With the EV6, the South Korean car manufacturer has created something special. Its new flagship model offers impressive stats, such as a 328-mile range and fast-charging support.
The Head-up display (HUD) is one of the Kia EV6’s most notable features. To help you focus on the road while driving, the HUD projects vital information, such as speed and navigation, onto the windshield. This (theoretically) reduces distractions and raises your level of driving safety.
It also includes an augmented reality option. This essentially means displaying navigational information in front of your real-world viewpoint. Some argue this is a valuable tool. Others will find it distracting.
All the technological advances can make it hard to know how to operate simple things like this EV6 Head-up display. Here’s a step-by-step guide through turning it on and off.
You’ll find everything you need to know in the owner’s manual.
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How to activate the Kia EV6 Head-up display (including augmented reality)
Follow the instructions below to turn the augmented reality HUD on or off in your EV6.
- On the center console’s touchscreen, choose Settings.
- Tap Vehicle.
- Touch the Head-up display tab in the menu to the left.
- Select Display mode (augmented reality mode).
- Here, you can pick from three options.
- Augmented reality mode – uses the HUD with augmented reality features
- Stand mode – a standard HUD display (without augmented reality)
- Head-up display OFF – turns the HUD off completely
- Use the arrow buttons to toggle the HUD on or off.
Depending on your selection, the HUD/augmented reality will turn on or off.
Adjusting Kia EV6 augmented reality Head-up display settings
From the same menu, you can adjust the EV6 HUD settings. You’ll see the option to customize the following:
- Display control – here, you can adjust and save the positioning of the HUD display. Drivers of different heights and builds will want the feature in a slightly different windshield position.
- Swipe to the bottom of this sub-menu to adjust the brightness via a slider.
- Augmented reality calibration – check that your HUD is in the correct position for driving.
- Content selection – what do you want to be displayed on the Head-up display? Check or uncheck the relevant boxes.
- Turn info (navigation)
- Driving convenience info (speed, etc.)
- Blind spot safety info
Why has the augmented reality HUD turned off in my Kia EV6?
First, check the feature is turned on in the Settings menu, as described above.
Bear in mind that the HUD turns off when you switch off your EV6 and open the driver’s door.
It can also be challenging to see the display in certain conditions. These include bright sunlight, looking through polarising sunglasses, standard glasses, contact lenses, or any other light-altering accessory or weather pattern.
Pull over in a safe location before adjusting the HUD.
If you still can’t find the problem, it’s time to go to a Kia dealer or partner for a more in-depth look.
Safety warnings when using the HUD on the EV6
Even with the ideal brightness and contrast settings, you’ll still need to watch your surroundings while driving. It’s essential to use the HUD responsibly to keep your focus on the road at all times. For example, you should never depend on the blind spot or lane keeping assist.
A screen can quickly capture your attention (you’re probably familiar with this from your smartphone). All the notifications, vibrations, and sounds trigger our brains to want to grab the phone and respond to the latest social media update.
Your Kia EV6 Head-up display may also cause you to stop looking at the road and your mirrors. Such distractions could be fatal. Stay safe by using the HUD as an additional helper (and not a system you utterly depend on) to enhance your driving.
Additionally, remember to pay sufficient attention to the vehicle’s standard instruments and controls. To ensure that the car runs safely, drivers should keep an eye on the speedometer, tachometer, and other gauges in the instrument cluster.
Overall, the Kia EV6’s HUD system can be valuable for staying informed and aware while driving. Still, using it responsibly and in accordance with safe driving practices is vital.
KIA EV6 Heads-Up Display: Conclusion
The Kia EV6 HUD gives you a lot of information about where to go and how fast you travel. As this data is projected onto the front windshield, there shouldn’t be too many distractions that could cause an accident.
However, safety-enhancing features such as the HUD on your Kia EV6 can be annoying and cause more harm than help.
Now you know how to turn on your Kia EV6’s HUD whenever necessary.
As always, drive safe.
Find a copy of the Kia EV6’s owner’s manual below. You’ll find everything you need to know from the manufacturer.