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Hyundai Ioniq 5 facelift brings bigger, better battery and sporty N Line model

Hyundai’s electric family crossover gets tweaked styling and potentially more range

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 may still look like little else on the road, but that hasn’t stopped the Korean maker from giving it a nip and tuck for 2024. The mid-life facelift introduces some small exterior tweaks, a larger battery and a sporty new N Line trim level.

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Due on sale in the UK later this year, the headline feature of the facelifted Hyundai Ioniq 5 is its larger 84kWh battery pack, which is identical to the one fitted to the high-performance Ioniq 5 N. 

Hyundai is yet to provide any details as to how far this new model can go on a charge, however, we expect it to be further than the 331 miles currently possible in outgoing models with the old 77kWh battery. It’s also unknown at this stage whether the 58kWh battery base model will remain on sale.

Despite the major technical upgrades that have occurred under the metal, the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 looks pretty similar to the outgoing model. There have been some changes, though. The facelifted Volkswagen ID.4 and Tesla Model Y rival gets much deeper front and rear bumpers, as well as a rear spoiler which, according to Hyundai, has been extended by 50mm and now incorporates aero tunnels in order to channel air over the top of the bootlid. 

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These changes result in a car that’s now 20mm longer than the outgoing model. Other than this the Ioniq 5’s retro bodywork has stayed mostly intact, although there are a handful of new aerodynamic alloy wheel designs.

Also evoking a sense of deja vu is the facelifted Hyundai Ioniq 5’s interior, which at first glance, looks almost identical to the old car’s. The biggest change comes in the form of a redesigned steering wheel which now features an illuminated pixel logo in the centre. 

The centre console has also been rejigged to house a wireless phone charger, plus two cupholders and now also includes a row of shortcut buttons for things like the heated seats and reversing camera.

Hyundai has kept the Ioniq 5’s twin 12.3-inch screen infotainment setup the same as on the old car, but these screens now feature the brand’s latest software. This incorporates configurable widgets on the home screen, as well as all new graphics and over-the-air updates.

Those wanting the sporty looks of the aforementioned Hyundai Ioniq 5 N but who don’t need the added performance now have the option of an Ioniq 5 N Line model which pinches many of the flagship’s design traits. It gets a sportier bodykit, plus exclusive alloy wheel designs, sporty bucket seats and some model-specific N Line badges.

We expect pricing for the updated Hyundai Ioniq 5 to be revealed just before the car goes on sale later this year. If the aforementioned 58kWh model is taken off sale, we could see the entry point for the new model to be much higher than before – especially when you consider range-wide price increases.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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