NIO EC6 Review: Exterior, Interior and Performance

NIO EC6 Review: Exterior, Interior and Performance

Exterior Design

The NIO EC6 presents itself as a sporty coupe-SUV with a distinct fastback silhouette and an adaptable rear spoiler, which sets it apart from its sibling, the ES6. The updated EC6 is built on the NIO NT2.0 platform and features the brand's X-Bar design language, which is consistent with the family's aesthetic. Notable changes in the new model include a split daytime running light structure, a closed front grille, and the placement of NIO’s signature LiDAR on the front windshield. While the side and rear profiles show modest alterations, the new through-type tail light design is trendy and adds to the vehicle's sporty appeal.

Interior Quality and Features

The cabin of the NIO EC6 demonstrates the brand’s commitment to luxury with its high-quality materials. The updated model boasts a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.8-inch central control screen powered by the latest Banyan system. The extensive use of leather and suede enhances the upscale feel. In terms of functionality, the EC6 offers integrated sports seats with up to 16-way electric adjustment for the driver and 18-way for the passenger. The rear seats have an 8-degree adjustable backrest, and both front and rear seats feature heating, ventilation, and massage options. Additionally, the EC6 offers the option of a 'Queen Co-pilot' seat and NIO's popular Nomi AI assistant.


The EC6's powertrain consists of a dual-motor setup delivering a combined output of 360 kW and a peak torque of 700 Nm, allowing for a swift 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 4.23 seconds. For range, the EC6 offers two battery options, 75 kWh and 100 kWh, providing CLTC ranges of 495 km and 630 km, respectively.

Overall Assessment

The revised EC6 aligns more closely with NIO's family design language and brings updated features to match its price point. Despite these enhancements, its sporty character doesn't seem as pronounced when compared to the ES6, especially considering the minimal performance advantage and higher cost. The EC6 is a compelling choice for those who value its coupe-SUV styling and are willing to pay a premium for it. For others, the ES6 might offer a better balance of luxury, comfort, and value.

In conclusion, while the NIO EC6 post-price adjustment continues to offer a luxurious experience, its positioning in the high-end market faces challenges from other luxury automakers and high operating costs. Its revised pricing strategy and changes to ownership benefits reflect a shift in approach. Despite the financial backdrop, the EC6's design, interior quality, and performance metrics remain competitive within its segment.

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