Hyundai Kona Electric Review 2024
Hyundai Kona Electric At A Glance
The Hyundai Kona Electric added another string to the bow of the Korean firm’s small SUV range and provided EV buyers with a fine choice. It might not be the roomiest SUV, but it looks good and is very well made. The Hyundai Kona Electric also drives well and the larger battery model has a usefully long range compared to the likes of the Renault Zoe, stylish but flawed Honda e or popular Vauxhall Corsa Electric. Read on for our full Hyundai Kona Electric review.
It’s surprising how 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 big-selling Nissan Juke, the Hyundai Kona Electric is one of the most desirable electric cars on the market.
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 select 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 Hyundai Kona Electric is how it drives around town. The 64kWh model in particular is surprisingly quick off the line, accelerating forwards with little noise except 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 Hyundai Kona Electric is to accelerate.
It’s a heavy car and it can’t hide that entirely in bends, but a low centre of gravity means it remains relatively composed.
By offering Tesla-rivalling electric range in a desirable package for an affordable price, Hyundai’s Kona Electric has plenty of appeal. It has its flaws – a small boot, for example – but it’s still a massively attractive electric car.
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