I’m always drawn to cars that stand out, have a certain je ne sais quoi and can divide opinions. The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is one such vehicle – an electric offering from the South Korean auto giant that exudes aerodynamic efficiency with its computer-designed shape. And of course, you don’t expect anything humdrum from them – it’s miles away from being commonplace.
After having the opportunity to drive a pre-production model on home roads around Seoul, I’m pleased to announce that this company has crafted yet another memorable design and will be rewarded accordingly with success.
Let’s be honest: Korea is not the optimal locale to take a newly purchased vehicle out for a spin. Traffic here tends to cause headaches, and roads tend to leave something desired – not forgetting that maximum speed limits are kept at an all-time low, with strict enforcement by numerous speed cameras hovering around each corner you turn. On secondary roads alone, speeds of only 30 kph (or 19 mph) are enforced without fail.
During my day in Korea, I didn’t put the Ioniq 6 to its limits; however, it was more than enough time to experience the car’s comfort and essence. Its relaxed steering wheel and serene ride were everything one could expect from a smooth driving experience. Even with 20-inch wheels, bumps on concrete roads presented no problem – even when they seemed to come out of nowhere.
The Ioniq 6 that we know today is a direct descendant of the Prophecy concept first shown at the unfortunate 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Its entirely black design was not only smooth, but had an aura of power around it due to its muscular curves and sculpted lines meant to reduce wind drag. We’re pleased to see that this iconic design has made it faithfully into production-ready form with the final Ioniq 6.