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HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC HATCHBACK

150kW Premium 64kWh 5dr Auto

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Hyundai's Kona Electric re-defined the market for affordable EVs. Does it still? Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised version.

Background

Prior to this Hyundai's arrival, the full-electric car market was pretty much divided into a couple of kinds of contender. There were relatively affordable ones, like the Nissan LEAF, developed steadily to the point where their lithium-ion batteries can offer up to around 180 miles on a good day. Or for around twice the money, buyers can graduate to the more sophisticated battery technology that luxury models use - cars like the Jaguar I-PACE, the Audi e-tron, the Mercedes EQC and various Teslas. With these, a driving range of around 300 miles or more is the norm. This Kona's chief selling point is that it can potentially offer the kind of range you'd get in a luxury EV for the kind of price you'd pay for a more affordable one. As selling points go, that's a pretty strong one, though unfortunately for Hyundai, it isn't an exclusive attribute. All the same engineering that features in this car can also be found for a similar price in its cousins, the Kia e-Niro and the Kia Soul EV. This Kona EV then, needed a little more than advanced battery tech to set itself apart - which may have been delivered with the more eye-catching styling of this improved version. Let's put this car to the test.

Driving Experience

There are no significant dynamic changes here; there didn't really need to be. The way this car hurls itself away from rest is pretty surprising the first time you experience it. Once you understand the drive dynamics here though, the rush of blood to the head that this Hyundai gets every time you press the loud pedal with any real vigour is only to be expected. There's a lot more pulling power than would be generated by an equivalent combustion engine - 395Nm of torque - and all of it's delivered to you right from the get-go, rather than building, as it would do with a fossil-fuelled powerplant. 62mph from rest takes 9.7s in the entry-level 39kWh version, which has a reasonable WLTP-rated 189 mile driving range between charges. But most Kona Electric customers are going to want the 64kWh variant, which manages a WLTP-rated range of 300 miles. Conserving that driving range requires careful management of the energy regenerative process that kicks in when you come off the throttle. Like some other Evs, this one provides you with paddleshifters behind the steering wheel that allow you to either intensify or reduce the regenerative braking feel. Alternatively, you can automise things using a 'Smart Regenerative Braking System' that constantly calculates the optimum level of braking regeneration, based on the positioning of vehicle ahead. On the open road, this car struggles a little with weight (it's 300kgs heavier than a conventional Kona) but the even distribution of the battery pack across the floor plan helps with handling and a more advanced independent rear suspension set-up has allowed the engineers to deliver a decent quality of ride.

Design and Build

Visual changes here are relatively minor but combine to give a much sleeker appearance. There's a restyled version of the closed front grille (probably the original model's least successful visual feature). And restyled daytime running lights and there are smarter, sharper headlights with multifaceted reflector technology. Length has increased by 25mm. As before, it helps that the EV model in question here is a high-riding SUV, so the batteries can be packaged in more easily without affecting cabin space, spread across the floorplan for a low centre of gravity, as they would be in a Tesla. Inside, the main change is the adoption of a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. The centre-dash infotainment screen is also 10.25-inches in size. And there's Hyundai's latest Bluelink telematics system, plus the usual 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. Along with mapping functionality that integrates into range read-outs and helps you to locate nearby charging stations. As before, an aircraft-style silver-trimmed centre console incorporates the 'shift-by-wire' push-button controls for the single-speed auto gearbox. And additionally includes a useful extra storage area in its lower section. And in the rear? Well it's in this part of the car that you're likely to be most keenly reminded that you've bought an SUV based on a supermini-sized platform, rather than that of a family hatchback. The same applies to the capacity of the 332-litre boot.

Market and Model

What Hyundai's EV competitors were expecting with the original version of this model was a fairly straightforward proposition: an on the road price in the £30,000-£35,000 bracket, battery capacity around 40kWh and 180 miles of WLTP-rated driving range. And indeed, that's almost precisely what's delivered by the base 39.2kWh version of this Kona Electric, which is offered in two guises, 'SE Connect (which costs around £30,000)' and plusher 'Premium' (which costs around £31,500). What the market wasn't expecting was the version of this Kona Electric that that most original customers for this model chose, the 64kWh variant that almost all customers of this battery-powered model will want. With this top derivative, there's 279 miles of WLTP-rated range for around £35,000 (if you go for a 'Premium'-trimmed model) or around £37,500 (if you go for the top 'Ultimate' variant). All the prices we've just quoted you include subtraction of the £2,500 government grant provided towards purchase of full-EV vehicles. This improved model includes a range of extra camera safety features, including Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist. Another feature new to this model is Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA), which alerts the driver if they do not react fast enough when the vehicle ahead of them starts moving. Further new safety features include Safe Exit Warning (SEW) and Rear Seat Alert (RSA). SEW warns passengers intending to exit the vehicle if it is not yet safe to do so. RSA is a door-checker feature that recognises if the rear doors have been opened prior to departing.

Cost of Ownership

As usual with an EV, you get plenty of cabin screen options to allow you to plan your route around your remaining available charge. Both models offer charging flexibility with standard 7 pin Type 2 CCS and 3 pin ICCB charging cables. When the battery is depleted, you'll be able to recharge your Kona Electric to 80% of capacity in just 75 minutes if you can find a 50kW DC CCS charging point. Or 47 minutes from a 100kW charger. Most of the time though, you'll be charging this Hyundai overnight using a 7.2kW wallbox that you'll have to pay a little extra to get installed in your garage. In the 64kWh model. You can revive the cells from empty in this way in around 6 hours (which would use around £9 of electricity at current rates). Of course, to maximise your driving range, you're going to need to make copious use of the various driving aids Hyundai provides. There's a power meter driving gauge to the left of the speedometer in the instrument binnacle and the idea here being to keep the needle in the 'Charge' band as often as possible. There's also a 'Driving Style' section in the trip computer screen that can display to the left of the instrument binnacle and award you percentage readings for 'Economical', 'Normal' and 'Dynamic' progress.

Summary

The looks of this Kona Electric are much improved in this revised form, but it's appeal remains much as before. Strengths include the kind of relatively usable driving range that would make it almost usable as an only car. Better still, we've found here that the claimed range isn't so far away from what's actually achievable in everyday use. In a Peugeot e-2008, you'd get a classier interior. In a Nissan LEAF, you'd get more rear seat passenger space. But both those cars are completely trounced by the driving range this Kona Electric can offer in its higher output form. Which is something that only this car's Kia cousins can match for the price. This Kona though, has wider appeal. Enough to take it mainstream? Probably not. It won't be on sale in large enough numbers for a start. But it's a clear signpost to an all-electric future. And that makes it a very important car indeed.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed104mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10.25" touchscreen satellite Navigation with Bluelink and Mapcare
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition
  • Cruise control - smart adaptive speed control with stop and go function
  • Digital clock
  • Drive mode selector
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Front parking sensor
  • Intelligent speed limit warning
  • Lane follow assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Parking system with rear camera and guidance system
  • PAS
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Smartphone wireless charging plate
  • Windscreen washer fluid sensor and warning indicator

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers (2 front, 2 tweeters, 2 rear)
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Krell premium audio system with 8 speakers and subwoofer
  • RDS radio with MP3 player
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
  • USB/aux input socket

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Door mirror integrated indicators
  • Electric front/rear windows with drivers one touch/anti-trap
  • Full LED headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear lights
  • Positioning Lights - LED
  • Power folding door mirrors
  • Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate
  • Roof rails
  • Solar glass with windscreen shade band

Interior Features

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • 7 pin charging cable
  • Adjustable head restraints
  • Ambient lighting
  • Automatic climate control with defog system for front windscreen
  • CCS Combo rapid charge port (50kW)
  • Centre interior light
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Door scuff plate
  • Driver and passenger front seat pockets
  • Driver's electric adjustable lumbar support
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Driver's seat manual adjustment
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Emergency 3 pin connector charging cable (ICCB)
  • Front cup holders
  • Front interior light
  • Front passenger seat manual adjustments
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Luggage compartment undertray
  • Luggage hooks
  • Luggage net
  • Parcel shelf
  • Rear centre console with air vents
  • Sunglasses holder
  • USB charger in centre console

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Airbags - front, front side and curtain airbags
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • EBD + Brake Assist
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic stability control
  • Fasten seatbelt reminder
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Regenerative brake shift paddles
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system with individual tyre pressure display

Security

  • Alarm/immobiliser
  • Deadlocks
  • Folding key
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking
  • Smart key with keyless entry and engine start/stop button

Technical

  • Battery heater
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Wheels

  • 17" alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    64
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    1680
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    7
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    555
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    410
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    100
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    10-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    47
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
    14.7
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
    300
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    125000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
    10.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    14.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City
    5.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    4.2
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City
    660
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    484
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
    410
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    301

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    ZG
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    204
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    64kWh
  • Coin Series
    Premium
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    24A
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    5
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Power - RPM
    Not Available
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    291
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.3
  • Engine Torque - NM
    395
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    Not Available
  • Top Speed
    104

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1570
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4205
  • Wheelbase
    2600
  • Width
    1800
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2070

Weight and Capacities

  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2170
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1114
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    332
  • Max. Loading Weight
    485
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    100
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1685
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.4
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

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Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

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"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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