When pricing for the base model 2024 Kia EV9 was released last month, we couldn’t help but wonder what sort of premium features like all-wheel-drive and the long-range battery pack would command. Well, Kia has dropped the full pricelist, and trim-to-trim walkup is more reasonable than expected. The freight charge has been confirmed at $1,495, so the base model now retails for $56,395. Beyond that? Well, each step up seems remarkably reasonable.
Let’s say that you want your EV9 with the long-range battery pack because who wouldn’t? After all, 300 miles of range is a road trip benchmark, and an 800-volt architecture should make quick work of charging a 99.8 kWh battery pack. Well, the EV9 Light Long Range RWD stickers for $60,695, a sensible $4,300 premium over the short-range model.
Range is great, but what if you want more traction over slippery surfaces? Well, the cheapest all-wheel-drive model, the EV9 Wind e-AWD, stickers for $65,395 and comes with a handful of useful features for its $4,700 premium over the Light Long Range RWD trim. In addition to spitting power to all four wheels thanks to dual electric motors, it also gets a heat pump for cold-weather efficiency and a heated steering wheel, which is a genuinely life-changing feature. Sure, range drops to 270 miles on the standard wheels, but that’s still close enough to 300 miles that the added traction might be worth it.
Sounds great, but some shoppers might want more toys. That’s where the $71,395 EV9 Land e-AWD comes in. It takes the Wind e-AWD and builds on it with a 14-speaker Meridian stereo, a 360-degree camera system, 20-inch wheels, upgraded LED headlights, an exterior vehicle-to-load outlet for using the car as a battery bank, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, second-row captain’s chairs, and a whole host of cosmetic bits including 20-inch wheels that drop range to 253 miles. Thankfully, 19-inch rollers that bump range back up to 270 miles are available, which seems like a no-brainer option.
Oh, and if that’s not enough for you, the big daddy EV9 GT-Line stickers for $75,395 and throws everything and the kitchen sink at this battery-powered three-row crossover. I’m talking about executive lounge seats, a ghostride-the-whip mode that lets you park the crossover from its key fob, self-levelling rear suspension, a heads up display, a bump in torque to 516 lb.-ft., blingy 21-inch wheels, and a bounty of special visual touches. The only thing it gets less of is range, a disappointing 243 miles.
Even in its top trim, the Kia EV9 still stickers for less than a Volvo EX90, a Rivian R1S, or a Tesla Model X. However, things get interesting when you compare a Tesla Model X with an EV9 GT-Line. Sure, the Tesla may cost an extra $9,485 when equipped with a third row, but it’s eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit right away, whereas Kia plans to start EV9 production in Korea with American production following next year. Then there’s the “more” of the Tesla. Sure, the Kia has more toys, but the Model X has far more range at 349 miles, and it comes with access to North America’s most-reliable coast-to-coast DC fast charging network right away. If you’re a frequent road-tripper seeking some luxury, it might actually be worth springing for the Model X over a loaded EV9.
For everyone else, the 2024 Kia EV9 should represent a relative bargain. After all, the pool of large, three-row electric crossovers is sized more like a hot tub, and this Kia is far less expensive than any other option. Expect these quiet family haulers to start rolling into showrooms by the end of the year, although something tells me that dealers will have a difficult time retaining stock.
(Photo credits: Kia)
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