The characteristics of Hyundai’s new large electric sedan, the Ioniq 6, are now known. Its main competitor, the Tesla Model 3, does it have anything to worry about on paper?
If Hyundai unveiled the first official images of its new Ioniq 6 electric sedan at the end of June, we did not yet know its characteristics. Yes, but that was before since they are now known. The Tesla Model 3, best-seller in the segment and reference to be knocked down, should it be chickweed? Answer !
Very, very long Ioniq 6
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 had already surprised us with its size, well, next to the Ioniq 6, it can (almost) pass for a compact car. Judge instead: at 4.86 m long, the newcomer is 20 cm longer! And all the same 17 cm more than the Tesla Model 3 which is not really a small vehicle either. In fact, in size, the Ioniq 6 is a bit closer to its big sister, the Model S, which is 11cm longer. However, with its very streamlined body (Cd of 0.21) and its very plunging roof line, it is not certain that the interior space is as generous as in the latter. No livable space values (legroom, trunk volume) have been shared, our own measurements will allow us to attest to this but it is expected that the livable dimensions of the Ioniq 6 will be closer to those of the Model 3. At most, we know that the wheelbase is colossal (2.95 m) and closer to that of the Model S (1 cm more) than that of the Model 3 (2.88 m). Finally, the Ioniq 6 is also a little wider than its Californian rival (1.88 m against 1.85 m for the Model 3) and a little higher (1.50 m against 1.44 m).
Autonomy superior to the Model 3 on paper
The Ioniq 6 will give the choice between two battery sizes: 53 kWh or 77.4 kWh, like the Ioniq 5 recently. If no autonomy is given as an indication for the 53 kWh model, Hyundai specifies that, equipped with 18″ rims, its consumption should turn below 14 kWh/100 km on the WLTP cycle, a fairly low figure. As for the 77.4 kWh variant, it could drive the equivalent of 610 km on a single charge in rear-wheel drive configuration and 18″ rims, knowing that it also exists in all-wheel drive and that the rims can measure up to ‘at 20″. This is a little more than the Model 3 Grande Autonomie, given for 602 km on the WLTP cycle. At the same time, the battery can store more energy, 2.4 kWh more according to our estimates (Tesla does not share the official values). In return, the American is much, much more powerful: around 460 hp when the Ioniq 6 does not exceed 325 hp. But beware, a sports version badged N is surely in the starting blocks and should be inspired by the RN22e concept unveiled today. Both will be quick to recharge, the Tesla experience is no longer to be proven from this point of view, Hyundai announcing for its part that the Ioniq 6 can support 400V and 800V charges. In short, the fight promises to be tight between the two!
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 versus the Tesla Model 3
|Hyundai Ioniq 6||Tesla Model 3|
|Length||Hyundai Ioniq 64.86m||Tesla Model 34.69m|
|Lenght||Hyundai Ioniq 61.88m||Tesla Model 31.85m|
|Height||Hyundai Ioniq 61.44m||Tesla Model 31.50m|
|Wheelbase||Hyundai Ioniq 62.95m||Tesla Model 32.88m|
|Battery||Hyundai Ioniq 653kWh or 77.4kWh||Tesla Model 3Estimate: 55 kWh or 75 kWh|
|Powerful||Hyundai Ioniq 6Up to 325 hp||Tesla Model 3Up to approx. 480 hp (Performance)|