Consumer Reports Says the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Might Be Worth the Wait

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is already getting as much hype as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 after being announced recently. The latter is a compact SUV with one of the most competitive ranges in the segment, plus a variety of powertrains and battery sizes. The three-row Ioniq 7 SUV will also reportedly debut around the same time as the Ioniq 6.

Since both the Ioniq 5 and 6 will likely share similar driving dynamics, consumers might be wondering which one is the better car. While we can’t say for sure, Consumer Reports expects the Hyundai Ioniq 6 to be even better.

When will the Hyundai Ioniq 6 be released?

A silver Hyundai Ioniq 6.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 | Hyundai Motor Company

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 should be debuting in early 2023. It will officially head to the production stage this year with multiple powertrains offered, with the most powerful one possibly generating 320 hp and around 303 miles of range.

Hyundai says the Ioniq 6’s exterior design is a modern take on the classic 1930s sedan. It will have seating accommodations for five and a flat floor, plus an ambient lighting system with an extended range of colors. Regarding its price, experts like Car and Driver believe the Hyundai Ioniq 6 will cost between $42,000 to $54,000.

Consumer Reports says to hold out for the Hyundai Ioniq 6

Consumer Reports points out that the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is 8 inches longer than the Ioniq 5. This means passengers will likely get more legroom with the same number of seats. The rest of the interior looks identical to the Ioniq 5, futuristic and equipped with useful tech features.

The Hyundai Ioniq lineup also allows you to control more drive settings, like the sensitivity of the accelerator pedal. The navigation system will also always include your vehicle’s remaining range. 

Both EVs boast the same excellent fast-charging times, restoring 70% of the battery in 18 minutes. Since the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is smaller, its bigger battery might have even more range than the Hyundai Ioniq 5. It will likely also achieve quicker acceleration times without as much curb weight. 

What about the Hyundai Ioniq 5?

Consumer Reports was already impressed with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, especially regarding acceleration. With the dual-motor AWD model, you’ll probably be able to reach 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. 

The reviewer enjoyed the enthusiastic throttle response while driving the car in Sport mode and this SUV’s surprisingly lithe handling. The regenerative brakes stop the car confidently and feel similar to those in ICE cars. Besides a barely noticeable whine from the rear motor, the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s cabin stays silent. 

The dual-motor Ioniq 5’s range is slightly lower than other models at 256 miles. Test drivers reported that a full charge gave the battery 240 miles of range, as indicated by the car’s computer. Drivers were also satisfied with the Ioniq 5’s advertised fast-charging performance. 

Every model has five seats that offer heating for the driver and reclining functions for the back-seat riders. Starting on the Ioniq 5 SEL, you get synthetic leather seats. Consumer Reports says that both rows provide a lot of legroom, with no ducking required to enter or exit the vehicle. 

The 12.3-in infotainment system comes with smartphone integration and navigation. Consumer Reports says the interface is easy to navigate, especially with the shortcut controls and customizable star buttons for your favorite features. It’s possible that the Hyundai Ioniq 6 might have even more desirable features: all the more reason to wait for its reveal.

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