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.
It builds on the success of Hyundai’s first electric car, the Ioniq. Like the Kia e-Niro, the Kona Electric is one of those cars that will accelerate the uptake of EVs dramatically.
Why? Because it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and has excellent range for its price. It will also save you hundreds of pounds a year, including fuel and servicing.
The Kona EV is a 100% battery electric vehicle BEV (no engine, just an electric motor and a battery) that you really should test drive to discover why both consumers and the media are so excited by this SUV.
The only problem is that there is currently a 12-month waiting list for the Kona Electric. Hyundai appear to have spectacularly miscalculated demand. Sales figures were through the roof, but supply ran out fast. Perhaps it isn’t expensive enough…
Read our written review below for a quick overview of the car and then watch the videos at the end.
- Fantastic range in miles for the price
- Relatively inexpensive for what you get from Hyundai
- Comfortable driving position
- Good technology – easy to access
- Excellent road handling – lovely to drive
- Plenty of electric power and torque – get up to speed quickly
- Middle seat is a bit narrow
- Boot could be bigger
The Hyundai Kona Electric comes with a 64 kWh battery.
This large battery means it can do about 251 miles on a single charge – that’s an incredibly impressive range for an electric car at this price point.
Modern electric cars now offer a real alternative to a petrol or diesel engine. This 64 kWh model gives you both control over your driving destiny and high performance. The times they are a-changing with Hyundai.
You can travel for hours without stopping, and have space for 5 people. A motorway CCS type rapid charger will get you up and running again quickly.
There used to be a 39 kWh battery electric version of Hyundai’s Kona, too. Although the range is lower, it would be a smart choice for a second hand EV.
Hyundai Kona Electric UK Price
The Kona Electric costs from £35,100, including the PiCG grant.
To put this price in context, the 64 kWh battery Kona is currently the second best value EV in the UK in terms of ‘price per mile of range’, just behind the Kia e-Niro.
Divide its on the road cost of £35,100 by its range of 251 miles, and you get £140.
The Hyundai Kona Electric UK is therefore priced very aggressively. Combine this with cheap, off-peak overnight charging, and you have a driving cost of 1-2p per mile.
It’s worth mentioning though that the new 2020 Kia e-Niro 4 is currently about £600 cheaper than the Kona. As it’s a slightly bigger car – but otherwise very similar to the Kona – it’s certainly one to consider as well. Read our e-Niro review for further details.
If you do decide on the electric Kona, don’t waste any time and get yourself registered now on the official waiting list at your local Hyundai dealer.
You can choose between two trim levels:
- Premium: from £35,100
- Premium SE: from £37,450
We explore the differences between the trims below.
In this section you can discover what is included in the base Premium model, and what extras you get for upgrading to Premium SE:
Exterior & Interior
The Kona Electric has a distinctive, sporty look, with wrap-around lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and roof rails. It’s enticing you to get in and drive.
Six different colours are available to choose from: Acid Yellow, Ceramic Blue, Chalk White, Galactic Gray, Pulse Red, and Tangerine Comet. If you want metallic or pearl paint it’s £565 extra.
Inside the Kona there is room for 5 people, though the middle rear seat is a little narrow. There’s a feeling of modernity and style.
The seats are black, with either a cloth (Premium) or leather finish (Premium SE).
You get electric adjustable seats with the Premium SE, as well as heated and ventilated front seats, plus heated rear seats (the two outer ones). Privacy glass on the rear sides and tailgate is standard.
Both trim levels have climate control type air-conditioning. There is also an automatic defogging system for the windscreen.
The Premium model has halogen headlights, whereas the upgraded SE provides brighter LED lights.
The Kona comes as standard with a variety of driving aids such as:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Electric and heated door mirrors
- Various drive modes
- Front and rear parking sensors to avoid hitting the garage wall
- Reversing camera
- Paddles to control regenerative breaking levels
The Premium SE level also offers you a heated steering wheel.
Tech & Safety
Like most electric cars nowadays, you get lots of goodies as standard. The Kona provides:
- Bluetooth connectivity for your devices
- Voice recognition
- 7-inch driver’s display
- 8-speaker surround sound audio system with sub-woofer made by Krell
- Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 10.25-inch touchscreen Sat Nav
- Wireless phone charging
- USB sockets in the front and centre console
If you select Premium SE you also get a Head Up display (HUD).
The Kona Electric is very clever at keeping you and your occupants safe. It will also help avoid accidents with other cars and even pedestrians. Safety features include:
- Front, front side, and curtain airbags
- Automatic emergency breaking with pedestrian recognition
- Blind spot detection
- Stability control
- Forward collision warning
- Hill-start assist
- Lane follow and keep assist
Who is it for?
This Hyundai electric car is a front wheel drive, 5-door, 5-seat, compact SUV.
The Hyundai Kona Electric could be your family car. How often do you need to do more than 251 miles on the road in one day? It doesn’t matter where you’re based. If you have to drive the length of the country, you can charge your battery half way at a rapid charger 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. No need to spend hours waiting while it charges.
The sat nav will auto generate a route showing where rapid charging stations are located. It’s smart technology that allows you to enjoy the experience of driving an EV, rather than wondering where to get your next power up from.
What about the rear seats? 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.
This 64 kWh battery EV has a 150 kW motor, equivalent to 201 bhp, and takes 7.9 seconds from 0-62 mph. Top speed is 104 mph. The acceleration from a standing start in the Kona EV – the first time you try it – is amazing.
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. Family members get what they want. USB port in the right place for charging? Yes. Practical centre console? Yes.
When EVs first came out, insurance was often more expensive than a petrol or diesel vehicle. Various articles in the media highlighted the problem. But now, if you shop around, you can secure very good deals.
Could this Hyundai Kona EV be your next company car? Absolutely. The Premium SE version looks very polished and corporate, with stylish exterior and wheels, and the car has plenty of modern technology inside. Finance Directors will also like the figures: tax breaks for both the company and individual.
Rapid charging capabilities allow salespeople driving up and down the country to add miles quickly and efficiently. It takes about 20-30 minutes to get back up to an 80% charge and be on the road again.
In summary, the Kona looks great, corners and handles really well on the road with a relatively high driving position, has near best in class range on a single charge, and is not excessively priced. It’s time you took one for a test drive – you won’t be disappointed. You’ll be an EV driver before you know it.
- If you would like more information about EVs in general, please see our Electric Cars page.
- For specific details about the Kona itself, see the main Hyundai UK Kona Electric website.
- Otherwise, please scroll down to the Review section below for independent analyses.
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:
> Fully Charged Live
- Reviewer: Jonny Smith
- Organisation: Fully Charged Live
- Date published: 29 November 2018
- Length: 18 minutes 33 seconds
- Reviewer: Vicky Parrott
- Organisation: DrivingElectric
- Date published: 19 October 2018
- Length: 3 minutes 0 seconds