Hyundai is aiming to compete with the Tesla Model 3 with its upcoming EV sedan model called the Ioniq 6. This four-door will fit into the company’s Ioniq subbrand made up of electric vehicles and shares components with the taller and boxier Ioniq 5. This means single- and dual-motor configurations will be offered, with two battery-pack options. The larger pack, in combination with the aerodynamic shape, means the 6 could possibly provide up to 400 miles of range in certain configurations. Its styling is inspired by Hyundai’s dramatic Prophecy concept, and the Ioniq 6 looks to be futuristic, stylish, and quick while offering a more luxurious interior and additional tech features compared with Hyundai’s gas-powered Sonata and Elantra sedans.
What’s New for 2024?
The Ioniq 6 is a new addition to the lineup. It will slot in numerically in between the Ioniq 5 and the upcoming Ioniq 7, but is a sedan with a more low-slung profile than those taller crossovers.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We expect the Ioniq 6 to be slightly more expensive than the Ioniq 5, which starts at $40,925. It’s likely to offer similar trim levels and powertrain configurations, with smaller and larger battery packs and either rear- or all-wheel drive.
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
Because the Ioniq 6 shares a platform with the Ioniq 5, its powertrain mirrors that model’s offerings. That means base models will be powered by a single electric motor powering the rear wheels, with the more expensive dual-motor versions providing all-wheel drive thanks to front and rear electric motors. Hyundai hasn’t yet released horsepower for the base single-motor configuration, but it’s likely to have around the same 168 hp as the Ioniq 5. The dual-motor car has 321 hp.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The Ioniq 6 will need to offer at least 300 miles of driving range to compete with the Model 3, and that appears to be well within reach. We think the Ioniq 6’s larger, optional 77.4-kWh battery pack could even reach close to 400 miles, although an official EPA rating hasn’t been released yet. The base battery on the single-motor car has a smaller 55.0-kWh capacity. Once we get our hands on an Ioniq 6, we’ll run it through our 75-mph real-world highway range test.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Hyundai has emphasized lounge-like comfort in its Ioniq models so far, and the 6 does not appear to be an exception. Initial photos of the cabin show a similarly modern and minimalist aesthetic as the Ioniq 5. Hyundai says that it has a flat floor to aid the feeling of spaciousness inside, and there’s ambient lighting to provide some color. As a conventional four-door sedan, it’ll be a five-seater with a rear bench seat. The cargo area inside the trunk may not rival that of a hatchback or crossover, but the rear seats will likely fold to expand the space back there.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Both a 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12.0-inch infotainment screen will be offered. We expect the Ioniq 6 to use the same software as other Hyundai models, which incorporate BlueLink for connectivity functions and link with smartphones using either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. More details about the infotainment system will be available closer to the Ioniq 6’s official launch.
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this story with more details about:
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
- Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage