An increasing number of vehicle manufacturers are pledging to switch their vehicle ranges to completely electric by the end of the decade. However, the launch of new electric vehicle (EV) models still lags behind conventional internal combustion options. While luxury car makers have made strides in their EV offerings, mainstream car makers such as Honda and Toyota have been slower to embrace this change. Nevertheless, Hyundai stands out as a mainstream car maker having a substantial impact in the electric vehicle market.
Having been involved in the EV industry for some time, Hyundai initially unveiled models such as the Ioniq EV and the Kona Electric. Taking advantage of this groundwork, Hyundai now utilizes an advanced EV platform known as E-GMP. The inaugural model using this platform is the Ioniq 5, which has garnered positive feedback and is regarded as one of the most outstanding reasonably priced EVs. Hyundai has further broadened its electric lineup with the launch of the Ioniq 6 electric sedan. While sharing the same platform as the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 showcases a sleeker shape and a more driver-focused experience.
Distinguishing itself with contemporary and futuristic design, the Ioniq 6’s streamlined design not only attracts attention but also contributes to an extended driving range in comparison to the Ioniq 5. With a drag coefficient of 0.22 (or 0.21 with camera-based side mirrors), the Ioniq 6 attains a range of up to 361 miles, slightly surpassing the Tesla Model 3 with its 358-mile range.
In terms of size, the Ioniq 6 is lengthier than the Ioniq 5 but is lower, providing a more athletic sensation. The model presents two battery packs and a selection between single or dual-motor powertrains. The base SE Standard Range model, commencing at $42,715, touts a 240-mile range, while the dual-motor edition reaches 316 miles. Another alternative includes a larger 77.4-kWh battery pack, offering a range of up to 361 miles.
Benefitting from an 800-volt architecture, the Ioniq 6 charges from 10-80 percent in just 18 minutes using a DC fast charger. The vehicle includes an array of drive modes, regenerative braking options, and a tranquil driving experience. The interior, with a simplistic design, provides ample rear legroom but compromises rear headroom for aerodynamics. Standard features encompass dual 12.3-inch screens, a power driver seat, and safety elements such as blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
Priced at $57,215 for the Limited AWD model, the Ioniq 6 with 320 horsepower delivers a well-rounded and gratifying driving experience. Although not as rapid off the line as some competitors, it offers a more sporty ambience with a lower center of gravity. Hyundai’s emphasis on efficiency, comfort, and value positions the Ioniq 6 as a robust contender against rivals, particularly the Tesla Model 3.
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