Hyundai Ioniq 6 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
A long driving range and roomy interior mean the Ioniq 6 is practical, but the boot is a let-down
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 has a very roomy interior, although it doesn’t feel as spacious and airy up front as the Ioniq 5. That’s partly because the Ioniq 6 features a large centre console, rather than the flat, open floor in its hatchback sibling.
At least you get plenty of storage space underneath the centre console, along with two cup-holders and another cubby underneath the armrest. You’ll also find the controls for the windows on the centre console, which is a little unusual, plus a wireless phone charging pad, although we found that devices can fall off quite easily.
Instead of a conventional glovebox, the Ioniq 6 features a very clever slide-out drawer that’s deeper than the glovebox in the BMW i4. Meanwhile, passengers in the rear have cup-holders and air vents, plus USB ports to keep their devices topped up.
The Ioniq 6 is 4,855mm long, 1,880mm wide (excluding side mirrors) and 1,495mm tall. That means it’s longer than the Ioniq 5 and significantly lower, too. That’s obvious from the car’s shape, though: the roofline is sleeker, and the overhang behind the rear wheels is where that extra length comes from. It’s also longer, taller and wider than a BMW i4, although not by a huge amount.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Unfortunately that rakish roofline does mean that there’s not as much room in the back seats for adults as you get in the Ioniq 5 hatchback. The roof slopes down over the seats and taller people will find their head brushing against it, which can get annoying on longer trips. There’s plenty of legroom, though, and kids will be very comfortable in the back, especially as every model comes with heated rear seats. The tallest adults may also find that the low roofline affects them up front as well.
The boot in the Ioniq 6 is wide and long but quite shallow, and the opening itself isn’t the most practical shape – especially when compared to the hatchback tailgates on the BMW i4 and Polestar 2. The Ioniq 6’s 401-litre boot is on par with that in both the Polestar and Tesla Model 3, though. Plus there’s a further 45 litres of storage in the ‘frunk’ under the bonnet, which is useful for charging cables, but in the AWD model this shrinks to a close-to-useless 14.5 litres.
You can fold down the 60:40-split back seats in the Ioniq 6, but they can only be operated by levers in the boot, not from the cabin. And with them down, you’re left with a narrow opening here, too.
The Ioniq 6 can tow up to 1,500kg, whether you opt for a RWD or AWD model. This is okay and better than many electric cars that aren’t rated for towing at all, but it’s still not ideal and a combustion car is probably still a better bet for those who tow regularly.
In this review
- 1Hyundai Ioniq 6 reviewThe Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a very impressive electric car with a unique look and excellent technology
- 2Electric motor, drive and performanceThe Ioniq 6 is good to drive, but the BMW i4 is comfier and more fun on twisty roads
- 3Range, charging and running costsThe Ioniq 6’s rapid charging tech means it’s surprisingly adept at long trips
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Ioniq 6's interior is very impressive and comes with loads of equipment and tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingA long driving range and roomy interior mean the Ioniq 6 is practical, but the boot is a let-down
- 6Reliability and safetyLong warranty and generous safety tech should give peace of mind for Ioniq 6 owners