ELECTRIC CARS

Hyundai Ioniq 6: the new electric sedan with up to 600 km range, the road test

TheHyundai Ioniq 6 is the Korean brand's new electric model, a five-door sedan with a distinctive design and a claimed combined-cycle range of up to more than 600 kilometers.

TheIoniq 6 has generous dimensions, precisely sedan-like, with a length of 4.85 meters, a width of 1.88 meters, a height of 1.49 meters and a wheelbase of 2.95 meters.

After the Ioniq 5, with this car the Asian manufacturer wants to take another step toward carbon neutrality.

We had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the zero-emission car in the Piedmont Langhe (Italy) to get a first impression of driving this model.

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First Contact
TheHyundai Ioniq 6 is the Korean brand's new electric model, a five-door sedan with a distinctive design and a claimed range in the combined cycle of up to more than 600 kilometers. After the Ioniq 5, with this car the Asian manufacturer wants to take another step towards carbon neutrality. We had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the zero-emission car in Langhe Piedmont (Italy), to get a first driving impression of this model.
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Design and dimensions
TheIoniq 6 has generous dimensions, precisely sedan-like, with a length of 4.85 meters, a width of 1.88 meters, a height of 1.49 meters and a wheelbase of 2.95 meters. The latter allows it to have ample rear roominess for two passengers, and even the third has a fair amount of space, albeit somewhat sacrificed by the center tunnel.
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Trunk
As for the trunk, the Korean car offers a capacity of 401 liters, with an additional space of 14.5 liters in front in 'our' all-wheel drive model (increases to 45 liters for the front-wheel drive version).
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Aesthetics of the Ioniq 6
TheHyundai Ioniq 6 offers a distinctive design, as we said, with a mix of modern forms and some references to elements of the past, such as an aesthetic to reintroduce some features of the historic Hyundai Coupé. The line is clean and sinuous, with the front fascia featuring vertical elements and rear light clusters. Distinctive elements include a double rear spoiler and optional electronic rear-view mirrors (not in the test model).
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Interior and technology
Technology is at the forefront inside the cabin of the Korean 100% electric car, but so is the focus on the environment, thanks to the extensive use of environmentally sustainable fabrics and materials. The comfortable seats, offer a relax function at the front, the steering wheel is sporty with two spokes and interactive with LEDs, as well as the environment offers lighting that can be synchronized to the driving speed or selectable in colors, for both the first and second rows of seats.
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Digital screen
As we said, however, it is the technological aspect that takes center stage, with the large 12.3-inch dual digital screen. One for the instrument cluster (customizable, with various information about the car) and the other for the infotainment system, from which to manage entertainment and navigation. There is no shortage of compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, including wireless, so you can connect the main functions of your smartphone directly on the central screen.
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Road test
Now it's time to get behind the wheel of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 equipped, for our test, with the top-of-the-line all-wheel-drive version, with dual electric motors (one front and the other rear) with 325 total horsepower and 605 Nm of maximum torque, combined with the 77.4 kWh battery, for a claimed range of 583 kilometers, in the WLTP cycle (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure). But we'll come back to this last aspect at the end of the test, when we take a look at fuel consumption.
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Lots of power
The very high torque gives the car instant thrust and lightning-fast acceleration, even more so if you decide to engage the "Sport" mode, which also adds a bit of sound, albeit as an electric car. Sprinting is already very good in the other modes as well, providing a nice driving feel. Thanks also to a direct and pleasant steering and a very good weight balance, although the 2.1 tons are not exactly a few. With little roll.
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Ioniq 6 is devoted to comfort
However, we are not dealing with a sports car, but a model intended primarily for comfort, even for somewhat longer trips. From this point of view, almost nothing is lacking, between a very high level of soundproofing, the suspension (McPherson at the front and Multi-Link at the rear) capable of absorbing well the roughness of the terrain, and the possibility of using the driving 'one pedal' in traffic, abandoning the brake pedal and modulating braking only through the accelerator pedal using the "regenerative braking with paddle on the steering wheel. Recharging, at the same time, also recharges the battery. Just one small note about an improvable rear visibility, due to the coupe-like cut of the car. But we also emphasize an extremely angled steering radius for maneuvering on the strait.
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Numerous standard services on the Ioniq 6
Helping with maneuvers, however, are rearview camera and parking sensors, in a very rich ADAS package. From the entry level trim, in fact, the car offers automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, active lane keeping, driver fatigue detection, cruise control adaptive and automatic high beam management. And then add, in the higher trim levels, blind spot vision, remote park assist or rear traffic assistant.
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What about consumption?
Let's also take a look at range and fuel consumption, considering, however, that this was only a "first contact" and the data are partial. The Korean manufacturer, for the test car, claimed a range of 583 kilometers in the WLTP combined cycle, with an average consumption of 15.1 kWh/100 km. In our test, the on-board computer reported an average consumption of 17 kWh per 100 km. Considering that we almost always traveled in "Sport" mode we are satisfied.
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Motors and batteries
In addition to 'our' 325-hp all-wheel-drive version, the Ioniq 6 is also available with rear-wheel drive and either 151 or 228 hp. The former is paired with the 53 kWh battery, while the latter with the 77.4 kWh battery (like the AWD). Range varies, of course, depending on the configuration chosen and is up to 614 km in the WLTP cycle.
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Recharge times
Ioniq 6 's E-GMP architecture can support both 400-volt and 800-volt charging infrastructure as standard, without the need for additional components or adapters. With a 350 kW charger, the Korean electric can charge 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes and add 351 km of driving range on a 15-minute charge.
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Prices for Europe
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is already available at dealerships and has a price list starting at 47,550 euros for the 151-hp version, the 228-hp version is priced at 55,400 euros for the Innovation version and 58,950 euros for the Evolution, while the top-of-the-line 325-hp AWD (the one we tested) comes in at 62,450 euros and is available only with Evolution equipment.
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