Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai Kona Electric
Base MSRP: $37100
Destination Charge: $ 1,045
Tax Credit: $ 7,500
EPA Range: 258 miles, pure electric (estimated)
Battery: 64 kWh
Charging Acceptance Rate: 7.2 kW
Dimensions: 164.6″ L x 70.9″ W x 61″ H
Reviews of the Hyundai Kona Electric
Performance: Electric vehicle (EV); 201 horsepower
Mileage estimate: Equivalent of 108-132 mpg
Price estimate: from $37,100
Warranty: 5 years / 60,000 miles
Drivetrain warranty: 5 years / 60,000 miles
Roadside assistance: 5 years, unlimited miles
Hyundai Kona Electric Vehicle
When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla certainly dominates the headlines for a variety of reasons.
No argument here that Tesla has manufactured some fantastic EV vehicles. Yet the company also seems to be in the news at times for all the wrong reasons. The biggest issue (rumor) that surrounds Tesla – is the company going broke or is it financially sustainable?
There are no such issues with Hyundai, which has certainly made inroads for more than a decade as a legitimate auto manufacturer. The South Korean company has a fine reputation overall for its traditional vehicles and is making inroads in the EV world as well.
A case in point is the newly released 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric. It’s getting some very positive reviews for a variety of reasons, making a name for itself among U.S. buyers, where it’s only sold in 10 states (California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont).
In many respects, the Kona EV is similar to the gas-powered Kona that was introduced to positive reviews a year ago. It has a lot of the same makeup, yet the exterior appearance isn’t one of them. While the Kona EV sits low and has a wide stance like the conventional Kona, the EV obviously doesn’t use an internal combustion engine, so the EV version doesn’t need a grille, instead opting for a dimpled front end.
Billed as a compact crossover sport utility vehicle, the Kona EV looks more like a hatchback to many folks. Regardless of the classification, there’s little argument that Hyundai has manufactured a fine EV. Although sales have been rather tepid the first half of 2019, one suspects sales will eventually pick up.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona EV will travel approximately 258 miles before a charge is required. That distance more than doubles EV rivals like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen E-Golf. It also has more range than the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt (238 miles).
More good news regarding the Kona – the 64-kWh battery pack can receive a quick charge. When the battery is depleted it can be 80-percent recharged in one hour with a 45 kW DC (Level-3) fast charger. A more conventional, Level-2 (240-volt) overnight charging at home takes around 9½ hours for a full charge. The Kona has an onboard 7.2-kWh charger and its electric charging port is integrated into the front grille.
There’s definitely some pep to the front-wheel drive Kona EV. It generates 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, and travels 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds despite being fairly heavy (3,870 pounds). It can top out at 104 mph and gets approximately 120 mpge. The Kona EV has three driving modes (Normal, Eco, Eco-plus) and three levels of regeneration braking. But unlike the traditional Kona, it has no all-wheel drive option.
Although it doesn’t offer an exciting ride, the Kona EV does deliver a stable, quiet, confident drive. It handles well on curvy country roads, performs well in the mountains, and gives the driver a feeling of total control.
The Kona EV has a good overall interior that features standard items like 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument display, premium audio system, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. The seating is about average for a typical compact SUV/hatchback, meaning there’s acceptable leg and head room up front, while the back seat feels a little cramped. The cargo area is 19.2 cubic-feet and expands to 45.8 with the rear seat folded flat.