First 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Reviews Say it Rivals the Tesla Model 3 [Roundup]

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Hyundai’s flagship electric vehicle (EV) is back with a new model year, and yesterday the embargo lifted on early reviews from automotive publications.

Motortrend shared its first drive of the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 on Tuesday, boasting an aerodynamic design for a quiet and smooth ride.

The Ioniq 6 has the same G-EMP platform and powertrain as the Ioniq 5, instead bearing just a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive.

It also includes a 77.4 kWh battery pack which offers up to 382 miles (614 km) of range per the Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), compared to just 315 miles (506 km) with the Ioniq 5.

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The EV also has five levels of lift-off braking regeneration, which can be controlled by the driver using the paddles on the steering wheel. While Level 1 regeneration mimics an internal combustion engine’s automatic transmission for the most “comfortable” driving, Level 4 offers full one-pedal driving that can be used in stop-and-go traffic. Level 0 turns off regenerative braking altogether.

With slightly smaller wheels and an improved drag coefficient, the Ioniq 6 also includes active air flaps in the front that open when the battery requires extra cooling.

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The publication also touts the Ioniq 6’s navigation system and advanced technologies as reasons the vehicle will be a genuine competitor to the Tesla Model 3.

The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is set to hit production for U.S. markets is scheduled to start in January 2024 with the EVs expected to reach dealerships before the middle of the year.

Other reviews of the 2023 Ioniq 6 are below:

  • Car and Driver: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Throws a Curveball at the EV Market
  • Driving.ca: First Drive: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6
  • CNET: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 First Drive Review: More of the Same, But Different
  • InsideEVs: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 First Drive Review: Streamline Into My Heart
  • Autoblog: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 First Drive Review: 6 isn’t better than 5 (it’s just different)
  • Green Car Reports: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 challenges Model 3 in range, revives sedans for the aero age
  • Motor Authority: Review: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 redraws sedans, and may topple Tesla Model 3

Check out some other video reviews of the Ioniq 6 below: