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Going the Distance – In Style

When it comes to driving range, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 has the Tesla Model 3 beat. With the rear-wheel drive SE, the Ioniq 6 can travel up to 361 miles on per full charge, which is approximately 36 miles more than you’ll get with the Long Range Model 3. What’s more, the RWD Model 3’s driving range is limited to 272 miles, whereas the RWD Ioniq 6 SEL and Limited can reach 305 miles before needing a charging station. The RWD Ioniq 6 SE achieves a combined EPA-estimated 140 MPGe, too, whereas the RWD Model 3 only performs 132 MPGe combined.


In addition to being more aerodynamic, the Ioniq 6 is 6.3 inches longer and 2.1 inches taller than its Tesla rival, which translates to more interior space. The front row boasts 45.4 inches of legroom, which is 2.7 inches more than the Model 3’s. The Ioniq 6’s shoulder room is superior as well, measuring out to 58 in. in the front row and 57 in. in the second. In contrast, the Model 3’s front and rear shoulder room is 56.3 in. and 54 in., respectively.

Design and Amenities

Hyundai has given the Ioniq 6 a truly stunning overall appearance that’s more sensational than the Model 3’s. On the outside, it features 700 Parametric Pixels, a signature design element of the Ioniq lineup. The Ioniq 6’s steering wheel also gets this unique pixel treatment, and as you switch between drive modes, they even change color. While its central touchscreen is technically smaller than the Model 3’s, it’s contained within a single interface that also houses the vehicle’s gauge cluster, making it appear larger.

The Ioniq 6 continues to differentiate itself with a cabin that rivals most living rooms for comfort level. This interior incorporates a flat-surface floating center console, a convenient bidirectional charging system that lets you power external equipment, and available 64-color ambient lighting with six distinct mood themes. The Tesla Model 3 lacks access to any such cutting-edge features.

Industry-Leading Warranties

When it comes to protective coverage, the Ioniq 6 has a leg up over the Model 3: it receives a basic bumper-to-bumper warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles and a powertrain/battery warranty of 10 years/100,000 miles. The Model 3’s basic warranty lasts only 4 years/50,000 miles, and although its powertrain and battery warranties also have a 100,000-mile limit, they expire after eight years.

Advanced Safety Equipment

Both the Ioniq 6 and the Model 3 come with some state-of-the-art advanced driver-assistive technologies. But Hyundai gives its electric sedan some features – blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, front and rear parking sensors, driver attention warning, and safe exit warning – that Tesla skips on the Model 3.


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