The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was a revelation erstwhile it deed the marketplace a mates of years ago, perfectly combining a retro yet futuristic plan with clever packaging, neat technologies, and plentifulness of performance.
Fast guardant to 2023 and it present has a sibling successful the signifier of the Ioniq 6 and we precocious lived with 1 for a week to spot if it’s arsenic bully arsenic the SUV and conscionable wherever it places successful the existent EV hierarchy.
Much has been said astir the Ioniq 6 since it was archetypal unveiled and conscionable similar the Ioniq 5, astir of this speech has been astir the exterior design. Hyundai itself refers to the conveyance arsenic a ‘streamliner’ and this is evident successful its sleek plan that aims to minimize its coefficient of resistance which sits astatine conscionable 0.21, making it 1 of the astir aerodynamically businesslike vehicles connected merchantability today.
|› Model:||2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Epiq|
|› Starting Price:||AU$88,000 ($57,465) excluding On-Road Costs|
|› Dimensions:||191 in. (4,855 mm) L x 74 in. (1,880 mm) W x 58.8 in. (1,495 mm) H|
|› Curb Weight:||1,968–2,078 kg (4,338–4,581 lb)|
|› Powertrain:||77.4 kWh artillery / dual electrical motors|
|› Output:||320 hp (239 kW / 325 PS) & 446 lb-ft (605 Nm)|
|› Range||519 km (322 miles)|
|› On Sale:||Now|
Photos of the Ioniq 6 don’t truly bash the plan justice. Like the Ioniq 5, it is rather an eyeful erstwhile you archetypal spot it but arsenic you look closer, you’ll statesman to announcement and admit the flowing lines. It’s amazingly large successful person, measuring 4,855 mm (191 inches) long, making it rather a spot longer than the Ioniq 5 which is 4,635 mm (182.4 inches) and the Tesla Model 3 that is 4,694 mm (184 inches). It looks adjacent longer successful idiosyncratic than those figures suggest, possibly due to the fact that of the debased enarthrosis enactment that stretches from the headlights, beneath the curved broadside windows, and ends astatine the country of the tailgate.
Speaking of the tailgate, there’s nary uncertainty that the astir striking constituent of the Ioniq 6’s plan is the rear fascia. Immediately catching the oculus is the full-width LED airy barroom consisting of dozens of quadrate LEDs that proceed Hyundai’s ‘Pixel’ taxable archetypal introduced with the Ioniq 5. There is past a 2nd airy barroom incorporated wrong the spoiler stretching retired from the rear window, though this 1 is lone triggered erstwhile you deed the brakes.
Different strokes for antithetic folks
In Australia, 3 versions of the Ioniq 6 are available: the entry-level Dynamiq, the mid-range Techniq, and the flagship Epiq, which we drove. All 3 are powered by the aforesaid liquid-cooled 77.4 kWh lithium-ion artillery battalion but the Dynamiq makes bash with a azygous electrical centrifugal driving the rear axles with 168 kW (225 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. By comparison, the Techniq and Epiq some person the aforesaid centrifugal astatine the rear axle but besides a 74 kW (99 hp) and 255 Nm (188 lb-ft) centrifugal astatine the beforehand axle, making for a combined 239 kW (320 hp) and 605 Nm (446 lb-ft).
Those seeking an electrical Hyundai with the champion imaginable scope would beryllium omniscient to opt for the Ioniq 6 Dynamiq arsenic it tin question a claimed 614 km (381 miles) connected a azygous complaint whereas some the Techniq and Epiq are rated astatine 519 km (322 miles). It takes conscionable 18 minutes to complaint from 10-80% astatine a DC charger that supports rates of up to 350 kW.
A fistful of cardinal elements separate the Ioniq 6 Epiq from the dual-motor Techniq. For example, it comes modular with a artillery conditioning strategy to vigor the artillery successful acold conditions for improved DC charging and performance. It besides has a vigor pump and possibly the astir important alteration of them all, integer broadside mirrors successful spot of accepted mirrors. Local pricing starts astatine AU$74,000 ($48,323) for the Dynamiq and increases to AU$83,500 ($54,527) for the Techniq and AU$88,000 ($57,465) for the Epiq, each earlier on-road fees.
It’s worthy noting that shoppers won’t request to splurge connected the flagship exemplary if they privation each of Hyundai’s latest driving assistance systems, information features, interior technologies, nor the thumping 8-speaker Bose audio system. Indeed, the Dynamiq is astir identically equipped to the Epiq with Hyundai’s implicit SmartSense strategy with blind-sport collision-avoidance assist, a blind-spot presumption monitor, operator attraction warning, guardant collision-avoidance assist, lane pursuing assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, rear occupant alert, astute cruise control, and more.
A luxurious cacoon
The compartment of the Ioniq 6 is arsenic arsenic striking arsenic the exterior. Hyundai refers to the interior arsenic “cocoon-like” and it’s casual to spot wherefore with the impressively-low seating presumption and the pronounced halfway spine moving done the beforehand fractional of the cabin. The car shaper made a bold plan connection with the sliding halfway console and level level up beforehand of the Ioniq 5 and portion we would person liked the Ioniq 6 to person a akin design, it remains a beauteous spot to walk time.
Located straight successful beforehand of the minimalist steering instrumentality is simply a 12.3-inch integer instrumentality clump portion adjacent to it is simply a 12.3-inch infotainment display. We indispensable applaud Hyundai for uncovering the cleanable premix of carnal buttons and switches with interaction displays successful the Ioniq 6. On the steering wheel, for example, determination are carnal buttons and determination are besides salient buttons connected the dashboard that service arsenic infotainment and HVAC shortcuts. Fine adjustments to the somesthesia are past operated done a capacitive touchscreen. The cardinal spine besides houses the model switches.
As our trial car was the Ioniq 6 Epiq, it besides had integer mirrors, meaning determination are an further 2 screens successful the cabin. As we recovered connected the Genesis GV60 precocious past year, these integer mirrors necessitate a tiny learning curve but are casual and intuitive to usage erstwhile you get the bent of it. However, we privation Hyundai sold them arsenic an enactment and not arsenic modular instrumentality connected the Ioniq 6 arsenic we inactive similar accepted mirrors.
The doorway panels of the Ioniq 6 are peculiarly intriguing and made from corrugated plastic, dissimilar immoderate car we’ve seen before. There are besides plentifulness of recycled materials recovered within, including carpets made from recycled sportfishing nets and seats made from recycled eco-leather. Interior abstraction is excellent, hardly a astonishment fixed that the Ioniq 6 is based connected the Hyundai Motor Group’s superb E-GMP level and has a 2,950 mm (116-inch) wheelbase. This is particularly evident successful the 2nd enactment wherever determination is an abundance of genu room. Unfortunately, the sleek signifier and debased extortion mean that headroom is limited. If you’re gangly and sitting successful the rear, your caput volition interaction the ceiling, but the Tesla Model 3 with its solid extortion is nary different. A powerful, 250-volt powerfulness outlet is recovered nether the 2nd row.
Poise for days
We loved the Ioniq 5 erstwhile we archetypal drove it backmost successful precocious 2021 and the Ioniq 6 feels noticeably much polished and amended suited to Australian roads. This is astir evident with the suspension.
No uncertainty helped by the information that it sits somewhat little but besides owed to acold superior suspension tuning, the Ioniq 6 Epiq feels overmuch much hunkered down to the road. Wheel and assemblage power are acold improved, making the Ioniq 6 overmuch much enjoyable to thrust astatine immoderate speed. In the Ioniq 5, it had a precise floaty feeling but there’s nary of that successful its sedan sibling. Hyundai Australia has updated the Ioniq 5’s suspension tune for the 2023 exemplary twelvemonth but we’ve yet to acquisition it for ourselves.
The adjacent astir awesome happening astir the Ioniq 6 is its vigor efficiency. Hyundai has fixed the car an vigor depletion fig of 16.9 kWh/100 km implicit the combined rhythm and that’s close connected the mark. Drive it conservatively and it’s imaginable to dip into the 15s during municipality driving, a precise coagulated fig for what is the high-performance version.
Like different Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis EVs, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are utilized to power the regenerative brakes. The strategy works seamlessly and we seldom had to usage the mechanical brakes astatine each during our clip with the car, alternatively choosing to thrust it astir exclusively successful ‘i-Pedal’ mode. All of the controls are nicely weighted and should you privation to commencement pushing the car a small bit, it seldom feels retired of sorts, delivering creaseless and predictable handling and fantabulous traction from the 245/40 Pirelli P Zero tires.
The duality of the Ioniq 6 Epiq is besides noteworthy. Not lone does it consciousness poised erstwhile pushed but it is supremely comfy connected agelong journeys. The seats supply fantabulous enactment and arsenic with immoderate different Hyundai models, the driving presumption is great.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 was precocious named World Car of the Year, World Electric Vehicle, and World Car Design of the Year and it’s not hard to spot why. It is possibly the astir well-rounded electrical sedan presently connected merchantability and feels noticeably much premium than the Tesla Model 3. However, we stay unconvinced that each that galore Aussies volition beryllium consenting to splurge a minimum of AU$74,000 ($48,323) connected the Ioniq 6 erstwhile the entry-level Model 3 starts astatine AU$59,200 ($38,893).