The new entry-level Ioniq 6 features a single 149 hp motor powering the rear wheels only and offers a claimed driving range of 429 km
November 8, 2023 at 21:01
Hyundai has added a new entry-level version of the Ioniq 6 to its Australian line-up with a smaller battery, less power, and a more affordable starting price to tackle the Tesla Model 3 that’s available from AU$61,900 ($39,640). The introduction of this new model coincides with a small selection of changes that have been made for the 2024 model year.
The local Ioniq 6 family now kicks off from AU$65,500 ($42,123) plus on-road costs for the for the base model, equipped with a 53 kWh battery pack and a 111 kW (149 hp) rear axle motor. This variant boasts a claimed range of 429 km (266 miles) per charge when equipped with the standard 18-inch wheels. Charging times for this model are approximately 18 minutes from 10% to 80% at a 350 kW charger, 58 minutes at a 50 kW charger, and 8 hours and 55 minutes for a full 10-100% charge with a home AC 7 kW charger.
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Should shoppers want a little extra performance and range, the base Ioniq 6 can ordered with a 77.4 kWh extended-range battery and a 168 kW (225 hp) rear electric motor. This version is rated at 614 km (382 miles) on a charge with 18-inch wheels and 545 km (339 miles) with 20-inch wheels. Its 350 kW DC charging time is the same as the 53 kWh pack but it takes 73 minutes to charge from 10-80% at a 50 kW charger and 11 hours and 45 minutes to charge from 10-100% at an AC 7 kW charger. This trim carries a sticker price of AU$71,500 ($45,981).
The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 will continue to be offered in Dynamiq and Epiq guises. The first of these has the 77.4 kWh extended range battery working alongside a 168 kW (225 hp) rear motor, providing it with the same 614 km (382 miles) of range on 18-inch wheels and 545 km (339 miles) with the 20-inch wheels.
The Dynamiq can also be ordered with 165 kW (221 hp) front and 74 kW (99 hp) rear motors although this reduces the range to 519 km (322 miles). The rear-wheel drive Dynamiq starts at AU$77,500 ($49,840), while the all-wheel drive will set back buyers a minimum of AU$82,000 ($52,734).
Topping out the range is the Ioniq 6 Epiq. It too is offered with the same powertrain configurations as the Dynamiq and is priced from AU$81,000 ($52,091) and tops out at AU$85,000 ($54,663). All prices mentioned exclude delivery fees and on-road costs.
Key updates across the range include a new battery conditioning system that is activated in cold climates to heat the battery for charging and improved performance. A heat pump also comes standard and the controversial digital side mirrors of the Epiq are no longer standard but an AU$3,000 ($1,929) option, something we asked for in our review. The only other option is AU$1,000 ($643) matte paint for the Dynamiq and Epiq.