The Hyundai Kona Electric offers superb range at a very aggressive price point
Introduction to the Hyundai Kona Electric
The Hyundai Kona Electric is going to be very popular indeed on UK roads.
Why? Because it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and has best in class range for its price. The Kona EV is a 100% electric BEV that you really should test drive to discover why people are so excited by this car.
The only problem is that there is currently a 12-month waiting list for the Kona Electric. Hyundai appear to have spectacularly miscalculated demand.
It’s a bit more expensive, but if you are after a classy electric car with very good range right now, consider the Tesla Model 3, which currently has availability from one month to the next.
- Market-leading range for the price
- Relatively inexpensive for a high-range EV
- Good technology
- Very good handling
- Middle seat is a bit narrow
Hyundai Kona Electric – Range
The Hyundai Kona Electric comes with either a 39 kWh or a 64 kWh battery.
The version with the 64 kWh battery can do about 251 miles on a single charge – that’s an incredibly impressive range for a car at this price point.
The Kona EV with the smaller 39 kWh battery has a real world range of about 162 miles. That’s still a very good distance without having to recharge.
Hyundai Kona Electric – UK Price
The 64 kWh Hyundai Kona Electric costs from £32,845, including the PiCG grant.
The 39 kWh Kona EV costs from £27,250, with the grant included.
To put these prices in context, the 64 kWh Kona is currently the best value EV in the UK in terms of ‘price per mile of range’, along with the Kia e-Niro. Divide its price of £32,845 by its range of 251 miles, and you get £131. The Kona 39 kWh comes in at £168 in 5th place, just behind the Renault Zoes.
The Hyundai Kona Electric UK price is therefore very aggressive.
Who is the Hyundai Kona Electric for?
This Hyundai electric car is a front-wheel drive, 5-door, compact SUV with 5 seats.
The Hyundai Kona Electric could be your main family car, especially if you choose the 64 kWh battery. How often do you need to do more than 251 miles in one day?
If you have to drive the length of the country, you can charge your car half way at a rapid charging point at a motorway service station. The 64 kWh Kona EV has rapid DC charging at a maximum rate of 80 kW using a CCS connector.
Having said that, space in the middle seat of the Hyundai Kona Electric is a little limited. Fine for a small child; not ideal for an adult or a large teenager on long trips.
The 64 kWh version has a 150 kW motor, equivalent to 201 bhp, and can do 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds. Top speed is 104 mph. The acceleration from a standing start in the Kona EV – the first time you try it – is amazing.
The 39 kWh Kona battery still offers a lot of miles per charge. It would be an ideal second family car, or your only car if you live in a town or city and don’t regularly go on very long trips.
This 39 kWh version has a 100 kW electric motor (134 bhp), and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 9.7 seconds. The top speed is 96 mph. Its DC rapid charging port can has a 50 kW maximum rate.
The Kona Electric has a nice, clean, uncluttered decor inside. It’s not as slick and futuristic as a Tesla, but you aren’t paying Tesla prices.
There are 3 trim levels: SE, Premium, and Premium SE.
Could this Hyundai Kona EV be your next company car? Absolutely. The Premium SE version looks very polished and corporate, and the car has plenty of modern technology inside.
In summary, the Kona looks great, corners and handles really well with a relatively high driving position, has best in class range on a single charge, and is not excessively priced. Try it out – you won’t be disappointed.
- If you would like more information about EVs in general, please see our main Electric Cars page.
- For specific details about the Kona itself, see the main Hyundai UK Kona Electric website.
- Otherwise, please scroll down to the Reviews section below for independent analyses.
Hyundai Kona Electric – Reviews
We have searched round the web and brought all the main video and text reviews to you here in one place.
Click on the links below for reviews of the Hyundai Kona Electric from respected car reviewers:
Hyundai Kona Electric
> Fully Charged Live
- Reviewer: Jonny Smith
- Organisation: Fully Charged Live
- Date published: 29 November 2018
- Length: 18 minutes 33 seconds
Hyundai Kona Electric
- Reviewer: Vicky Parrott
- Organisation: DrivingElectric
- Date published: 19 October 2018
- Length: 3 minutes 0 seconds