Hyundai is aiming to compete with the Tesla Model 3 with its latest EV model, a sedan called the Ioniq 6. This four-door fits into the company’s Ioniq subbrand made up of electric vehicles and shares components with the taller and boxier Ioniq 5. This means single- and dual-motor configurations will be offered, with a single battery-pack option. In combination with the aerodynamic shape, the standard 77.4-kWh battery pack means the 6 will provide an estimated 361 miles of max driving range in certain configurations. Its styling is inspired by Hyundai’s dramatic Prophecy concept, and the Ioniq 6 is as quick as it is futuristic and stylish. It also offers a more luxurious interior than the Model 3 and features more onboard technology when compared with Hyundai’s gas-powered Sonata and Elantra sedans.
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What’s New for 2023?
The Ioniq 6 is a new addition to the lineup. It will slot in numerically in between the Ioniq 5 and the upcoming Ioniq 7, but is a sedan with a more low-slung profile than those taller crossovers.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We expect the Ioniq 6 to be slightly more expensive than the Ioniq 5, which starts at $40,925. It’s likely to offer similar trim levels, although its powertrain configurations differ from the 5’s. The 6 offers a single battery pack option and either a rear-wheel-drive single-motor setup or an optional dual-motor all-wheel-drive version.
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
The Ioniq 6 shares a platform with the Ioniq 5, its powertrain mostly mirrors that model’s offerings. The base model makes 225 horsepower and has a single electric motor powering the rear wheels. The more expensive 320-hp dual-motor versions provide all-wheel drive thanks to front and rear electric motors. Hyundai claims the more powerful setup can propel the Ioniq 6 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. Based on our first test drive, we think Hyundai’s estimate is conservative and expect a quicker result once we get an Ioniq 6 into our office for testing. While the Ioniq 6’s ride is smooth and its cabin is well-isolated and quiet, its handling is still plenty engaging. Its low center of gravity gives it a planted feel in corners and steering-wheel paddles allow the driver to select different modes of regenerative braking on the fly.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The EPA estimates the Ioniq 6 has a maximum driving range of 361 miles. The Ioniq 6 SE RWD Long Range, which has the most range for the model, gives it a 58-mile advantage over the smaller Ioniq 5. The all-wheel-drive Ioniq 6 Limited is rated at 270 miles, which is still an impressive showing for the shortest-driving Ioniq 6. Once we get our hands on an Ioniq 6, we’ll run it through our 75-mph real-world highway range test and update this story with its results.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The EPA gives the rear-drive Ioniq 6 SE Long Range an estimated 140 MPGe combined rating. For more information about the Ioniq 6’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Hyundai has emphasized lounge-like comfort in its Ioniq models so far, and the 6 is no exception. The cabin shows a similarly modern and minimalist aesthetic as the Ioniq 5 and its flat floor aids the feeling of spaciousness inside. As a conventional four-door sedan, it offers space for five across two rows of seating. Hyundai has gone to great lengths to ensure a quiet cabin, with several layers of sound-deadening material sandwiched between the floor and the carpeting. The cargo area inside the trunk may not rival that of a hatchback or crossover, but the rear seats fold to expand the space back there.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Both a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen are offered. The Ioniq 6 uses the same software as other Hyundai models, which incorporate BlueLink for connectivity functions and link with smartphones using either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. More details about the infotainment system will be available closer to the Ioniq 6’s official launch.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
While the Ioniq 6 that’s earmarked for sale in the United States won’t come with the Korean-market version’s cool camera-based exterior mirrors, we expect Hyundai will equip our version with all manner of driver-assistance tech to make up for it. For more information about the Ioniq 6’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features are likely to include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with a lane-centering feature
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Hyundai provides one of the best warranty plans in the industry. Likewise, it comes with an impressive amount of complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- Battery is covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles