Why the Hyundai Ioniq 6 costs 13,000 euros more in France compared to the USA

In France, the spectacular Hyundai Ioniq 6 starts from 52,200 euros. A rather substantial budget, which contrasts overall with that announced in the USA. The Korean sedan starts from 41,600 dollars, or around 39,200 euros. What can explain such a difference?

Hyundai Ioniq 6 // Source: Clément Choulot for Frandroid

The Ioniq 6 is the new 100% electric sedan from Korean manufacturer Hyundai. The one that stems from the spectacular Prophecy concept car is just as spectacular, with a design that breaks with what we are used to seeing. And, as we found in our recent trial, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 is also an excellent electric car.

Yes, but excellence comes at a price, in this case from 52,200 euros including tax in France for the “basic” version. A price bordering on premium, except that Hyundai does not want to be a high-end manufacturer. What’s more, we also noticed that the Ioniq 6 was significantly more affordable in the US. On the other side of the Atlantic, prices start from $41,600 (about €39,200), a difference of about 25%.

And this gap is not filled by the ecological bonus in France since, since the beginning of 2023, the Ioniq 6 has been excluded from the bonus which only concerns electric models displayed below the 47,000 euro mark. But then how can we explain such a price difference between the same model?

Hyundai Ioniq 6 // Source: Clément Choulot for Frandroid

French customers prefer the higher end versions

The difference is quite simple, since Hyundai offers its Ioniq 6 in France from the outset with a fairly high-end level and a large battery. The manufacturer explains this, like many others, by the attraction of French customers for the top-of-the-range versions and with the best autonomy.

Proof of this is that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 with the “small” 58 kWh battery is no longer available on the French configurator. It did not sell as well as the 77 kWh version. As a result, the base price for an Ioniq 5 is rising in France too, and it now stands at 51,300 euros, whereas it was below 40,000 euros (including bonus) with the small battery there. a few more weeks.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 should not be available in France with a small battery. The Korean sedan is only offered with the 77 kWh battery, giving it a range according to the WLTP cycle of between 545 and 614 km depending on the equipment selected.

The basic “Intuitive” version is also extremely well equipped, with, as standard, the cdual-zone automatic climate control, the cdigital meters, theactive lane keeping assistance, the fautonomous emergency reining with intersection function, thefront and rear park assistreversing camera or GPS.

Hyundai Ioniq 6 // Source: Clément Choulot for Frandroid

More choices in the United States

In the United States, the basic Hyundai Ioniq 6 has a motorization with a single electric motor at the rear giving it 229 hp, like in France. A version with two electric motors, four-wheel drive, for a power of 325 hp is also available.

The basic Ioniq 6 in the USA has a “small” battery pack of 53 kWh, giving it 240 miles of range according to the EPA cycle, or about 386 km, knowing that the EPA cycle is more severe than our WLTP cycle. This gives 429 km on the European WLTP cycle. With its ultra-fast recharge, it could compete with the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion, with around 500 km of autonomy, but a slower recharge.

It should also not be forgotten that the selling prices displayed in the United States do not include VAT, unlike in France. Which would increase this entry-level version to around 7,000 euros by applying 20% ​​VAT on the selling price in dollars. If it were sold in France, it’s a safe bet that it would be marketed around 45,000 euros.

However, this version could eventually arrive in Europe and France, depending on the evolution of Hyundai’s commercial policy and consumer demand.

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