Hyundai IONIQ 6 2023 Review

The sedan successor to one of the most popular Electric SUVs of all-time hits Australian shores – is it really the all-round Tesla Model 3 “killer?”

Published on July 31st, 2023
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Adrian Edlington
Adrian Edlington is PR & Communications Manager at Savvy. With a keen interest in personal finance, car loans, the mortgage industry, cost of living pressures, electric vehicles and renewable technology, Adrian's research includes conducting primary data surveys and analysis of up-to-the-minute secondary Australian data sources. His work on behalf of Savvy has been featured on The Conversation, the Sydney Morning Herald, AFR,, The Age, Herald Sun, Adelaide Now, SBS On The Money, 7News, Car Expert, Which Car, and more. In his spare time, Adrian enjoys mountain biking and business podcasts.
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A luxurious contender for the luxe EV sedan crown with plenty of room and comforts on offer. While the exterior takes some getting used to, the interior is mint. Is it worth the $76k+ starting price? You be the judge. 

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Make & Model

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is dubbed the “electrified streamliner” by the Korean marque and is the latest in their super popular Ioniq line. Their Ioniq 5 SUV was so sought after in Australia, its initial allocation of 200 vehicles sold out in mere minutes. Hyundai’s four-door Ioniq 6 is closer to the conceptual “sedan of the future” made real: all lines shaped along a natural horizontal bow curve, which culminates in soft and pleasing lines meeting in the back – though whether it looks like a hatch or fully-fledged sedan will be a point of contention among car buffs across the country. The front is also significantly snub-nosed, which owes much to it being designed as an EV first, not a retrofitted ICE car.

Coming in four doors, we tested the mid-spec Techniq, which boasts all-wheel drive, larger rims, and a 239kW/605Nm powertrain. You can also save about $10,000 on the base model Dynamiq which packs a respectable 168kW rear wheel drive. The Deluxe Model Epiq is based on the same engine with a few more bells and whistles such as digital pod mirrors and cabin heat pump – though the Techniq already has more than its fair share of modcons.

Hyundai IONIQ 6 Price Australia - (NSW examples - Ext. Serenity White)
TECHNIQ – all wheel drive variant/239kW tested: $89,408
Hyundai IONIQ 6 Techniq Dimensions
Wheelbase2950mm wheelbase
Boot401L boot
Dimensions1880mm W X 4855mm L x 1495mm H
Wheels20” alloy wheels, 245/40 Pirelli P Zero tyres
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ front angle view
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ rear three quarter view
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ with boot open
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ with open sunroof
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ close-up of wheel mag
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ front hood open shoping frunk
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ with boot and all doors open
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 interior view of front seats from back
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ view of front dash
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ front angle view
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ rear three quarter view
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ with boot open
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ with open sunroof
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ close-up of wheel mag
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ front hood open shoping frunk
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ with boot and all doors open
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 interior view of front seats from back
Black Hyundai IONIQ 6 TECHNIQ view of front dash

Hyundai IONIQ 6 Interior

Recycled carpeting, recycled eco-leather seats

Interior V2L

Fully reclining front seats, heated and ventilated

401L cargo space with 14.5L “frunk” (front boot)

Dual-colour ambient lighting, choice of 64 colours

“Cocoon-like” cabin

Hyundai IONIQ 6 Specs

HTRAC Dual Motor All Wheel Drive (AWD)


519km range

10%-80% fast charge within 18 minutes

77.4kWh lithium-ion battery

2078kg (tare)


Hyundai claims a driving range of 519km for the Techniq/Epiq and 614km for the Dynamiq. They all share the same 77.4kWh lithium-ion battery. Power consumption is about 15.8kWh/100km.

 Hyundai also says that it can get from 10%-80% using a 350kW ultra-rapid fast charger in 18 minutes. The most common fast charger (50kW) means this takes 78 minutes. 7kW single-phase charging must be done overnight, taking 11 hours and 45 minutes. If you only have 240V AC, be prepared to wait a day and a half (34 hours, 20 minutes.) We can only hope you don’t need to rely on it.

IONIQ 6 - Battery & Charging Specs
Battery TypeLithium cooled Lithium-ion
Battery Capacity (kWh)77.4 kWh
Battery Voltage (V)697V
Max Power (kW) Output277


Techniq/Epiq can do the 0-100km/h dash in 5.1 seconds, with the Dynamiq variant breaking 100km/h in 7.4 seconds.

Performance and Drive

The Ioniq 6 has a low centre of gravity and plenty of oomph right out of the gate, power flowing through the throttle (which can be configured for single pedal operation) helped by its aerodynamic design and single-speed reduction gear transmission.

The handling of the car is quite fluid – nothing too hairy and nothing too sluggish. The Ioniq 6's dampers are equipped with both a frequency-sensitive valve and a fixed valve, allowing them to manage both high-frequency jitters and low-frequency body undulations rather well. Hyundai's first application of ingenious vertical hydro bushings in the Ioniq 6's lower control arms also helps polish the ride quality. You can choose from Normal, Sport, and Eco modes, as well as a Snow mode, but it doesn’t tune the suspension any. Adaptive cruise control is rather smooth, if a little sluggish. The selection stick itself looks rather odd, as if it were a protrusion from some kind of futuristic robot. But I digress.

The steering is accurate and well-equipped but just sort of “there.” Nothing to write home about, though the turning circle leaves something to be desired. In Sport mode, the vehicle gains in performance and acceleration, though has a commensurate drop in driving range as the tradeoff. Unquestionably effective, Hyundai incorporated a bearing into the Ioniq 6's steering column to decrease vibration, which is a big tick. The speed limit warning is always-on and will grate on you more often than not and turning it off can be an exercise in frustration. It also helps that the Ioniq 6 feels sturdier than its adjacent numbered counterpart, which means it can accept the dynamism of the torque more readily. Also, whoever designed the steering wheel should get a pay rise. Just magnificent.

IONIQ 6 Interior

Being built as an EV from the ground-up, the roominess is almost beyond comparison. The “cocoon-like” cabin is plenty spacious – you can even recline the front seats all the way back and enjoy a kip on a long haul that feels like you’re genuinely in business class. Two 12.3” infotainment displays show drivers and passengers all the essential information such as satellite navigation, battery status, and real-time feeds from the rear and surround view monitors, as well as safety information using the complete suite of Hyundai's SmartSense safety features.

The “bridge” type high centre console features dual-zone climate controls and slots for cups and a 15w charging pad for your smartphone. If it was any more sophisticated, you’d think it was a shuttle attached to the starship Enterprise.

Hyundai hasn’t skimped in any area when it comes to comfort, featuring leather trimmed seats, vehicle-to-load charging points both inside and outside the car, heated and powered front seats, adaptive matrix headlights, a head-up display, a powered boot lid, a BOSE stereo, adjustable ambient lighting – the latter of which is speed sensitive and has 64 different colours to choose from.

Hyundai’s SmartSense exceeds the ANCAP 5-Star safety rating, featuring AI assistants galore: Forward Collision Avoidance, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance, Edge/Safe Exit Warnings, Junction Crossing Radar, Lane Following Assist, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, and Smart Cruise Control that uses machine learning to mimic the style of the driver or the driver ahead, matching speeds and slowing/stopping as they do. It can also manoeuvre in and out of tight spaces using Remote Smart Parking Assist. Neat.

Even though there is plenty of space for your knees, you won't be able to tuck your toes in under the front seats since they go all the way down to the ground. Because there isn't a transmission tunnel, sitting in the rear seats you have a fully flat floor, though no deeper foot-wells due to the under-floor battery. The sunroof also trims a few centimetres off the top, but won’t matter unless you’re a giant (which is something we giants have been accustomed to since the dawn of motoring, really.)

Oh, and there’s wired-only Android Auto and Apple Car Play. Really, Hyundai? What’s more frustrating is that you can get over-the-air updates for car software such as maps; but no connectivity. Firmware updates for the other computer features will likely need a workshop visit.

Boot / Storage Space

The trunk lid opens electrically to show a rather deep baggage bay that measures 401 litres and has 60/40 split rear seats that can be dropped by tabs on the top edge of the boot aperture. The total capacity of the luggage bay may be found in the boot. You can also take advantage of a 14.5L “frunk” or front boot, too.

Towing Capacity: 1,500kg (braked) with 100kg tow ball (extra)

Warranty: The Ioniq 6 series comes with a five-year vehicle warranty and an eight-year high voltage battery warranty. You can also take advantage of a lifetime service plan.


Buttery smooth in look, luxurious in feel and packed with a lot of bells and whistles make it a worthy warrior for your hard earned against the Tesla Model 3, Kia EV6 or Polestar 2. With so much right, you can forgive its moans and niggles such as the weird looks and wide turning circles. We think this one will prove just as popular as the Ioniq 5.

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