The Hyundai Ioniq 6 “electric streamliner” has been awarded a five-star safety rating from Australian safety authority ANCAP against 2020-2022 testing protocols.

    This result was drawn from testing conducted by Euro NCAP. The two authorities have harmonised testing protocols.

    The Ioniq 6 scored a record high 97 per cent in the adult occupant protection area of assessment, which puts it on par with the Tesla Model Y SUV that shares the same score.

    ANCAP notes this high result is due to “very good performance” for vehicle-to-vehicle crash compatibility, with low levels of injury risk across each of the destructive crash tests performed.

    In terms of the other assessment criteria, the Ioniq 6 scored 88 per cent for child occupant protection, 66 per cent of vulnerable road user protection, and 90 per cent for safety assist.

    This five-star ANCAP safety rating applies to all variants of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 sold locally and in New Zealand.

    “As electric vehicles don’t have large engine components under the bonnet, they have the potential to pose less risk to vehicle occupants in a frontal crash scenario, compared to petrol and diesel cars,” said ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg.

    “We have seen that play out in testing of the IONIQ 6 – with only a very slight penalty applied for potential injury risk to adult occupants.”

    The safety authority also said the Ioniq 6 performed well for its protection of children, with full points scored for the six- and 10-year old child dummies in the frontal offset and side impact tests.

    Australian- and New Zealand-spec Ioniq 6 models have a rear autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system as standard, but it wasn’t fitted on the European test vehicle and therefore not scored in ANCAP’s assessment.

    The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 has the following standard safety equipment on all grades in Australia:

    • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
      • Pedestrian and cyclist detection
      • Junction turning assist
      • Lane-change oncoming
      • Rear AEB
    • Blind-spot assist
    • Blind-Spot View Monitor
    • Evasive steering assist
    • Rear cross-traffic assist
    • Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
    • Leading vehicle departure alert
    • Intelligent Speed Limit assist
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Lane Following Assist (lane centring)
    • Rear occupant alert
    • Safe exit assist
    • Driver attention warning
    • Surround-view camera with 3D mode
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • Tyre pressure monitoring

    The Ioniq 6 also comes with the brand’s Bluelink connected car services which includes the following:

    • Automatic collision notification
    • Emergency call function
    • Valet mode
    • Voice control
    • Calendar integration
    • Remote surround-view camera
    • Connected navigation
    • Vehicle status monitoring
    • Over-the-air updates

    The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is the brand’s second vehicle on its dedicated e-GMP electric vehicle platform, following the Ioniq 5 crossover.

    The range starts at $74,000 before on-road costs for the Dynamiq, and extends to $88,000 before on-roads for the Epiq.

    The entry-level Dynamiq is powered by a single rear-mounted electric motor producing 168kW of power and 350Nm of torque, whereas the rest of the range is powered by a dual-motor all-wheel drive set up producing 239kW and 605Nm.

    All three variants have a 77.4kWh battery pack.

    Hyundai Australia will make 300 Ioniq 6s available to order for the first time on February 22 on its website.

    The batch will consist of 229 Dynamiq models, 36 Techniqs and 35 Epiqs. Customer deliveries will take place within three months.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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