Driving report: Hyundai Ioniq 6
A proven example
The updated Hyundai Ioniq 6 is in the big league when it comes to aerodynamics. The Korean Stromer also performs very well when driving with low consumption and a range of up to 614 km. But the model student also has one or two weaknesses.
When it comes to mobility and electric range, you always hear the same words: efficiency, weight and aerodynamics. While weight currently takes a back seat, car manufacturers are happily playing with the efficiency of electric motors and, above all, batteries. However, since progress in the energy density of battery cells takes a long time, car manufacturers are currently focusing on aerodynamics. After all, with controllable efforts, low consumption and thus various valuable kilometers can be produced. The Mercedes duo of EQE and EQS is an example of how to implement this plan. The fact that the shape of the round candy is not for everyone is another matter.
What the German premium brand and star have in common, Hyundai is just cheaper. So the Ioniq 6 looks like the illegitimate sibling of the Swabian electric duo. However, the Korean model student with a Cd value of 0.21 does not quite reach the Mercedes EQS value (0.20), but reduces that of the EQE by 0.01 points. “In an electric car, aerodynamics is more important than anything else,” confirms Hyundai engineer Dr. Sanghyun Park. Since the laws of physics also apply in Asia, the steps also follow a familiar pattern. So the Hyundai Ioniq 6 reduces air resistance with special rims, a line of air passing through the wheel arches (Air Curtain) as well as covers on the wheel arches that reduce the gap between the tires and the body.
“But the most important thing is the massive rear damage,” explains designer Simon Loasby, who freely admits in the same breath that he would like the rump to be removed, but the costs were too high. The shapers made beauty out of necessity and integrated the spoiler into an impressive light signature, which makes the rear the cream of the Korean BEV crop, especially in the dark. Interestingly, the optional side mirror cameras bring an advantage of only three kilometers compared to standard mirrors. Everyone has to decide for themselves if it’s worth the extra cost. After all, you get used to the image on the monitors under the A pillar very quickly, especially since the blind detector is also sensitive.
The smorgasbord of aerodynamic tricks never fails to have an impact. With a 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery, 18-inch tires and rear-wheel drive with 168 kW / 229 hp, the Ioniq 6 can cover up to 614 kilometers WLTP and surpass the Ioniq 5 (cd value 0.29) by 107. kilometers. If you choose the smaller variant with 53 kWh battery and 111 kW / 151 hp, the Ioniq 6 should even reduce consumption to 14.0 kWh/100. During the test drive, we chose the top model. That means: A large battery, together with two motors, leads to an all-wheel drive with 239 kW / 325 hp and a maximum torque of 605 Newton meters. Longitudinal dynamics are accordingly: Ioniq 6 completes the normal sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 185 km/h.
At the start of the trip, the on-board computer showed a range of 453 km with the batteries fully charged. During our tests, which took us on country roads and highways, we achieved an average consumption of 17.54 kWh/100 km. It can be charged at 400 and 800 volts. In a 350 kW DC charging station, the battery is charged from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. The system also manages battery conditioning. As with other Hyundai BEVs, you can also have your electric grill powered by the vehicle’s own batteries.
The Ioniq 6 is based on the familiar E-GMP platform, which is also seen in the interior. You can choose different operating modes Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual (press and hold the button) with a small control unit on the steering wheel. Basically, the Ioniq 6 works with pure rear-wheel drive and only uses the front axle when needed, which of course saves energy. However, you have already driven more than enough with the Eco setting. What is surprising is how quiet the interior is. The result of noise-reducing measures, such as a soft underfloor, acoustic glass and particularly carefully sealed doors. Equally surprising, however, is the fact that the chassis does not hide the nature of the terrain, especially with the 20-inch tires. If you enable the sport mode, the drive train, including the operation, is more direct and direct, which it increases the happiness factor even more.
While the Ioniq 6 is great to drive, the feeling in the interior is just as ambivalent. There is plenty of space in the 4.85 meter long Stromer. In the second row, people up to 1.85 meters tall can be accommodated to some extent, despite the sloping roofline. However, it is not completely airy around the head. The cockpit with its two twelve-inch monitors is similar to other Hyundai models. The large amount of plastic in the interior shows that people are still calculating with a sharp pencil when it comes to electromobility. For example, on the dashboard and control panel inside the curved wing on the left. That the glove box is a hard plastic drawer is impossible once the passenger seat is occupied. The loading hatch in the trunk is quite narrow, the loading sill is high and the trunk lid mechanism is not covered.
infotainment offers the variety you’re used to from Hyundai. Four USB-C ports and one type A are available. As is common with all modern cars, your smartphone can be connected to the infotainment system via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Wireless updates are also no problem with the Ioniq 6. The Koreans are also improving their assistants. Autobahn Assist 2.0 (HDA 2) is an active lane departure warning system and, in principle, the system also initiates a lane change when the turn signal is activated. The Ioniq 6 should be available from retailers at the beginning of 2023. The Koreans still keep a low profile when it comes to prices, but the Ioniq 6 should be roughly in the range of the Ioniq 5, which is available from 43,900 euros.