Hyundai has established itself as a leader in electric vehicles, and the Ioniq 6 sedan is a torch-bearer for the Korean automaker’s sharp design and cutting-edge technology. This stylish EV combines a long driving range with eye-catching looks and lots of features, all at a reasonably attractive price point. It shares many components with the boxier Ioniq 5 SUV but packages them in a sleeker, more aerodynamic shape; both EVs are recent recipients of our EV of the Year award, with the Ioniq 6 taking the crown for 2023. The Ioniq 6 comes with either rear- or all-wheel drive and a choice of two battery packs, the larger of which provides an EPA-estimated driving range of 361 miles—a number that beats even the Tesla Model 3. Our real-world results weren’t quite as impressive, but the Ioniq 6 is nonetheless a top performer, with fast charging, quick acceleration, and a spacious interior.
What’s New for 2024?
There are no changes to the Ioniq 6 for the 2024 model year.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We think the rear-wheel-drive SE Long Range single-motor configuration offers the best value, as it has the longest range estimate of any model in the lineup and more horsepower than the base Standard Range car. The SEL and Limited trim levels come only with the bigger battery pack; a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup is optional.
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
The Ioniq 6 shares its platform with the Ioniq 5 SUV; its powertrain mostly mirrors that model’s offerings. The base 6 makes 149 horsepower and has a single electric motor powering the rear wheels. Single-motor cars equipped with the Long Range battery pack have 225 horsepower. The more expensive 320-hp dual-motor versions provide all-wheel drive thanks to front and rear electric motors and come only with the bigger battery. So far, we’ve tested the RWD Long Range, which got to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, and the AWD Long Range, which was much quicker and sprinted to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. While the Ioniq 6’s ride is smooth and its cabin is well-isolated and quiet, its handling is still plenty engaging. Its low center of gravity gives it a planted feel in corners and its steering-wheel paddles allow the driver to select different modes of regenerative braking on the fly.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
We don’t yet have range ratings for the 2024 Ioniq 6, but we don’t expect it to change from 2023. Last year, the EPA estimated that Ioniq 6 had a maximum driving range of 361 miles. The Ioniq 6 SE RWD Long Range, which is the model that achieves that rating, has a 58-mile advantage over the longest-range Ioniq 5. The all-wheel-drive Ioniq 6 Limited is rated at 270 miles, which is still an impressive showing for the shortest-range Ioniq 6. The RWD Long Range Ioniq 6 completed our 75-mph real-world highway range test at 100 miles under its EPA estimate, with 260 miles of range. The AWD model came closer to its EPA estimate in the real world, achieving a 75-mph highway range of 220 miles in our testing.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The EPA gives the rear-drive Ioniq 6 SE Long Range an estimated 140 MPGe combined rating. For more information about the Ioniq 6’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Hyundai has emphasized lounge-like comfort in its Ioniq models so far, and the 6 is no exception. The cabin shows a similarly modern and minimalist aesthetic to the Ioniq 5 and its flat floor aids the feeling of spaciousness inside. As a conventional four-door sedan, it offers space for five across two rows of seating. Hyundai has gone to great lengths to ensure a quiet cabin, with several layers of sound-deadening material sandwiched between the floor and the carpeting. The cargo area inside the trunk may not rival that of a hatchback or crossover, but the rear seats fold to expand the space back there.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Both a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen are offered. The Ioniq 6 uses the same software as other Hyundai models, which incorporate BlueLink for connectivity functions and link with smartphones using either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
While the Ioniq 6 that’s earmarked for sale in the United States won’t come with the Korean-market version’s cool camera-based exterior mirrors, Hyundai equips our version with all manner of driver-assistance tech to make up for it. For more information about the Ioniq 6’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control with a lane-centering feature
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Hyundai provides one of the best warranty plans in the industry. Likewise, it comes with an impressive amount of complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- Battery is covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 SE Long Range
Vehicle Type: rear-motor, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base/As Tested: $46,615/$46,825
Options: carpeted floor mats, $210.
Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC/, 225 hp, 258 lb-ft
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 77.4 kWh
Onboard Charger: 10.9 kW
Peak DC Fast-Charge Rate: 235 kW
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 12.8-in vented disc/12.8-in disc
Tires: Hankook Ventus S2 AS EV
225/55R-18 98W M+S
Wheelbase: 116.1 in
Length: 191.1 in
Width: 74.0 in
Height: 58.9 in
Passenger Volume, F/R: 57/47 ft3
Trunk Volume: 11 ft3
Curb Weight: 4225 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 6.2 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.8 sec @ 95 mph
100 mph: 16.5 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 6.3 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.6 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 116 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.86 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY AND CHARGING
Observed: 116 MPGe
75-mph Highway Range: 260 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 140/153/127 MPGe
Range: 361 mi
C/D TESTING EXPLAINED
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