Hyundai Ioniq 5 gets bigger battery, longer range and a rear wiper

Hyundai has announced a series of updates to its popular Ioniq 5, including a new battery and more physical buttons for key features.

The upgrade replaces the current 77.4kWh with an 84kWh unit which Hyundai says brings an improvement in range, although it hasn’t indicated how much further the new model can travel.

The car has also received a number of chassis revisions, including new dampers and reinforcements around the rear wheel which improves body rigidity and ride comfort. There is also a new cowl crossbar to reduce steering vibrations and additional sound deadening to improve refinement.

The updated Ioniq 5 is 2cm longer than the original car thanks to new front and rear bumpers, and there’s a V-shaped ‘garnish’ on the nose, along with more aerodynamic wheels and a longer rear spoiler. At the back, Hyundai has also addressed one of the biggest complaints about the Ioniq 5 and added a rear windscreen wiper.

The new model also gets a new sporty N Line trim, boasting a more aggressive, front and rear design with unique bumpers, side skirts, and a set of dedicated 20-inch aluminium wheels. The cabin gets an N Line exclusive design with a dedicated N Line steering wheel and dashboard, metal pedals and sport seats with the N logo, red contrast stitching and two seat covering options.

Elsewhere, the interior of all versions has been updated to make it more user-friendly. Among the biggest changes are a physical button on the centre console that can operate frequently used functions, such as the first-row seat heating and ventilation or parking assist function. The climate and infotainment controls have also been simplified and the smartphone wireless charging pad has been relocated to make it more accessible.

Hyundai has updated several driver assist functions, including lane keep assist, parking assist and collision avoidance systems.

The updated car will go on sale in Korean in March and Hyundai says it will be introduced to other global markets – which we’d expect to include the UK – throughout the year.

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.