers a range of cutting-edge technologies designed to enhance convenience and connectivity. Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) charging allows users to power external devices. At the same time, Digital Key 2.0 enables keyless entry and vehicle operation using a smartphone or smartwatch. The EV3's infotainment system offers streaming content, arcade games, and a premium Harman Kardon audio system for an immersive entertainment experience.

Kia EV3 interior Kia EV3 interior

With its innovative design, impressive range, and commitment to sustainability, the Kia EV3 is poised to significantly impact the compact EV SUV market. By exceeding customer expectations and addressing common concerns about electric vehicles, the EV3 aims to accelerate the mass adoption of EVs and contribute to a more sustainable future. There's only one detail remaining - the price. Kia hasn't released the official pricing yet, but the expectation is for it to be around $35,000. If this is true, Kia will have a winner on its hands.


This article contains localized units and prices. Change settings.
Your choice


Reader comments

Yep. It's in the same size league as the Bolt EV, which was defined as a "Sub-compact".

  • Popop

”Compact”, you keep using this word ... I don’t think it means what you think it means.

  • Anonymous

The new compact EV might shake things up in the market. Let's hope the price is right. And yeah for no piano black!



Popular models