Hyundai Ioniq 6 compared to the competition
How do the most economical and the longest-range variant fare?
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is expected to be launched earlier this year. After the successful Ioniq 5, this is Hyundai’s second model based on the 800-volt E-GMP platform.
Now many are wondering How good is the car compared to the competition?
The 4.86-meter-long Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a four-door with a small trunk lid, not a five-door à la Ioniq 5.
To be able to judge this definitively, we still need a picture with the trunk open, but the horizontal gaps in the C-pillars suggest that the rear window does not swing upwards.
However, the opening could also be quite large.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 basic version compared to the competition
- The most interesting versions of the Ioniq 6 are the two rear-wheel drive vehicles because one is particularly economical and the other has a particularly long range.
- The four-wheel drive has a relatively high drive power of 239 kW, but only very few electric cars lack power.
Let’s start with the basic version, which has only 111 kW drive power, but shines with its low power consumption of only 13.9 kWh/100 km.
That means that the car does not even need a kilowatt hour more than the record holder, the Fiat 500 Elektro (13.0 kWh/100 km).
However, the range of the entry-level model is relatively modest at 429 km due to the relatively small battery (53 kWh net).
The price for the basic version is just under $46,450. There are currently no similarly affordable four-door models on the market, so we used five-door models with a big mouth for our comparison.
But here, too, it is difficult to find similarly sized models for less than $46,450. Because of the similar price, we even included the 60 centimeters shorter VW ID.3.
Vehicle selection is sorted by descending length, better values are bold as usual.
As you can see, the entry-level Ioniq-6 is characterized above all by its low power consumption, extremely short charging time, and high top speed.
It’s also very cheap, at least for its size: it’s no more expensive than the much smaller ID.3.
The shortcoming of the Ioniq 6 is the small trunk volume of only 401 liters. It has not yet been decided whether the rear seats can be folded down.
Even if this is possible, the question is whether you get a lot out of it – you will hardly be able to squeeze an office chair through the small flap.
Even small cars like the ID.3 or the MG4 Electric should be much more practical.
The price of the MG4 Electric Comfort is interesting the range king in this overview is the Kia EV6 in the basic version.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 168 RWD in a competitive comparison
If you need a lot of range, the 168 kW RWD version of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is the right choice for you:
Thanks to the large 77 kWh battery, 614 km is possible here. The price, including the obligatory Dynamiq package, is $57,028.
- That means that other rivals also come into consideration here. The Polestar 2 in the Long Range Single Motor version and the Kia EV6 with the same engine are cheaper.
- More expensive are the entry-level versions of the Tesla Model 3 (which is also a four-door with a small trunk lid) and the BMW i4.
In this comparison, the Ioniq 6 shines again with its short charging time – the 800-volt system is a pound that Hyundai can use to great advantage.
In addition, the car shines with its long range, while the price is only in the midfield without taking the equipment into account.
The question here is an economical or wide range.
Overall, Hyundai hit the nail on the head with the Ioniq 6, at least on paper.
Both versions are considered to load extremely quickly, the basic version has extremely low power consumption, while the version with the large 77 kWh battery offers a long range.
For us, the big downer on the Ioniq 6 is the small trunk lid.
With the VW ID.7 (aka VW ID. Aero), which will be presented soon, another competitor will start in 2023.
The car is also a streamlined sedan that offered a range of 620 km as a design study. It is not yet known whether it has four or five doors.