The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is one of the most successful vehicles in the current range, both with its design evoking the shapes of the iconic Porsche 911 and its technology, which is at a high level in the field of electromobility. For example, not everyone has such an 800-volt architecture…
And what are the volts good for? This is mainly due to the direct current charging speed, which in the case of the basic Ioniq 6 is 175 kW, while in the higher variant it is even up to 232 kW. In ideal conditions, you can charge the top-of-the-line model with a usable capacity of 77.4 kWh on the appropriate charger from 10 to 80% in 18 minutes, i.e. in this time you can get a homologated range of 363 to 430 km depending on the design and size of the vehicle’s wheels.
Of course, the range and fast charging are related to the overall use of the Ioniq 6 electric car on long trips, which we tested in our tests. We found advantages and great gadgets, but we didn’t quite like some of the features…
If you want to achieve reasonable consumption with an electric car, you simply have to slow down and use inertia. Energy efficiency is essential here and is reflected in consumption more than in classic cars with an internal combustion engine.
We know that the Ioniq 6 with all-wheel drive can drive at a defensive pace of up to 120 km/h on highways with around 17 kWh per hundred kilometers. This value is also affected by the size of the wheels, where the larger the wheels, the higher the value of the final consumption. In the same way, in our conditions it is usually true that consumption is more favorable on summer tires than on winter tires.
On the other hand, here is the charging speed, thanks to which, especially on the highways, you can add to the pace and not drool at 110-120 km/h. However, you will probably lose the time saved thanks to a higher travel speed by more frequent charging, which means that frequent fast charging and fast discharging can potentially harm the battery in the long term.
So it seems more reasonable to take your time with electricity. Thanks to its larger battery (77.4 kWh), the Ioniq 6 is able to travel about 450 kilometers (to zero) on longer highway routes in the case of the 4 × 4 variant. However, it is advisable to have some energy reserve, so it is better to calculate with a range of approximately 400 km. The version with a 77.4 kWh battery with rear drive will provide even better values, where you can count on some 30 km more.
Winter can be a problem for longer trips with electricity. Not perhaps because of the onset of thermal interior comfort, which is almost immediate, but because of the energy demand of that heat sent to the cabin and to the batteries. In short, those who are cold-blooded will lose on the finish line, even 30%.
However, there is a trick to improve your winter mileage. If the car is connected to the network before leaving, it is useful to switch on the remote cabin heating and “warm up” the car. This allows you to save quite a few kWh that would otherwise be drawn from the traction battery.
Personal travel comfort
Many electric vehicles have a flat floor due to their design, and the Ioniq 6 is no exception. The advantage is that thanks to these skateboard platforms, more batteries can fit in the car, and therefore it offers a longer range, thus higher performance.
However, sitting (especially at the back) can be somewhat unusual, as we are used to having our legs rather lower from regular internal combustion cars, while with flat-floor electrics the sitting position is slightly unnatural, which can be a bit counterproductive on longer routes.
On the other hand, an electric car does not need a long transmission or a large internal combustion engine, which gives the crew more interior space. We also like that about the Ioniq 6, which despite its aerodynamic bodywork offers decent living space, even with a smaller trunk.
Finally, we’ll mention the storage and storage areas, which are decent in the Ioniq 6, but we miss the larger bottle opening in the driver’s and passenger’s doors. On long routes, you need to drink enough, i.e. have a sufficiently large bottle and ideally quickly at hand. And the South Korean engineers didn’t take that into account enough for the electric six.
Nowadays, assistance systems are part of almost every mass-produced passenger car, and some of them are even mandatory. And this is where we hit a rock with the scythe called Ioniq 6.
Mandatory speed warning and strict monitoring of the driver’s attention are two assistants that are automatically turned on after each start.
Namely, as soon as you exceed the speed limit, the system immediately starts to beep unpleasantly. Do you divert your eyes while driving, for example, to the info system? After a short time, the punishment will not go away. Fortunately, both can be turned off, but we would have preferred a more direct route, as we had to immerse ourselves in the infotainment.
On the contrary, we consider a highly practical assistant to be the one that, when the blinker is activated, sends the image from the relevant rear-facing camera into the alarm clocks, which allows you to check what is happening immediately behind the car and also the blind spot. In conjunction with the available digital camera mirrors, this is an interesting combination of camera technology in the name of safer traffic. Definitely useful elements for longer journeys (and not only).
Online car management
Providing your car with an internet connection normally has advantages in its management and operation. You will probably immediately think of online navigation, which not only handles traffic situations, but can also find chargers, find out their occupancy or adapt the car’s behavior on the road during second-level (semi-autonomous) assisted driving.
Another element should be a mobile application through which the car can be controlled remotely. At Hyundai, it’s called Bluelink, so you can, for example, remotely heat and cool the Ioniq 6, open or close the charging port, start and stop charging, unlock and lock the car, turn on the lights, or send a pre-prepared route to the navigation system.
Electric cars have full torque available almost immediately, which is why even a small city vehicle can shoot through traffic lights at surprising speed. And what if you have 325 horsepower and 605 Nm of torque at your disposal like the Ioniq 6 4×4? You can then compete in the lights with far more exotic cars.
You won’t be jumping from traffic light to traffic light as much on long routes, but what about overtaking? It is precisely for him (speed, safety of the maneuver) that it is useful to have a load of newton meters ready for immediate use.
Thanks to its aerodynamic bodywork and construction, the Ioniq 6 is stable even at higher speeds, which is also helped by the low center of gravity provided by the low-lying batteries. In this way, you can diversify your journey through the countryside with dynamically driven districts, but you need to calculate with the higher weight of the car and physics. No motorist on planet Earth has ever broken its laws.
After all, it is enough to remember the message of Doctor of Laws Zatloukal from the series Hospoda, who said: “Don’t ride a stallion when you are used to riding a donkey.” And this also applies to powerful (and not only) electric cars.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 and comparable models show us that even affordable electric cars can be used realistically for longer journeys. While you used to need several million for a decent electric car, today you only need a million and then some.
An electric car cannot be driven in the same way as an internal combustion car while maintaining the efficiency of operation, so in this respect the driver must adapt to a battery-powered car. This will reward him with his positives if the driver in question accepts the compromises of the electric drive.
On the other hand, the development of electromobility is taking a giant step forward, including the infrastructure, so the conditions for electric car drivers will gradually improve in the future. And by that we mean, for example, more charging points, a larger selection of tires developed for electric vehicles, more diverse service networks, more accessible battery maintenance/overhaul, longer ranges of the cars themselves, their lower price and other factors.
The basic Ioniq 6 with rear drive and a smaller 53kWh battery costs from CZK 1,159,990, however, for longer journeys it is better to choose a stronger rear wheel with a larger 77.4 kWh battery, for which you will pay CZK 1,339,990 and above. If you insist on a 4 × 4 drive, the top four-wheeler starts at 1,579,990 CZK.