Hyundai Kona Electric (2019) Review
Hyundai Kona Electric (2019) At A Glance
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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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