The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a futuristic-looking, fully electric, five-seater family car. We loved driving its sibling the Hyundai Ioniq 5 previously with our family so let's jump straight in and see how this stacks up as a BabyDrive…
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is very different looking on the outside and attracts a lot of attention. School drop off and pick was an interesting time for suggestions of names often reoccurring names around ‘friendly shark', ‘banana shark' and ‘space shark' were the most common themes!
Now to the more sensible parenting stuff… when it comes to installing child seats there are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats, not within plastic guides but nice and easy to connect to.
There are top tether anchorages behind all three rear headrests in the fixed parcel shelf.
Three Infasecure child seats fit really easily across the rear seats of the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6. I installed the Infaecure Attain ore and Momentum More forward-facing and the Adapt More infant capsule rear-facing.
The Ioniq 6 is a fantastic car for tall families, as leg room is very generous and with a rear-facing Infasecure Adapt More Infant Capsule installed we could fit a 186cm or taller driver in front of it.
Rear passengers are very well catered for with cup holders in the central seat fold-down armrest. Reusable or disposable coffee cups fit for older passengers or a child's cup will fit in them too.
Net map pockets on the back of both front seats will hold an iPad or book but not conceal it and there is a phone storage tray in the back of the central console box and USB-C sockets for charging.
There is also a household socket in the rear footwell which is excellent for charging devices or if you are a working parent like me, running your laptop while your little one is asleep in the back having their day nap! You can also plug an adapter into the charging socket to make it into another socket for using the battery's energy to power all kinds of things (such as your fridge-freezer to save your food during a power cut or for all your camping requirements).
The rear doors have a long ledge you can store your phone in and the door bins will hold an iPad and water bottle.
In the front, the central console has a lot of storage. Being open underneath there is a huge storage area where you can pop your handbag or iPad or shoes while driving. In the top, there are two cup holders that will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup…
…and in front of them a wireless phone charging pad.
The central console box, under the armrest, is a good size and the glove box is actually a drawer which is nice and spacious.
The cabin of the 2023 Hyudnai Ioniq 6 is lovely and light, airy and spacious. The layout and design give a calming feel to the interior.
Around in the boot, the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is very spacious too. With a big opening, you can easily post prams etc into.
The boot of the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 will hold fifteen shopping bags, which is one more than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Polestar 2 fitting fourteen and three more than the Volvo C40 Recharge holding twelve bags of shopping in the boot.
The Jiffle Wagon versatile 6-in-1 pram with its seat fits nicely in the boot of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 with room for a bag of shopping. The Jiffle wagon holds up to 60kg of cargo inside the wagon too so you have heaps of extra storage and you don't have to unload it to put it into the boot.
The Jiffle Wagon 6-in-1 pram with its bassinet fits nicely in the boot of the Ioniq 6, with room for one bag of shopping.
The Jiffle Wagon 6-in-1 pram with its cart fits nicely in the boot of the Ioniq 6, with lots of room for six bags of shopping.
…the Jiffle Wagon 6-in-1 pram fits nicely in the boot of the Ioniq 6, with lots of room for five bags of shopping.
If your family has a fur baby, then you can't transport it in the boot of the Ioniq 6 because it has a fixed parcel shelf.
There are aircon vents in the back of the central console box in the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 which is perfect for keeping little rear passengers at the right temperature while driving along.
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 has a very practical battery range of 600km+ We found this to be more than enough battery range for our family's week driving to school drop-offs plus a 200km round-trip between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. It is a long enough distance that we'd be confident to drive on holidays too and have enough distance between charging stations (which if you find the right kind of charger, can top up the Ioniq 6 battery in less than 20 minutes).
Within the media screen, there is a great option to see the battery you have left and the distance you can go with the aircon on and off so you can plan your journey accordingly.
The media system in the Ioniq 6 is lovely and modern and very easy to use and navigate.
There are some great inbuilt features for families like ‘Quiet mode' which mutes the speakers in the back and brings the sound to the front speakers. I love this when I'm driving along and my kids fall asleep in the back or if they are on their devices.
Voice Memo is another we like to use to record the little conversations we have with our kids in the car. You can also control the climate through the media screen and importantly the heating of the rear seats.
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which allows you to easily access your phone's navigation, listening and communication apps while driving.
The climate controls within the media screen are easy to use, a nice feature is to select ‘driver only' when you are on your own in the car after school drop off and save battery.
In reverse the camera images are lovely and crisp and clear. You have a 360-degree view…
… and can change camera views on the left of the screen. You can turn the parking sensors off easily with a button on the dash.
You can drive the Hyundai Ioniq 6 backwards and forwards just using the key fob controls. This is a great feature for families so you can drive it out of a tight parking space or garage and then load the kids in so you aren't banging the doors into neighbouring cars.
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a lovely car to drive. It's quiet and peaceful being fully electric (in fact it is one of the quietest cars we have ever driven) plus it has all the great EV benefits for families like driving kids to sleep without churning through fuel or sitting with the aircon running when they fall asleep or while waiting at school drop-off guilt-free. The Ioniq 6 is fun to drive with instant acceleration and feels more agile than the Ioniq 5.
The Ioniq 6 has a calm and clutter-free interior so you feel relaxed while driving it.
The new 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 comes with seven airbags and has been given a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting airbags are standard. A centre airbag, which provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes, is also standard.