You don't just become Car of the Year 2023 at autoreview.nl. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 sets a good example. In recent years we have seen one electric SUV appear after another. Yet the ideal electric car is not an SUV, but a sedan.
SUVs are popular because of their comfortable entry and 'exalted' seating position. At the same time, the tall build of electric SUVs is a weak point when it comes to efficiency. After all, it makes them heavier and less streamlined. And therefore less economical. While favorable fuel consumption is even more important for EVs than for cars with a combustion engine. Simply because the consequences for the range are much greater.
According to the laws of aerodynamics, a low car with a small frontal area and a drop-like shape cuts through the air resistance most sharply. Especially if you combine the right basic shape with a smooth design. These properties are approached to perfection by a sedan like the Hyundai Ioniq 6. For example, Hyundai's electric sedan is only 1495 millimeters high, while an SUV in this class easily extends 10 centimeters further into the air.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 combines a strikingly low nose with air intakes on either side of the bumper and a sharply sloping bonnet. In this way he makes short work of air resistance. The fully recessed door handles do not hinder the wind at all. At the rear, the double, ducktail-style rear spoiler and the air vents in the bumper ensure that no unfavorable swirls are created that disrupt the aerodynamics.
All together this results in a Cd value of an incredibly low 0.21. This places the Hyundai Ioniq 6 in the absolute aerodynamic elite among a number of very expensive models from German premium brands. In addition, Hyundai offers the option for digital exterior mirrors, also a premium option.
For many car manufacturers, the laws of aerodynamics lead to rather anonymous, very similar designs. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is one of the exceptions. Both its profile and its back are very recognizable. For some, the Ioniq 6 even arouses associations with a well-known German sports car brand...
In addition, the car rewards its designers - and of course also its drivers - with favorable energy consumption and a large range. According to the WLTP cycle, the 170 hp version with the 53 kWh battery uses 13.9 kWh per 100 kilometers. This provides a range of 429 kilometers, or a one-way ticket from Groningen to Lille. If you prefer to drive a little further towards Paris, then the Ioniq 6 with the larger battery pack (77.4 kWh) and 229 hp is your ideal EV. This consumes slightly more (14.3 kWh/100 km), but according to Hyundai it can drive up to 614 kilometers on a full battery. And thanks to the high fast charging capacity, you can 'refill' the battery pack up to 80 percent full in no time.
Especially during such a long trip, you will discover that the Hyundai Ioniq 6, despite its aerodynamic profile and despite the beautiful but wide center tunnel, offers a lot of interior space. The legroom in the back is even impressive and the luggage compartment (401 l) fits a large suitcase set. In addition, the Ioniq 6 combines its noiselessness and comfortable suspension comfort with dynamic steering characteristics. The average SUV cannot compete with that either.
This post was last modified on December 26, 2023 6:06 am
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