June 10, 2023

The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 electrical midsize automobile has had far longer to prepare dinner than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 did. Regardless of a number of shared elements, on high of a shared platform, it is obvious the second you sit behind the wheel. This new Ioniq surpasses its 5 predecessor in prowess and know-how, nevertheless it nonetheless has a number of flaws.

Consumers can get the Ioniq 6 in SE, SEL or Restricted grades, with their alternative of rear- or all-wheel drive and single-or dual-motor setup. All electrical vary is 240 miles on the low finish and 361 on the excessive.

Hyundai says that the automobile can cost from 10 to 80 p.c in as little as 18 minutes on a DC quick charger with the optimum charging situations courtesy of the automobile’s 800-volt structure.

With battery vary and charging velocity sorted properly, the bodily design of the Ioniq 6 is likely one of the most polarizing debate factors. Its “Streamliner” appears to be like slot in properly with these of the “Bean” in Chicago. The face is futuristic and the again is retro digital, coming collectively in a ferociously fashionable package deal.

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On American streets, it stands out. On Korean streets, it blends in.

Energy allocation within the Ioniq 6 is expectedly pure. It delivers when wanted, however is not the quickest electrical automobile out of the gate. Placing the hammer down reveals the automobile’s true weight. However, Ioniq 6 consumers aren’t essentially shopping for for zippiness.

Dealing with and surefootedness are vastly improved over the Ioniq 5. The 6 sedan might be pushed by means of corners with extra ease and fewer carsickness than the new hatch. It’s a extra cohesive drive expertise altogether, giving it the sensation that the 6’s engineers discovered rather a lot from their expertise with the 5 and employed it over the yr between mannequin launches.

Ioniq 6 has a behavior of being too stiff to be satisfying whereas using down America’s notoriously bumpy streets. Its suspension is just like that within the Hyundai Sonata N. Excellent for lengthy, flat roads round Palm Springs, horrible for Phoenix’s stop-and-go, construction-filled suburbs.

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6
Hyundai Motor America

The inside of the Ioniq 6 is ok. It is expectedly quirky however pulls in bits from the Hyundai Motor Group elements bin, just like the local weather controls, that are maddeningly area environment friendly, bodily button-lacking, and unable to be operated simply with out pulling eyes from the highway whereas on the fly.

Supplies maintain with what has turn out to be the usual for Hyundai autos in fashionable occasions – punching usually above the worth level, with a definite lack of arduous, reflective piano black plastics which have turn out to be all too distinguished for a lot of automakers.

Additionally just like the Sonata N, the Ioniq 6’s seats aren’t meant for consolation. Their hardness solely compounds the 6’s suspension points.

The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 has many new electrical opponents, most from the higher echelon of the market. The BMW i4 is about $10,000 extra at $52,000. The midsize Mercedes EQE is much more costly (and opulent) at $74,900. The taller Tesla Mannequin 3 may be its closest rival with a base value of $42,990.

The Ioniq 6 is a automobile that matches numerous packing containers. Its 361 miles of all-electric vary, mid-$40,000s to low-$50,000s price ticket, and retro-cool appears to be like are causes to verify the “sure” field. However, for those who’re in an space the place roads are lower than supreme, and also you ceaselessly put on gloves within the winter, the Ioniq 6 might not be for you.

In a nutshell, you can do worse, however you can additionally do higher, electrical or not.