This is the car for you if… you want a small and sporty SUV that doesn’t compromise on range or price.
The Hyundai Kona Electric has been dazzling the motoring world since it launched last year. Like the Kia e-Niro, it proves you can travel the type of distances petrol cars usually do before needing to refuel. And you don’t need to pay a fortune for an electric car either.
The Hyundai Kona comes with an impressive 64kWh battery. This gives it a WLTP range of up to 300 miles. This means you can travel between London and Truro on a single charge. But what’s also wowed the electric vehicle world is the nifty performance of this sporty SUV on the road.
Like all-electric cars, the Kona accelerates rapidly when setting off (reaching 62mph in less than 8 seconds). But the electric powertrain behind this compact crossover gives it a speedier edge. So it’s steady for long journeys, but fun to drive on short spins.
Then there are the features to help maximise your car’s battery life. Like the Kona Electric’s four-level regenerative braking system, which Hyundai has put a lot of thought into. So you can charge the battery by using the electric motor to slow the car down. Or at maximum strength, you can even bring the car to a halt – without touching the brake pedal once.
Operate it manually or switch to the smart system to let the car decide how much regenerative braking to use, based on the driving conditions. It’s a neat feature that helps you get more miles out of your battery.
The Kona Electric looks solid both inside and out. There are slick touches on the exterior – like the two-tone body colour and contrast wing mirrors – that give it a fun, sporty feel. Hyundai fans will recognise the closed front grille and the sculpted shape of the Kona Electric, which isn’t too dissimilar to the Ioniq. There are aerodynamic features too: like the wrap-around cladding on its integrated rear lights and aerodynamically optimised 17-inch alloy wheels.
There’s a neat set-up inside the Kona Electric, with a handy place for everything you need. And it feels reassuringly sturdy. There are button controls to shift between drive, neutral and reverse. And a 10.25-inch touchscreen display positioned on top of the dashboard for easy access.
Use the touchscreen to plan your route, listen to music or access Hyundai’s Bluelink connected car services. There’s also integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So you can select your own playlists. Message your friends on the drive home from work. Or tune into your favourite radio station.
The Kona Electric comes with Hyundai’s SmartSense driver assistance technologies. These are features that essentially make driving the Kona Electric a more convenient and, frankly, more relaxing experience. Like smart cruise control, which automatically maintains a set distance between you and the car in front. Or lane following assist, which keeps you steady in the centre of your lane.
Bonus sophisticated features in the Premium SE version include the innovative head-up display, which projects key information like your speed and upcoming directions directly in your line of sight on the windscreen. A wireless charging pad, so you can go cable-free. And a KRELL Premium sound system to fill the car with high-quality audio.
Our three favourite Kona Electric features
- The Kona Electric comes with a smart rear cross-traffic alert system for when you’re reversing out of tight spots with low visibility. It gives a 180-degree scan of the area behind the car and alerts you to any potential hazards.
- Travel upfront in the Premium SE and you’ll enjoy a luxurious ride. Both front seats – not just the drivers! – come with a three-step ventilation and heating system to keep you cool or warm, whatever the weather. There’s also full electric adjustment – including lumbar support – to keep you comfy.
- There’s no skimping on lighting either with the Premium SE model. The daytime running lights and headlights are both LEDs.
You’ll like the Hyundai Kona Electric if you… want an SUV that’s nippy enough to zip around town, but capable of travelling long distances on a single charge.