Published on January 30th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


Hyundai IONIQ 5 Updated In Malaysia: Heads-Up Display In, Solar Roof Out

The all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5 receives a quite and minor spec update in Malaysia.

Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has just announced the updated specifications for the 2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 in Malaysia. This fully electric vehicle still comes in three different variants, the Lite (58kWh, RM207,808), Plus (58kWh, RM238,408), and Max (72.6kWh, RM270,408). At launch less than a year ago the prices were RM198,888, RM229,888 and RM259,888 for the same models.

One of the most significant changes for this latest iteration of the IONIQ 5 is the omission of the solar roof and the inclusion of a head-up display (HUD) unit on the top-spec model. In terms of its batteries and motors, the IONIQ 5 has not been changed. The Lite and Plus variants are powered by a single-motor, rear-wheel drive system that utilizes a 58 kWh battery pack, offering a maximum range of 384 km according to the WLTP cycle. Meanwhile, the Max variant continues to be fitted with a more powerful 72.6 kWh battery that provides a maximum range of 430 km.

heads up display of a Hyundai IONIQ 5

It’s worth noting that the larger 77.4 kWh battery pack, which was introduced for the European and United States markets, is not available in Malaysia. The digital mirrors and smart frequency dampers also seem to not have been introduced to the Malaysian market.

The Lite and Plus variants are fitted with 19-inch wheels, while the Max gets a 20-inch set. The Lite and Plus models are powered by a 170 PS/340 Nm rear-mounted motor, enabling them to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds. The Max, on the other hand, is equipped with a dual-motor system that delivers 305 PS and 605 Nm of torque, making it capable of reaching 0-100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds. All variants have a top speed of 185 km/h.

In terms of charging capabilities, the 58 kWh Lite and Plus variants can be fully charged from flat in just five hours using an 11 kW AC charger. The 72.6 kWh Max, on the other hand, takes 6.1 hours to charge using the same charging output. DC charging at 50 kW from 10% to 80% takes 47 minutes for all variants, while the full 350 kW DC charging output can take the IONIQ 5 from 10% to 80% state of charge in just 18 minutes.

The IONIQ 5 is equipped with the Hyundai SmartSense suite of driver assistance systems, which includes features like blind spot collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, and high beam assist, among others. The blind spot view monitor is only available on the Plus and Max variants, while the base Lite gets the Safe Exit Assist warning and the Plus and Max get the active assist version of the Safe Exit Alert system.


Inside, the 2023 IONIQ 5 comes with cloth upholstery in the Lite variant and leather trim in the Plus and Max. The driver and front passenger seats in the Lite can be adjusted automatically for the driver and manually for the passenger. The Plus and Max, on the other hand, have electric adjustment for both driver and front passenger seats. The Max variant also gets heated front seats, as well as heated and ventilated rear seats, along with driver and passenger Premium Relaxation seats.

In terms of interior color schemes, all three variants of the 2023 IONIQ 5 can be specified in a single-tone black scheme. The Max variant, however, is unique in that it offers the choice of Dark Pebble Gray or Dark Teal, which will contrast with the light-colored leather.

Exterior colour choices are as follows:

Atlas White✔️✔️
Phantom Black Pearl✔️✔️
Mystic Olive Green Pearl✔️
Cyber Gray Metallic✔️
Galactic Gray Metallic✔️
Digital Teal Green Pearl✔️
Gravity Gold Matte✔️
Lucid Blue Pearl✔️
Shooting Star Gray Matte✔️

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