The Hyundai Kona Electric 2022, It’s best not to forget that the Hyundai Kona Electric is still on sale because it’s an excellent electric car.
Hyundai Kona overview
In the electrification race, it’s easy to forget some early adopters like the Hyundai Kona. While it’s the South Korean manufacturer’s second electric car after the Ionic, it shares a lot with the Kia e-Niro and packs it in a more dramatic body. As a new wave of electric vehicles joins the market, Hyundai has given the Kona a facelift in recent months to keep it fresh, with new slender headlights and the electric model’s sleek nose helping to differentiate it from hybrid and petrol-engine versions.
In terms of size the Kona in the Hyundai SUV lineup is lower than the Tucson although like the smaller Bayon its small size means it’s more of a high-riding hatchback than an SUV. With that in mind Kona Electric’s competitors include the Volkswagen ID.3 and Cupra Born while The platform-sharing e-Niro and Kia e-Soul are also in the same market. Other more SUV-like options include the Peugeot e-2008 Opel Mokka-e and DS 3 Crossback both of which share the same EV ride.
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In addition to the cosmetic update the Kona’s cabin has also been updated. All models now have 10.25-inch digital instruments while higher-spec versions add a similarly sized infotainment screen. Update with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity Hyundai’s latest Bluelink connectivity service has also been added. Hyundai SmartSense also has upgraded safety equipment including rear cross-traffic alert blind-spot collision avoidance lane-keep assist and departure warning adaptive cruise control and forward collision avoidance.
The Hyundai Kona model range
Irish prices for the Hyundai Kona Electric start at €31,495 around €7,000 more than the petrol-powered Kona. Confusingly, however, the Kona Electric starts at €500 less than the petrol-electric Kona Hybrid. This puts you behind the wheel of the Kona Electric Executive, but it’s €3500 more than the premium model including a €5000 discount thanks to the current SEAI grant and VRT relief for EVs (the Executive specification doesn’t qualify).
Power for the Kona Electric comes from a choice of 39.2 kWh64 kWh or 64 kWh batteries with electric motor outputs of 136hp and 204hp respectively, the same as the pre-modified model. That means the Kona has an official range of 305 km (with the smaller battery) or 484 km (with the smaller battery) in bigger bag.
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One area where the Kona falls behind the competition is charging speed. The onboard charging system is rated at 7.2kW which means the 39.2kWh model’s home wallbox takes six hours to fully charge while the larger 64kWh battery takes nine hours and 15 minutes. These times are reduced to If you charge via a 50kW DC fast charger it takes 48 minutes and 64 minutes respectively while charging either battery on a 100kW charger takes 47 minutes (note: the Kona charges up to 77kW).
The Kona Electric Executive only works with a 39.2kWh battery but it’s still well-equipped. There are 17-inch alloy wheels the full new safety kit mentioned above an 8-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth DAB radio Apple CarPlay and Android Auto rear parking sensors and a Camera heated seats and directional pan keyless entry actuate the electric parking brake and climate control which saves energy by directing air only to the driver when only one person is in the car.
Upgrading to Premium Spec and additional luxuries include automatic wiper leather seat upholstery a heat pump for battery efficiency and a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation wireless phone charging and a Krell premium audio system. These are nice but executive trim is more than enough If you’re happy to opt for a smaller battery the device – Premium trim is the only option for a larger battery.
Hyundai lets you drive the Kona Electric with a PCP deal for €308 a month but head over to the Hyundai Ireland website for the latest deals.
The Hyundai Kona EV interior
If you think of the Kona EV as a tall hatchback rather than a proper SUV its interior size doesn’t disappoint. Up front you won’t have any problem finding a comfortable position as there’s a lot of adjustability and you do get a higher seat For example where you would expect a hatchback.
The build quality is also good with some soft touches in the right places although the overly grey cabin surfaces look a little dull. The major update to the interior is the addition of a new 10.25-inch touchscreen to the car we tested a marked improvement over the system that seemed far away more modern. It has a simple menu system that makes it easy to find your way although we did find it a little slow to respond at times.
The touchscreen is linked to a neat digital dial reminiscent of the modern i20 and Bayon’s clocks. They change design depending on whether you’re in Eco Normal or Sport mode though we don’t like the white faces in the Normal setting. Mobile computer Thanks to the responsive buttons on the steering wheel a wealth of information is provided between the dials which is easily accessible.
It’s in the most disappointing rear of the Kona Electric. Considering it’s marketed as an electric SUV with rear space it’s more of a hatchback. Headroom is good but compared to other small SUVs legroom isn’t huge. The boots are also on the small side. it measures At 332 litres in five-seat mode smaller than many compact hatches it only expands to 1114 litres with the rear seats folded.
Storage elsewhere in the cabin is reasonable although there is a large storage compartment under the center armrest as are door pockets and a large glove compartment. In front of the cup holder there is a covered storage area with a USB port and wireless charging pad. The latter is a bit small for some smartphones but This is a useful location to store your device.
Hyundai Kona Electric Driving Experience
The first thing to get familiar with in Kona Electric is the push-button drive selector. It’s simple to use – just select the drive mode you want and you’re off – but we prefer the toggle or rotary selector found in the competition.
Driving the Kona Electric itself is simple and it’s one of the more fun electric cars to drive. The 395Nm of torque on offer helps to a degree which is a lot more than you’ll get in most rivals approaching the 200hp mark. This number can be obtained from When you accelerate away if your right foot is heavy the front tire can ruin traction even in dry conditions. The sluggish traction control system also takes time to react.
With a gentle tap on the gas pedal the Kona Electric drives comfortably. Body control is excellent although the suspension setup also offers decent comfort and the steering is responsive. The Kona’s compact size may not fit in passenger space but it does mean it’s Precise car positioning on the road and easy parking too. The standard reversing camera and parking sensors help but all-round visibility is good enough that you only need to use them in the tightest of spots.
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Another highlight is Kona Electric’s energy recovery. There’s a three-stage system selected via paddles behind the steering wheel with the lowest setting similar to coasting in a manually-equipped car while the strongest energy recovery gives you almost one-pedal driving. We say single pedal because you still have to hit the brakes to come to a complete stop but in most other situations you barely touch the brake pedal. Bringing all these highlights together the Kona Electric is an EV that’s better suited for city driving than any large SUV albeit The low-power version is powerful enough for this type of driving.
No matter which version of Kona Electric you choose you should expect decent efficiency. The heat pump helps take some of the pressure off the battery to keep cabin temperature in check and we averaged 15.2 kWh per 100 kilometers while we were driving the car. This is a very surprising result especially when We spent some time in the mountains and at 120 km/h on the highway.
Our verdict on the Hyundai Kona Electric
The Hyundai Kona EV is one of the older cars on the EV market but these latest updates keep it fresh. An upgrade to the infotainment system is a bright spot greatly improving the cabin and the Kona electric’s driving style and performance means it should be on the shortlist Anyone looking to buy their first electric car.