Hyundai Ioniq 6 Beats Tesla Model 3 in EPA Range


  • The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 SE Long Range RWD received a 361-mile range rating from the EPA, slightly ahead of the Tesla Model 3 Long Range with a 358-mile rating.
  • Hyundai’s dual-motor, AWD version of the Ioniq 6 receives a 316-mile rating, and both versions have 77.4 kWh batteries.
  • The Ioniq 6 will launch this spring with lots of trim and a larger battery ahead of the smaller battery option.

    When I first saw the Hyundai Ioniq 6, I knew it would challenge for the title of longest-range EV in its segment. Partly inspired by 1930s automobiles, the streamlined design is designed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind and is one of the most avant-garde shapes in years.

    The sedan’s official EPA rating, released this week, confirms our suspicions that the single-motor, rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Ioniq 6 SE Long Range has a 361-mile rating. This, like many of its E-GMP platform siblings, is enough for a midsize sedan with a 77.4 kWh battery to marginally outperform a Tesla Model 3 long-range AWD rated at 358 miles by the EPA. am.

    Among other things, Tesla’s own RWD model No The RWD model is rated at 272 miles, landing 89 miles less than the RWD Ioniq 6, making it the Model 3’s longest range flavor. Dual motor variant.

    Meanwhile, Hyundai’s AWD version has a range of 316 miles, which is significantly less than the RWD version. Detailed pricing for the Ioniq 6 is not yet available from Hyundai, but should do it When the 77.4kWh version hits the market this spring, it will be the most affordable, followed by the 53kWh version.

    When it comes to the 361-mile range, wheel choice is just as important as the 0.22 drag coefficient, and it’s the 18-inch wheels that give buyers that rating. Those who opted for 20-inch rims on the RWD version of the Limited and her SEL flavor should live with the 305-mile rating, not a slight drop. That’s right: this is him one of those rare times when paying attention to wheel size can yield significant benefits. Selecting 20-inch her wheels on her AWD versions in SEL and Limited trims further plummets range to 270 miles.

    As for Hyundai’s E-GMP platform brethren, the two smaller hatches from Kia and Hyundai don’t come very close to the Ioniq 6 SE in terms of range. For example, Kia’s EV6, the same he can only promise 310 miles with an EPA rating with a 77.4 kWh battery. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 lands a little further south with a 77.4 kWh battery and single motor, RWD layout and a maximum rating of 303 miles.

    If you value range and don’t want the hatchback/crossover body style, it might be worth waiting a few more weeks for the Ioniq 6 sedan.

    If you’re looking to buy an EV at the moment, is range the primary consideration, or other factors such as: price, style, interior space more important? Let us know in the comments below.


    Jay Ramey grew up around very strange European cars and instead of looking for something reliable and comfortable for personal use, he has been drawn to the more adventurous side of the reliability spectrum.