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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Review: A Sleek EV With 316 Miles Of Range

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More and more car manufacturers are committing to transitioning their vehicle lineups to entirely electric by the end of the decade, but the introduction of new electric vehicle (EV) models still falls behind traditional internal combustion options. While luxury automakers have made progress in their EV offerings, mainstream automakers like Honda and Toyota have been slower to adopt. Hyundai, however, stands out as a mainstream automaker making a significant impact in the electric vehicle market.

Having been involved in the EV sector for some time, Hyundai initially introduced models like the Ioniq EV and the Kona Electric. Building on this foundation, Hyundai now employs a superior EV platform called E-GMP. The first model using this platform is the Ioniq 5, which has received positive reviews and is considered one of the best moderately priced EVs. Hyundai has further expanded its electric lineup with the introduction of the Ioniq 6 electric sedan. While sharing the same platform as the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 features a sleeker profile and a more driver-oriented experience.

Setting itself apart with modern and futuristic styling, the Ioniq 6’s aerodynamic design not only captures attention but also contributes to an extended driving range compared to the Ioniq 5. With a drag coefficient of 0.22 (or 0.21 with camera-based side mirrors), the Ioniq 6 achieves a range of up to 361 miles, slightly surpassing the Tesla Model 3 with its 358-mile range.

In terms of dimensions, the Ioniq 6 is longer than the Ioniq 5 but sits lower, providing a sportier feel. The model offers two battery packs and a choice between single or dual-motor powertrains. The base SE Standard Range model, starting at $42,715, boasts a 240-mile range, while the dual-motor version reaches 316 miles. Another option includes a larger 77.4-kWh battery pack, offering a range of up to 361 miles.

Benefiting from an 800-volt architecture, the Ioniq 6 charges from 10-80 percent in just 18 minutes using a DC fast charger. The car features various drive modes, regenerative braking options, and a serene driving experience. The interior, with a minimalistic design, offers generous rear legroom but sacrifices rear headroom for aerodynamics. Standard features include dual 12.3-inch screens, a power driver seat, and safety features like blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

Priced at $57,215 for the Limited AWD model, the Ioniq 6 with 320 horsepower provides a balanced and enjoyable driving experience. While not as fast off the line as some competitors, it offers a sportier feel with a lower center of gravity. Hyundai’s focus on efficiency, comfort, and value positions the Ioniq 6 as a strong contender against rivals, particularly the Tesla Model 3.

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