Entry-level models have a 200bhp motor that sends 258lb ft of torque exclusively to the rear axle, yielding 0-62mph acceleration of 9.4sec. The four-wheel-drive version has a pair of motors of equal power (189bhp each) mounted front and rear, which means the car has a total of 378bhp on tap and can turn a 0-62mph time of 6.0sec.
Torque is an impressive 442lb ft, but this can be boosted to 515lb ft with an extra-cost, over-the-air software update that shaves another 0.7sec from the 0-60mph time.
Such is the smoothness and easy response of the EV9’s controls that you soon forget it’s an EV. Instead, it’s an easy-driving car with a very quiet motor and a range of close to 300 miles in the rear-motor version, depending how you drive.
Motion is controlled from a small switchblock on the right side of the steering column and there are the usual ancillary switches (including a blessed one-touch operation to disable the lane keeping assistance) on the steering wheel. Like in other Hyundai and Kia EVs, the intensity of the regenerative braking can be varied by steering wheel paddles. (Please, rivals, do this yourselves!)
The braking is powerful and easy to modulate, the steering feels most normal in, aptly, Normal driving mode (the others are Sport and Eco) and the controls all have that frictionless panache of brands in the BMW and Porsche realm. Such things show you how relentless is Kia’s march to greatness.
The four-wheel-drive model has excellent real-world pace and is as quick and torquey as you'd want a car of this size and weight (2.6 tonnes!) to be. It's a smooth and refined drivetrain that's not far behind market-leading BMW for these traits while offering a real-world range of 260 miles on our test route.