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KIA EV3 Affordable Compact SUV Brings the Fight to Tesla

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The affordable EV wars are heating up, and Kia just fired a major salvo straight at Tesla’s Model Y with its newly unveiled 2026 EV3 compact electric SUV. This fresh battery-powered hauler promises up to 350 miles of range, snappy performance, and a tech-laden interior – all wrapped up in a stylish crossover package aimed at the mainstream market.

At first glance, the EV3 certainly looks the part of a legit Tesla rival. The sleek, modern styling borrows cues from Kia’s larger EV9 SUV, while size-wise it clocks in at 169 inches long – putting it squarely in compact crossover territory. But it’s the specs under the sheet metal that really turn heads.

Kia claims the EV3 Long Range variant can muster up to 373 miles on a charge from its beefy 81.4kWh battery pack. Even the base models should surpass the Model Y Long Range’s 320-mile EPA rating, with a blistering 128kW fast-charging rate, the EV3 can slurp enough electrons for a 10-80% top-up in just 30 minutes.

KIA EV3

Drivers can expect a healthy 201 horsepower from the standard single-motor setup, with an even spicier GT performance variant in the works for folks who demand more muscle. Kia hasn’t dished full details yet, but it’s safe to assume their electric compact will easily outrun the Model Y’s 4.8-second 0-60mph time.

Pricing is Key to the EV3’s Appeal

Of course, the real kicker may be pricing. Whereas the Model Y Long Range starts around $44,990, Kia is reportedly aiming for a far more affordable $30,000 to $50,000 window for the EV3 in the US when it arrives in 2026. That aggressive sticker could be a game-changer for budget-conscious buyers craving Tesla’s combination of range, performance, and tech without the premium pricing.

With stylish looks, a spacious interior, long range, and the promise of an affordable price tag, Kia EV3 could be poised to disrupt the compact electric SUV segment when it arrives next year.

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