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Hyundai Ioniq 6 2023: Australia’s input into a “more dynamic” Ioniq rival for Tesla Model 3


Hyundai Australia’s R&D team evaluated which suspension setup would work best for the Ioniq 6 locally 

Hyundai’s sleek Ioniq 6 electric sedan is getting closer to an on-sale date locally and the ride and handling package of the new electric model had plenty of input from Australia, even from the model’s early R&D stages.

The result is that the Ioniq 6 arrives as “the slightly more dynamic car in the Ioniq range” and which now sits alongside the Ioniq 5

“The HMCA product development team evaluated a choice of chassis tunes locally and selected the optimal tune for our market,” says Hyundai Australia’s product planning and development manager, Tim Rodgers. 

The all-new Hyundai IONIQ 6

Hyundai Australia was involved early in the development of the Ioniq 6, “providing HQ with input to achieve the ‘flavour’ of the tune required for the Australian market,” Rodgers says. 

While the Hyundai Ioniq 6 does not use a bespoke chassis tune developed for Australia, Rodgers and his team struck an “optimal tune” for Australia through a selection process that evaluated different tunings in order to arrive at settings that would work best for local road conditions. 

“The R&D team responsible for Ioniq 6 intimately understood the tuning concept that needed to be applied to the car, which made our job extremely easy.

Hyundai’s local R&D team worked with HQ on the right chassis for Australia

Hyundai Australia says its local “testing and scoring” program has been honed over many years and “comprises a wide spectrum of challenging local city, highway, country and gravel roads”. 

Indeed, Chasing Cars spotted HMCA undergoing Ioniq 6 suspension and steering testing on local Sydney roads back in August last year.

On its on-road character, Rodgers says that the Ioniq 6 is “a bit more engaging, dynamic and responsive” than the Ioniq 5 that’s skewed more towards being “comfortable and easy to drive.”

Charging the Ioniq 6 will take around one hour on a 50kW charger

“There’s a greater focus on the driver and front passenger when compared to the Ioniq 5.” 

The Ioniq 6 is already on sale in Australia, with the first 300 cars to arrive in May 2023.

Ioniq 6 range specification breakdown for Australia

Three variants of Ioniq 6 will be available at launch: Dynamiq, Techniq and Epiq. The entry-level Ioniq 6 Dynamiq comes standard with an extensive list of features that includes:

The cabin of the Hyundai Ioniq 6
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED tail lights 
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Leather appointed seats and steering wheel
  • 10-way powered driver and front passenger seats
  • Seat heating for front seats
  • Head-up display 
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
The Ioniq 6 will be available in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive
  • Bose premium eight speaker sound system
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Second row air vents 
  • Adjustable ambient lighting 
  • Wireless phone charging 
  • Smart key with push-button start 
  • Four USB ports 
  • Virtual engine sound system (VESS)
  • V2L (vehicle to load) function inside and outside 
We think the Ioniq 6 looks pretty smart!

Stepping up to the Techniq model, owners will receive the same specification as the Dynamic, plus:

  • HTRAC all-wheel drive 
  • Larger 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Pirelli P Zero tyres
  • Premium ‘relaxation’ seats – front 
  • A glass sunroof 
  • Ventilated front seats 
  • A heated steering wheel
  • Heated rear seats 
The Ioniq 6 uses the same pixel-style tail lights as the Ioniq 5

Finally, the Epiq adds to this specification with:

  • Digital side mirrors
  • Heat pump
  • Battery conditioning system – heater 

In terms of options, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 with matte paint will cost $1000 extra across the three variants. 

What powers the Ioniq 6?

Top spec Ioniq 6 gets digital door mirrors

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 in all variants is powered by a 697-volt, 77.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack that feeds the onboard electric motors. 

In the entry-level Dynamiq, a single, rear-mounted electric motor produces 168kW of power and 350Nm of torque. 

The mid- and high-spec Ioniq 6 models – Techniq and Epiq – are powered by an electric dual-motor setup comprising a 74kW/255Nm front motor and a 165kW/350Nm rear motor. Total outputs are therefore 239kW/605Nm. 

Ambient lighting is standard on the Ioniq 6

The dual-motor versions come with a performance claim of 5.1sec for 0-100km/h.

How long will it take to charge the new Ioniq 6?

Hyundai says that using 50kW DC fast charging, the Ioniq 6 can be charged from 10-80 percent in a little over one hour, while charging at home using a typical 7kW setup will take around 11 and a half hours. 

How safe is the new Ioniq 6?

ANCAP awarded the Ioniq 6 with a five-star safety rating

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 was tested during 2022 by Australian automotive safety authority ANCAP and received a five-star safety rating. 

The Ioniq 6 scored very well in adult occupant protection (97 percent), child occupant protection (88 percent) and safety assistance (90 percent). 

As standard, all Ioniq 6s are fitted with the following passive and active safety features as part of the Smartsense safety suite:

Hyundai’s Smartsense safety suite is extensive
  • Forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Junction turning and assist 
  • Junction crossing assist 
  • Oncoming lane change 
  • Side lane change assist 
  • Evasive steering assist
  • Blind-spot collision avoidance 
  • Safe exit warning 
  • Blind-spot view monitor
  • Driver attention warning
  • Smart parking assist 
  • Intelligent speed limit assist 
  • Lane keep assist 
  • Lane follow assistance 
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • A 360-degree camera 
  • Parking collision avoidance 
  • Rear occupant alert 
Drive mode selector allows owners to tailor the driving experience

What else should I know about the Ioniq 6?

The Ioniq 6 is surprisingly sustainable and features eco-processed leather, a bio-plastic dashboard, bio PET fabric for the headlining, natural bio paints, recycled fishing net for the carpet and black carbon pigment to use as paint for the exterior cladding of the Ioniq 6. 

The Ioniq 6, in all-wheel drive specification, uses a disconnector actuator system on the front axle to automatically engage and disengage drive to the front wheels, reducing drag losses to improve electric efficiency.

V2L will allow interior and exterior charging functions

Hyundai’s new electric car will also be fitted with V2L (vehicle-to-load) functions, meaning that you can power external sources such as an electric scooter, camping equipment and more right from the car’s battery pack. This function will also work inside, where occupants can power electrical devices on the move. 

Hyundai Ioniq 6 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Dynamiq: $74,000
  • Techniq: $83,500
  • Epiq: $88,000