2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Review

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 - New Ioniq distinct and all-electric


2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Limited

Price: $56,100 (as price sheet listed)

Pros-- Sleek. Economical. Fast. Roomy. Smooth ride. Sharp.handling. All-wheel drive. Degenerative braking.

Cons—Rear headroom for extra-tall occupants. So-so cargo capacity.

Bottom Line—Family car that is fun to drive.

If an automaker wants to join the electric car parade, it best come up with something that really stands out. Hyundai has done just that with its 2023 Ioniq 6 sedan.

While quite distinctive, the new five-passenger Ioniq 6 styling has a touch of the Porsche 911, along with the (remember them?) Oldsmobile Aurora and Infiniti J30.

The Ioniq 6’s swoopy shape, fast acceleration, sharp handling, roomy interior and excellent ride combine to likely draw new customers to Hyundai showrooms.

The heated and ventilated front seats are very supportive. And the rear seating area has almost limo-style room, although the sloping rear roof may cause those taller than six feet to want more head room. Also, the center of the back seat is too stiff for long drives. A long 116-inch wheelbase and 191-inch overall length contribute to roominess of this approximately 4,650-pound car. It’s 191.1-inch long.
The cargo area has a rather high opening and so-so cargo capacity, but rear seatbacks flip forward to enlarge that area.

The Ioniq 6 comes in three models with either a large or smaller battery. Prices approximately go from $45,000 to $60,000.  They come with rear or all-wheel drive.

I tested the top-line Limited model with all-wheel drive and 20-inch wheels. Standard are 18-inchers. The larger battery generates an impressive 320 horsepower and neck-snapping 440 lb/ft of torque. Acceleration is a breeze from any speed.

Hyundai gives this model a 0-60 mp.h. time of 5.1 seconds, but it feels more like maybe 4.1 seconds  of swift, silent power.

Driving range with the 320-horsepower AWD Limited is estimated at approximately 270 miles, but any range with an electric is a wild card, depending on a driver’s habits and such things as the weather. The window sticker for the Ioniq 6 Limited AWD with 20-inch wheels I drove lists fuel economy at 111 miles per gallon in the city and 94 on highways.

This car has an unusually quiet interior, thanks to lots of strategic soundproofing. It also an extremely low drag coefficient to help enable it to quickly slice through the wind.

Steering is quick and accurate, and cornering is impressively flat. This is not a sports sedan, but it often responds like one.

You can choose “Eco,” “Normal” or “Sport” driving modes with the use of a button. I chose “Normal” most of the time, but “Sport” mode tightens the steering and makes the Ioniq 6 more fun to drive, although the ride gets a little firmer. Some sharp bumps can be felt in “Normal” mode although occupants aren’t jolted. The normal ride is  impressively smooth, thanks to such items as hydraulic suspension bushings and frequently active variable shocks.

There are various levels of degenerative braking, but I stuck most of the time with normal braking, controlled by an easily modulated pedal.

The interior has a minimalist theme, but its design and high-quality materials gave it a high-quality look. Facing the driver are two 12.3-inch screens, the main one for the instrument cluster. There also are a good number of handy small under-dashboard manual controls for such things as the climate system.

A wide sunroof brightens the interior, and there is a Bose premium audio system and plenty of driver-assistance features, including wireless device charging. Others include forward collision-assistance assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist and a blind-spot monitor.

Hyundai’s new Ioniq 6 models promise to fit nicely into the ever-emerging electric car scene.They’re a bit offbeat, but that may make them more attractive to electric car buyers.

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Dan Jedlicka joined the Chicago Sun-Times in February 1968 as a business news reporter and was named auto editor later that year. He has reviewed more than 4,000 new vehicles for the Sun-Times--far more than any newspaper auto writer in the country. Jedlicka also reviewed vehicles for Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Autos Internet site from January, 1996, to June, 2008.

Jedlicka remained auto editor at the Sun-Times until October, 2008, and continued writing for the newspaper's AutoTimes section, which he started in 1992, until February, 2009. While continuing his auto writings at the Sun-Times, he served as assistant financial editor of that newspaper from 1970 to 1973, when he began his automotive column.

He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NBC's "Today," ABC's "20/20" and "The CBS Evening News." He was a host, consultant and writer for Fox-TV Channel 32's 1991 New Car Preview show and that Chicago-based station's 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 Chicago Auto Show Previews.

Jedlicka's auto articles have been printed in national magazines, including Esquire and Harper's. His auto columns have been reprinted in U.S. government publications and economic textbooks and he is profiled in the "World's Greatest Auto Show" history book about the Chicago Auto Show. In late 1975, Jedlicka was host and technical advisor for three one-hour television specials, "Auto Test 76," which aired nationally on PBS and were the first nationally televised auto road test shows.

In 1995, Jedlicka was the recipient of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Inc.'s Consumer Education Award, given annually to a person who has gained distinction in the field of consumer education. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Media category and inducted into the Legends of Motorsports Guild at the Carquest World of wheels custom car show in Chicago in January, 2006.

Jedlicka was a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury, composed of a select number of auto journalists from throughout the country, from 1995 until 2009. From 2010 to 2012, he was a member of Consumer Digest magazine's auto experts panel that gave Best Buy new vehicle recommendations.

He is a 1987 graduate of the Bob Bondurant Race Drivers School and later of the BMW "M" and Skip Barber Advanced Driving schools. He was a member of the U.S. team that participated in the 1987 1,000-mile Mille Miglia race/rally in Italy and has been a race winner at the Chicago area's Santa Fe Speedway.

Jedlicka has owned 25 classic cars, including 1950s and 1960s Ferraris and 1950s and 1960s Porsches, a 1965 Corvette, a 1967 Maserati and a 1957 Studebaker supercharged Golden Hawk. Jedlicka resides with his wife, Suzanne, in the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district of Oak Park. They have two children, James and Michele.

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