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Hyundai Ioniq 5 gets more power and range

Hyundai has updated its Ioniq 5, adding a new battery pack that gives the electric car more range and power

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Hyundai has updated its Ioniq 5, adding a new battery pack that gives the electric car more range and power.

Installed just over a year after the Ioniq 5 went on sale in the UK, the new 77kWh battery pack will add the equivalent of 11hp when compared to the previous range-topping 73kWh pack, and extend the maximum projected range between charges from 299 to 315 miles.

Cars fitted with the 77kWh battery pack will now form a new range-topping trim level dubbed Namsan Edition, named after a mountain in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

Equipment in Namsan Edition models also includes a full-length panoramic roof, leather upholstery and for the first time on European Hyundais, digital side mirrors – these reduce air resistance, helping to increase range, and offer a better view than traditional mirrors particularly in poor weather.

Alongside the new battery Hyundai has revamped the entire Ioniq 5 range – the entry-level SE Connect model is now priced from £39,400 with a 58kWh battery giving a range of up to 238 miles.

Premium trim variants of the car start from £41,900 and now come with more standard equipment, including the Vehicle to Load (V2L) system which allows use of the car’s electrics to power AC tools. Premium models also add a camera to the rear spoiler, projecting an image onto the rear-view mirror which compared to a typical reflected view is unobstructed by rear-seat occupants.

Premium versions of the Ioniq 5 can be specified with either the 58kWh or new 77kWh battery pack, while the options list includes a heat pump. This helps maintain battery efficiency in cold conditions by heating the interior rather than employing the car’s main battery to do so.

Ultimate trim level starts from £48,400 and now includes as standard previous safety options of blind and surround-view monitors, while the range-topping Namsan Edition models cost from £52,900.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 currently holds an Expert Rating of 86%, praised for its battery range and handing but criticised for its ride quality.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.