The 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 gets a larger battery, more buttons and a rear window wiper

Everyone’s favorite electric Giugiaro cyberpunk SUV is getting some upgrades that we’re very excited about.

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At this point, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t at least respect the Hyundai Ioniq 5. With a striking ’80s retro-future design that looks like nothing else on the road and class-leading specifications, this electric crossover is a favorite for many reasons. Now it’s about to get even better for the 2025 model year with some improved specs that we’re quite excited about, including more buttons.

On Sunday, Hyundai unveiled the updated Ioniq 5 in South Korea, and while the car hardly looks different on the outside (it has a slightly updated grille and front and rear bumpers), there are some serious improvements at play here. (You can also see a new one by the 50 mm extended rear spoiler and the new wheels.)

And there’s finally one big change that many have been asking for: a rear windshield wiper. Take that, rain and snow.

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The Ioniq 5 has been a game-changer

Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 has won awards, set sales records and showed the world how advanced Korea’s EV game is. With electric competition becoming increasingly fierce, it seems that there is no pause for breath.

I’ll start by noting that this is the global debut of the updated Ioniq 5, and it’s not yet clear what changes are coming to the US market; the car Hyundai showed still has digital side mirrors, and American buyers, for example, were never able to get their hands on them. But we do expect that some, if not all, of the changes will ultimately take place in the United States.

We start with the big news: the Ioniq 5 will have a larger battery. Previously, buyers could choose from a standard battery pack of 58.0 kWh or a larger battery pack of 77.4 kWh. Now Hyundai is offering an 84.0 kWh package, implying in a press release that this package will replace the 77.4 kWh unit. Anyway, that means that the top Ioniq 5 comes with more range.

Not that the Ioniq 5 needed much help in that area, of course. The current 2024 model in the US gets a range of 220 miles on the standard battery and 260 miles or 303 miles on the larger one, depending on whether you choose all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, respectively. In other words, if this larger battery makes it to the United States, we can expect about 330 miles in RWD form, but we’ll wait for the official EPA estimates first.

There are also more changes in the cabin. There’s a new steering wheel with ‘interactive pixel lights’ and an all-new row of buttons on the center console near the cupholders that didn’t exist before. The “Map” and “Navigation” buttons have been combined into one, fixing a Hyundai-Kia quirk that has annoyed me for years, and the row of digital switches near the infotainment system also appears to have received some tweaks.

There are also some crucial adjustments on the software side. Firstly, the Ioniq 5 is now fully capable of over-the-air (OTA) software updates for all its major electronic systems, whereas previously it was much more limited in that area. Now, like the Ioniq 6, it’s OTA compatible for bug fixes, new features and more. Hyundai has also made several suspension tweaks to make the EV more stable and agile, not to mention quieter – and the doors and B-pillar parts have been reinforced for added safety.

Last but not least, Hyundai has added an Ioniq 5 N Line trim here, which won’t give you the thrill of explaining to the traffic judge that the Ioniq 5 offers, but will add a touch of the necessary sporty atmosphere inside and out.

Customers in Korea can order the updated Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 5 N Line this month, while the rest of us will have to wait for it to be “gradually” rolled out to “global markets throughout the year.”

Are you waiting for the new one, or are you taking advantage of the exceptional offers you can now get on the current EV? I’ll wait for the new battery’s EPA range to make that call, but one thing is clear: one of the best in the business just got better.

Contact the author: Patrick.George@InsideEVs.com

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