We’ve already driven the Hyundai Ioniq 6!

Design chief Simon Loasby says Hyundai wants to “create a buzz with each new model”. And the least we can say is that it is a surprise for the new Ioniq 6 expected at best in concessions at the end of the year. Although it shares its underside with its sister Ioniq 5 displaying a pseudo-Golf vibe from the ’70s, the “6” plays as a “low-rise” sedans, with a rear accented with Porsche 911 accents. But, if its ultimate forms are known, the Ioniq 6 we’ll be driving today is hidden under heavy camouflage.

We had the opportunity to travel to South Korea to get behind the wheel of the all-new Ioniq 6.© Hyundai

discreet interior

However, the Corrie is less mysterious on board, revealing an almost definitive interior. Roughly, because if the dashboard shows elegant materials, the materials for storm doors, basic, remind us we’re aboard prototypes that haven’t been finished yet. But there is no need to be more aware of the serenity of the inner atmosphere. The inescapable screens are spread over a one-piece dashboard, illuminated by three thin slats that elegantly conceal the air vents. From its matrix Ioniq 5 we get acquainted with the steering wheel, the device (right side) that acts as a gear lever, and the same center console (menu shortcuts, air conditioning, etc.). The Ioniq 6 features a flat console between the seats Designed to put a laptop and work while recharging the car, which is pre-common in Korea. Above all, we note these “ears” at the ends of the dashboard. Minor design elements in variants not equipped with retro cameras, these accessories support two small screens when the “6” is equipped with them. After being tested inside Hyundai’s facilities in Namyang, it is difficult to make a definitive judgment on its effectiveness. But I assure you you quickly get used to looking at these screens instead of the old classic screens.

Surprises while driving

In a free version of these tools, I joined the Korean ways to get a very useful first connection. Whoever said the Ioniq says 100% electric and my “6” is the best choice in terms of range. It has a large battery of 77.4 kW and two electric motors, one in the front and one in the rear, to provide all-wheel drive. In all, we have 325 hp and 605 Nm of torque, with an ad from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. But it’s not the startup’s vitality that is surprising. These are the constant warning messages, chief among them the electronic voice that plays in the episode “Be careful, speed bump ahead.” (Caution, speed bump ahead). I don’t know if this “help” is common in Korea, but for my sanity, I would cut some cables to silence it. In any case, we must realize that this Ioniq appears to be very repetitive. Well placed on the wheel, comfortable driving, four levels of adjustable regeneration of the steering wheel paddles, accurate soundproofing, easy adjustment of the brakes in everyday use … This Ionic 6 is of the restorative type. If it’s not easy to speed up on these Korean roads that are heavily monitored by radars, body motions seem well contained, steering firms play fun in sport mode, Thanks to the lower center of gravity, the number “6” seems less heavy than the Ioniq 5while it, like her, significantly exceeds 2 tons.

Fear but a lot of space

Even if the roofline is steeply sloped, there's no shortage of headroom in the Ioniq 6's rear seats.
Even if the roofline is steeply sloped, there’s no shortage of headroom in the Ioniq 6’s rear seats.© Hyundai

So, a good omen, even if we don’t escape suspension concerns here with 20-inch wheels despite the properly paved Korean roads. While waiting to check if this large sedan (4.86 m long) is so aerodynamic (Cx of 0.21) it turns out to be as discreet as advertised (14 kW / 100 km in the 53 kWh version), let’s admit itwelcomes its inhabitants. Neither the slope of the roof complicates access to the bench seat, nor the height under the roof of the spacious rear seats, ransom for the generous wheelbase of 2.95 metres. Only downside, the trunk, where access is narrow, suffers from the lack of a tailgate – Hyundai thought about it, but since its fasteners would have reduced the height of the seat occupants, it was preferable to use the trunk.

However, this weakness shouldn’t affect the success of the Ioniq 6 in South Korea, a four-door fond market. The Hyundai Grandeur has been the best-selling car out there for years. The situation seems more complicated in France, where the appetite for sedans has waned if we put aside the Tesla Model 3 exception! But seeing the energy the Koreans put into all their work, we think Hyundai can create a surprise once again.

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