The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is the latest addition to Hyundai's battery-electric arm and is turning heads in the automotive industry. As the follow-up to the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 is a stylish and impressive all-electric sedan with a range of powertrain options. In this review, we'll take a closer look at the design, powertrain options, driving experience, interior, and overall impression of the Ioniq 6.
The Ioniq 6's design is one of its most striking features, with many comparing it to a Tesla combined with a Porsche and a VW. The car boasts a 0.22 coefficient of drag, which is even more impressive than Tesla's Model 3's advertised 0.23 Cd. This makes the Ioniq 6 one of the most aerodynamic cars on the market, and it shows in the car's smooth and quiet ride. However, the sedan shape does have its drawbacks, including limited storage space in the single rear trunk. While this may not be ideal for families or those in need of more cargo space, it's still more than enough for weekly groceries or some carry-on luggage.
The Ioniq 6's exterior design is sleek and modern, with a sloping roofline and bold lines that give the car a distinctive look. The front grille is closed off, which not only contributes to the car's aerodynamics but also gives it a futuristic and high-tech appearance. The car's LED headlights are also sleek and modern, with a distinctive boomerang shape that sets them apart from other cars on the road.
The Ioniq 6's interior design is both futuristic and minimalist, with a large digital instrumentation and infotainment screen that accentuate the car's sleek design. The seats are comfortable, with plenty of legroom and headroom, and the dashboard is uncluttered and easy to use. The column-mounted gear selector gives newcomer EV buyers some semblance of normalcy, while the optional panoramic sunroof floods the interior with natural light, making the cabin feel even more spacious.
The Ioniq 6 offers a range of powertrain options to suit different needs and preferences. The base model SE RWD Standard Range features a single 149-hp motor that drives the rear wheels, with a standard battery pack that has a 53-kWh capacity and is good for 240 miles. Upgrading to the long-range SE RWD nets you a bigger 77-kWh battery and a more powerful 225-hp motor, with an estimated 361 miles of range. Dual-motor all-wheel-drive variants sit atop the ladder and use front and rear motors to make 320 hp, with 270 miles of range. Long-range dual-motor variants with the larger battery are rated at 316 miles on a single charge.
The Ioniq 6's performance is impressive, with smooth and responsive acceleration and handling that make the car a joy to drive. The different drive modes, including eco and sport modes, affect throttle mapping, with the eco mode offering a lighter tip-in and sport mode giving you a more aggressive throttle map and locks in full-time AWD power. The regenerative braking system works well, with paddles to dictate the amount of regeneration.
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is now available at Hyundai dealerships across the United States. Most versions are currently rolling into Hyundai showrooms, with the base model SE RWD Standard Range set to start hitting dealerships this summer with its $42,715 price tag. The range-topping Limited AWD starts at $57,215.
With the Ioniq 6, Hyundai continues to expand its electric vehicle lineup and offer consumers more options when it comes to environmentally-friendly transportation. While the sedan shape may not be for everyone, the Ioniq 6 offers an impressive range, powertrain options, and sleek design that make it a strong contender in the competitive EV market. If you're in the market for an electric sedan, the Ioniq 6 is definitely worth considering.