Driving: The new IONIQ 6 offers an advanced, intelligent electric vehicle for long distances

The 2024 Hyundai IONIQ 6 is a compact four-door sedan with a luxurious car-quiet interior.  The estimated range of the electric vehicle is 382 miles.  (Hyundai)

The 2024 Hyundai IONIQ 6 is a compact four-door sedan with a luxurious car-quiet interior. The estimated range of the electric vehicle is 382 miles. (Hyundai)

IONIQ 6, a compact four-door sedan, has a luxurious car-quiet interior. The body is stiff. Combine stiffness with hydro suspension bushings, frequency-sensitive variable shocks and increased axle stiffness to soften bumps for a smooth ride. This while it is shod with 20-inch rims and low-profile 245/40 Pirelli P Zero tires. That, and the lower center of gravity, pays big dividends when cornering.

In addition, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters make it possible to adapt driving behavior to road conditions and driving style. There are three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Sport. Each mode offers a different level of acceleration, which in turn places different demands on battery consumption. Normal mode is intended for city and highway driving. Designed to achieve maximum range, Eco mode undermines zoom, leaving an IONIQ 6 lethargic. Sport mode, on the other hand, adds zoom to the throttle response, allowing a five-second 0-62mph time.

Another valuable feature is regenerative braking, which converts deceleration into electricity by turning the motor into a generator.

Here too there are different levels. The single-pedal driving mode, where the foot is taken off the accelerator pedal, causes the car to slow down and come to a stop. Level 1 regeneration, the best choice for all-round driving, mimics the compression braking of an internal combustion engine vehicle. Ideal for heavy stop-and-go traffic, ipedal offers one-pedal driving, bringing the IONIQ to a complete stop without braking. Finally, Level 0 eliminates regeneration while cruising in heavy traffic.

Hyundai’s impressive E-GMP T800-volt electric architecture platform enables fast charging. For example, a fast charger delivering 250 kW or more will charge an IONIQ 6 battery from a low charge of 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. A smaller 150 kW charger needs 25 minutes, and a 50 kW charger even an hour.

Even more good news: during a road trip, the navigation system automatically plots an optimal route based on the battery charge and searches for charging stations along the route. Hyundai claims its single-motor, rear-drive IONIQ 6 RWD Long Range, equipped with the 77.4 kWh battery pack (large battery option), has a certified range of 600 kilometers, more than enough range to drive from the corridor to Chicago without having to drive. find a charging station and have to kill time waiting for the charge.

I drove the luxury model with rear-wheel drive and long range. Step to the metal and its 225 horsepower propelled the sedan from 0 to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds. With the large 77.4 kWh battery, the range is 350 to 360 miles.

The 12.0-inch touch-sensitive screen, adjacent to the instrument cluster, controls a range of communications, infotainment and vehicle management systems. It also offers over-the-air software updates to upgrade e-motor and battery controllers, plus navigation system maps and media software.

Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included. Thanks to the Bluetooth multi-connection, two devices can be paired simultaneously: one for mobile phone calls and the other for music streaming. The premium Bose audio system has eight speakers and includes a subwoofer.

This vehicle has not been crash tested. Finally, the basic warranty period is five years or 90,000 kilometers, while the anti-perforation period is seven years with unlimited kilometers.

Automotive journalist Tim Banse wrote The Gazette’s Motoring Car Review column from 1989 to 2013 and published stories in Popular Mechanics and Yachting magazine. He has visited factory floors of automakers in the U.S. and Japan and raced cars at press events at Riverside, Watkins Glen and Michigan International Raceway. He’s been so close to a crash test that he felt the shock wave bounce off his chest. His first car was a vintage ’56 Chevy Belair.

The 12.0-inch touch-sensitive screen, adjacent to the instrument cluster, controls a range of communications, infotainment and vehicle management systems in the 2024 Hyundai IONIQ 6. (Hyundai)

The 12.0-inch touch-sensitive screen, adjacent to the instrument cluster, controls a range of communications, infotainment and vehicle management systems in the 2024 Hyundai IONIQ 6. (Hyundai)

At a glance

What: 2024 Hyundai IONIQ 6 Limited

Wheelbase: 191.1 inches

Curb weight AWD: 4616 pounds

Maximum power: 302 hp combined

Range: 300 miles

Mileage: 24.7 kWh/100 miles

Smog rating: 10 ZEV

Cost: $54,975 as tested

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