How does the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Dynamiq drive?
It’s definitely the case that you will have a better overall driving experience in either the Techniq or the Epiq trims of this car due to the extra punch of that front motor, but we think the driving dynamics are pretty fun in the Dynamiq trim, given that it’s a dedicated rear-wheel drive. Starting with acceleration, while the dual-motor models achieve a standing stop to 100km/h in the low 5 seconds, we clocked the Dynamiq at 7.08 seconds, which is genuinely hot hatch territory, and plenty of acceleration for the average daily driver.
Steering is well-weighted in sports mode with good feedback, you can really feel the fact that the car is almost 2 tonnes as you take it around the corners, but due to its low centre of mass it handles ridiculously well. Body roll is evident due to the softer suspension tune but doesn’t detract from the overall performance. Overall the car is definitely fun around the twisties and having that rear-wheel drive is just a bonus, with the generous 350Nm of torque making itself evident as you can easily power oversteer should you choose to. We did find in a couple of situations that the motor took some time to roll into the acceleration, but we did test this car in the wet where - clearly - its AWD counterparts will outshine it in every way.
Switching to Eco mode, which is what the car is designed for, the steering lightens up a little, and the electric motor responsiveness backs down a notch, giving the car a smooth, refined edge that borders on luxury. In EVs road noise is a very important factor in determining the overall noise level in the cabin, and the Ioniq has excellent noise dampening. The cabin is quiet and free from vibrations and it certainly feels like all those recyclable materials have been put together very well.
Operating the technology is an enjoyable experience, the screens are big and bright enough to use in any lighting and come with a matte finish to negate glare. The climate controls are a nice mix of analog and digital with physical buttons, as well as physical media buttons which make navigation even quicker. The adaptive cruise control system (at this point, almost self-driving) is operated with a couple of clicks on the beautiful steering wheel, which is constructed entirely from eco-friendly leather. Probably one of the most futuristic steering wheels I have ever seen, with some (you guessed it) Parametric Pixels that apparently are Morse code for “H” which stands for “healthy balanced diet”.
I struggle to fault the Ioniq 6 Dynamiq in terms of driving and daily convenience, though I would say that it isn’t the most inspiring on the back roads, despite being very capable, I would probably still take a Tesla Model 3 over it in that scenario. Any other time, give me the Hyundai Ioniq 6, hands down.