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The Kia EV5 will come to the UK in 2025, where it will sit alongside the petrol-engined Kia Sportage as a family SUV that will rival the likes of the Ford Explorer.

The new machine is the third model in Kia’s bespoke E-GMP line-up to be revealed. It was first shown at the Chengdu motor show in April, when it was described as a car designed for China. But Kia has now confirmed that it will also be sold globally – including the UK.

The EV5 will arrive after the production version of the smaller Kia EV3 and will sit between that and the flagship Kia EV9 in Kia’s line-up of electric SUVs. It shares a number of design cues with those models, but features its own interpretation of Kia’s ‘Tiger face’ grille and has its wheels pushed to the corners to maximise interior space.

The new SUV will use a modified version of the Hyundai Motor Group’s modular E-GMP platform, which underpins all of Kia’s bespoke EV models. Unlike the 800V system used on the Kia EV6 and EV9, the EV5 will use a 400V architecture, which will reduce costs but mean it won’t be able to charge as quickly.

While Chinese market cars will be produced in that country, machines for the rest of the world will be produced in Korea – and there will be significant technical differences between them in terms of battery size and chemistry. 

Kia ev5 in studio side

The China models will be offered with 64kWh and 88kWh batteries, while Korean-built versions will feature a choice of 58kWh and 81kWh units. Kia says single- and twin-motor versions will be offered, with the Standard and Long Range models using a 215bhp front-mounted motor. The Long Range AWD model will gain an extra 94bhp rear motor, which will result in a total system output of up to 302bhp.

Kia will also offer a hot EV5 GT eventually, although no technical details of that have been released yet.

The range “will be tailored to meet market demands”, Kia says. For context, the China-only models will offer between 330 and 403 miles of range on that country’s official test cycle. Kia says the AWD China version will be capable of accepting a charge from 30-80% in just 27 minutes, suggesting a charging speed of around 125kW.


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All versions will feature “an advanced heat pump” as standard and regenerative braking will include a single-pedal mode. The model has also been designed to accept over-the-air updates and to allow for both vehicle-to-load and vehicle-to-grid outputs.

The interior features a twin 12.3in display, with a separate 5.0in climate control panel and an optional head-up display. Kia has worked to reduce the number of physical buttons within the car while, as with the EV9, four hard keys are ‘hidden’ in the dashboard below the infotainment screen.

Kia ev5 in studio bootspace

There will be a range of seats finished with recycled PET and bio-leather fabrics, with reclining seats that feature massage and relaxation functions. The rear seat can fold fully flat, enabling the rear of the car to be used as a camping seat, and there is even a rear storage area that can keep food hot or cold. And if you’ve kept your food in there, you can then eat it on the ‘Multi Table luggage board’ that can be folded out into a table.

One unusual feature that will be offered on only the Chinese model is a front bench-style seat, featuring an extension on the passenger seat so that it seamlessly meets the driver seat – but that won’t appear on UK models.

While pricing has yet to be confirmed, Kia has hinted that it wants the EV3, EV4 and EV5 to be priced from $35,000 to $50,000 (£28,500 to £41,000). With the EV5 likely to be the biggest of those models, that suggests it is likely to start from around £40,000.

James Attwood

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James is Autocar's acting magazine editor. Having served in that role since June 2023, he is in charge of the day-to-day running of the world's oldest car magazine, and regularly interviews some of the biggest names in the industry to secure news and features, such as his world exclusive look into production of Volkswagen currywurst. Really.

Before first joining Autocar in 2017, James spent more than a decade in motorsport journalist, working on Autosport,, F1 Racing and Motorsport News, covering everything from club rallying to top-level international events. He also spent 18 months running Move Electric, Haymarket's e-mobility title, where he developed knowledge of the e-bike and e-scooter markets. 

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Bob Cholmondeley 12 October 2023

Great, another motorised shed coming our way...

Peter Cavellini 27 August 2023

When AI takes control of the mundane stuff we all do every day we will have very little to do,so when  it comes to transportation why bother with seats?, just chuck in a couple of Matresses!, it could really be that boring that we might not particularly care what a car looks like even what color it is.

Pierre 25 August 2023

Is it any wonder that the roads are always congested and journeys take  50% longer than they did in "slower" cars, when the average family vehicle is now almost the size of a removal van?