I test drove the Hyundai Ioniq 6 – it’s a perfectly pitched motor that deserved its Car Of The Year title

I test drove the Hyundai Ioniq 6 – it’s a perfectly pitched motor that deserved its Car Of The Year title

HYUNDAI is on a roll.

Ioniq 5 – 2022 World Car of the Year.

I test drove the Hyundai Ioniq 6 – it’s a perfectly pitched motor that deserved its Car Of The Year title
Throw in a notably premium Porsche vibe in the rear with that sexy spoiler and pixelated light strip and Hyundai’s all-electric saloon certainly stands out on the road
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The pebble-smooth Ioniq 6 is heavily based on the angular Ioniq 5[/caption]

Ioniq 6 – 2023 World Car of the Year.

Hard to believe this is the same Korean manufacturer that once rattled out the Getz and the Amica.

The pebble-smooth Ioniq 6 is heavily based on the angular Ioniq 5.

But you’d never know it just by looking at it. And that’s testament to Hyundai’s disruptive design guru SangYup Lee.

He deliberately avoids the Audi-cookie-cutter approach and gives every car its own distinct look.

Throw in a notably premium Porsche vibe in the rear with that sexy spoiler and pixelated light strip and Hyundai’s all-electric saloon certainly stands out on the road – for all the right reasons.

But what makes a good car, Car of the Year good?

Some say it’s down to devilishly good looks inside and out.

Others put it down to superlative aerodynamics, or the perfectly pitched for purpose ride and handling, or the outstanding electric range and ultra-fast charging.

Awesome comfort

The answer is, all of those things. And more besides.

Hyundai has knocked it out of the park by making something not only special but spot on for the right here, right now.

But naturally I do have a few grumbles, starting with the digital side mirrors. But I don’t like them on any car. They’re a £995 optional extra, though, mercifully.

The standard semi-translucent door pockets are too slim to stuff the things you want to put in them.

The rear boot space is compromised by that rakish rear end.

I say rear boot because there’s a front one too (where the engine would have been if it had one), adding a useful extra 45 litres.

That said, you’d be simply amazed at the space on offer in the back seats – it’s awesomely comfortable on long journeys even if your passengers are blessed with supermodel-long legs.

You’ll even find a three-pin plug socket back there.

 So if the five USB and USB-C ports, plus wireless phone dock, aren’t enough to charge what you need on the go, you’ll be made up. But while one car can now charge all, one car will never fit all.

At the end of the day we’re divergent with our car-based wants and needs.

In choosing the Hyundai Ioniq 6, you are putting looks above luggage. Tech and efficiency above badge snobbery. Exclusive saloon cruising above SUV faux-sportiness.

But, ultimately, you are putting Car of the Year above not Car of the Year.

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In choosing the Hyundai Ioniq 6, you’re putting looks above luggage[/caption]

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Hyundai has knocked it out of the park by making something not only special but spot on for the right here, right now[/caption]

Key facts: Hyundai Ioniq 6

Price: £47,040

Battery: 77kWh

Power: 228hp, 350Nm

0-62mph: 7.4 secs

Top speed: 115mph

Range: 338 miles

CO2: 0g/km

Out: Now

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