Hyundai Kona Electric, The Mass Market Something SUV
This is the Hyundai Kona Electric, as the name suggests it’s Hyundai’s all-electric something-SUV. Its available in two power variants, 39 kWh (135PS) and 64 kWh (204PS) and four trim levels. Prices start from £29k for entry-level models and up to £36k for the more powerful, higher spec models.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is offered in two power guises, the least powerful version offers a total EV range of 186 miles whereas the more powerful 64 kWh version offers up to 300 miles. The problem with electric cars, apart from the slow re-charge time is that real-world range doesn’t correlate to the test lab result.
And we know what automotive manufacturers get up to in test labs, they just make up numbers and facts to suit business and corporate objectives.
But let’s give Hyundai and the new generation of EV’s some credence, it’s early days for the new era of electrified cars, even though Nikoli Tesla first proposed electric cars 100 years ago.
Nevertheless, the Hyundai Kona Electric will have to face off its closest and more expensive rival, the Nissan Leaf, and we have to say the Kona’s mass-market styling is way more appealing.
Hyundai claims that the Kona’s lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged from 0-80 percent in as little as 54-minutes. IF you have the 100kW fast charger.
If you prefer to use a mains plug then it will take over 9hrs to recharge to 80 percent for the 64 kWh version, and 6hrs for the less powerful 39 kWh variant.
The Kona Electric will ride on 17-inch alloys and features re-designed front and rear bumpers to aid aerodynamic efficiency.
Standard equipment includes a digital dashboard with a heads-up display, 7.0-inch Sat-Nav infotainment system with the option to upgrade to an 8-inch version and electrically adjustable front seats that are also heated and ventilated.
Standard driver assist tech includes steering lane control, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.
The Kona Electric is due to hit UK retail by August… Just go to your local dealership to find out more, we are not a sales organisation.
If you think a pure electric car is overhyped and doesn’t offer the flexibility or range that suits your lifestyle then worry not, Hyundai has just announced prices for the something-SUV’s petrol and diesel variants, which start from £19k for entry-level cars and £24k for the range-topping version.