10 features in the Kia EV9 that make you go 'wow'

10 features in the Kia EV9 that make you go 'wow'

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The 2024 Kia EV9 three-row electric SUV is now available, and we've already had plenty of good things to say about it. It fills a rare segment in the EV space, offering three rows of seating for less than the luxury options that are already out there. It's good to drive, quiet and powerful, with decent range and excellent charging times. The styling is also quite interesting, with respectable aerodynamics despite its big, boxy profile. You can read all about the 2024 Kia EV9 in our first drive, as well as our buying guide review.

A lot of thought went into the EV9, and it is full of neat features that may or may not surprise you, and that you'll find quite useful and convenient. Each adds a bit of comfort, convenience or intrigue to this big EV, and a few of them are things we don't see often — or at all — in other vehicles. Here are 10 interesting features we discovered and deemed worth highlighting when we recently drove the EV9.

1. Reclining seats

Taking a cue from the comfy Kia Carnival, the EV9 has some interesting seating features. The “Relaxation Comfort” seats recline as usual, but have a power legrest as well. It's like your own in-car La-Z-Boy. It’s standard for the driver and optional for the passenger in the Land trim, and standard for both front seats in the GT-Line. It’s an option for the second-row seats in the Land and GT-Line trims. They’re pretty nice to sit in, too, especially when paired with seat heating and ventilation. Not a bad way to spend your time waiting on a charge.



2. Ergo Motion seat

Only available in the top GT-Line trim, in which it is also standard equipment, is the “Ergo Motion” driver’s seat. This includes seatback and cushion massaging, which consists of large air bladders inflating and deflating rather aggressively to sooth those stiff muscles. Even though they push pretty hard, they steel feel soft, unlike the hard, knobby massagers in some premium brands.


3. Second-row shelf and cubby

Termed the “second-row slide-out center console” in Kia literature, this is essentially a covered cubby that slides out from the back of the center console. The cover acts as a shelf to place items, and slides away to expose the drawer beneath. It’s the perfect place to stash some snacks or wipes for the kiddos in the back.


4. Haptic menu controls

These are a double-edged sword. They look great, especially when illuminated, and they otherwise blend in well with the trim they’re embedded into. They’re responsive when you touch them, and give you a little haptic feedback that actually makes it feel like you’re pressing a button. The only problem is that they’re placed just below the infotainment screen, where I tended to rest the heel of my palm when poking around in the menus (I'm not alone, Honda literally puts a ledge under its touchscreens for this very purpose). That would lead to me accidentally changing the menus I was actually trying to navigate.


5. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto