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Car Review : Hyundai IONIQ 6 2025

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The Ioniq 6 takes the Ioniq 5’s winning formula and shrinks it down while improving drivability and allowing for some real fun from behind the wheel. This four-door looks like nothing else on the road and that styling is also functional, making the Ioniq 6 aerodynamic and efficient as it bested its EPA-estimated range by over 10% in our testing.

Pros

Impressive range and quick charging speeds

Comfortable and well-built interior

Speedy acceleration from all-wheel-drive models

Generous standard features list

Cons

Tight rear headroom

Can be hard to see out of the back

What’s new

No major changes expected for 2025

Part of the first Ioniq 6 generation introduced for 2023

Overview

If the 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 6’s styling hasn’t grabbed your attention, then its range and impressive charging speeds probably should do the trick. While most auto manufacturers are focused on electric SUVs, Hyundai directed its considerable engineering might to create a compelling electric sedan. Available with either a 53-kWh or a 77.4-kWh pack and your choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, the Ioniq 6 offers a maximum EPA-estimated range of 361 miles on a single charge. As with other Hyundais, the Ioniq 6 has a long list of both standard and optional features, and we’re very impressed with not only its comfort but its real-world range and charging speeds too. For more detail, check out our Expert Rating below as well as Edmunds’ EV Range Test and EV Charging Test pages for all of our industry-leading EV test results.

Competitors to consider

Electric sedans aren’t as popular as their SUV cousins, but there are a few good options to consider. Of course you can’t talk about EVs without mentioning Tesla, and its Model 3 is the benchmark for many EV buyers. There’s also the Polestar 2. Polestar is an EV-only offshoot brand from Volvo, and the Polestar 2 offers more restrained styling than the Ioniq 6 but less range. BMW’s i4 is another option, albeit at a higher price.

Performance 8.5/10

How does the IONIQ 6 drive? The Ioniq 6 provides a wonderful overall drive experience. On our test track, a dual-motor all-wheel-drive Limited model sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. That’s a bit slower than a comparable Tesla Model 3 but still plenty quick. Acceleration is smooth and progressive. We also like how the Ioniq 6 is impressively grippy and stable going around turns. You’ll have a lot of fun driving it on a twisty road.

The Ioniq 6 is also very stable under hard braking and has a nicely managed transition between its regenerative and physical brakes. It’s easy to slow down smoothly whether coasting to a stop or using the brake pedal.

Comfort 8.5/10

How comfortable is the IONIQ 6? Fantastic ride quality makes for a comfortable ride for all passengers. The suspension is pliant enough to glide over road imperfections and rough pavement but never feels floaty or disconnected from the car — it’s the best of both worlds. This also helps the cabin to stay very quiet. At highway speeds there’s a bit of wind noise, but other than that things stay rather serene.

We’re less enthusiastic about the front seats. They’re adequately comfortable but some drivers might wish for additional lumbar and thigh support. In back, the floor is a little high so adults might find the back of their legs coming off the cushions a bit. And the middle seat is probably not best used for longer than an hour or two, or you’ll get some complaints.

We found the Ioniq 6 can heat or cool its cabin pretty quickly. Having optional ventilated front seats is nice, too. The controls for the heated and ventilated seats are in the touchscreen. As such, operating them can be a bit distracting compared to using physical buttons.

Interior 8.0/10

How’s the interior? Hyundai has slimmed out the Ioniq 6’s doors in the front and all of the controls that you’d traditionally find there (windows, locks, mirror adjustments) have been moved to other places. The placement takes some getting used to, but we think most owners will get it down in a few weeks.

The Ioniq 6’s sharply sloping roofline means you have to lean down a bit to enter the back seat, but the door openings are wide so it’s still pretty easy to get in unless you’re very tall. Legroom is fantastic even for those well into the 6-foot range, but those same passengers will find the rear headroom to be pretty tight. The bridge-like center console between the front seats is pretty thick and takes up some of the knee room for the driver. Limited rear visibility because of the small rear window and thick roof pillars is another minor issue.

Technology 8.0/10

How’s the tech? Hyundai’s multimedia system is enjoyable to use. Nothing feels more than a couple presses of the screen away, and the menu structure is intuitive. But there are a few things about the system that are a bit annoying, starting with a lack of wireless smartphone connectivity. Yes, there is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay but you’ll have to plug in to get them. Also, you’ll have to do so using a USB-A port so you lose out on the quicker charging from the USB-C ports spread throughout the cabin.

It’s also hard to use the native navigation system to find a suitable charging station along a route. Searching for stations pulls them up in a list format sorted by distance, but you can’t tell which station is closest along your route — only which one is closest to you. It’s better to use your phone to find a charging station via Google Maps or a third-party app. But the other problem is that the battery’s preconditioning, which readies the battery for faster charging, is tied to inputting a charging station into the native navigation. You can’t do it manually. This poor user experience needs improvement.

Fortunately, the Ioniq 6’s safety features work much more seamlessly. It comes with Highway Driving Assist 2 on the top two trim levels, which allows for automatic lane changes while on the highway and works down to a stop. The system does a good job of keeping the car centered in the lane and slowing down and accelerating smoothly.

Storage 7.5/10

How’s the storage? Based only on the spec sheet, the Ioniq 6 should be in trouble here with only 11.2 cubic feet of room in its trunk. For comparison, a Honda Civic has 14.8 cubic feet and the Tesla Model 3 has 19.8 cubes of trunk space. But when we performed a luggage test, both the Ioniq 6 and Model 3 fit about the same amount. There is no underfloor storage like you’ll get in the Tesla and the trunk isn’t very wide, though it is deep.

Inside, there is a large storage bin between the front seats that’s big enough to fit a small bag or purse and plenty of small nooks on the doors and up by the wireless charging pad to fit smaller items. For car seats, the Ioniq 6’s plentiful rear legroom makes it easy to maneuver in the space and get a seat oriented properly, but the LATCH anchors can be tough to access.

Range and Efficiency 9.0/10

How are the range and efficiency? We tested a dual-motor Ioniq 6 in the Limited trim. The EPA estimates this version can go 270 miles on a full charge. On the Edmunds EV Range Test, the Ioniq 6 exceeded that estimate, covering 303 miles.

This does put the Ioniq 6 behind the Model 3 Long Range, which covered 341 miles in our latest range test for that model, but it’s still an impressive showing for the Hyundai. Also, a single-motor Ioniq 6 with the bigger battery has an EPA-estimated range of 361 miles, and we would assume that it’d have a similar increase on our real-world range test. Part of the Ioniq 6’s long range comes from its efficient use of electricity. In our testing, it used 27.5 kWh per 100 miles of driving, coming in below the estimated 33 kWh/100 miles.

When you’re putting energy back in instead of using it, the Ioniq 6 is compatible with the most powerful 350-kW DC fast-charging stations. Hyundai says this allows you to charge from 10% to 80% battery in just 18 minutes (in ideal conditions, of course). We’ve also verified Hyundai’s claims. Based on our efficiency results, the Ioniq 6 is one of the quickest-charging EVs you can buy.

Value 8.5/10

Is the IONIQ 6 a good value? There’s good value here even though the Ioniq 6’s price tag does feel high. It’s priced at the same level as the Ioniq 5, but you get a lot less utility out of the sedan body than the SUV. But the build quality of the cabin is on the higher end for a non-luxury vehicle, and the materials feel nice to the touch, though there’s a lot of plastic especially on the doors. Hyundai also offers the same robust warranty on its EVs as it does its gas vehicles: 10 years/100,000 miles for the battery and powertrain, five years/60,000 miles of basic coverage, and three years/36,000 miles of free maintenance.

The Ioniq 6 also offers two free years of 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America fast-charging stations, so you can fill up for free while on the go.

Wildcard 8.5/10

The Ioniq 6 has a funky, head-turning style that will be polarizing. But what can’t be denied is how fun it is from behind the wheel. Acceleration, handling, braking, ride quality and sportiness from the powertrain are all finely tuned. Its low center of gravity gives the sedan exceptional balance. Sometimes sedans just wanna have fun.

Hyundai IONIQ 6 models 

Hyundai offers the Ioniq 6 in four trim levels: SE Standard RangeSESEL and Limited. The SE Standard Range is the value leader, with a 53-kWh battery pack and a single motor (149 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque) driving the rear wheels. The EPA estimates its range at 240 miles. The rest of the lineup has a 77.4-kWh battery pack and more powerful motors. Keep reading for our full rundown of the Ioniq 6’s range and features.

The SE, SEL and Limited come with standard rear-wheel drive and 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The SEL and Limited can opt for a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup, with 320 hp and 446 lb-ft. The SE in rear-wheel-drive form boasts the highest range, with an EPA-estimated 361 in rear-wheel-drive form or 316 miles with all-wheel drive.

Larger wheels and higher weight due to more features take their toll on the SEL and Limited. With the same battery pack and motors, their range drops to 305 miles with rear-wheel drive or 270 miles with all-wheel drive.

SE Standard Range

The entry-level SE Standard range comes very well equipped. Standard feature highlights include:

18-inch alloy wheels

LED exterior lighting

DC fast-charging capability of up to 350 kW

Heat pump (heats the cabin more efficiently than a typical heater)

Keyless entry and start

Power trunklid

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Digital instrument panel

Power-adjustable driver’s seat

Heated front seats

60/40-split folding rear seats

12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen

Navigation system

Six-speaker audio system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Remote vehicle monitoring and control

Automatic high beams

Standard advanced driver assist features include:

Forward collision warning with automatic braking (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)

Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning (alerts you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)

Lane centering system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)

Intersection collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision during a left turn and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)

Driver attention monitor (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)

Safe exit alert (can prevent a passenger from opening a door into traffic approaching from behind)

SE

The SE trim has the same content as the SE Standard Range but comes with the larger battery and more powerful motor. It’s also available with all-wheel drive.

SEL

The midrange SEL adds meaningful upgrades such as:

20-inch wheels

Synthetic leather upholstery (Hyundai’s H-Tex)

Wireless smartphone charging pad

Digital key (allows you to use compatible smartphones as a key)

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Blind-spot collision avoidance (automatically steers the car back into its lane if you try to change lanes while a car is in the vehicle’s blind spot)

Cross-traffic side collision mitigation (warns of potential side collisions and applies the brakes in certain situations)

Enhanced lane centering system with automatic lane change

Enhanced adaptive cruise control with machine learning

Limited

This top trim caps the features list with many convenience, comfort and technology upgrades such as:

Sunroof

Power-folding mirrors

Gloss-black exterior trim

Power-adjustable front passenger seat

Ventilated front seats

Heated steering wheel

Driver’s seat memory functions

Eight-speaker Bose premium audio system

Household-style power outlet

Remote parking assistance (allows you to move the vehicle forward or backward remotely)

Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the vehicle and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

Blind-spot camera view (displays an image of the vehicle’s blind spot in the instrument panel when you activate a turn signal)

Automatic low-speed braking when parking (applies the brakes automatically to avoid an imminent collision with an object around the vehicle)

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