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Hyundai Kona Electric Review: One of the best electric cars in the world

In early 2018, the Hyundai Kona Electric became known as something of a game-changer in the auto industry. It is called the first of the second generation of electric cars, combining excellent range at a low cost. It is an amazing electric car with a battery big enough to match the distance you can travel in your regular car with a full tank of fuel. In this article, I will give you a Hyundai Kona Electric review to help you explore the outstanding features of this car.

1. Price range

It is £29,100 for the 39KWh battery and £35,100 for the 64 kWh.

2. Performance

The 39kWh battery option offers lively performance, but our pick is the 64kWh version. That packs enough juice to power the Kona Electric with 201bhp, which is quite a lot. Such a lot, in fact, that on a wet road the front wheels really struggle for traction. That requires you to be jolly delicate with your right foot to avoid the traction control light winking endlessly, as the system tries to manage all the power.

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Huyndai Kona Electric


Once you’re on the move, the Kona Electric builds speed almost as quickly as the Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch, with 0-60mph ticked off in around seven seconds. And, being electric, there’s no waiting for the engine revs to rise before the maximum thrust is delivered; simply flex your right foot and the car sets off with the immediacy of one of Elon Musk’s space rockets. Speaking of which, the Kona Electric is quicker than an MG ZS EV, Nissan Leaf, and Renault Zoe, and just as quick as a Kia e-Niro. But it’s not Tesla quick. A Model 3 would leave it for dust.

However, when it comes to electric cars, performance isn’t just about how quickly you can speed up; it’s also about how far you can travel. In our Real Range tests, a Kona Electric with the smaller 39kWh battery managed a real-world distance of 158 miles. That’s competitive, but the 64kWh version managed a mega 259 miles; that’s more than any other car we’ve tested to date. It’s better than the Kia e-Niro by a few miles, which shares the same battery and motor as the Kona, and a lot better than the Peugeot e-208, Leaf, Zoe or ZS EV can manage. It even outperforms the more expensive Model 3.

3. Range, Charging, and Battery Life

Huyndai Kona Electric
Huyndai Kona Electric


Aggressive regenerative braking allows for true one-pedal driving and helps extend the driving range to a claimed 258 miles—1 mile less than the Bolt EV. Pulling the paddles behind the steering wheel allow the driver to adjust the level of regen; we prefer the most aggressive setting. The Kona Electric can be charged on a 110-volt household outlet, but we wouldn’t recommend that on a day-to-day basis; a 240-volt outlet is best for home charging and the Kona Electric also can be charged at a DC fast-charging station.

4. Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

While the regular Hyundai Kona performed well in the crash tests administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Kona Electric has not been tested. Blind-spot monitoring and the automated emergency braking are standard across the range but adaptive cruise control and pedestrian-detection technology are only offered on the top-spec Ultimate model. Key safety features include:

  •  Standard automated emergency braking with forward-collision warning
  •  Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  •  Available adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection


In conclusion, this is a detailed Hyundai Kona Electric review for you. I hope that it will help you limit your choices. In addition to this model, you can look at my article of the top 5 best electric cars to consider to buy.




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