2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6: What We Know So Far
This electric sedan aims to lure shoppers away from Tesla with sleek design and competitive pricing.
Hyundai has discontinued its four-door Ioniq Hybrid and repurposed the model name for a full lineup of electric vehicles, the first of which, the Ioniq 5 crossover, recently hit showrooms. Now the automaker is following up this effort with a midsize sedan called the Ioniq 6. The car rides on the same platform as the Ioniq 5 and shares some of its parts, but the Ioniq 6 pulls its long-arching roofline and dramatic side crease from the Hyundai Prophecy concept. Production has yet to begin, but here’s what we can tell you about this EV so far.
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Pricing
Hyundai hasn’t announced pricing, but we expect the Ioniq 6 to start somewhere in the mid-$40,000s when it arrives early next year.
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Range, Power, and Charging
The base Ioniq 6 will come with one motor on the rear axle and a 53-kWh battery. Hyundai will offer a long-range 77.4-kWh pack, which shoppers can pair with one motor (for rear-wheel drive) or two (for all-wheel drive). We don’t have EPA-estimated efficiency figures yet, but Hyundai says the large battery should provide 340 miles of range.
Power ratings for the single-motor models remain a mystery, but the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Ioniq 6 will make 320 hp and Hyundai claims will scoot to 60 mph in about 5.0 seconds, which is slow for the class. The all-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 Long Range and Polestar 2 make that sprint in 4.2 seconds.
With its 800-volt electrical architecture, Hyundai says the sedan needs just 18 minutes on a 350-kW fast-charger to revive the battery from 10% to 80%. Further, owners can use the car’s battery to power electric gadgets (e.g., laptops, generators, camping equipment, etc.) when necessary.
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Interior and Features
Inside you’ll find a 12.3-inch infotainment screen and an equally large digital gauge cluster. Go through the menu options and you’ll come across a setting for ambient lighting, where you can choose one of 64 colors or six dual-color themes to brighten the cabin.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both present, as are four USB-C charging ports and one USB-A, as well. Plus, the infotainment system allows you to pair two phones simultaneously via Bluetooth, so the car will recognize incoming calls and play audio from either device.
Helping to alleviate range anxiety, the Ioniq 6’s native navigation system can consider the car’s remaining range and display a safe travel radius on the map. It will also suggest routes with charging stations as needed.
Certain trim levels use sustainable interior materials, such as door paint made from vegetable oils and carpet made from recycled fishing nets. And Hyundai looks to cut waste and maximize passenger room by installing slimmed-down seats. If you want something more comfortable, you can option the front-row lounge chairs, which recline deeply so you can relax or even take a snooze while waiting for the car to charge.
As for storage space, there is a small frunk as well as a reasonably sized rear cargo hold that can fit two sets of golf clubs. You can also stow a bag underneath the floating center console, which houses the window and door-lock controls.
Lastly, there’s the active safety kit: Hyundai equips the Ioniq 6 with its standard driver-assistance tech (i.e., lane-keeping, automatic high-beams, forward collision assist, etc.), but there are some niftier features, too. For instance, this car receives Hyundai’s blind-spot-view monitor, which displays a live feed of the blind spot in the instrument panel when the driver signals a lane change. And the adaptive cruise control system learns your driving style and attempts to mimic it; on the highway, it works in conjunction with another system that centers the car in its lane and, in certain circumstances, carries out lane-change requests you indicate.