2025 KIA EV5: What We Know So Far

Kia is aiming for an ambitious goal, selling 1.6 million battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), up from the initial target of 1.2 million. To realize this vision, Kia has planned to launch at least two BEVs per year, which will result in a strong lineup of 15 BEVs. The EV5 compact crossover SUV is one of the most anticipated models in this electrifying line-up.

2025 Kia EV5 Review
2025 Kia EV5 Review

The EV5 Concept, which was unveiled in March at the 2023 Chinese EV Day this year, received a lot of praise for its innovative design. The EV5 Concept is positioned as the electrified younger sibling of the Sportage. It will sit below Kia’s upcoming three-row EV9 flagship. While camouflaged prototypes have yet to be seen on the road, we have visualized how it would look in production form and explored everything we know about this electrified compact SUV.

2025 KIA EV5 Redesign

The EV5 is inspired by architectural elements and natural landscapes. It has a muscular and striking appearance that pays homage to the EV9. The EV5 is a compact version of the EV9, but it still retains its unique personality. The front-end styling features the automaker’s “Digital Tiger Face”, a full-width LED light bar beneath the leading edge of the trunk, and Kia Star Map signature lighting – a constellation connecting stars on a clean fascia.

The EV5 is a blend of soft curves and sharp edges. The greenhouse has a boxy and upright design with a floating roof for visual dynamics. The powerful haunches and deeply sculpted sheet steel give the car a purposeful appearance. Full-width LED taillamps with C-clamps, a spoiler, and a contrasting kick panel complete the rear look.

Interior

The interior design for the concept version of the EV5 features strong horizontal lines, light-colored materials, and recycled materials. The digital instrument cluster and infotainment display now merge into one continuous screen, unlike current Kia products.

The EV5 will follow the larger EV9 in offering over-the-air upgrades, allowing easy access to new features and improvements through the Kia Connect Store. Owners can now easily order and install updates, improving the capabilities of their vehicles. EV5 owners can expect semi-autonomous driving assistance functions, as well as the option of different front lighting configurations. These updates will enhance the vehicle’s capabilities and further personalize the experience.

2025 Kia EV5 Interior
2025 Kia EV5 Interior

The EV5’s flat floor will enhance its practicality by providing ample space for occupants, and efficient stowage. Similarly to the EV9 model, the availability and design of swiveling seats may be affected by country-specific regulations. This could restrict their inclusion in certain markets such as the U.S.

Powertrain

Kia hasn’t disclosed any details about the available powertrains. The EV5 likely uses the Electric Global Modular Platform, similar to the EV9. The EV5 may offer dual and single-motor configurations. In the future, a high-performance GT model could be on the cards. The battery capacity is expected to be between 77.4 and 90 kWh, resulting in a range of 300 miles. The 800-volt architecture will allow DC fast charging of up to 350kW if all goes well.

Rivals and Reveal

The Kia EV5 is expected to be priced between $40,000-$50,000 for the dual-motor top trim. The Toyota bZ4X and Nissan Ariya, Volkswagen ID.4, and even the Tesla Model Y or Ford Mustang Mach-E will be key competitors. The EV5 will make its debut in China’s fourth quarter this year.

This is in line with Kia’s goal to achieve nearly 40% of sales coming from electric vehicles. After its debut in China, it is expected that the electric crossover will reach other markets during the first half of 2024. It could be a model for 2025 in North America.

Exterior and Colors

Kia’s “Opposites United” design philosophy celebrates the “creative tension created by the fusion between often seemingly opposing visual influences such as nature and modernity.” The exterior design of the Kia EV5 has also been praised. The 2025 EV5’s profile has a Lego-like shape that conveys both solidity and playfulness.

But it is the innovative details that are sure to get neighbors talking. The front of the car features a Digital Tiger Face with Kia Star Map signature illumination technology. The digital lighting produces a flowing pattern along the sides. However, this feature could be dropped for the production model.

2025 Kia EV5 Redesign
2025 Kia EV5 Redesign

Concept EV5 features 21-inch wheels with squared-off fenders and a roof spoiler which contributes to better aerodynamics. The rear-hinged suicide door creates a large space for entering or exiting the vehicle. However, the production model will have conventional rear doors. The lighting signature is wrapped around the Kia tailgate and logo at the rear, but the surface of the car remains very clean. The Kia EV5 concept shown here is a very attractive Iceberg Matte Green.

Dimensions

Kia EV5 dimensions were not revealed, but based on pictures alone, it looks shorter than the EV6, though it is likely to stand taller. The EV6 is 184.3 inches long, 74 inches wide, and 60.8 inches tall. The height of the EV5 is expected to be similar to that of the Sportage at 65.4 inches, as the EV6’s dimensions are more akin to a spacious hatchback. The EV5 will likely have a curb weight of more than 4,000 pounds, just like the EV6.

Gas Mileage

We can also look at the EV6 to get an idea of the EV5. The EV6 is equipped with a 77.4 kWh lithium-ion cell and an 800-volt architecture that supports fast charging up to 350 kW. The EV6 can be charged at this rate to add 70 miles or 217 miles of range within five minutes.

2025 KIA EV5 Release Date & Price

Kia America has said that it “has not made any official announcements regarding the EV5.” This leaves the door wide open for an eventual launch in the USA. And why not? This would be a great option for the market, as it needs more affordable electric cross-overs. The new Kia EV5 is expected to arrive in the UK as a model for 2025.

Unconfirmed is the price of the Kia EV5 for 2025. However, considering that the EV6 starts at $48,700 we estimate that the EV5 would cost between $43,000 and $45,000. The EV5 will qualify for tax incentives under the Inflation Reduction Act if the Hyundai Motor Group can successfully bring EV production in the USA up and running by the time it arrives.

Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, and a high-range EV5 are all competitors. A Tesla Model Y-like EV5 would be a distant second. The ID.4 has the lowest MSRP of all the electric crossovers but is not the most interesting.

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