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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 First Drive Review: New Shape, Same Cookie

The automotive industry is in the midst of a transformative period, as electric vehicles are quickly becoming the norm. With Tesla at the forefront, it’s no surprise that other automakers are taking note and following suit. However, as Hyundai’s Hak Soo Ha pointed out, many automakers are relying on a “family look” rather than investing in research and development to create truly unique and innovative designs.

The 2023 Ioniq 6 is Hyundai’s attempt to break away from the pack and show that they’re serious about electric vehicles. While the design is certainly eye-catching, it remains to be seen whether it will truly stand out in a crowded market.

One thing that is clear, however, is that the way we rate cars is changing. As electric vehicles become more common, we need to adjust our criteria for what makes a good car. InsideEVs recognizes this and rates vehicles relative to their own segment rather than the entire new-vehicle market. This approach allows for a more accurate comparison between vehicles and a better understanding of what consumers are looking for in each specific segment.

As we continue to see more electric vehicles hit the market, it will be interesting to see how automakers adapt and differentiate themselves. Will they continue to rely on a “family look” or will they invest in research and development to create truly unique designs? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure – the electric vehicle revolution is here to stay.

Hyundai cites a sprint to 62 miles per hour of 5.1 seconds for the dual-motor model, which is well off the Tesla Model 3 Long Range and dual-motor Polestar 2 (4.2 seconds for Elon’s entry and 4.5 standard in the Swede). I’d forgive this lack of pace if the Ioniq did something else to spice up the accelerative experience, but there’s simply not a lot going on here.

Unfortunately, the slick conditions and relatively straight Arizona roads kept me from exploring the Ioniq 6’s handling abilities. Still, the drive route did demonstrate the Ioniq 6’s firmer ride. The Limited’s standard 20-inch wheels wear skinny 40-series tires, but even on some of the rougher surfaces, the Ioniq 6 maintained a competitive level of composure. The steering isolation was excellent, too.

What do you think?

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