Final 12 months, the Toyota GR86 bought out in simply 90 minutes, giving Glastonbury a run for its cash. However there was one other fast-selling sizzling automobile that slipped underneath many individuals’s radars: the Hyundai Ioniq 6 First Version, which was all however gone in simply 24 hours.
Granted, that is not fairly Billie Eilish quick, however for an electrical automobile, and a Hyundai at that, that is nonetheless fairly a press release. Because of its international reputation and (yawn) ongoing provide points, we’re solely getting the primary UK assessment of the automobile, regardless of it being accessible in Korea again in October. Correct vendor distribution will not happen till March, with UK costs for the Ioniq 6 beginning at £46,745.
What can individuals count on when it lastly arrives? Positively one of many extra individually styled vehicles on the highway. I attended a design assessment of the Ioniq 5 with Hyundai’s chief artistic officer, Luc Donckerwolke, and on the time I assumed the automobile was spectacular, however on the highway the 6 is arguably much more distinctive with its streamlined profile and twin rear half
It is primarily based on the identical E-GMP platform because the 5 and comes with the identical 77kWh battery that was not too long ago utilized in its sibling. Because of a lowered drag coefficient of 0.21, the rear-wheel drive Ioniq 6 can go 338 miles between fees. Not solely is it barely greater than the 5, but it surely’s additionally the Tesla Mannequin 3 Efficiency. However like all EVs, that quantity drops within the winter, and our check vary was 230 miles.
Utilizing the identical 800V structure because the 5, the Ioniq 6 can use 350kW quick chargers (if you will discover one) to cost from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes.
There’s additionally a dual-motor all-wheel-drive 6 that will get 16 miles much less, however cuts 0-62 mph by 2.3 seconds. Our rear driver manages an affordable 7.4s, which is greater than enough for many conditions, even when it will probably’t compete with Tesla’s clickbait numbers.
The 6 is available in two trims (when you ignore the restricted First): Premium from £46,745 and Final, examined right here, at £50,245. Apparently, these numbers will not be too completely different from the 5 – the Hyundai trick affords two options relying on wants and tastes.
Usually I might go for the decrease trim, however on this case the Final makes extra sense as a result of it has the equipment you need: plush Leisure entrance seats with air flow, upgraded audio, a terrific head-up show and a 360-degree digicam.