Hyundai Kona Electric (2019) Review

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Hyundai Kona Electric (2019) At A Glance

Electric version of Hyundai Kona. Two models available: 39KWh with a range of 180 miles and a 64KWh version with a 279-mile range. High specification and good value for money.

Not the most spacious crossover.

New prices start from £29,495, brokers can source from £15,575
Contract hire deals from £173.17 per month

It's surprising how much swapping a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor can transform a car. While the standard Hyundai Kona is a below-par rival to the SEAT Arona and Nissan Juke, the Kona Electric is one of the most desirable electric cars on the market. So much so, Hyundai announced it'd only take orders online - and even then, it sold out.

There are two models available. It's the pricier 64kWh model that grabs the headlines with its impressive 279-mile range, but the more affordable 39kWh version can cover 180 miles - enough for most drivers.

Batteries located under the floor mean there's a reasonable amount of room inside - although, as per the standard car, the rear seats are a bit short of legroom, leaving adults sitting awkwardly with their knees above their waist.

The cabin looks pleasingly modern compared to the standard car, with buttons on the centre console to make the car go forward or backwards. Search for hard plastics and you'll find them, but it's not as offensive as a relatively affordable electric car could be.

The highlight of the Kona Electric is how it drives around town. The 64kWh model in particular is surprisingly quick off the line, accelerating forwards with little noise but the scrabble of the tyres as they struggle to find grip. Even those used to the instant torque of electric cars might be surprised by just how eager the 64kWh Kona is to accelerate.

It's a heavy car and it can't hide that entirely in the bends, but a low centre of gravity means it remains relatively composed.

By offering Tesla-rivalling electric range in a desirable crossover package for an affordable price, Hyundai has already proven it's onto a winner with the Kona Electric. It has its flaws - a small boot, for example - but it's still a massively appealing electric car.

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Which electric vehicle should I buy?
Would you go for the Tesla Model 3, Kia Soul EV or Hyundai Kona Electric? Thanks.
All good options. If you plan on covering a lot of long journeys, the Tesla's tempting solely for access to the brilliant Supercharger network. Otherwise, we'd opt for the Soul or Kona - both come with long warranties and a strong dealer network. The Soul is a bit more practical.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What electric cars offer a high seating position?
Which EVs have a high driving position?
MG ZS EV, Kia e-Niro, Kia Soul EV, Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Kona Electric, Peugeot e-2008.
Answered by Dan Powell
Which electric cars have higher seating positions?
Can you point me in the direction of affordable electric cars with higher seating positions? I'm 83 and reasonably fit but higher seating does help. Currently own a 2017 Peugeot 3008.
The answer to this very much depends on your definition of 'affordable'. However, if we use your current car as a baseline (which starts at £26,000 new), you can get: A new MG ZS EV: A 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: It might also be worth considering the Nissan Leaf. Technically it is a hatchback, but the driving position is higher than that of a Ford Focus and there is huge level of choice on the used market.
Answered by Dan Powell
I want to sell my old car for a new electric vehicle. Is there a scrappage scheme for this?
I have a 12-year-old BMW that is getting expensive to keep on the road. I want to get an electric car. It needs to be one that can handle the bumpy lane I live on (full of potholes). Is there a scrappage scheme I can use for my old car? I occasionally drive 150 miles in one go but mostly do short distances.
The Kia Soul EV, Kia e-Niro or Hyundai Kona Electric all sound like good options. They all have generous ranges, represent good value for money and should be able to handle your bumpy lane fairly well. You could also consider the MG ZS EV - it's an electric car bargain, but its official 163-mile range means you'll probably have to stop to charge on longer journeys. Unfortunately, due to demand, electric cars aren't usually available on scrappage schemes. I'd recommend selling your BMW privately to get the most for it.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Hyundai Kona Electric (2019) cost?

Buy new from £15,575 (list price from £18,210)
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