The Hyundai IONIQ 6
I mean everybody buys SUVs now and yet today we are looking at a car it looks more alive than most vehicles I see on the road it has this rounded shape it’s
almost slippery it’s got these big headlight eyeballs and a tail a little tail at the back
I mean it looks like some sort of organism I’m sorry if you thought that was a little
weird but today we’re looking at a car that’s a little weird it’s the Hyundai ioniq 6.
the ionic 6 has an incredibly distinctive silhouette even more so than its sibling
the ionic 5. it’s surprisingly long at 191.1 inches it’s longer than a Kia Sorento at the
front we have the familiar parametric pixel LED headlight design reminiscent of the ioniq 5 and
below those Hyundai has equipped active Grill shutters to help keep things even more aerodynamic
unlike the ionic 5 this insanely streamlined profile is as slippery as it looks with a .22 drag coefficient undoubtedly helping that number are the door handles walk up with the key in your pocket and voila voila voila voila .
I forgot the line walk up with the key in your pocket and voila
they present themselves now this is a cool party trick no doubt but it’s one we’ve
seen before and I know that some of you are watching this and thinking well that’s just
one more thing to break so let us know in the comments are you Pro power flush door handles
the ionic six has two sets of Wheels an 18 inch pair that comes on the base model .
I describe as spicy and these 20s which you can get on the SEL and limited trims I would describe.
these as violent our car is painted ultimate red and Hyundai also sells this in a digital
green and here’s a tip if you show me a green car I’ll probably like it other than those it’s your
regular and familiar arrays of blacks and whites.
Silvers Grays there is a gold that I really want to see in person because maybe it’s time to bring back champagne paint colored cars do you agree at the rear this spoiler is about more than style it also AIDS in the car’s aerodynamics and that’s a common theme I think that this is the ionic six’s best angle in large part due to that spoiler and these parametric pixel tail lights they are cool up front but even better back here
it is less futuristic in here than it is out there but there are still some pretty high tech and cool
features for instance the lights on the steering wheel in the ionic six they actually show you some
different status indications so for instance if I put it into reverse these lights glow red
if I put it in drive or park they go back to Blue and it works for the sport mode and the
Eco Mode as well sport red eco mode green that’s pretty cool but otherwise there’s not a lot in
here that’s going to throw you for a loop
I mean Hyundai’s dual screen layout this is actually
getting pretty familiar by now and then there are some retro touches in the ionic six except I don’t
think that Hyundai necessarily intended them to be retro first the window switches are on the
center console rather than the doors they’re also Square plastic switches which don’t feel great now
Hyundai put those switches in the center because the door panels are almost completely buttonless
and while I appreciate the aesthetic of these buttonless swoopy doors they look great it’s
definitely a form over function experience at least for me
I would rather something that’s a little more boring and a little more practical now the car we’re driving in is not cheap it has an as tested price north of 57 000 and that’s a lot the worst part is that while plastic isn’t bad it’s not what you want to find all over the place in a car that costs almost 60 Grand and you get in the Hyundai and it doesn’t look like there’s a lot of plastic everywhere I mean
we’ve got these nice textured surfaces but then when I touch them it becomes clear that there is
actually a lot of plastic components they’re just hiding in plain sight this center console has a
huge open space below which is a big benefit of the Eevee’s lack of a transmission tunnel
and the bin back here houses two USBC ports to go along with the usba .
data Port up front unfortunately my Headroom is suffering from what appears to be a poorly placed steering wheel it just feels too high I’m five foot eleven and by the numbers I should have plenty of Headroom in this car but I couldn’t adjust the seat and the wheel to provide me a good view through
the wheel to the display a nice arm angle and good Headroom so I ended up compromising I have
the Headroom my arms could be a little lower and I can’t see every corner of the display
Rear Seat and Cargo Space
the rear seat offers great leg room and enough Headroom that I don’t feel like I’m hunched over
however the rear seat is situated a bit too low for a relatively High floor and that results in
a lack of thigh Support also if you do hit a good bump I think my head’s hit in the ceiling
cargo volume is rough there’s basically no front trunk
just this little cubby better suited for a charge cable and the rear trunk is only 11.2 cubic feet which is very small more than two cubes less than a BMW M2 let alone the ionic six’s actual competition the Tesla Model 3 and the pole star 2.
oh Hyundai sells a few powertrain variations in the ioniq 6. the SE rear wheel drive long range
models they have a 168 kilowatt motor that’s good for 225 horsepower and it pairs with a
77.4 kilowatt hour battery pack now that beautiful combination is good for up to 361 miles of driving
range and that number more than anything
else is what makes the Hyundai ioniq 6 noteworthy now if
you get all-wheel drive it adds another motor to the mix and brings horsepower up to 320.
that’s pretty good it also uses the same 77.4 kilowatt hour battery pack but because of the
additional power it’s now down to 316 miles of range of course if you get the scl or The
Limited trims well those have 20 inch wheels and that hurts efficiency so those with rear
wheel drive then we get 305 miles and if you do add all-wheel drive like our test car has
well then the number drops to 270.
personally I would rather have more driving range than
more power but I’m not going to deny that the 320 horsepower is pretty nice and the 446 pound-feet
of torque well that is really nice acceleration is delightful as it is in most electric cars there’s
nothing quite like the silent rapid power delivery that you can experience in an EV
it doesn’t have the same kind of drama but this will still cook your typical V8 Pony car
handling is a mixed bag the steering feels great very direct and quick and the suspension does a
nice job of absorbing bumps
but the ionic six feels uncomfortably heavy for its size
all that weight translates to a lot of inertia through the corners and the ionic six it just
never feels quite as composed in really aggressive driving as I would like it to now if you’re gonna
buy this EV well then you should be doing so for the fuel efficiency because yes even though
this is an electric car we can still talk about efficiency during testing our car was traveling
about three and a half miles per every kilowatt hour of energy consumed and that’s really good but
here’s the rub in order to see that kind of number
you’re going to have to practice some serious
self-control because every time I started playing with the throttle I saw that number drop so get
into the 320 horsepower or the 446 pound-feet of torque well you’re not going to see a number that
you like truthfully I think the 225 horsepower is all you need in this car and the 361 mile driving
range well that’s outstanding that equates to 140 mpge or about 4.6 miles per kilowatt hour
I mean if you can get away with rear-wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive then I say
go with the SC rear-wheel drive extended Range model because it really is what makes the ionic
six a standout in the EV segment this can do a lot now unfortunately the icons still all
Infotainment and Safety
look a bit too similar and the responsiveness is not quite as fast as I would like it to be
and together that means that you end up taking your eyes off the road longer than
should be necessary also while we have Apple carplay and Android auto they still require
a wired connection now there are benefits to using a wire but when the competition
increasingly showcases Wireless CarPlay .
Hyundai’s at risk of being left behind but back to what it can do basically everything that we talk about in these reviews satellite radio navigation smartphone projection yada yada can do all of that but being an EV can do some EV stuff too the navigation system can find charging stations along your route it can also update finding new battery charging stations along your route as the vehicle’s battery depletes and critically it has the capability to show .
you are how many Chargers are currently in use at those stations Hyundai Blue Link offers remote access remote start or remote control for charging remote Diagnostics a vehicle tracker and finder a voice recognition system all of that stuff comes as complementary it’s free now buy my research a lot of automakers offer some of that stuff for free but no automaker except for Hyundai offers all of it for free now safety comes free too
Smart Sense comes standard and is equipped with an impressive array of driver assistance systems.
Now if you move up to the SEL trim you get highway driving assist too and that can help maintain
distance it’ll adjust the positioning of your car if a car in the adjacent Lanes gets a little too
close can even assist with Lane changes and it uses machine learning to help figure out what
your Tendencies are in terms of vehicle spacing and acceleration it’s really impressive stuff and
if you go all the way up to the limited trim you get those features plus the outstanding blind view
monitor system the biggest thing working against the 2023 Hyundai ioniq 6 at least for now is
Pricing and Conclusion
price the starting price starting price is a frighteningly high forty six thousand six hundred
and fifteen dollars which includes the 1115 destination fee but get a limited all-wheel drive
model like our test car here that could be as high as 57 425 dollars that’s what we’re working with
like the ioniq 5 the ionic six should be getting an SE standard Range model .
it’ll be a little cheaper and it’s going to show up later this summer but it’s still likely going to cost over forty two thousand dollars and that’s including the destination fee and it only gets 149 horse powerand a 240 mile driving range and both of those figures well they really strip away a lot of the things I like about the ionic six I recommend a rear-wheel drive SC extended Range model because the 361 mile driving range really is this car’s differentiator but let us know what you think in the comments section would you take a decontented SE model and enjoy that driving range or is 270 miles plentygiven our car’s premium comfort and safety features .