Hyundai Kona EV Review

Hyundai Kona EV Review

The Hyundai Kona is a futuristic looking SUV. With a high spec interior (Heated / cooled seats, no traditional looking gear selector, to name just two features) and modern styling.

It’s a superb EV for anyone who wants something a little different!

Practicality is slightly compromised due to it’s styling, but does that really matter?

 Hyundai Kona EV

Hyundai Kona EV

While the petrol-powered Kona Hybrid has a nose heavy with plastic cladding, the Electric is clearly an urban compact SUV.

At the front, LED daytime running lamps DRL’s are located where you would expect headlamps. High and low beams are placed further down on the bumper. The grille cover sits flush to be aerodynamic and sit flush with the rest of the bodywork, adding to the futuristic aesthetic.

Large aero-style 5-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels on 215-section tyres are standard across variants.

At the rear, the Hyundai Kona Electric has similar design cues as the front, narrow wrap around taillamps just below the rear windshield, and indicators and reversing lamps mounted far below on the bumper. The contrast floating roof can be had in white like a a lot of new compact SUVs.

Hyundai has limited boring exterior colours to just two being Chalk White and Galactic Grey.

The more interesting options are neon-green Acid Yellow, Ceramic Blue, Tangerine Comet orange, and Pulse Red.

Inside, the Kona Electric’s design and layout is reminiscent of other newer Hyundai’s. Behind the familiar well designed Hyundai steering wheel is a 7-inch digital driver’s display. And above a optional heads up display.

A head-up display is only available on the top-spec Premium SE model. The toggle to set the amount of regenerative braking is on paddle shifters behind the steering wheel a different way to the usual button or “B” mode like the Leaf. It is a great way of being able to control the level of regenerative braking.

The 10.25-inch infotainment screen with physical short cut buttons for menus and volume floats over the pill-shaped centre air vents.

Below sit conventional dials and buttons for climate control. The centre console slopes upward to meet the dashboard just below the climate control switches. There is no gear lever or rotary knob, just buttons for park, neutral, drive and reverse.

The electronic parking brake switch is placed at the rear of this cluster of buttons. Seat heating / cooling controls are located in a separate row of buttons further back.

 Regenerative Breaking

Regenerative Breaking

 Interior

Interior

Instead of wasting it, Hyundai has utilised the space below the centre console as a storage compartment. There’s a 12-volt socket placed here, too. A wireless phone charging pad comes with all but the base variant, as does the premium 8-speaker plus subwoofer Krell sound system. All variants have standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Interestingly, the driver’s seat in the base model has manual controls for everything except lumbar support, which is electrically adjustable. Leather-upholstered seats, heated / cooled front seats, and the heated steering wheel are the reserve of the top-spec variant.

At the rear, there is adequate room for shorter people. Taller passengers might be wanting a little more knee room and a little more head roo due to the sloping roof line. The battery pack is located under the floor and below the boot, so under-thigh support could be inadequate for some passengers. At 332 litres, boot space is similar to or less than some hatchbacks. You can fold the rear seats down, but due to the compactness of this crossover, you only get 1,114 litres of room.

The Kona comes in two battery size variants – 39.2kWh SE and premium models and 64kWh Premium and premium SE models.

39 kWh64 kWh
Charging Time (3 Pin Domestic Socket) (0-95%)19 Hours31 Hours
Charging Time (7.2kW Wall Box)6 Hours 10 Mins9 Hours 35 Mins
Charging Time (Rapid)57 Mins75 Mins
Power (BHP)136 BHP204 BHP
Torque (Nm)395 Nm395 Nm
Top Speed (MPH)96 MPH104 mph
Range (Miles)280 Miles280 Miles

You can only have the base SE trim with a 39kWh battery pack. It is the most affordable Hyundai Kona Electric. The same battery pack in the Premium model costs a little more but does add a few More options.

To get a 64kWh battery, you’ll have to spend more again on the Premium variant. The fully-loaded Premium SE costs considerably more than the SE.

The Hyundai Kona Electric isn’t the most practical crossover you can buy, but it has the range to justify its price, and the features and performance to make you pay for the top-spec well designed car!