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Hyundai is positioning itself as one of the leaders in electric vehicle manufacturing, adding another EV to its lineup with the Ioniq 6. Sharing a platform with the Genesis GV60, Kia EV6, and Hyundai Ioniq 5, we share our first impressions of this all-electric sedan, including its unique styling, EV performance, driving dynamics, range, and how it stacks up to competitors like Tesla Model 3 and BMW i4. We also discuss whether a flat tire sealant kit is an acceptable and safe alternative to run-flat tires or a dedicated spare.
00:00 – Introduction
00:16 – First Impressions: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6
03:06 – Competitors
05:16 – Styling
06:47 – Ride and Handling
12:25 – Brake Regeneration
14:43 – Interior
15:56 – Controls
16:41 – Personal Choice
20:19 – Question: Most new cars include a flat tire repair kit rather than a spare, is it wise to drive without a spare tire?
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The front looks like the 2004 tiburon
Are they talking about the older model 3s or the new ones? I know the older model 3s had trash ride quality. Is the ride quality of the 2022-2023 onwards really that bad?
It’s still in the same generation so yes
sometimes shocks are changed for smoother units.
CR, I take back everything I said about the formerly hideous Toyota Crown.😂
Not a big fan of the mic setup visually. Might be better if they could make them come out of the table from a place in the middle. Just looks ridiculously industrial for your otherwise casual setting.
Ioniq 6 It looks retro futuristic
I haven’t seen one in the flesh, but to me the Ioniq 6 is stunning! It reminds me of cars like the Tatra 603 and, together with cars like the Mercedes EQE sedan, seems to initiate a new age of streamlining. I’m not sure why people object to its rear end, when that rear end looks like a Porsche 911, surely one of the most beautiful cars ever. It will definitely be on our shortlist when we need to replace our car.
Hey TC, thanks for all your work, love the videos. Jon’s objections to the lack of wipers always makes me laugh. Just turn on the rear defroster and it will clear the back window, unless you’re driving in a downpour i suppose. lol Personally i love the Ioniq 6 styling, although i agree on the point that real button controls are far better than capacitive ones. Bring back the buttons!
The sound is great, good investment in audio gear.
We are getting to the point where non homeowners are buying EVs so charging is even more of an issue than you might think.
So true. I am one of those people. I’ve had my Kia EV6 for about 8 months now and live in an apartment that does not have access to a charger so I’m having to always go out in the public and it’s been a challenge thus far since more and more EVs are out and using my local chargers.
You should not be using condenser cardioid microphones. They are too sensitive. Please use the industry standard for scores of years, the Heil PR 40 dynamic microphone. You orient them so you speak across (above, below, or beside) them instead of into them.
The Shure SM 7B’s they are using are dynamic mics not condensers. They are also a broadcast industry standard.
You asked about the boom mics. Personally I do not believe they improve things enough to be worth the distraction. Just IMHO. I have been there, and they are a distraction.
Like the Ioniq 6, but would buy the 5 instead.
“Would” because my cheap 2020 Bolt EV has been performing perfectly since 12/2020. Nothing to do but rotate the tyres and change the cabin filter.
A spare tire is essential, I think. I drive a Mustang which has a spare…made sure to order the car with one. My rims have been damaged 3 times necessitating them being taken off and repaired, sometimes having to wait a week. Try that with a runflat and no spare.
Experience and older age can make a difference. Whenever I travel I carry an electric air pump that connects to the battery, I carry a breaker bar with a socket that fits my lug nuts, I have an air gauge, I check the air pressure on all the tires before a road trip including the spare, and I know enough to not change a tire on the side of a road that has traffic speeding by inches away. If I have to I’ll drive down the road or shoulder until I get to an off ramp and if I ruin a wheel so what, it’s better than being run into, which seems to happen often enough. If I had any passengers I would also have them get away from the vehicle and the road. There’s too many people (and vehicles) today to take a chance.
I am a Tesla Model 3 owner. Really appreciate Hyundai. Like both the Ioniq 5 and the 6. What’s being left out on the conversation on styling, is range. The Ioniq 6 has a longer range than the the 5, because of it’s low aerodynamic drag. Which is as a result of the styling.
Why was the host getting so agitated when the model 3 is mention ?
You guys have done a lot of reviews and this has to be near the bottom for any excitement about a car. 🤔
I’m old enough to remember full size spares & changing them. I’m willing to risk just carrying a can of Fix-A-Flat or the wait for AAA over the work & risk changing a tire at the side of the road. If you do have a full size spare you can avoid it going bad or some other malody by including it in your regular tire rotation.
Should the type of EV battery factor into your buying decision: Tesla has cylindrical others pouch type. Are spontaneous battery fires no longer an issue?
WTH? All 3 of you look like you’re wearing shirts from the 80’s😅
A company finally has the guts to put out a very sleek, aerodynamic design, and this guy says it looks like s suppository. WTF? If it looked like everything else on the market, he would probably complain that had boring styling. I think the Ioniq 6 is gorgeous.