Hyundai Kona Electric (2019–)

Model History

June 2018

Hyundai Kona Electric UK specs and prices announced

Hyundai has announced the pricing and specification of the Kona Electric, which will be available to order from the 2 August.

Kona Electric is the latest electrified model from Hyundai, joining both the Ioniq family and the forthcoming Nexo as the brand drives towards 18 new electrified models by 2025. It brings the very latest in battery electric powertrain and connected technology, with an impressive driving range of up to 300 miles, all packaged up in an evolution of the Kona's striking exterior design.

Front styling changes include a signature silver garnish connecting the high level daytime running lamps, a closed grille incorporating the charge point and a redesigned front bumper with active air flaps. At the rear of Kona Electric, the bumper has been redesigned for improved airflow, as well as housing resigned turn signal and fog lamp units. From the side, its dedicated 17-inch alloy wheels, lower side skirt and wheel arch side claddings are clear differentiators from the internal combustion engine versions of Kona.

The Kona Electric models come with a high level of standard safety features, including Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition (AEB), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tyre pressure display. Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Follow Assist (LFA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are also available dependant on trim level.

Prices will start from £29,495 (excluding Plug In Car Grant) for the Kona Electric SE 39kWh, with equipment including a 7-inch display audio including DAB, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel controls and a leather steering wheel. Automatic lights, climate control, driver’s side electric lumbar support and keyless entry with start/stop button are amongst the key specification items.

Kona Electric Premium 39kWh is the next model up in the range, which starts from £30,870 (excluding Plug In Car Grant). The specification builds on the SE trim level by offering customers additional equipment including, privacy glass, LED rear lamps, front parking sensors, auto dimming rear mirror and automatic windscreen wipers, 8-inch touchscreen display audio system with Navigation, DAB, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, combined with the KRELL audio system with 8 speakers and wireless charging for compatible devices. Kona Electric Premium is available with two drivetrains; the 39kWh battery with 100kW motor providing 136PS, or the 64kWh battery with 150kW motor with 204PS.

The range topping Kona Electric Premium SE 64kWh is available from £36,295 (not including Plug In Car Grant), which adds additional equipment to the Premium including LED headlamps with High Beam Assist (HBA), static cornering lights and head up display. Additional enhancements over the Premium specification include leather seat facings, electrically adjustable and heated/ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel.

Kona Electric is available in a choice of 6 colours. Galactic Grey (metallic) is a no cost option finish, with Chalk White (pearl), Tangerine Comet (metallic), Ceramic Blue (pearl), Pulse Red (pearl) and Acid Yellow (metallic) being a £565 option. A two-tone roof is available to order as a £420 option on the Premium & Premium SE models.

Kona Electric will initially be available to order exclusively from Hyundai’s Click to Buy website with rollout across the dealer network in 2019.

All Kona Electric models come with Hyundai’s five-year unlimited mileage warranty, roadside assistance package, 5 Year annual health check, and 12 year anti corrosion warranty.

Kona Electric Pricing – NOT INCLUDING PLUG IN CAR GRANT

Model

Fuel Type

CO2 Emissions (g/km)

VED Band

Recommended On The Road Price

P11D Value

BIK %

SE 39kWh

Electric

0

A

£29,495.00

£29,440.00

13

Premium 39 kWh

Electric

0

A

£30,870.00

£30,815.00

13

Premium 64 kWh

Electric

0

A

£33,995.00

£33,940.00

13

Premium SE 64 kWh

Electric

0

A

£36,295.00

£36,240.00

13

Optional Extra

2 Tone roof

Premium, Premium SE

£420

Metallic / Pearl paint

SE, Premium, Premium SE

£565

December 2018

Corrected figures for Hyundai Kona Electric announced

Hyundai Motor has issued a correction to the official Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) combined all-electric driving range (AER) stated for the Kona Electric.

All new cars to be sold in the European Union are subject to the new WLTP tests, which use a standardised test programme set and overseen by designated testing authorities. In testing the Kona Electric to establish its homologated electric vehicle driving range, the independent organisation overseeing the process accidentally provided an incorrect testing methodology and then approved the results it generated. This led to the Kona Electric being tested for a disproportionate length of time on the WLTP ‘urban’ cycle – comprising lower overall vehicle speeds and a reduced energy requirement – resulting in an overestimation of the vehicle’s all-electric range.

The Kona Electric in 39kWh specification is due to be recalculated with an AER combined range of 289 kilometers (180 miles). The AER of Kona Electric 64kWh is due to be recalculated with a range of 449 kilometers (279 miles).

Hyundai says it's taking the matter seriously and seeking an explanation from the independent body responsible for the error.

January 2020

Hyundai slashes waiting times for Kona Electric

In response to significant customer demand, Hyundai Motor UK has announced that customer waiting times for the new 2020 Kona Electric will be significantly reduced from 12 months to 4 months. The move follows a significant ramp up in availability of its sought-after fully electric model, through the introduction of production in its European Czech-based plant and by increasing existing supply from its facility in Ulsan, South Korea.

In order to streamline the ordering process, the 32kWh model has also been dropped. It accounted for less than one per cent of sales in the UK.

The 2020 Kona Electric is now available to order from across the dealer network with customers benefitting from Hyundai’s comprehensive five-year unlimited mileage warranty and roadside assistance package.

What does a Hyundai Kona Electric (2019) cost?

List Price from £18,210
Buy new from £15,575
Contract hire from £180.80 per month