Hyundai Ioniq 6 Limited Goes on a Real-World Highway Range Test, Aces It

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 Limited has an MSRP of $52,600. It's not what we would call affordable. Still, it's the top trim we're talking about below. The entry-level model has a starting cost of $41,600. Let's see what the most expensive Ioniq 6 is capable of when you must take it on a highway drive.
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Electric vehicles (EVs) are notoriously good for use in urban areas. They're quiet, may come with some fiscal advantages in some markets, or be exempt from certain taxes, and won't break the bank when it comes to replenishing the energy storage unit if you can charge at home or the office. Insurance is another topic altogether, so we won't touch on it now.

Hyundai's EVs are some of the best on the market, even though the South Korean brand has some quirks to figure out. Owners have been complaining about experiencing Level 2 charging issues, 12V battery troubles, and Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) failures.

One of its latest models is the Hyundai Ioniq 6, a curvy sedan that boasts a unique look. You'll immediately notice it on the road because setting it apart from other cars is very easy.

It's a reinterpretation of the Ioniq 5 recipe. It's also a way for the automaker to show that it can make both SUVs and sedan. The brand is also very good at manufacturing crossovers, and the Kona EV is a testament to that. Hyundai really has everything you want. If not, it'll always invite you to check out its sister company, Kia.

The Ioniq 6 Limited is the best one you can buy. It comes in rear-wheel-drive form with 305 miles of range and 225 hp and all-wheel-drive spec with 270 miles of range and 320 hp. Both models boast a sunroof, a Bose sound system, a 77.4-kWh energy storage unit, and some assistance features that'll help make driving much easier.

The one tested in the video below is the all-wheel-drive Ioniq 6, which means it has a starting cost of $57,215. The unit rides on 20-inch wheels that are wrapped around with Pirelli P Zero all-season tires.

The test started with the battery charged to 100%, the A/C turned on, and the drive mode set to Eco to maximize range. That setting should transform the AWD EV into an RWD machine by disconnecting the front motor.

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Photo: Out of Spec Reviews on YouTube
At the start of the test, the EV displayed a total range possible of 254 miles. After driving for almost 144 miles, the battery charge level dropped to 50%, and the estimated range was 140 miles. The energy consumption averaged 3.7 kWh per mile.

After adding another 128 miles of highway driving, the energy storage unit was nearing depletion, and the warning for limited power appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle drove for a little over 272 miles without any change in efficiency.

The Ioniq 6 tapped out after driving 281 miles, so you get a buffer that allows you to pull somewhere safely or reach a nearby charger after that 0% battery warning.

Fortunately, if you can plug into a 350-kW dispenser, the charging session won't be long because the car boasts an 800V battery architecture.

To put the numbers into perspective, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the all-wheel-drive Ioniq 6 with 20-inch wheels has an efficiency of 33 kWh per 100 miles or 3.03 miles per kWh.

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