Hyundai Kona Electric Review 2021
As a small SUV with electric drive, the Hyundai Kona Elektro creates impressive ranges. The TopWhich test clarifies what it can do and how well it proves itself in everyday long-term testing.
- The Hyundai Kona has been on the market since 2018; Facelift 2021
- Large ranges are possible with the 64 kWh battery
- Practical experience: This is what the editorial team experienced with the Kona
When it comes to vehicles with alternative drives, Hyundai has a lot to offer: In addition to the Nexo fuel cell vehicle, the Koreans have the Ioniq in their range, which is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric. And the new, fully electric Ioniq 5 is already in the starting blocks and is set to establish an entire family of models.
The Hyundai Kona Elektro, on the market since 2018, positions itself as an electrically powered SUV in the small car class. For the 2021 model year, it was slightly lifted at the front and rear, and the interior was also slightly freshened up. Technically, nothing has changed, so that the TopWhich test from 2018 of the pre-facelift model is basically still valid. The Kona Elektro is available with two battery sizes (39 and 64 kWh) and in two power levels (100 and 150 kW).
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV review
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Manufacturer’s pioneer all-electric SUV which burst onto the scene in 2018 with a range of 300 miles and a reasonable price in the early terms of electric cars at least.
So, perhaps it’s no wonder that the limited initial supply
was quickly overtaken by demand, but there are
there is no such problem now set aside your cash for one of these and the longer you
you have to wait in the UK it’s two weeks if you have to wait at all
so this is the time instead of buying a
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Embrace the electric revolution and go for this kona ready for 300 miles.
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the kona electric has just had a facelift and the biggest change has been reduced
here to the front where in the previous coney
I had this kind of weird looking plastic grill
but now you can see that it has a much more elegant interface
but even after a slight pinch and crease, it is unlikely to turn as many heads as
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now there is also a 10.3-inch digital controller display that comes standard
in every electric kona, but that’s it in all other aspects, this is
very similar to before the larger change is more out of the
control of kona electric when the kona and
the closely related Kia inero were much more atypical were the
only real option if you wanted an ev that was cheaper
that a tesla, but it still had a massive range, but that’s
different now in this price range between 30 and 40000 pounds you have
a lot of rivals and many more to come, so now we’re looking at cars like
peugeot e-2008 citroen ec4 vw id3
and then there’s the mg ZS ev, which is actually a lot cheaper than all those
rivals and more and more are launched
time seems that with this new competition, how does the
kona electric compare does this change our opinion about the car? Well, the truth is
that the interior has never left us speechless
so it’s always looked pretty clingy
and feel it so that robustness is not in doubt.
quite well together, but it is the materials here and there that simply
you feel a little cheaper than what you get in other rivals, particularly
whatever’s wrapped in this flyer just doesn’t feel so good.
so even the closely related e-nero feels like a step
compared to the kona electric and also the peugeot e2008, which has
a really nice interior, but to be fair, the electric koni is
pretty similar to what you get from the vw
id3, but while it may not be among the best in the class in terms of quality
the infotainment system that comes with the kona electric
it’s very good, in fact, it’s one of the best infotainment systems you get
there, so it has all the features that
I want to include Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard
pretty simple design and also has these useful physical shortcuts
buttons and a pair of dials to help control it too, making it
very impressive and this new digital controller display really good to have a great
it comes standard very easy and simple to see all the information you
you need and overall have a very good
driving position here you are also not really high as you would expect in a
SUV necessarily, but it’s still all lined up very nicely comfortable here
Plus, it’s great that each electric cone has adjustable lumbar support
standard to help save your back on long journeys
The rear seat space is not a strong point of the kona electric, it is a relatively tight rear
here, but if you’re a little under six feet like me
Then you can still sit straight without your head
brushing the roof lining there is an adequate amount of room for the knees
and legroom and a pair of six feet could sit
here relatively comfortably over long distances, but for the money and
id3 and also an e nero are more
for rear passengers, those rivals also have bigger boots than
the electric kona because in this car only fits
four carry-on cases in this fairly shallow cargo bay
but in an e-nero they fit five and in a nissan leaf they fit seven
but even in something like a renault zoe that can put six in its trunk
In addition, in the Kona Electric there is not much space for storage under the floor.
or that means you’re stuck with these charging cables
in this bag with practical Velcro straps on the back
sit in the trunk and take up space there
but while it may not be so surprising for practicality, there are
clearly an area where the electric kona still
it excels enormously and that is the rank now that the official claims
WLTP electrical range from a full load on the
kona electric is 300 miles to go much further than
that in an electric car you would have to spend
a lot more money in a ford Mustang mackie or a tesla
and even in our independent real range tests that give you a genuine
Real-world figure for the autonomy of an electric car.
he drove 259 miles, which is far enough to fit many people’s lives, but
What about the rest of the driving experience?
well, the electric kona has never been the most
comfortable electric car in its class, so at whatever speed you go
pushing you a little inside isn’t enough to turn you
really uncomfortable or annoying, but if you compare it to an e-nero
or the id-3 both cars feel much more seated
and much more padded also to travel better
it’s also a little louder here compared to those cars
handling does not excite much higher body control id3 and better
Weighted steering makes it more pleasant to drive and
inero is also a little better, but the corner is not terrible in baja
speeds around the city is a typical electric car really
soft really quiet very easy to drive in a
parking space, all those basic things are covered more
it’s actually pretty fast, too, so the north at 60 miles per hour is covered in
about seven seconds, which is as fast as you’d get from a
id3 and an e-nero, but it is true that a tesla model 3 would leave it in the
dust, but you should still be quite careful with the
accelerator with the electric koner because with 201
brake horsepower traction control turned off sport
mode on and some direction lock applied
it’s pretty easy to overwhelm the front. [applause]
that is, with the 64 kilowatt-hour version of the kona electric, we are
driving here, but you can also get a 39 kilowatt-hour version of this car
now with that smaller battery you also have a less powerful electric motor, so
there is less exhaustion potential, but it also reduces the range, so
version of the kona the declared range is 180 miles and in
real world driving conditions you can expect between 150
160 miles is now cheaper, but when the massive range is removed
that this car offers you to lose a large part of your
appeal on the subject of Price 39
The kilowatt-hour version seems quite competitive alongside its rivals.
but because the range is not particularly good, we definitely recommend
jumping to 64 kilowatt-hour version
and if you wonder which cut to choose, there are three to choose from, but
although entry-level SC connect is really well equipped
it only comes with a smaller 39 kilowatt hour battery, so we would opt for the
medium cut which is premium and then you can get
bigger battery and you also get LED headlights and auto cleaners too
By the way, it is only the range that exceeds the final setting that does not get 2
£ 500 discount on supplement grant in the UK
oh, and every electric kona is covered by hyundai’s fantastic
five-year warranty of unlimited mileage while the battery is covered by a
separate warranty of eight years or 125 thousand miles
as for charging well, the maximum charging speed on the kona is around 77
kilowatts so with a 50 kilowatt fast charger of the kind you would find in a
motorway gas station, you can get a charge from 10 to 80 at 64
minutes on this large battery version or 47 minutes with
the smallest battery that is the same as most of the ones in this car
rivals, however, an id3 can load it up to 125 kilowatts, so
of a 100 kilowatt charger will do the same charge in half of
time like the kona now sounds very convenient and it is, but the problem is
that at the moment there are not many charges that can be charged at that speed
so the relatively low maximum load speed of the Kona electric
it’s probably something that might annoy you in the future.
so the facelift hasn’t made any dramatic changes to the kona electric
but it’s still a very good car, it may not be the biggest in its class.
There may be other evs with slightly better driving and handling.
balance, but because of that huge range if you’re
looking to become electric, then this should definitely be
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A 300-mile range, sleek new look, cheaper entry-level version – does a facelift make the Hyundai Kona Electric the best electric car around? Watch to find out everything you need to know.
Electric SUV with sporty driving performance
A blue Hyundai Kona Electric is driving on a road.
Small SUV with short overhangs and two-tone paintwork ∙ © Hyundai
The TopWhich tested the more powerful version with a 64 kWh battery. The powerful torque of 395 Newton meters promises safe overtaking maneuvers even from low speeds. The more powerful variant accelerates from standstill to 100 km / h in just 7.9 seconds, and it only finishes at 167 km / h. The intermediate sprint from 60 to 100 km / h is a short 3.6 seconds according to TopWhich measurements.
The permanent magnet synchronous motor, which transmits its power to the front wheels via a single-stage gearbox, makes driving a lot of fun with its constantly available torque. Turbo lag, starting weakness or simply the wrong gear? The Kona Elektro doesn’t know that.
Kona Elektro also shows outstanding long-distance qualities: the battery capacity of the tested 204 PS version is an impressive 64 kilowatt hours, which in combination with the efficient electric drive enables a range of up to 484 kilometers (factory specification) according to the WLTP cycle.
Good: 375 kilometers range in the TopWhich Ecotest
A blue Hyundai Kona Electric is driving on a road.
At around 4.20 meters in length, the Kona is slightly shorter than a VW Golf ∙ © Hyundai
At least on paper. But with electric cars, the personal driving profile is very important. If you only drive slowly in the city, the stated value is not unrealistic. However, if you demand more of the Kona and drive a lot on the country road or on the freeway, the range quickly melts. In the TopWhich Ecotest, which is driven in all cars – including combustion, hybrid vehicles or gas-powered cars – the result is a range of 375 kilometers. This is also a proud figure that was not even surpassed by the much more expensive Jaguar I-Pace in the TopWhich test.
The Hyundai Kona Elektro in the everyday test
Half a year with the Hyundai Kona Elektro: What everyday experiences did the editorial team have? What takes getting used to, what needs to be improved or what works well, is something that not only test editors or engineers say, as an exception. But also colleagues who have so far had little contact with electromobility. Here are their impressions:
Tobias Rieger: Trip with four people
“We put the Kona to the test with two adults, two children (3 and 6 years old) and two child seats, and drove from Munich to the Spessart for a long weekend. And we were pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. The space available The interior is absolutely sufficient for the family: three large sports bags fit in the trunk, and a buggy would probably have been possible too.
In addition, the Kona is very pleasant to drive. What is missing is a smartphone app to display the charge level and to pre-plan / save a route. At the hotel we could only charge at a Schuko socket. But after three nights the car was completely full again. The 360-kilometer return trip – partly in eco mode and half on federal highways – took place without reloading. When we arrived, we still had 50 kilometers to go. ”
Tobias Rieger, Product Manager TopWhich
Christof Henn: The trick with the plug
“The car is fun: When I drive off at the traffic lights, I leave every Porsche behind, as is typical of an electric car – a nifty little car that also scores points in terms of design inside and out. But it is chic, was my wife’s first comment .
I find the range of almost 400 kilometers pleasant and comfortable, so we didn’t have to think about where a charging station was on the way from Munich to Lake Starnberg or Lake Tegern. With such a car we would make it to Carinthia without stopping.
The Kona makes it easy to get started with electromobility: plugging it into the socket is simple, and charging is pretty quick, I think. Pulling the plug out of the front is anything but easy: it cannot be pulled out just like that, not even with jerking up, down or to the side. And there is no button or something similar to discover that should be pressed. The car door is open, so the car is unlocked. I still press the open function on the key again. You can finally pull the plug. You have to come to that. Hyundai can certainly improve that. ”
Christof Henn, editor TopWhich
Matthias Maus: Driving with the sounds of spheres
First of all there is the singing or the spherical sound with which the car is supposed to draw pedestrians’ attention. The Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) can also be heard inside. It takes some getting used to.
As befits a Stromer, the Kona pulls off properly. No wonder with 204 hp and almost 400 Nm of torque. The hard suspension enhances the sports car feeling. Spacers and steering correction are definitely an asset, especially with dense motorway traffic. It’s just a shame that the head-up display cannot be set cheaply for giants. Puzzling: 4.5 hours of charging at a public 22 kW charging station only put 18 kW into the battery. Great: The TopWhich tariff with a price of 29 cents per kWh. ”
Richard Wagner: Automatic like in a bus
“The Hyundai Kona Elektro is a very pleasant car with a good range. I think the brakes, the quick acceleration and the energy recovery are great. The operation itself is simple, but you have to get used to some things. I personally like the lane assistant For example, not: I find it uncomfortable that he intervenes in the steering and steers the car away from the center or sideline.
I quickly made friends with the head-up display, as it saves you from driving too fast: Above the dashboard, it always lets the current speed limit float in the driver’s perspective (the camera can detect it perfectly), along with the current one driven speed.
At first I was surprised that the Kona Elektro no longer has an automatic selector lever, but rather selector buttons like on a bus. But why not – the operation is absolutely simple. The direct steering is almost too sensitive on the motorway, but otherwise the smooth steering is a plus.
The sometimes cheap materials in the interior scratch quickly, and the carpet in the trunk is so smooth that everything flies back and forth. ”
19.5 kWh power consumption in the test
The power consumption is measured at 19.5 kWh per 100 kilometers – including charging losses. Because, as with any electric car, less electricity arrives in the battery than flows out of the socket. With the Hyundai Kona, the charging losses are comparatively low. In addition to the consumption of the engine (which determines the range), around 15 percent is added: 73.9 kWh are needed to fully charge the 64 kWh battery.
Charging only works really quickly with direct current (CCS)
Hyundai Kona Electric
The Kona Elektro can charge CCS columns with up to 100 kW ∙ © Hyundai
The Kona Elektro’s 64 kWh battery can be charged with alternating current (AC, connector type 2) and direct current (DC, connector type CCS) as standard. A charging cable for the “household socket” (Schuko) is included, as is the cable with a type 2 plug. There is space for both cables in a pocket, which can be stowed precisely under the compartment insert below the trunk floor.
Charging from a household socket (230 V) takes about 31 hours and is therefore not recommended. A wallbox takes about 9.5 hours to fully charge with alternating current. It is much faster with direct current via CCS, here the Kona Elektro even accepts up to 100 kW (the basic version with 39 kWh battery creates a maximum of 50 kW); charging to 80 percent then only takes 75 minutes for 50 kW or 54 minutes for 100 kW.
Charging on a public AC pillar, however, only worked with a maximum of 7.2 kilowatts (instead of 22 kW) in the 2018 test. The built-in onboard charger did not allow more. Anyone who orders a Kona Elektro with a 64 kWh battery today will receive an onboard charger with at least 11 kW as standard. For the entry-level version, the better charger costs extra.
Slightly modernized interior
Hyundai Kona Electric
Lots of plastic, but chic: cockpit with a floating center console ∙ © Hyundai
Well-made plastic cladding dominates the interior, which did not look particularly classy at first. For the facelift, the materials were a bit higher quality. Digital 10.25-inch instruments behind the steering wheel are also new, a free-standing monitor and a reversing camera take over the driver information, a DAB radio with navigation system, Bluetooth and smartphone connection via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
An app on the smartphone shows the range, battery status and the remaining charging time. If the vehicle is connected to a charging station, the driver can start and stop the charging process at the push of a button on the smartphone and preheat or cool the interior.
The visually floating center console with various control buttons and the transmission control, which is done electrically at the push of a button, is nice to look at. The gear lever is superfluous on the E-Kona because the recuperation and braking strength (even down to a standstill) are selected using shift paddles on the steering wheel. In any case, the operation should hardly overtax anyone: The touchscreen menus are also well structured.
No lush space
Display and steering wheel of a Hyundai Kona Electric
The layout of the digital instrument cluster is new ∙ © Hyundai
The space available in the only 4.17 meter long Kona is naturally limited because it is still conventionally constructed so that gasoline and diesel engines also fit under the hood. In the E variant, the batteries placed in the underbody also limit the space, which particularly affects the rear passengers with three centimeters less knee room. The trunk volume is also shrinking, so that only a meager 225 liters remain under the trunk cover in the TopWhich measurement (factory specification 332 liters). However, the rear seat backs of the electric Kona can also be folded down, creating a (unfortunately sloping) cargo space for up to 1070 liters of volume (TopWhich measured value).
Safe handling, but long braking distances
The chassis also provides a safe driving experience in the TopWhich evasive test and, by and large, irons out bumps properly. It’s just a shame that the steering feels a bit synthetic and the braking distance of 40.3 meters from 100 km / h is above average. Here we would have expected a better result from the Korean.
Also in need of improvement: the Kona Elektro is not particularly quiet with a measured 69 dB at 130 km / h. Reason: The rolling noise is relatively dominant – here you would want better insulation in an actually quiet electric car.
Numerous assistance systems are responsible for active safety: Adaptive ACC, active lane departure warning and emergency braking assistant with pedestrian detection are always standard, rear cross traffic warning, traffic jam assistant, blind spot warning or traffic sign recognition are only available in the premium equipment for the 204 PS Kona.
Price with 64 kWh battery: 41,850 euros
The Kona Electric with 136 hp costs £35,650 in the cheapest configuration, £27,950.00 with the 204 hp motor and larger battery – the current e-car premium of up to £9,000 has not yet been deducted. This is still a lot of money for a small SUV, but a fair offer for an electric car with a useful practical range.
Hyundai Kona Elektro: Technical Specifications Technical data (manufacturer information)
Hyundai Kona Electric (64 kWh) Prime
- Engine: Permanent magnet synchronous motor, lithium polymer battery
- Power: 150 kW / 204 PS, 395 Nm from 1 rpm
- Drive: Front-wheel drive with single-stage reduction gear
- Performance: 7.6 s to 100 km / h, 167 km / h
- Consumption: 14.7 kWh / 100 km, CO₂: 0 g / km
- Range according to WLTP: maximum 484 km
- Empty weight : 1760 kg
- Dimensions: L 4.18 / W 1.80 / H 1.57 m
- Price: £27,950.00 (Prime equipment), base with 64 kWh battery from £28,950.00