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Tesla Model 3 vs Hyundai Ioniq 6: spec battle!


The big-selling Tesla Model 3 goes head-to-head with Hyundai’s Ioniq 6 sedan in the latest Chasing Cars battle of the spec lists 

Tesla has sold an impressive 15,718 Model 3s so far in 2023, which has been a significant amount more than the 468 Ioniq 6s that Hyundai sold in the same timeframe. 

But the good news is that Hyundai is very confident that supply is improving, so could we see bigger numbers from the Ioniq 6 in 2024?

The Tesla Model 3 has been updated, and now so has the Ioniq 6, so where do both of these models stand in 2024?

The Tesla Model 3 has just debuted a facelifted design

It’s that time again as we sit down and see how these two electric models compare back to back on the spec sheet. 

Let’s dig in and find out the similarities and differences. 

Note: Chasing Cars spec battles are only spec sheet comparisons. Both of the vehicles in this spec battle are yet to be extensively reviewed and tested by CC.  

What do these two EVs cost?

It’s worth noting that both of these EVs have dropped in price quite significantly since our last spec battle that featured these two opponents. 

Entry pricing for Hyundai’s electric sedan has now dropped to $65,500 before on-road costs

Starting with the Tesla Model 3, pricing starts at $61,900 before on-road costs for the base rear-drive model, but tops out at $71,900 before on-road costs for the current flagship, the Model 3 Long Range dual-motor.  

Meanwhile, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 has just seen a significant $8500 price drop, with the electric model now starting from $65,500 before on-road costs for the base, eponymous ‘Ioniq 6’. 

Pricing for the Ioniq 6 tops out at $85,500 before on-road costs for the Epiq all-wheel-drive variant

Standard specifications compared

Standard equipment on the Tesla Model 3 for 2024 include:

  • 15.4-inch centre touchscreen display 
  • 8.0-inch rear touchscreen
  • Satellite navigation
  • 18-inch alloy Photon wheels (19-inch optional)
  • LED headlights and tail lights 
The Model 3 has achieved significantly more sales than the Ioniq 6 so far this year

As for the Hyundai Ioniq 6, the model comes well specced with the following features:

  • 12.3-inch instrument cluster
  • 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Wireless phone charging 
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • LED headlights, tail lights and daytime running lights 
  • 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat 
  • Ambient interior lighting 
  • Smart key access
  • V2L for interior use 
Following its price drop, the Ioniq 6 is now a better price competitor to the likes of the Tesla Model 3

Battery, power and charging 

Tesla Model 3 

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 is powered by either a 57.5kWh usable battery pack, or a larger 75kWh usable pack in Long Range guise. 

Tesla is a little quiet about its power and torque outputs, however its Model 3, in base spec, uses a 208kW/420Nm rear mounted electric motor. The vehicle is able to accelerate to 100km/h in a claimed 6.1 seconds. 

The Long Range dual motor, meanwhile, produces greater outputs of 366kW/493Nm from two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear. This dual motor variant is capable of sprinting to 100km/h in a claimed 4.4 seconds. 

The popular Model 3 kicks off from $61,900 before on-road costs

What about charging?

The rear-drive Model 3 is capable of charging at up to 11kW AC and up to 170kW DC using fast charging. The same situation goes for the dual-motor variant. 

Hyundai Ioniq 6 

The updated 2024 Ioniq 6 now comes with a smaller 53kWh battery pack as standard, but can be optioned with a long-range 77.4kWh battery pack. The mid-tier Dynamiq and flagship Epiq grade also gain this 77.4kWh battery pack. 

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 comes in a range of powertrain options, including rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. 

The base Ioniq 6, which has been recently announced, uses a 111kW/350Nm electric motor that powers the rear wheels. 

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 range is now on sale in Australia

A more powerful 168kW/350Nm rear-drive electric motor is also available. The dual-motor all-wheel drive is powered by a 74kW motor up front and a 165kW motor at the back, producing total system outputs of 239kW/605Nm

What about charging?

The Ioniq 6 can charge at speeds of 11kW AC, or up to 170kW DC for the single motor variants, or up to 233kW DC with the dual-motor variants. 

How far can you travel with these EVs?

Tesla states that the 2024 Model 3 will be able to travel a claimed 513km (WLTP) in rear-drive guise, or up to a claimed 629km (WLTP) for the Long Range dual-motor. 

The headlights and taillights have been redesigned

The Ioniq 6, meanwhile, has a claimed range of 429km (WLTP) in standard 53kWh guise, 614km (WLTP) in extended-range rear-drive guise and 519km (WLTP) in dual-motor flagship spec. 

Safety of the two EVs compared

The Tesla Model 3 comes standard with the following basic Autopilot safety features:

  • Front emergency braking (AEB) 
  • Rear AEB
  • Lane keep assist 
  • blind-spot monitoring with blind spot view cameras
  • Reversing camera
The Model 3 was first introduced to Australia in 2019

An enhanced Autopilot package can be purchased for $5100 and includes:

  • Automatic lane change assist
  • Automatic parking
  • Summon (move car with Tesla app)
  • Smart summon (move vehicle to user)
  • Navigate on Autopilot 
The cabin of the Hyundai Ioniq 6

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is fitted with the following features as standard:

  • Seven airbags
  • Hyundai smart sense including:
    • Forward collision avoidance system
    • Blind spot collision avoidance assist
    • Blind spot monitoring 
    • Driver attention warning
    • Lane following assist
    • Lane keep assist 
    • Manual speed limit assist
    • Parking sensors front and rear
    • Rear cross traffic collision avoidance
    • Safe exit assist
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • 360-degree camera

The Chasing Cars spec battle verdict

The Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Ioniq 6 for 2024 both provide plenty of appeal for the Australian new car buyer. 

The minimalist interior design of the Tesla Model 3

While the Tesla is a little cheaper than the Ioniq 6, the Hyundai makes up for the entry price difference with an extensive standard array of features and safety gear. 

And while the Tesla Model 3 has more power and torque and arguably more range, on the spec sheet alone, the Ioniq 6 looks to be a real winner in several areas. 

Of course, this is simply a spec battle comparison, and we’ll be looking to do a comparison of both these 2024 models early next year.

Stay tuned!