Hyundai There is a fire now.
The Korean automaker is not only rapidly expanding the line-up of both its Genesis luxury division and its N Performance brand, but it is also outpacing the likes of Volkswagen and Ford and Toyota as it boasts the latest technology. A range of mainstream EVs have been introduced. And advanced features at an affordable price.
The Ioniq 5 crossover launched last year was the first Hyundai to be built on a dedicated EV platform and has since won worldwide acclaim for its great combination of design, performance, functionality and value.
Now comes Ioniq 6 Like the sedan Ioniq 5, it’s inspired by Hyundai’s impressive E-GMP electric vehicle architecture, but boasts more range and sharper handling than the boxy crossover.
On paper, the Ioniq 6 looks like the most serious competitor to Tesla’s Model 3 yet. Should Elon Musk be worried?
The Ioniq 6 range in Australia will likely be similar to the related Ioniq 5 when it First quarter of 2023, including the vehicle you see here; The dual-motor, all-wheel-drive variant with a long-range 77.4kWh battery comes with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard.
Final pricing is yet to be confirmed, but local sources suggest it will retail between $70,000-$80,000 before on-road costs. That would put it just above the Tesla Model 3 Long Range ($80,000).
But Hyundai, on which 4855 mm 225mm longer overall than its US rival, rolls on a 195mm longer wheelbase with a lot more interior room, is refined, and comes with more standard features – more on that in a bit. .
The interior of the Ioniq 6 is spacious and equipped with a classy ambience that makes the Tesla Model 3 cabin look cheap and spartan. A low cowl means forward visibility is excellent, making the Ioniq 6 easy to park on the road and in tight parking garages.
To measure 2950 mm Between axles, the Ioniq 6 neatly splits the difference between its E-GMP stablemates, the Ioniq 5, which has a 3000mm wheelbase, and Kia’s EV6, which rolls on a 2900mm wheelbase.
Hyundai styling group chief Simon Lusby says the original plan was for the Ioniq 6 to share the EV6’s wheelbase, but designers fought hard for an extra 50mm to improve the vehicle’s proportions.
That extra 50mm also gives plenty of room for rear passengers, especially when compared to the Tesla Model 3, which is quite short.
Although the Ioniq 6’s dramatically sloping roofline means passengers 190cm or taller will find their heads just brushing the roof lining, they still enjoy almost limo-like knee room. will
The boot is relatively low – the rear e-motor is packed down with its integrated inverter and transmission – and the boot opening is somewhat small, but the load space is wide and long, and the rear seats will fold flat.
Hyundai decided against making the Ioniq 6 a hatchback because packing hinges in the roof would affect rear passenger headroom.
Variable ambient lighting is standard, but the light bounces off the surfaces of the door panels, so you don’t see the light rails.
There’s no Hyundai markings on the steering wheel, just four pixels that change color – white when voice activation is used, and green to charge the car.
The interior trim uses a variety of sustainable materials, including recycled PET fabrics, recycled fishing net carpets, and leather dyed using flaxseed oil.
The digital instrument panel is a 12-inch screen, with a second 12-inch touchscreen next to and above the center console for the infotainment system. This screen controls the Ioniq 6’s impressive array of standard communications, infotainment, and vehicle management systems.
Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are accommodated, and a Bluetooth multi-connection facility means two devices can be connected at the same time – one for phone calls and one for music streaming. The premium audio system is Bose branded, with eight speakers including a subwoofer.
The Ioniq 6 is the first Hyundai to offer over-the-air (OTA) software updates that can upgrade the e-motor and battery controllers, as well as autonomous driving capabilities, navigation system mapping and media software.
We had the top-of-the-range dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version with long range on test. 77.4kWh Battery
No two e-motors are the same. The motor on the rear axle produces 168kW and 350Nm of torque, while the front motor produces 74kW and 255Nm.
are the system outputs. 239 kW And 605Nmenough to get the Ioniq 6 from 0 to 100km/h. 5.1 seconds, claims Hyundai. These numbers are likely to be quite conservative, however, as instrumented tests have shown the less aerodynamic dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Ioniq 5 easily nails the 0-100km/h sprint in around 4.5 seconds.
The swoopy exterior styling is driven by aerodynamics. Hyundai claims the Ioniq 6 has a coefficient of drag (Cd) of just 0.21, making it the second most aerodynamic production car in the world behind the Mercedes-Benz EQS, which has a Cd of 0.20.
Why should you care? Well, a good arrow doesn’t Only Means less noise. Good aero means less energy is needed to propel your car through the air – and if your car has an electric motor, it can mean a big increase in range.
The Ioniq 6 proves that. Hyundai claims that the single-motor, rear-drive Ioniq 6 with a 77.4kWh battery pack has a WLTP-certified range of 614km, compared to 507km for the Ioniq 5 with the same powertrain and battery pack.
It’s true that the single-motor Ioniq 6 is equipped with 18-inch wheels as standard, compared to the 19-inch rims that are the base wheels on the Ioniq 5, and it has slightly better e-motor performance and powertrain management. Is.
However, Hyundai aero engineer Sang Hyun Park confirms that much of the improvement in range comes from the fact that the soapbar smooth Ioniq 6’s aero performance is significantly better than the brick-like Ioniq 5, which has a Cd is 0.29. “In the EV era, aerodynamic efficiency is paramount,” says Park.
Hyundai says the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Ioniq 6 on 20-inch wheels and tires is WLTP-certified range. 519 km. This compares with the 430 km range claimed for the all-wheel drive Ioniq 5 in the 20s. The claimed energy consumption is 16.9kWh/100km.
The E-GMP platform’s 800V electrical architecture means that boosting the Ioniq 6’s battery from 10 percent charge to 80 percent will take less than 18 minutes on a fast charger capable of delivering 250kW or better. 25 minutes on a 150kW charger. , and one hour on a 50kW charger. The system is also 400V compatible.
On the road the Ioniq 6 feels like a mini-Me Mercedes-Benz EQE. Hyundai and Mercedes in the same sentence? believe it.
The Ioniq 6 is smooth and quiet, as you’d expect from an electric vehicle, but it also has the feeling of being cut from billet steel that’s a hallmark of Stuttgart’s best cars.
Impressive body stiffness, combined with new hydrosuspension bushings, new frequency-sensitive variable shocks, and axle stiffness, means impact stiffness is very high even on 20-inch rims and low-profile 245/40 Pirelli P Zero tires. Well controlled.
The suspension tune is stiffer, much more so than the Ioniq 5’s setup. This, and the low center of gravity, means the Ioniq 6 hides its mass well on changes of direction, with little roll or understeer.
The steering could do with a touch more feel but in terms of its overall alertness and agility, the Ioniq 6’s chassis is almost like an old-school BMW 3 Series in the way it handles a winding road.
Like the steering, the brakes feel a bit remote, although the handoff between the regenerative and mechanical brakes is smooth.
Five different levels of lift-off region, controlled by paddles on the steering wheel, allow you to manually adjust the vehicle to suit your road conditions and driving style.
The Level 1 region basically simulates the coast down of an internal combustion engine car with an automatic transmission and is perfect for all-round driving. Level 4 – Labeled. iPad – Gives complete one-pedal driving ideal for heavy stop-start traffic.
Level 0, which eliminates all lift-off region, lets the Ioniq 6 coast, perfect for easy and efficient highway cruising.
Like the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 offers three drive modes, Eco, Normal, and Sport, each offering different levels of acceleration response that place different demands on the battery.
Ideal for general around-town and freeway driving. The Eco gives the Ioniq 6 a sleek feel and is obviously designed to maximize range when needed.
Sport adds a noticeable sparkle to the Ioniq 6’s response and is great for fun-to-drive winding roads, where the rear-biased instant-on torque really gets the Hyundai out of corners.
As mentioned, the Australian-spec Ioniq 6s will all come fully loaded, with a long list of standard features.
- 20 inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights and taillights
- 12-inch digital instrument cluster
- 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Satellite navigation incl. Online traffic updates
- Wired Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- 8 Speaker Bose Premium Sound System
- 12-way power front seats with memory
- Eco leather upholstery
- Heated, ventilated front seats.
- Heated steering wheel
- 64-color adjustable ambient lighting
- Keyless entry and start
- Semi-autonomous parking assist
- Remote Smart Parking Assist
- Vehicle to Load (V2L) function
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 has yet to be tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP, although it’s worth noting that other E-GMP products have achieved a five-star rating.
Standard safety equipment includes:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Car, pedestrian, cyclist detection
- Junction turn, crossing assist
- Lane Change Oncoming, Side Assist
- Evasive Steering Assist
- Stop/Go, Adaptive Cruise Control with Machine Learning
- Auto high beam
- Blind Spot Assist
- Driver attention warning
- Intelligent speed limit support
- Keep lane support
- Help avoid parking collisions
- Rear Cross Traffic Assist
- Safe Exit Assist
- Front, rear parking sensors
- All-around cameras
Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist 2 system helps maintain a set distance and speed from the vehicle ahead while driving on the highway and keeps the vehicle in lane even when driving on curves.
If a vehicle comes too close from either side, the system will adjust the Ioniq 6’s path to avoid it. At highway cruising speeds, the system will automatically change lanes in the indicated direction when the indicator stalk is moved.
Hyundai also offers this feature on other current models overseas, although it is not currently available in Australia.
Hyundai Australia covers its range. Five-year, unlimited kilometer warranty. The high-voltage battery is covered for eight years or 160,000 km, whichever comes first.
Meanwhile, servicing is required every 12 months or 15,000 km, whichever comes first.
Pricing for the Ioniq 6 has yet to be confirmed for Australia, but the Ioniq 5 costs $220 per visit for the first five years with the same drivetrains.
From the way it looks, to the way it drives, to the advanced technology it can employ for its drivers and passengers, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a sophisticated and intelligent electric vehicle.
It outperforms mass-market EVs from the likes of Volkswagen and Toyota and Ford in terms of performance and features and materials.
Its price and quality will give Tesla Model 3 buyers second thoughts. Its interior roominess and driving refinement will raise the eyebrows of Mercedes-Benz EQE buyers.
But the Ioniq 6 isn’t just a benchmark Hyundai EV. It is a benchmark compact sedan.
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