The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is the newest addition by Hyundai to its really popular Ioniq range. The first Hyundai Ioniq (4) was available as either a hybrid or a fairly rudimental EV while the Ioniq 5 is a true EV with many things to brag about. The Ioniq 6 is not even on the market yet, but it gathers loads of interest from prospective buyers.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is still way too fresh to talk about reliability as a few years simply have to go by before we can properly discuss reliability. The Ioniq 6 isn’t even out yet, and considering how disrupted modern-day production facilities and supply chains are, we are not likely going to see a bunch of these on the road.
Either way, we can still talk about a few issues that could affect the car’s overall impressions. First of all, there is no N model of the Ioniq 6 which means that you will not be able to rival other high-performance cars with the Ioniq 6. The Ioniq 6 also comes exclusively in this “swoopy” sedan form as there are no indications about an estate coming anytime soon.
The sloping roofline certainly looks the part, but it is likely going to affect the rear headspace quite a bit. We also need to mention that the production delays are pushing back the market release of the Ioniq 6 by quite a bit, and no one is really sure why that is.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 – No high-performance N model
When you take a look at the new Hyundai Ioniq 6, you’d think that it would come out of the factory with a high-performance version that could rival the likes of the Tesla Model 3. It seems like the most powerful Ioniq 6 version is not going to offer more than 320hp which is not a small number by any means, but many believe that a car that looks this good should have a high-performance version.
Hyundai is trying to appeal to buyers from a much higher price group with the Ioniq 6, even those who are mostly interested in buying the Porsche Taycan, the Tesla Model S, and the Lucid Air. Sure, all three of these cost a lot more money than the Ioniq 6, but it would be great if Hyundai came out with a 500-600hp version.
That being said, nothing is officially off the table at the moment because Hyundai could potentially bring a high-performance “N” model of the Ioniq 6 if the interest is high enough.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 – Only comes in sedan form
Pretty much everyone believes that the Ioniq 6 looks amazing, and I tend to agree with that. It looks like a four-door coupe from the future that is surely going to attract attention everywhere it goes. However, this market segment is filled with similar-looking cars, but there aren’t many estate cars in this segment.
There have been quite a few renderings online of an Ioniq 6 estate version which looks stunning. There are also many renderings of a 2-door sports version of the Ioniq 6 which looks like a RoboCop 911. With such great potential, it would be a shame if Hyundai does not capitalize on that as these variants of the Ioniq 6 would likely sell really well.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 – Practicality issues
An immediate downside that comes with a sloping roofline is the limited amount of headspace you get in the rear seats. This also creates a somewhat claustrophobic experience for the rear passengers as there is simply too much “roof” around them. This also means that they had to lower the seats down to accommodate for a lower roofline.
Because the batteries are placed underneath the seats, this shortens the distance between your knees and the floor which can be uncomfortable for taller passengers, especially on longer journeys. We also need to mention that the front trunk on the Ioniq 6 is too small to even matter.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 – Production delays
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 was already supposed to be on the roads, but it seems like Hyundai delayed the production of the Ioniq 6 a few times already. They first moved the production to June/July of 2022, but later they delayed it even more to Q3/Q4 of 2022. According to the latest estimates, the Ioniq 6 is not going into production before the end of 2022.
This is somewhat understandable as the world’s economy is going through severe supply chain issues, micro-chip shortages, and problems surrounding post-lockdown economic rebirth. We are not 100% if Hyundai is actually going to start making the Ioniq 6 in 2022 at all.
Should I buy the Hyundai Ioniq 6?
First and foremost, you have to like the design of the Hyundai Ioniq 6, because if you don’t, you are losing the main party piece and the main attraction of buying the car. If you do like the way the Ioniq 6 looks and you want a four-door electric vehicle, you should most definitely consider buying the Ioniq 6.
It may not be as fast as a Porsche, and it may not be as luxurious as a Lucid Air, but it is cheaper, easier to buy, cheaper to run, and is likely going to be either as reliable or even more reliable.
Is the Hyundai Ioniq 6 a family car?
Yes, it is. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a true family car because it offers four doors, four seats, a 5-star safety rating, and a decent amount of space. It is also a comfortable car, reasonably quiet car, and one that comes with enough family-friendly features to keep your kids entertained on a long journey.
How much does the Hyundai Ioniq 6 cost?
There are a few different trim levels and models of the Ioniq 6, but the pricing is likely going to follow the one with the Ioniq 5. As such, the entry-level SE model should start at between $40,000 and $45,000. The mid-spec SEL model should start between $45,000 and $50,000 while the top-end Limited model is probably going to cost around $55,000.