Not typically do producers flip handsome ideas into handsome manufacturing fashions.
Hyundai did a great job turning its 45 Idea into the Ioniq 5, which wears retro-modern design cues impressed by the Pony of the Seventies.
Then the model revealed the Prophecy Idea in 2020; a wild two-door electrical coupe with a slinky profile in a nod to the streamliners of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties.
A few years later the Hyundai Ioniq 6 debuted, drawing closely from the Prophecy’s design however translating it to a four-door sedan physique.
It’s the second Hyundai mannequin on the corporate’s E-GMP devoted electrical automotive structure.
Whereas it’s not fairly as true to its idea because the Ioniq 5, a lot of the Ioniq 6’s design DNA is clearly drawn from the Prophecy, and it cuts an actual line in visitors.
It’s not classically good-looking, however I’m a giant supporter of manufacturers giving distinctive designs a go and actually proudly owning it. Hyundai has kind doing that throughout the board – take a look at the newest Kona and Sonata designs, for instance.
Regardless of sharing its structure with the Ioniq 5 in addition to the Kia EV6, the Ioniq 6 is distinctly its personal automobile. That is no rebadge.
It’s additionally the primary non-SUV or crossover to be launched on the E-GMP structure, which ought to lend it a distinct really feel on the highway.
Past the swoopy exterior and the Parametric Pixel dotted LED lighting all spherical, Hyundai has put an emphasis on making the Ioniq 6’s cabin a ‘sanctuary’.
Through the reveal Hyundai likened the Ioniq 6 to a cell workplace; a peaceful, stress-free house with house owners capable of utilise points just like the flat centre console as a desk for a laptop computer, or the Rest Seats that totally recline like an armchair if it’s essential stretch out and take a breather.
Like the outside, it has a definite flavour and persona that’s all its personal – extra on that later.
So has Hyundai received a brand new benchmark on its palms? Or, are you higher off heading to the Tesla on-line retailer?
How a lot does the Hyundai Ioniq 6 price?
Pricing for the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 kicks off at $74,000 earlier than on-road prices for the entry-level Dynamiq RWD.
There are three variants in complete, with the mid-spec Techniq with dual-motor AWD coming in at $83,500 earlier than on-roads, whereas the flagship Epiq AWD with its digital facet mirrors tops out at $88,000.
Every Ioniq 6 variant carries a $3000 premium over the Ioniq 5, regardless of the shared underpinnings and the same degree of ordinary specification throughout the board. We’ll dive into the complete function listing additional down.
It additionally means no Ioniq 6 is ineligible for rebate schemes round Australia, although the Dynamiq and Techniq each fall beneath the Luxurious Automobile Tax (LCT) threshold, making them eligible for Fringe Advantages Tax (FBT) exemptions.
Regardless of Hyundai figuring out the Tesla Mannequin 3 because the Ioniq 6’s most direct competitor, the streamliner is $10,000 dearer than the bottom of its American-branded rival on the entry-level, although the bottom mannequin is specified extra consistent with the dual-motor Mannequin 3 Lengthy Vary ($77,300) which is barely dearer.
Different logical cross-shops embrace the Kia EV6 (from $72,590), Polestar 2 (from $63,900) and Tesla Mannequin Y (from $69,300).
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 pricing:
- IONIQ 6 DYNAMIQ RWD: $74,000
- IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ AWD: $83,500
- IONIQ 6 EPIQ AWD: $88,000
Costs exclude on-road prices
What’s the Hyundai Ioniq 6 like on the within?
Hyundai describes the Ioniq 6’s cockpit as a ‘sanctuary’.
It’s a bit same-same-but-different in comparison with the Ioniq 5, with a extra standard structure total however with particulars which can be distinctly Hyundai and Ioniq.
Take the ‘bridge-type centre console’, for instance. It homes the whole lot from the window switches to the cupholders and wi-fi charging pad. It even has a giant shelf beneath the highest tier for extra hideaway storage.
Whereas that is fairly totally different to the 5’s sliding centre console, and the recycled white plastics and gray switchgear make it appear like a re-purposed Tremendous Nintendo controller, it follows the open house idea adopted by its stablemates.
I personally actually just like the setup, when you get used to reaching for the centre console relatively than the doorways for the window switches. Commodore house owners will really feel proper at dwelling.
Hyundai says it targeted on maximising legroom within the entrance and rear, in addition to slimming the door playing cards and centre console so as to add to the sensation of house up entrance.
You undoubtedly aren’t quick for house nor storage up entrance, although the raised driving place could have taller occupants involved about their hair touching the headliner.
There’s a pixel-looking design to the Qi wi-fi charging pad, and the squared-off cupholders have retractable enamel to maintain issues safe – although small Pink Bull cans could rattle round a bit.
It’s pretty standard ergonomically, save for the column-style gear selector Hyundai is filtering out throughout its line-up of latest autos, in addition to the touch-capacitive buttons for the local weather controls.
The twin 12.3-inch shows for the instrument cluster and the infotainment are frequent to different autos inside the Hyundai and Kia stables, however there’s one primary factor that units the Ioniq 6 aside from most.
Hyundai Bluelink linked providers are featured as customary throughout the vary (five-year subscription), which is a key level of distinction in comparison with the Ioniq 5, in addition to the Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60 in Australia.
From an infotainment perspective, it means you may have on-line navigation with linked routing and reside visitors updates, along with an clever voice assistant for management of assorted automobile and navigation features.
You additionally acquire cell app connectivity to view automobile standing and EV administration, upkeep notifications, in addition to Discover My Automobile and Distant Encompass View features.
The Ioniq 6 additionally debuts over-the-air (OTA) software program updates for Hyundai in Australia, that means you’ll be able to replace sure automobile and infotainment software program whereas the automobile is parked up at dwelling by way of a community connection.
One gripe stays the dearth of wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto performance, which appears odd in a automobile specializing in futuristic design and forward-thinking expertise options.
In any other case, it’s fairly customary Hyundai by way of software program. The infotainment is fast to answer contact inputs and is pretty user-friendly in operation, although given the dimensions of show some type of rotary controller would assist to bolster the usual contact performance.
We used the native navigation system fairly a bit throughout our drive, which appears to supply extra correct journey instances and visitors due to its on-line connectivity, and utilizing the embedded system means you get turn-by-turn prompts in your head-up show and inside the instrument cluster.
The usual Bose eight-speaker premium audio system is stable with out being standout, providing good and clear sound if missing a little bit of depth in comparison with another larger finish techniques.
The configurable ambient lighting is fairly cool, and presents pre-configured color mixtures tied to ‘moods’ or ‘themes’, whereas additionally permitting you to tailor the house to your liking.
Seat consolation up entrance is fairly good, even when the pews may use some extra facet bolstering to carry you in higher whereas cornering on extra spirited stints.
Heated entrance seats come as customary, stepping as much as ventilated models up entrance within the Techniq and Epiq variations – which additionally sees the outboard second-row seats heated in addition to the steering wheel.
The Techniq and Epiq additionally rating the Rest perform which totally reclines the entrance seats. That is designed to supply a calming place to sit down whereas the automobile is stopped or charging, however you can too configure this on the passenger seat when the automobile is in movement.
It’s a cool get together trick bolstered by the additional seat controls on the within of the passenger’s seat, that means drivers and rear passengers can fiddle with the seat adjustment to permit extra space within the again, for instance.
Talking of the again, the second row of the Ioniq 6 is a good, however not standout place to spend time.
Leg and knee room are huge due to the lengthy 2950mm wheelbase, although the sloping roofline eats into headroom and the excessive ground means toe room is tight if the entrance occupants choose a low seat place.
I’m 6’1 and had greater than sufficient legroom behind my most well-liked driving place, although I did really feel just like the headliner was somewhat near my head even when I wasn’t making contact.
At the very least there are directional rear air vents and USB-C charging ports on the rear, in addition to netted map pockets and a fold-down centre armrest with cupholders. You additionally get ISOFIX anchors on the outboard seats, along with top-tether factors for all three rear positions.
Additional again once more beneath the boot lid is a 401-litre boot (VDA) throughout the vary.
The rear seats may be folded by way of distant releases to permit for longer objects to load by way of, but when outright practicality is your precedence the Ioniq 6’s hatch-backed stablemates could be a greater match.
Sadly, no Ioniq 6 presents a spare wheel – full-size or house saver. As a substitute, a tyre mobility equipment is customary throughout the vary.
What’s beneath the bonnet?
There’s a small cargo space to retailer issues like your moveable charging cables, measuring 45 litres in RWD variations and a piddly 14.5 litres for AWD fashions.
As with the associated Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, there are two drivetrains on supply.
Dynamiq variants are powered by a 168kW/350Nm electrical motor on the rear axle. In the meantime, the Dynamiq and Epiq get a second 74kW/255Nm electrical motor on the entrance axle, for system outputs of 239kW and 605Nm. These fashions function electrified all-wheel drive.
No matter drivetrain, all variations of the Ioniq 6 in Australia function the Lengthy Vary 77.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In different markets, there’s additionally a Commonplace Vary battery choice with 53kWh capability.
The Ioniq 6 Dynamiq has a formidable 614km of vary on the WLTP check cycle, based mostly on an power consumption determine of 14.3kWh per 100km. Twin-motor variations will do 519km (WLTP), with a consumption declare of 16.9kWh per 100km.
Hyundai claims the single-motor Ioniq 6 can sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds, with dual-motor variants trimming that to only 5.1 seconds. The model says the Ioniq 6 RWD can speed up from 80-120km/h in 4.6 seconds, with AWD fashions quoting 3.3 seconds.
Just like the Ioniq 5 and EV6, the Ioniq 6’s battery makes use of an 800V electrical structure that helps ultra-fast DC charging at as much as 350kW – which might see the battery charged from 10 to 80 per cent in as little as 18 minutes.
Utilizing a extra frequent 50kW DC quick charger would see that 10-80 per cent cost time take 73 minutes. Hyundai additionally quotes a time for utilizing the ‘Transportable Emergency Charging Cable’ by way of a traditional three-pin home socket of 34 hours and 20 minutes.
The Ioniq 6 quotes a braked towing capability of 1500kg, with a tow ball obtain restrict of 100kg.
How does the Hyundai Ioniq 6 drive?
Whereas the Ioniq 6 shares its underpinnings with the Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, it feels fairly totally different to each on highway.
In comparison with its crossover-styled siblings, the Ioniq 6 in a short time feels very car-like. Becoming, given that is the primary lower-riding passenger automotive to sit down on the E-GMP platform.
Our route for the media launch took us by way of the sweeping, high-speed roads surrounding Albury and the Murray River on the NSW-VIC border, permitting us to actually get a really feel for the Ioniq 6’s dynamics (not dynamiqs…)
We spent most of our time within the mid-spec Techniq, which options dual-motor all-wheel drive and 20-inch alloys shod in low-profile 245/40 Pirelli P Zero tyres, and for these sections of highway it actually gave off a GT sports activities sedan vibe.
The trip could be very tied down and errs on the facet of agency, however the fixed-rate adaptive damping isolates the cabin and its occupants very effectively from highway floor imperfections.
It could really feel a contact busy over decrease affect, high-frequency bumps and corrugations, nevertheless it’s by no means harsh or crashy because the wheel and tyre package deal would have you ever imagine.
The steering is correct and fluid, with a contact of vagueness about centre. It strikes a steadiness between engagement and usefulness, as a result of it feels lighter at decrease speeds in automotive parks and round city – making this 4855mm lengthy and 1880mm extensive streamliner really feel very manoeuvrable certainly.
It’s fast, however in a clean and easy manner. Twin-motor variations declare a 5.1-second sprint to 100km/h which is inside hanging distance of one thing like a Mercedes-AMG C43 or Audi S4, and whereas it appears like it could match its acceleration declare there’s a linearity and smoothness to the way it delivers its energy that makes it really feel slower than it really is.
The Ioniq 6 is a marked enchancment dynamically over the Ioniq 5, which is softer and extra comfort-focused, and undoubtedly wouldn’t have felt as adept by way of the sorts of roads and corners we traversed on the media launch.
As we hit tighter, extra technical sections of highway round Lake Hume, once more the Ioniq 6 demonstrated its superior dealing with and dynamics in comparison with its Ioniq 5 sibling.
Physique roll is progressive and effectively managed, and there’s heaps of grip which supplies you the boldness to push on if you happen to’re feeling somewhat spirited. Morning rain had left sections with flippantly drizzled patches of asphalt, however the Ioniq 6 by no means felt unsettled or out of its depth.
There’s an actual feeling that this automotive has fairly a big footprint, which it does. For the oldsters at dwelling, the entrance and rear tracks measure 1635mm and 1644mm respectively, whereas the wheelbase stretches 2950mm. If that is the usual automotive, I’m eager to see what they do with an Ioniq 6 N – see RN22e idea.
That is additional reiterated when travelling 110km/h on nation highways, the place the road-hugging stance, low centre of gravity (together with clearance of 144mm), and slippery 0.217cd physique (Dynamiq) make for a really steady and quiet touring expertise.
Street and wind noise is impressively hushed within the cabin, arguably extra so than lots of premium autos today. The Ioniq 6 additionally wasn’t fazed by some heavy rain I encountered when driving again to Melbourne on the Hume Hwy.
What about the usual RWD? I took a shorter stint within the entry-level Dynamiq round Yackandandah to get a really feel for any variations between the single-motor and dual-motor fashions. To be sincere, it actually wasn’t that totally different, a minimum of within the dry.
There’s rather less punch in a straight line, nevertheless it’s nonetheless greater than torquey sufficient and feels extra muscular than its 7.4-second sprint to triple figures may recommend. As with most non-performance EVs, its finest work is between 0 and 60km/h or 80km/h.
It maybe feels somewhat lighter on the entrance finish due to it lacking a motor on the entrance axle, and that feeling of being pushed from the rear will enchantment to these with extra conventional tastes.
Trip consolation and refinement are improved marginally over AWD variations due to the smaller 18-inch aero alloys and chubbier 225/55 Nexen eco tyres. It’s that contact softer within the trip and quieter within the cabin that provides it a extra luxurious atmosphere on the transfer.
Even higher, the Dynamiq RWD quotes by far one of the best driving vary within the line-up at 614km, which is nothing to sneeze at – it’s simply probably the greatest in marketplace for the cash, and the effectivity determine feels achievable.
As for help techniques, the Ioniq 6 presents semi-autonomous freeway driving, plus a wide selection of lively security options as you’d count on.
Adaptive cruise management and Lane Following Help mix to maintain a secure distance from a number one automobile, whereas additionally maintaining you centred in your lane. This got here in useful on my 3.5-hour journey from Albury to Melbourne.
Sadly Australia doesn’t get a devoted Freeway Driving Help mode like in different markets, although the aforementioned options successfully carry out the identical perform.
Past the semi-autonomous assists, there’s the techy Blind Spot View Monitor customary throughout the vary, supplementing the standard blind-spot help function by projecting a reside digital camera feed of the automobile’s rearward facet view if you point out.
Matrix LED headlights are additionally customary throughout the vary, with an adaptive high-beam perform that does a terrific job of lighting up the highway forward with out dazzling oncoming motorists. I spent a while on nation highways on the best way dwelling after darkish and whereas it doesn’t do among the flashy animations German equivalents can, it does the job.
Whereas the majority of Hyundai’s SmartSense options work effectively, the fixed binging and bonging of the Clever Pace Restrict Help would drive me to homicide.
There’s a chime when there’s a brand new velocity restrict detected – together with college zones out of regular college instances – after which the automobile will proceed to beep at you three or so instances one the indicated velocity exceeds 3km/h of the signed velocity restrict.
It does this once more, and once more… and once more. Worse nonetheless, if you’re on the freeway with adaptive cruise set to a velocity 3-5km/h over, the system will repeat this course of each time the automobile slows down and hurries up once more.
You’ll be able to flip this function off within the driver help settings menu within the central touchscreen, however you even have to show it off each time you begin the automotive.
What do you get?
Ioniq 6 Dynamiq highlights:
- 18-inch aero alloy wheels
- 225/55 R18 eco tyres
- Matrix LED headlights
- Clever Entrance-lighting System (adaptive high-beam)
- LED tail lights
- Eco, Regular, Sport, Customized drive modes
- i-Pedal mode (one-pedal driving)
- Regenerative braking
- Acoustic laminated windscreen
- Acoustic laminated facet door glass
- Photo voltaic management windscreen
- Rear privateness glass
- Energy door handles – capacitive contact
- Head-up show
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto (wired)
- Multi-Bluetooth connectivity
- 8-speaker Bose premium sound system
- Hyundai Bluelink
- Automated collision notification
- Emergency name (SOS) perform
- Valet mode
- Voice management
- Calendar integration
- Distant surround-view digital camera
- Navigation – linked routing
- Car standing monitoring
- Over-the-air (OTA) updates
- 10-way energy entrance seats incl. 2-way lumbar
- Heated entrance seats
- 60:40 break up/fold rear seat
- Adjustable ambient lighting
- Electrochromatic inside mirror
- Wi-fi cellphone charger
- Paddle shifters
- Keyless entry and begin
- Distant begin
- Sensible Parking Help
- Distant Sensible Parking Help
- 1 x USB-A multimedia port – entrance
- 1 x USB-C charging port – entrance
- 2 x USB-C charging ports – rear
- 1 x 12V socket – entrance
- Twin-zone local weather management
- Tyre strain monitoring
- Trailer pre-wiring package deal
- Heated, power-folding facet mirrors
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Sensible energy tailgate
- Leather-based-appointed eco-processed seats
- Leather-based-appointed steering wheel
- Premium bio-PET carpet
- Alloy scuff plates
- Alloy pedals
- Auto up/down home windows
- Rear air vents
- Cabin air filter
- PTC electrical heater
- Digital Engine Sound System
- Transportable emergency charging cable
- Car To Load (V2L) – exterior + inside
- Tyre restore equipment
Ioniq 6 Techniq provides:
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- 245/40 R20 Pirelli P Zero tyres
- Rest entrance seats
- Full-width glass sunroof
- Ventilated entrance seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated rear seats
Ioniq 6 Epiq provides:
- Digital Aspect Mirrors
- Warmth pump
- Battery conditioning system
- Abyss Black Pearl
- Serenity White Pearl
- Digital Inexperienced Pearl
- Final Pink Pearl
- Nocturne Grey Metallic
- Biophilic Ink Pearl
- Byte Blue Stable
- Darkish Inexperienced/Mild Gray
- Darkish Gray/Mild Gray
Is the Hyundai Ioniq 6 secure?
The Ioniq 6 arrives in Australia with a five-star ANCAP security ranking, based mostly on testing by Euro NCAP in 2022.
Hyundai’s electrical sedan scored a formidable 97 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 88 per cent for baby occupant safety, 66 per cent for susceptible highway consumer safety, and 90 per cent for security help.
The grownup occupant rating ties the Ioniq 6 with the Tesla Mannequin Y because the highest-scoring automobile in that space of evaluation for the present standards interval.
“As electrical autos don’t have giant engine parts beneath the bonnet, they’ve the potential to pose much less danger to automobile occupants in a frontal crash state of affairs, in comparison with petrol and diesel vehicles,” mentioned ANCAP chief government, Carla Hoorweg.
“We now have seen that play out in testing of the Ioniq 6 – with solely a really slight penalty utilized for potential harm danger to grownup occupants.”
Commonplace security options embrace:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Pedestrian, Bike owner detection
- Junction help
- Lane-change oncoming
- Rear AEB
- Blind-spot help
- Blind Spot View Monitor
- Evasive steering help
- Rear cross-traffic help
- Adaptive cruise management with cease/go
- Main automobile departure alert
- Clever Entrance-lighting System (adaptive high-beam)
- Clever Pace Restrict Help
- Lane Following Help (lane centring)
- Lane preserve help
- Rear occupant alert
- Secure exit help
- Driver consideration warning
- 360-degree cameras incl. 3D View
- Entrance, rear parking sensors
- Tyre strain monitoring
How a lot does the Hyundai Ioniq 6 price to run?
As with the broader Hyundai vary, the Ioniq 6 is roofed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee.
Hyundai covers the high-voltage battery for as much as eight years or 160,000 kilometres – whichever comes first.
The Ioniq 6 additionally will get a complementary five-year subscription to Hyundai Bluelink linked and distant providers, and it’s the primary Hyundai to supply over-the-air (OTA) software program updates in Australia.
House owners get 12 months of 24/7 premium roadside help with buy, which is renewable for an additional 12 months each time you service the automobile at a collaborating Hyundai seller. That is obtainable for the lifetime of the automobile.
Manufacturing unit satellite tv for pc navigation mapping may be up to date for as much as 10 years as a part of the Hyundai iCare proprietor program.
Scheduled upkeep is required each 24 months or 30,000km – whichever comes first. The primary two providers are capped at $560 every for all variants.
It’s a disgrace, nevertheless, Hyundai doesn’t supply any subscriptions to public charger networks nor any offers on dwelling charger set up like luxurious arm Genesis, given the asking worth.
Talking of battery and charging, we made a pitstop on the Euroa ultra-fast DC charger on the best way dwelling from Albury. The Ioniq 6 was pulling round 104kW for the majority of its cost interval, which noticed 55.36kW replenished in 33 minutes, costing $33.22.
As for real-world power consumption, the Ioniq 6 AWD was exhibiting between 19-20kWh/100km for the majority of our high-speed 100-110km/h dynamic drive, however dropped into the 18-19s as soon as we hit the freeway. It was considerably extra environment friendly as soon as the freeway velocity dropped to 100km/h nearer to Melbourne.
Following the launch, I drove the Ioniq 6 to and from work from my dwelling within the jap suburbs of Melbourne to our Docklands workplace, yielding excessive 14s to low 15s (indicated) over 20-ish kilometres together with some 18km of freeway.
CarExpert’s Tackle the Hyundai Ioniq 6
All instructed the Ioniq 6 appears like a really full package deal, and a worthy various to the top-selling Mannequin 3.
From its distinctive design to its fulsome function suite, to its resolved and refined manner behind the wheel, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a really well-rounded and resolved providing that’s compelling on most fronts.
It addresses key criticisms of the Ioniq 5, and is cloaked in a extremely eye-catching physique that turns heads and begins conversations. The noteworthy tech additions make its premium asking worth that rather more cheap too.
Talking of, whereas the entry-level Dynamiq RWD is $10,000 dearer than a base Tesla Mannequin 3, its driving vary, function set, in addition to its bigger cabin are greater than a match for the mid-spec Mannequin 3 Lengthy Vary, which is definitely dearer.
I additionally love the breadth of color and trim choices, even when the inside trim is tied to the outside paint. Fortunately, Hyundai is engaged on a Constructed-To-Order program permitting extra personalisation and doubtlessly opening our market up for extra variants and selection – watch this house.
My choose of the vary? The bottom Dynamiq is all of the Ioniq 6 you really want and is the one mannequin to supply that headline driving vary declare, although the attract of the Epiq’s techie Digital Aspect Mirrors makes for a pleasant ‘Burger with The Lot’ deal.
Additionally, if the bottom automotive is this good already, I’m very excited to see the realisation of the RN22e idea which ought to manifest into an Ioniq 6 N.
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