Hyundai Kona Electric Review 2022

Hyundai Kona Electric At A Glance

5/5

+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 £30,450, brokers can source from £18,576
Insurance Groups are between 22–27

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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"We are looking to change our 11 year old Honda Insight. We are likely to keep the next car eight to 10 years, and realise we are in a time of rapidly changing technology. We are looking at a 2020 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV, because a lot of our journeys are under 30 miles, and also a 21 plate Toyota Yaris Cross. Any comments on these two? The other option is to spend a little bit of money on the Honda (spark plugs, front tyres down to 2.4 mm, which we would change) and try to get through a chunk of 2022 to see how things look later...."
Why not make the switch to a pure-electric vehicle? It sounds like one could suit your needs well, if you can charge a car at home and mainly cover short journeys. The infrastructure is rapidly improving, too, if you do need to travel further afield. A Hyundai Kona Electric could be a good option. If you'd prefer a hybrid, a Toyota Yaris Cross sounds like a good car for you. It's a much newer model than the Ioniq PHEV (and feels it!) and is very efficient without the need to plug it in.
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Can you suggest some electric or hybrid SUVs for a £40,000 budget?
"I currently have a 1.4 petrol Vauxhall Mokka X. I am looking to replace this with an electric or self-charging hybrid SUV. I need something to get my golf clubs in. I travel only locally but have relatives some 140 miles away which I visit every other month. I would like something comfortable have a budget of around £40,000. "
We'd recommend a Hyundai Ioniq 5. It's a very comfortable and practical electric SUV with an impressive 238-mile range from the most affordable models. You could also consider the very similar Kia EV6 or the smaller Hyundai Kona Electric. Alternatively, if you rate your current Mokka X, the new Vauxhall Mokka-e is comfortably within budget. If you'd prefer a hybrid model, take a look at the new Hyundai Tucson.
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What's the best second hand electric car for £30,000?
"What's the best second hand electric car for £30,000?"
A Hyundai Kona Electric would be a good option. You'll get a recent (post-facelift) model within budget, or a slightly older example with the bigger 64kWh battery and 279-mile range. If you don't need to travel so far between charges, we'd recommend a Mazda MX-30. Alternatively, the MG 5 or ZS EV would be a good choice – particularly if you need a practical electric car.
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I need a comfortable and relaxing car - should I choose electric or hybrid?
"I want to buy a new automatic car and will consider electric or hybrid models. I often travel, for pleasure, 100 - 200 miles a day. I have increasing mobility problems with arthritis in the lower half of my body, so comfort is paramount. I need a high seating position and heated front seats with as much adjustability as possible in all dimensions. What do you recommend?"
Take a look at the Kia Niro. It's available as a hybrid or electric model, with comfortable seats and a high seating position. With its 62kWh battery, the e-Niro can officially travel up to 282 miles between charges, although expect slightly less than this in reality (especially over winter). The Hyundai Kona Electric is also worth a look, or the new hybrid Toyota Yaris Cross.
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