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Hyundai IONIQ 6 Review

The Hyundai IONIQ 6 is designed to be as efficient as possible, a goal that seems to have been achieved based on the 322-mile driving range of the all-wheel drive model – or 338 miles for the rear-wheel drive variant.

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Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Hyundai IONIQ 6 Premium AWD
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 322 miles
  • Maximum ultra-rapid charging rate:   233 kW

Summary

  • Efficient in terms of aerodynamics
  • 322-mile driving range
  • Very comfortable and refined
  • Boot rather than a hatchback

Background

Hyundai describes the IONIQ 6 as an “electrified streamliner”, a name which refers to the streamlined vehicles of the 1920’s and 30’s. So it aims to be efficient from an aerodynamic point of view, but what’s it like to drive?

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Design & Engineering

Many people were surprised when they first saw the angular and boxy styling of the IONIQ 5. And then many people were surprised when they first saw the curvy aerodynamic styling of the IONIQ 6, which is almost the complete opposite of the IONIQ 5.

Another difference between the two cars is that the IONIQ 5 has a hatchback, whereas the IONIQ 6 has a boot. Based on the exterior body shape of the IONIQ 6, with a ‘low tail’, it’s no surprise that the boot isn’t particularly large (401 litres) or deep, and access into the boot is quite narrow. The rear seats fold down, but the opening between the boot and the space in the rear of the car is small.

There’s some space under the boot floor to store charging cables, and there’s also a ‘front trunk’ – or ‘frunk’ (under-bonnet storage). This storage is 45-litres in the rear-wheel drive model, but only 14.5-litres in the all-wheel drive variant.

Unlike the Kia EV6, which is based on the same platform, the IONIQ 6 is officially rated for a roof rack (up to 80 kg).

The IONIQ 6 has lots of rear legroom, but if you’re around six feet or taller, thanks to that aerodynamic roofline, headroom in the rear seats will be tight.

The IONIQ 6 is based on the same platform as the IONIQ 5 (and the Kia EV6) so the 77.4 kWh battery is also carried over, with rear-wheel drive and 228 PS of power, or all-wheel drive and 325 PS.

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Hyundai IONIQ 6 Driving Experience

The first thing you’ll notice about the IONIQ 6 is that you don’t climb up into it like you would in an SUV, ie. most new cars. This is because the IONIQ 6 is a saloon, and it sits low down. This means that it’s efficient, but it also means that it has a low centre of gravity, so it goes round corners very nicely.

The IONIQ 6’s handling is enjoyable, and with the all-wheel drive of our test car (rear-wheel drive is also available), there’s lots of grip. But the main characteristic of the IONIQ 6 is its comfortable ride (this is also a key feature of the IONIQ 5).

The combination of an efficient body style, 300+ mile range, comfortable ride quality, and a quiet and refined interior environment, means that the IONIQ 6 is an excellent car to cover lots of motorway miles (at a much cheaper price than a Mercedes EQE). With a 0 to 62 mph acceleration time of just 5.1 seconds, the IONIQ 6 also has lots of performance if you need to overtake cars that are hogging the middle lane.

Drive modes are Eco, Normal and Sport (and ‘hold’ for snow) – and you can select your preferred mode by pressing a button on the steering wheel, which is a really user-friendly place for a drive mode button.

There are also steering wheel-mounted paddles to change the level of brake regeneration – which, again, is a much better way to do this than searching for controls in the touchscreen.

Although the drive mode switch is in a convenient location, the gear selector is slightly hidden away behind the right-hand side of the steering wheel.

Most car controls are on the wide central 12.3-inch touchscreen (there’s also a 12.3-inch driver’s instrument cluster). There are a few shortcut buttons under the touchscreen, including for media, navigation and map, although the home button is only on the touchscreen, at the top left.

There’s a separate, lower screen for heating and ventilation controls, which is much better than having these controls buried in the main touchscreen.

And perhaps the best news is that you can banish the lane departure warning system with just one touch of a button on the steering wheel.

Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the speed limiter, a feature on all new cars; this will beep at you if you exceed the speed limit by just 1 mph. You can switch this off via the touchscreen, but you have to do this every time you start the car.

An interesting feature of the IONIQ 6 is the set of four small square lights on the steering wheel. These ‘interactive LED pixel lights’ send you signals about a range of things including the state of recharging – a 100% charge results in all four lights being illuminated.

Another interesting design element of the IONIQ 6 is that the inside of the doors are bare. The window controls have been moved to the centre console, where they appear as quite plain switches.

The controls for the door mirrors have also moved from the doors, and are now hidden away on the dashboard under the right-hand side of the steering wheel – this is in contrast to the Genesis GV60 (also based on the same platform), where a design feature is made of the mirror controls on the inner door panel.

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Hyundai IONIQ 6 Electric Range and Charging

The IONIQ 6 has a WLTP combined electric driving range of 322 miles, or 338 miles for the rear-wheel drive model. In the real-world, after a week of driving (around 80% on long journeys), our test car averaged 279 miles of range when fully charged.

The IONIQ 6’s efficiency is enhanced by its low drag coefficient of just 0.21, and it also has a heat pump which is designed to preserve the car’s range in cold weather.

It also has 800V charging technology, allowing it to ultra-rapid charge at up to 233 kW. This means that the IONIQ 6 is capable of charging from 10% to 80% in as little as 18-36 minutes. The IONIQ 6 also has a 10.5 kWh 3 phase on-board charger.

Vehicle to Load is another feature of the IONIQ 6, meaning that the car can power electrical equipment.

Electric cars do not charge at their maximum charge rate for an entire charging session – their charge rate typically starts off high with a battery with a low state of charge, then the charge rate decreases as the battery charge increases. See the charge curve for the IONIQ 6 from Fastned:

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How to charge an electric car

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Price And Model Range

The Hyundai IONIQ 6 Premium AWD is priced at £50,540. The IONIQ 6 is available with a 77kWh battery, rear or all-wheel drive, and in three trim levels: Premium, Ultimate and First Edition.

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Conclusion

If you’re looking for an efficient electric car, then the IONIQ 6 has to be at the top of your list. The body style shouts ‘optimised aerodynamics’, and in combination with the 77.4 kWh battery, the result is an official WLTP combined driving range of 322 miles for the AWD model, or 338 miles for the RWD variant. Add to that the comfortable ride, responsive performance, and ultra-rapid charging, and there’s lots to recommend the IONIQ 6. The only consideration is whether you can cope with the relatively small boot, or if instead you need to go for the IONIQ 5 with its hatchback body style. The IONIQ 6 is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Hyundai IONIQ 6 Review

  • Test electric driving range: 279 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): 16.9 kWh per 100Km
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2023/24): 2%
  • Price:   £50,540
  • Insurance group:   41E
  • Power:   325 PS
  • Torque:   605 Nm
  • Max speed:   115 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   5.1 seconds
  • Weight:   2020 kg
  • Towing capacity: 1500 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor