2024 Kia EV3 debuts as brand’s new compact EV SUV – up to 600 km range; 204 PS; Volvo EX30 competitor

2024 Kia EV3 debuts as brand’s new compact EV SUV – up to 600 km range; 204 PS; Volvo EX30 competitor

After some light teasing, Kia has officially unveiled the all-new EV3. The South Korean brand’s latest electric vehicle (EV) joins the EV5, EV6 and EV9 as a compact SUV that will go on sale in its home country in July, with Europe and other regions set to follow from the second half of this year.

First previewed by an identically named concept last October, the EV3 is built on the E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform) but doesn’t get an 800V architecture like the EV6 and EV9. Instead, it follows the EV5 by using a 400V architecture, which enables a DC fast charging that can get the 81.4-kWh battery from a 10-80% state of charge in about 31 minutes.

Fully charged, the EV3 delivers up to 600 km of range following the WLTP standard, but bear in mind the figures mentioned so far only apply to the Long Range variant. There’s also a Standard Range model with a 58.3-kWh battery which gets less range.

In a media briefing prior to the debut, Kia said the company went with a nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) chemistry for the battery instead of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) because the former offered better power outputs and had a longer lifespan. Full charging details weren’t provided but the EV3 is said to come with a vehicle-to-load (V2L) system and will definitely support AC charging.

Regardless of the battery chosen, both variants share the same electric motor, which is mounted at the front instead of the rear. Outputs are 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 283 Nm of torque, enabling a 0-100 km/h time of 7.5 seconds and top speed of 170 km/h.

The EV3 gets eDTVC (Electric Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control) to ensure optimum traction on the move, while a new piece of Kia tech to debut here is i-Pedal 3.0 regenerative braking, essentially one-pedal driving with different levels of adjustment available to the driver.

In terms of dimensions, the EV3 measures 4,300 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, 1,560 mm tall and packs a wheelbase of 2,680 mm. For context, that’s about the size of a Volvo EX30 and the current Honda HR-V we have back home. The SUV also has a 25-litre frunk and a 460-litre boot, the latter said to be best in its class and with an adjustable two-tier luggage board with 140 mm of load height flexibility.

Kia EV3 EV3 GT-Line

If you found the EV5 and EV9 appealing to look at, the EV3 will likely be in your good books as well. Appearing as a sort of “baby EV9”, Kia’s latest adopts the Opposites United design philosophy and features boxy rear fenders, a sloping roofline as well as a robust stance. Despite the chunky shape, the drag coefficient (Cd) is quoted at just 0.263.

Meanwhile, the ‘Tiger Face Star Map’ carries a daytime running light signature reminiscent of constellations that has light bars wrapping around the main headlamp clusters that carry several individual diodes.

A closed-off grille is also part of the front end, which gets two bumper designs. The base version has its lower intake large covered up and is joined by black trim with an array of vertical slats. Go with the GT-Line and it’s a design that looks to be inspired by the EV6, with “tusk-like” elements on either side of a large black section with small cutouts.

The prominent bookends are replicated at the rear of the GT-Line to frame the number plate, while the base model is less expressive. Both get the same taillights which mimic the DRLs seen up front. For the EV3, Kia is offering nine body colours, including two exclusive ones called Aventurine Green and Terracotta.

Kia EV3 interior – base variant (left); GT-Line (right)

Moving inside, we find a minimalistic dashboard design that doesn’t stray too far from what we saw in the concept. The air vents are positioned in a single file to simulate a full-width look and act to separate the dash into two sections, with the bottom having physical controls for the air-conditioning system while between the central air vents is a simple media volume control.

Above that is almost 30 inches of screen real estate, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a five-inch air-conditioning touch panel.

This setup is like what you would find in the EV9 and is meant to promote ergonomics and ease of use along with the multi-button steering wheel that is lifted straight from the latest EV6. Buyers can also option a 12-inch head-up display that projects information on the windshield to minimise driver distraction.

Recycled materials are used for many parts of the cabin, which comes with Air, Earth and Water trim finishes. There are also several colour themes to choose from, including Subtle Grey, Warm Grey, Blue and Onyx Black, the last of which is a GT-Line exclusive.

For practicality, the centre console incorporates a sliding table and storage area in addition to a few driving-related controls. There’s also storage under the console for items as large as a small backpack, while other notable features include ambient lighting and seats that come with a fold-back relaxation mode.

As for the infotainment system, it integrates LG’s Automotive Content Platform (ACP) powered by webOS to enable in-car gaming and content consumption, complemented by a Harman Kardon sound system. The infotainment also has configurable themes (purchasable through the Kia Connect Store) and another first for a Kia EV, an AI assistant.

No shortage of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with the EV3 either, with available features being Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist and Remote Smart Parking Assist.

What do you think of the Kia EV3? Do you like the way it looks and what do you think of the range and tech it comes with? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Kia EV3

Kia EV3 GT-Line

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • omg.. please please please bermaz dont mess this one up please.. please bring this to our shore asap with all the features!

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    • anonymous on May 23, 2024 at 7:34 pm

      lol you know they will. in case you forget, the Niro EV is RM257k lol.

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      • Hopefully not cuz they launched EV9 with a pretty good deal though

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  • anonymous on May 23, 2024 at 7:37 pm

    gonna give credit where credit is due to kia and hyundai for going out of the box with design lately. not saying they’re all a hit but i don’t think i watched a reveal for any one of their cars in recent years and say ‘what a boring look’.

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    • Samseng Note 7 on May 24, 2024 at 12:45 pm

      Agreed. NMC batteries prone to temperature side effect, thermal runaway on warm hot environment and weak powerless on chilly minus celcius. The only advantage is faster charging speed up until 80 percent capacity compares to LFP batteries.

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  • Veggy King on May 23, 2024 at 7:50 pm

    Very nice car!

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  • ROTI CANAI on May 23, 2024 at 8:37 pm

    You lost me at front wheel drive. Say no to fwd ev.

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    • Charging by minutes is a SCAM fraud on May 24, 2024 at 12:47 pm

      Best compromise for weight distribution saving

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  • James KWON on May 24, 2024 at 12:21 pm

    this is a real top quality proper EV unlike the Alibaba Cars from China. this is a sort of car that we need in Malaysia.

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  • Pro Ovaltine on May 25, 2024 at 11:49 am

    No Kia phone already die some more must pay big money for this

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  • Autodriver on May 25, 2024 at 12:33 pm

    I believe Kia make a mistake of the comment “ nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) chemistry for the battery instead of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) because the former offered better power outputs and had a longer lifespan”.

    LFP is less density which is lower power output than NMC. But the lifespan of LFP is certainly better than NMC with at least double of charge cycle and lower degradation in LFP. Meaning lifespan in LFP is better. I guess they may want to express the NMC provide longer drive range, that’s true because of higher density.

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