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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Disappoints in the Moose Test, Standard Tires Are Part of the Problem

Modern electric vehicles are usually fitted with energy-efficient rubber. The Ioniq 6 in the featured clip, for example, is rocking a set of Nexen N'Fera Sport EV tires. Measuring 225/55 R18, said tires aren't exactly the best choice for this car in the moose test and slalom test.
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Photo: km77.com on YouTube
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The folks at km77 are called this way after the minimum entry speed for a pass in the moose test, namely 77 kilometers per hour. That's 48 miles per hour in the UK and US. The Ioniq 6 in the video below topped 72 kilometers per hour (44.7 miles per hour) without hitting any cones, which is poor compared to similar EVs.

For starters, the rear-wheel-drive BMW i4 eDrive40 topped 73 kilometers per hour (45.3 miles per hour). The all-wheel-drive Polestar 2 reached 74 kilometers per hour (45.9 miles per hour), and the Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor clocked a scarcely believable 83 kilometers per hour (51.5 miles per hour). km77's test driver notes mediocre grip from the Ioniq 6's electric vehicle-specific tires and a tendency to oversteer, which shouldn't come as a surprise from such a heavy car.

The black-painted sedan before your eyes is the rear-wheel-drive Star trim level with the large battery, a configuration that's estimated to weigh 1,985 kilograms (4,376 pounds). This Ioniq 6 fared poorly in the slalom test as well, recording a best of 24.9 seconds.

By comparison, the Subaru Solterra Trek required 24.8 seconds. The heavier BMW iX xDrive40 pulled it off in 24.8 seconds as well, whereas the Porsche Taycan GTS needed 21.5 seconds to clear the slalom test.

The second Hyundai to feature E-GMP underpinnings, the Ioniq 6 rolled out in 2022 for the 2023 model year with the sole purpose of stealing customers from Tesla's ever-popular Model 3. Inspired by old streamliners and the 911, the quirky-looking Ioniq 6 is a four-door fastback produced exclusively in South Korea.

A grand total of 3,245 units were delivered stateside in the first half of 2023, and chances are the all-electric sedan will continue to sell in fewer numbers than the Ioniq 5. After all, crossovers are all the rage nowadays, and the Ioniq 5 further offers an N performance variant with 641 hp and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) on deck.

Crowned 2023 World Car of the Year, World Electric Vehicle, and World Car Design of the Year in April 2023, the Ioniq 6 carries a sticker price of $41,600 in the United States of America. For the time being, four trims are available, starting with the rear-drive SE Standard Range.

The SE, SEL, and Limited also come with a rear-mounted electric motor as standard, although dual-motor AWD is optionally available. The SE Long Range RWD specification is the driving range champion, for it promises 361 miles (581 kilometers) combined.

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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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