2023 Hyundai Ioniq6 Review – What Range Anxiety?


2023 hyundai ioniq6 review what range anxiety

I had two opportunities to drive the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 last year – one short, one long – and found it charming.

Not only that, but unlike with many EVs, I found myself worrying less about range than I normally would.

If it weren’t for polarizing looks* and a dear price, this might be the perfect EV mid-size sedan.

(*I like the styling. But I know it’s not for everyone.)

This curvy car comes with a few variations on powertrain set up – one motor or two, hmm? – and wheel sizes. This one came with 20-inch wheels and dual electric motors, making it all-wheel drive with 320 horsepower and a range of 270 miles.

2023 hyundai ioniq6 review what range anxiety

That long range came in handy when I needed to make a couple of trips to the suburbs. While I did need to charge near the end of my week-long loan, I simply felt less range anxiety than I do with most EVs currently on the market.

The experience was also a nice blend of fun and comfortable. While the car’s size hampered handling somewhat – there was a little more body roll than I’d like, and even in the sportiest drive mode the 6’s responses weren’t as sharp as I’d like – there’s plenty of power on tap for swift, instant acceleration.

With slightly better-tuned handling and a bit of a firmer ride – the Ioniq 6 was generally comfortable but occasionally erred on the side of soft – you could have a solid EV sport sedan to play with. As it stands, the package makes for one comfortable commuter and highway cruiser.

Fiddling with the drive modes can shorten/lengthen estimated range by 5-10 miles, and steering-wheel-mounted paddles allow you to control the amount of regenerative braking.

2023 hyundai ioniq6 review what range anxiety

The cabin is quiet – obviously EVs don’t have engine noise. That said, Hyundai has done a nice job here of keeping most wind and tire noise out.

It’s also an attractive cabin, with eye-pleasing design, and a generally easy-to-use functionality. Both the gauge screen and infotainment screen measure 12.3 inches, and they combine into a big sweeper across the top of the dash. There are buttons and knobs for the most important controls, though you do need to deal with touch-screen tech sometimes. The flat space around the cupholders and use of a quirky column shifter give you a feel of airy space in the front.

2023 hyundai ioniq6 review what range anxiety

This car didn’t lack for features – a Limited with AWD is tops of the trim-level heap. With a base price of $56,100, my test unit for the longer loan came with DC fast-charging ability, battery pre-conditioning, active grille shutters, sunroof, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, keyless entry and starting, 360-degree camera, smart cruise control, blind-spot monitor, heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, aluminum pedals, digital key, wireless device charging, rain-sensing wipers, vehicle-to-load second-row outlet, front and rear USB ports, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bose audio, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and Bluelink connected-car services.

Active-driving assist systems include forward collision-avoidance assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, lane-keeping assist, lane-following assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, driver-attention warning, parking collision-avoidance assist, rear occupant alert, and parking distance warning.

The only option here was carpeted floor mats, so the total came to $57,425 with destination.

2023 hyundai ioniq6 review what range anxiety

Charge times for the 697V lithium-ion battery are as follows: Almost seven hours up to 80 percent on a standard AC Level 2, 73 minutes up to 80 percent on a 50 kW fast charger, and 18 minutes up to 80 percent on a 350 kW DC fast charger. I charged for almost eight hours at a Charge Point near my home and snagged 6.6 kW on AC.

Although the estimated range is 270 miles, I was showing 317 miles at 100 percent. Not bad at all. Better than a V8 Mustang.

2023 hyundai ioniq6 review what range anxiety

A lot of EVs are expensive and/or have too-little range and/or are weird for the sake of weird. While the Ioniq 6 has distinctive styling, the actual user experience isn’t weird at all. It’s easy to live with, comfortable, and relatively fun to drive. Not only that, but range was much less of a concern than usual.

It’s too bad that this version of the car is so pricey – to be fair, lower trims are more reasonable in terms of MSRP – because there’s a lot to like here.

2023 hyundai ioniq6 review what range anxiety

The more “normal” EVs feel, the more likely they are to gain acceptance among a sometimes-reluctant consumer base. That’s even more true when the range is higher.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 comes closer to that truth that many of the other EVs on the road.

[Images © 2024 Tim Healey/TTAC. Exterior images were shot at a Hyundai event and the trim level may not match what I tested.]

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