The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Paved the Way for the Hyundai Ioniq 6 to Dominate

South Korean automaker Hyundai is producing some of the most competitive electric vehicles in the industry. While Hyundai Motor Company may not have as many EV nameplates as some of its competitors, its existing electric vehicle nameplates are making a colossal impact on the market. The Ioniq 5 electric SUV has cleared a lane for the Ioniq 6 electric sedan to thrive in.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a cut above other electric SUVs in its segment

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a masterclass in value and practicality. Hyundai seemed to find the sweet spot between affordability, comfort, and driving range with its electric compact SUV model.

Since the small SUV vehicle segment is currently the most popular segment in America, it makes sense that smaller electric SUVs will become massively popular as EVs become more ubiquitous. As a result, some of the largest automakers in the world have already produced small electric SUV nameplates.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 competes with the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, Toyota bZ4X, Subaru Solterra, and Kia EV6. It’s a standout model in its class and the World Car of the Year because its value proposition is unmatched in its segment. Hyundai has created a small SUV that suits the needs of the average driver and average small family.

The small electric SUV may not be as flashy or performance-oriented as its rivals, but it shines in a category that is more important to most average consumers: practicality. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 starts at just $41,450. The Standard Range model gets 220 miles of driving range, which is suitable for drivers with home chargers. Its interior design language is simplistic with subtle futuristic touches. Hyundai’s small electric SUV has given consumers high expectations for the EV6 electric sedan, and the new EV intends to meet those expectations.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6: The Tesla Model 3 rival the world needs

The electric vehicle space is significantly more active now than it has been in the last few years. Automakers are rapidly rolling out new EV nameplates, but few brands have proven themselves to be worthy rivals for Tesla.

Tesla is the biggest name in the electric vehicle space because it has produced impactful models like the Tesla Model Y electric SUV and Tesla Model 3 electric car. The Tesla Model Y has plenty of competitors and worthy adversaries, but the Model 3 has remained relatively unchallenged. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 could dethrone the Model 3 based on how well the Ioniq 5 was received.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 could become the most popular electric car

A white 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car is parked.
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 | Hyundai

The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 has an estimated starting price of $44,000. Car and Driver expects the Ioniq 6 Standard Range to have a 220-mile driving range. Like the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 has a quiet, simplistic cabin. The Ioniq 6 has the potential to become the most popular electric car in the world because of Hyundai’s proven ability to produce practical, affordable electric vehicles that satisfy the average consumer.