Sunday, December 31, 2023

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 SE Long Range RWD: The 400-Mile Range Midsize EV

Highlight: This is one of the first affordable mainstream midsize EV sedans on the market with a 409-mile driving range.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $46,825 (Base SE FWD Model: $42,715)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; a blindspot avoidance assist system; radar activated cruise control system; an automatic high beam assist system; a tire pressure monitoring system; a stability control system; a lane keep assist system; a rear traffic cross alert system; a rear-view camera; a parking distance warning alert system; a driver attention warning system; a forward collision assist system; a co-pilot assists driving system; and a tire mobility kit


Standard Equipment (SE Standard Range FWD): 18-inch wheels; 800-v fast charging; pre battery heater charge prep; bodycolor outside mirrors; heated exterior mirrors; active air flaps lower front grille; flush body color door handles; automatic flush door handles; a rear spoiler; a power automatic trunk; power operated charge door; a power driver’s seat; cloth seats; heated front seats; 60/40 split rear bench seat with a center armrest; a dual automatic temperature control; cabin air filter; a leather wrapped steering wheel; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a 12-inch digital instrument gauge; a 12-inch touch screen infotainment with navigation; and a variety of driving modes

Standard Equipment (Extended Range RWD): 18-inch wheels; 225-horsepwoer; rear wheel drive; and 409 miles of driving range

Options: carpeted floor mat

Other Trim Levels:

SEL

Limited

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: an 6-speaker with and AM/FM/HD/SiriusXM radio

Bluetooth Connectivity: Standard

USB Connectivity: Standard

Apple/Android Connectivity: No wireless connectivity

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles

Electric Battery Warranty: 10 years/100,000 miles

Standard Horsepower: electric/168-hp


This is the EV charging range of the long range rear wheel drive trim.

EV Driving Range: 240-miles (base model)

Standard Fuel Mileage:

127e-City/94e-Hw

Towing Capacity: N/A

What’s New: The 2023 Ioniq 5 includes an increased driving range and fuel economy for all-wheel-drive models. There is a higher maximum tow rating and standard battery heating system on all Ionic 5 trims, with the extended range.



Why:

All-electric

A variety of motors

A driving range over 400 miles, depending upon the motor, tire size and the extended driving range option

Fast charging

A streamlined rear design to improve the driving range

Sophisticated styling

A great ride and driving capabilities.

Flush exterior door handles

Rear wheel drive

All wheel drive available

An automatic dual temperature control system with a mode for driver only to reduce wasting energy and maximizing driving range

Quick and peppy accleration

A heads up display (HUD)

Easy to use digital cluster and infotainment center

A power operated electronic charging door

19-inch or 20-inch wheels

Comfortable seats

Flat rear floor – great for middle passenger

Can easily seat three in the rear

Roomy interior

Several high-tech safety driving aids

Heated steering wheel available

Heated/ventilated front seats

Power front seat w/memory driver’s feature

A premium audio system

A remote parking assist system

An 800v DC charger capability, one of a handful of EVs offering this option

Eligible for the $7,500 lease credit to reduce the overall cost of the vehicle, while lower the monthly payment

An affordable midsize sedan

A roomy EV sedan

Easy to use infotainment system

The Ioniq includes a complimentary home charger with a credit toward installation

Wireless charging pad

But:

Rear headroom limited especially when entering and exiting vehicles

Verdict: The Ioniq 6 is an all-new addition to the Hyundai line up as they expand their EV offerings. The sophisticated midsize Ioniq 6 is an all-electric EV sedan. Its one of a handful of affordable roomy EV sedans in the market. There are only two competitors in this market, Tesla’s Model 3 and Polestar’s 2.

Ironically, both competitors are considered to be premium vehicles and are much smaller.

However, the Ironiq 6 is the first mainstream midsize EV sedan on the market to be available in a variety of a trims with a single or dual motor, with a short or extended driving range. Depending on the trim, one can opt for a rear wheel drive or an all-wheel drive configuration. The driving range spans form 240 miles to slightly over 400 miles on a full charge.

With a starting price under $43,000, before federal and any EV tax incentives apply, this means the roomy sedan, with its streamlined rear end, harkens back to the days of the classy styling of the 1981 Cadillac Seville.

The smooth riding Ioniq 6, with its great driving capabilities, can be outfitted with features ranging from an upgraded audio system to a 320-horsepower motor to a dual exterior paint color. In our opinion, Hyundai has another hit on their hands.

Competition: Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2


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