Say hello to…
…the Ioniq 6, the step in Hyundai’s fully electric car range after the launch of the hugely popular Ioniq 5. While the 6 shares much of the same underpinnings as the 5, as a saloon at just over 4.8m long its closest rival is probably the BMW i4.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is available in two variants; a rear drive model with a single motor and 228hp and as a dual motor 325hp car with all-wheel drive. Both have a 77.4kWh battery with a usable capacity of 74kWh and an official range of 338 miles for the rear-drive version and 322 for the all-wheel drive car. The majority of sales are expected to go to business drivers.
Hyundai is offering the Ioniq 6 in two trim levels:
Standard equipment on the Premium trim level includes 20-inch alloys, powered and heated front seats, rear outer heated seats, cloth trim, dual-zone climate control, auto dimming rear view mirror, LED front and rear lights, battery pre-conditioning, drive modes, heat pump, reversing camera, keyless entry and start, powered boot lid, 12.3-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, 12.3-inch driver’s instrument screen, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, wireless charging pad, 4 USB sockets, lane keeping, adaptive cruise, forward collision warning, cross traffic alert and speed limit assist.
Ultimate trim adds parking collision avoidance, LED steering wheel lights, uprated Bose stereo, smart parking assist, head-up display, blind spot monitor view, sunroof, leather trim and ventilated front seats.
Is the Hyundai Ioniq 6 suitable for my fleet?
Executive saloons may not be as popular as they once were with SUVs grabbing all the headlines, however, a mid-size, all-electric, saloon is still a very popular car with fleet drivers and businesses. Four doors and four seat are a great recipe.
From a practical point of view the Ioniq 6 has good sized boot at 401 litres and bonus space under the bonnet too. There’s a huge amount of rear leg room which is useful as it’s difficult to fit your feet under the front seats as you can in most cars. The only weak point to the interior space is the lack of rear headroom. Anyone approaching six feet tall and above will find their head squashed to the ceiling thanks to the rear sloping roofline.
In the all-wheel drive version FleetandLeasing.com tested, the car was also efficient with a electricity consumption figure of 3.1miles/kWh in cold, wet conditions and with little thought to eco driving. Couple this to the 74kWh battery and you’ve got a reliable real-world minimum range of 230 miles.
Leasing a Hyundai Ioniq 6
Demand for the Ioniq 6 is likely to be strong which should result in good residual values. However, lease rates are still high. Intelligent Car Leasing is offering the top specification 6 with all-wheel drive for £847 a month on a 3+36 contract with 20,000 miles a year.
Gensen expects monthly maintenance costs to be £87.
Driving a Hyundai Ioniq 6
Fleet saloon cars have a few key aims without which no matter how efficient or fast they are they will not succeed. They must be comfortable and refined because one of their key roles is to cover distances with ease.
The Ioniq 6 gives both those boxes a very large tick, but what’s more it’s also efficient and fast.
The cabin is interesting without being too quicky and the software running the infotainment screen is easy to use and responsive to inputs. The standard heated seats are comfortable and powered so finding the right driving position is simple.
On the move, the biggest full-electric Hyundai is quite and smooth. The ride comfort is excellent and the Korean brand has clearly opted for the best comfort levels over the best driver involvement although body control is good and there’s minimal roll in the corners, there’s also minimal feedback from the steering. This is not a problem and the car is still easy to place on the road and even feels smaller than its on-paper size.
The Ioniq 6 is also rapid. Pick the all-wheel drive model and 0-60mph is possible in just 5.1 seconds, although the refinement means it doesn’t feel quite as fast as that figure suggests because it accelerates in near silence and compared to other quick EVs even the whine of electric motors is muted.
Not only is the car literally fast, but possibly of more importance to fleet drivers, the charging speeds can also be seriously fast. Find the right charging point and the Ioniq 6 will take electricity at up to 233kW which is enough to go from 10-80% in around 16 minutes.
Verdict on the Hyundai Ioniq 6
An incredibly appealing fleet saloon that stands out in the car park.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
- Model: Ioniq 6 77kWh AWD Ultimate
- Power: 325hp
- Torque: 605Nm
- Max speed: 115mph
- 0-62mph: 5.1s
- Official range: 322 miles
- Test range: 229 miles
- CO2 emissions: 0g/km
- BIK tax band 202/23: 2%