Hyundai has upgraded the Ioniq 5 for the model year 2023 in the European market. The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is essentially the same as the MY 2022 car but comes with some crucial upgrades that enhance its appeal. Here are five things we know about the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Larger 77.4 kWh battery
Until now, the Ioniq 5 was available in the UK and Europe with two battery pack options — a 58 kWh option and a 72.6 kWh unit. On the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5, the latter has been replaced with a larger 77.4 kWh battery. Hyundai hasn’t communicated the range figures of the larger battery, but it’s safe to say that the range will exceed 300 miles (483 km). The smaller 72.6 kWh battery has a manufacturer-claimed figure of 298 miles (481 km).
Additionally, there’s a battery conditioning feature that optimises battery temperature for enhanced charging performance. Suited especially for colder climates where batteries lose range, Hyundai says this feature guarantees a better charging performance. Drivers enter a charging point on the maps, and the system automatically sets optimal battery temperature when you reach the charging station.
Digital Side Mirror (DSM)
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 takes a step into the future with new video-based digital interior and exterior rearview mirrors, eliminating the conventional mirrors. Petite and slender panels integrated with high-resolution cameras protrude from the base of the A-pillars and send the feed to the screens in the cabin. The primary mirror camera is placed below the rear spoiler, and Hyundai says it provides an ‘unobstructed’ and ‘panoramic’ view of the trailing traffic.
This feature rolled out for the South Korean market first. The European-spec 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be the first Hyundai Motor Group car in the continent to get digital mirrors.
Smart Frequency Dampers (SFD)
Hyundai has upgraded chassis components as well. The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is specced with Smart Frequency Dampers that enhance ride comfort and improve body control and handling characteristics. Hyundai may have upgraded the suspension in the wake of feedback from motoring journalists. The Autocar review dated July 2021 said that even though the ride was ‘soft’ and ‘comfortable’, the Ioniq 5 can feel ‘floaty’ over some undulations.
Retains the electric motors
The Ioniq 5 comes with three battery-motor combinations, which should continue in the 2023 model. At the more affordable end of the range, customers currently get a 58 kWh battery feeding energy to a rear-axle mounted electric motor that produces 170 hp (125 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm). Claimed range is 238 miles (384 km). Go one step above, and there’s a 217 hp (160 kW) e-motor and 72.6 kWh battery combination with 298 miles (481) range.
At the top of the model range, customers get an all-wheel-drive (AWD) set-up with two electric motors, one on each axle. The combined power output is 305 hp. AWD requires more energy which slightly drops the range of the 72.6 kWh battery to 267 miles (430 km). The entry-level SE Connect variant can only be had with the 58 kWh – 170 hp combination. The Premium and Ultimate variants can be combined with the three battery-motor combinations. It is inferred that the 72.6 kWh option would be replaced with the 77.4 kWh in the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Release in the second half of 2022
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is not available for customers in Europe just yet. While pre-orders are expected to begin soon, it will only be available for customers in the second half of 2022, at a slight premium over its current prices, thanks to the upgrades to the chassis and additional features. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 price ranges between GBP 37,420 and GBP 39,040, OTR in the UK. That said, optional extras like Eco Pack and Tech Pack add more features.
The Eco Pack (GBP 1,195) brings features like a battery heating system and heat pump, while the Tech Pack (1,495) offers front memory seats, relaxation premium seats, blind view monitor, reverse parking collision avoidance assist and remote smart parking assist.