First Look Review: 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 bridges the gap to the Model 3

  • Hyundai Ioniq 6 carried over to 2024 model year without any technical changes
  • Prices slashed by up to USD 4,100 as an reply to Tesla Model 3's price cuts
  • Range, efficiency ratings and all other specifications remain unchanged
  • Updated EV, priced from $37,500 (excl. $1,115 freight charges), is now at dealers

Update: Specifications table added, and ‘Price & Sales’ section revised.

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 with its wind-cheating design and 800-volt battery system is the most efficient car in its segment. In fact, it beats the best-selling Tesla Model 3 on both energy consumption and range. At the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show, I experienced the car in person to learn everything about this futuristic electric sedan, both the good and bad:


While it carries over the exterior, the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 curvy and sleek design is still an eyeball magnet, with technical details like pixel lights, aero-optimized wheels, and a rear wing. When I saw it at the 2023 LA Auto Show, I realized the attention to detail was higher than on most gas-powered Hyundais in the U.S. I liked the glass-like, transparent accent materials Hyundai has used on the 2024 Ioniq 6’s rear wing and shark fin antenna.

The 2024 Ioniq 6’s side profile reminds me of classic streamlined cars and I think its greenhouse is quite similar to the Mercedes CLA Coupe. I’m not a fan of how its roofline and beltline taper down and the whole weird look towards the end, but I suppose Hyundai had to prioritize aerodynamic efficiency with these design choices.

I can’t fault with the manufacturing quality of the 2024 Ioniq 6. The shut lines, panel gaps and even the panel quality feels immaculate. While its too early to make a conclusive statement, I think the Ioniq 6 will age nicely and is likely to push competitors to innovate in their own designs for electric sedans.


The interior of the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6, which is also carried forward from last year’s car, is an inviting space, as it looks quite airy and spacious. It has a premium and futuristic design, but doesn’t emphasize form over function. I’m a six-foot-tall person, and I felt that ingress needed a little effort as the roof is quite low. Once I sat in the 8-way electrically adjustable and ventilated driver seat, the two-spoke steering wheel with 4-dot pixel lights grabbed all my attention.

The 2024 Ioniq 6 has just about enough headroom for someone my height in the front. I felt that under-thigh support was adequate. The imitation leather seat cover (‘Eco-processed’ leather) used in this car certainly lifts up the cabin feel. The bio TPO skin used on the upper dashboard looks premium, but felt a bit rubbery and cheap, and the bio PET fabric on the headliner felt more premium in comparison. The surfaces in the lower part of the door and console is just hard plastic, which didn’t feel great.

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 front seats
Due to lack of a transmission tunnel, Hyundai designers could design a storage shelf between the front seats which can hold bags and umbrellas. Storage bin under the center armrest is spacious and has 2 USB-C ports.

The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, offers customizable layouts and EV-specific functions. The display’s brightness level is comfortable and its readouts are crisp and not cluttered. The 12.3-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system has adequately large icons and its software is pretty easy to use. Wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto aren’t still available, but I hear that they will be introduced in the near future through a software update.

Entering the rear of the cabin needs extra attention, especially if you are among us taller folks. The low roof height had me worried that I might bump my head on the way in, if I wasn’t paying attention. Once inside, I was impressed with the generous legroom in the car, but I missed the 2024 Ioniq 5’s recline function here. That said, the angle of the fixed bench felt comfortable. Headroom is just about okay for a tall person, and under-thigh support is adequate. I assume that the rear would be comfortable for three adults if they are below average height.

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 boot cargo space
Despite its longer length compared to the Tesla Model 3 and the BMW i4, the Ioniq 6’s 11.2 cubic-feet trunk isn’t as roomy or practical, a trade-off for its aerodynamic design. I also feel that the Frunk (front storage) is only good to hold the charging cable and the tire repair kit.

Driving impressions

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is available in a 149-hp RWD variant with a 53 kWh battery pack, a 225-hp RWD variant with a 77.4 kWh battery pack, and a 320-hp AWD variant with the same 77.4 kWh battery pack. It delivers an EPA-est. range of 240 miles in the base variant, 361 miles (18-inch wheels)/305 miles (20-inch wheels) in the mid variant, and 316 miles (18-inch wheels)/270 miles (20-inch wheels) in the top-end variant.

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 rear
The Ioniq 6 is tuned to smooth out bumps and potholes, offering impressive acceleration coupled with a notably quiet cabin.

As the Ioniq 6 hasn’t received any mechanical changes with the MY2024 update, it should feel the same to drive and ride in the same as before. From what we know, it is quick to pick up speed, but the excitement fades out at higher speeds. Its standard 115 mph top speed is no match for the Tesla Model 3, which can do 145 mph in its slowest variant and 162 mph in the fastest.

The Ioniq 6 delivers an engaging drive with competent handling, though it’s not quite built for aggressive cornering. Hyundai seems to be holding back on the chassis, likely reserving the sportiest handling for the anticipated Ioniq 6 N. For now, the suspension nicely absorbs bumps, providing a ride quality and cabin quietness that’s almost on par with a luxury vehicle.

AspectHyundai Ioniq 6 Specification
Length191.1 in.
Width74.0 in.
Height58.9 in.
Wheelbase116.1 in.
Wheels18 in. (SE)/20 in. (SEL)/20 in. (Limited)
Tires225/55R18 (SE) / 245/40R20 (SEL) / 245/40R20 (Limited)
Luggage Capacity11.2 cu. ft.
Front Trunk (Frunk) Capacity0.4 cu. ft.
Headroom (w/o sunroof)38.7 in. (front)/40.2 in. (rear)
Headroom (w/ sunroof)36.8 in. (front)/38.3 in. (rear)
Legroom (practical)42.3 in. (front)/39.2 in. (rear)
Legroom (maximum)45.4 in. (front)/34.7 in. (rear)
Shoulder Room58.0 in. (front)/57.3 in. (rear)
Hip Room55.2 in. (front)/51.1 in. (rear)
Power (SR RWD/LR RWD/LR AWD)149 hp/225 hp/320 hp
Torque (SR RWD/LR RWD/LR AWD)258 lb.-ft./258 lb.-ft./446 lb.-ft.
Battery Pack (SR RWD/LR RWD/LR AWD)53.0 kWh/77.4 kWh/77.4 kWh
0-60 mph Acceleration Time<5 seconds in long-range AWD configuration
Top Speed115 mph
EPA-est. RangeSR RWD – 240 miles
LR RWD – 361 miles (SE 18″ wheels)/305 miles (SEL/Limited 20″ wheels)
LR AWD – 316 miles (SE 18″ wheels)/270 miles (SEL/Limited 20″ wheels)
Maximum AC Charging Power10.9 kW
Lowest AC Charging Time (Up to 80% SoC)5 hours 20 minutes (SR RWD)/6 hours 55 minutes (LR RWD)/6 hours 55 minutes (LR AWD)
Lowest Fast charging Time (10-80% SoC)18 minutes
Curb Weight3,935 lbs. (SR RWD)/4,222 – 4,376 lbs. (LR RWD)/4,462 – 4,616 (LR AWD)
Gross Weight4,894 lbs. (SR RWD)/5,313 lbs. (LR RWD)/5,556 (LR AWD)
Hyundai Ioniq 6 specifications (Source: Hyundai Motor America)

Price & Sales

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6’s prices fall between USD 37,500 and USD 53,650 (excl. USD 1,115 freight charges), respectively. Compared to the outgoing model, prices are significantly lower:

Configuration2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Price2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 PriceDifference
SE Standard RangeUSD 37,500USD 41,600USD 4,100
SE RWDUSD 42,450USD 45,500USD 3,050
SEL RWDUSD 45,250USD 47,700USD 2,450
Limited RWDUSD 50,150USD 52,600USD 2,450
SE AWDUSD 45,950USD 49,000USD 3,050
SEL AWDUSD 48,750USD 51,200USD 2,450
Limited AWDUSD 53,650USD 56,100USD 2,450
Note: All prices exclude freight charges of USD 1,115.

In its annual sales press release, Hyundai announced that it had sold 12,999 units of the Ioniq 6 in the U.S. in 2023.

TopElectricSUV says

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 has a head-turning design, a futuristic interior with spacious and comfy driver seating, advanced in-cabin electronics, and a wide selection of power-electric configurations that cater to EV buyers who focus on efficiency, range, and performance. Apart from the slightly cramped rear headroom, smaller boot compared to rivals, and the average plastic quality in parts of the cabin, there’s little not to love about this electric family car. Plus, with the big price cuts for the MY2024, it’s a lot more affordable now.

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 FAQs

What is the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 release date?

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 recently began arriving at U.S. dealers.

What is the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 price?

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 starts at USD 37,500 (excl. USD 1,115 freight charges).

Which cars are the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 rivals?

The 2024 Ioniq 6 competes with the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2.

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