Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric


$65,900

Drive Away

0-100 km/h
7.6s
Real Range
390 km
Consumption
16.4 kWh/100km

7.8Mojo Score
Our Verdict of the Hyundai Kona Electric

For the price, not much can come close to the Hyundai Kona in terms of range — it even out-performs many costlier cars. A well-rounded and competent EV package that balances value with features offered. Shame though, that this Crossover SUV is not AWD

Driving Range
8.5
Efficiency
8.0
Performance
7.0
Value for Money
7.5
PROS
  • Great driving range
  • Feature-rich Highlander trim
  • Handling suited to Australian roads
CONS
  • Base model lacks “basic” features like LED lights
  • Not all-wheel-drive
  • Lacks interior space needed for larger families
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 Summary Review

After the IONIQ, the Hyundai Kona Electric is the second BEV offered by Hyundai Australia. Hyundai claims the Kona Electric is Australia’s first-ever electric SUV (albeit front-wheel-drive) and features a 64kWh battery. In other markets, a shorter-range 39kWh variant exists but, for Australia, Hyundai has opted to supply only the long-range Kona.

The Kona is also available in a petrol ICE variant. That may lead you to believe the Kona Electric is merely a simple EV retrofit. This isn’t the case — the Kona Electric has had extensive development to make it a distinct model. For instance, to offset the added weight incurred by the battery packs, the EV version uses aluminium extensively. The Australian Kona Electric is also tuned for Aussie roads, with Hyundai’s engineers testing various suspension designs and configurations before settling on what appears on local-market cars.

The Kona Electric may be smaller and pricier than Hyundai’s other BEV offering, the IONIQ Electric, but the $65,900 driveaway price gets you a bigger battery (64kWh vs 38.3kWh) and a more powerful motor (150kW vs 100kW). It also does the 0-100km/h sprint faster than the IONIQ Electric, in 7.6 seconds compared to the sedan’s 9.7 seconds.

With a larger battery pack comes increased range. Hyundai claim 449 km is achievable in the Kona Electric, which translates to 390 km of real range. This is greater than the more expensive European SUV offerings like the Audi e-Tron 55 & the Mercedes-Benz EQC400. At such, the Kona Electric’s range figures are more on par with the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which claims 460 km.

The Kona Electric comes to Australia in two trim variants (excluding the launch edition). The top-spec Highlander model adds electric heated and cooled front seats, wireless charging, a sunroof, head-up display, LED lights, and a heated steering wheel.

The Kona Electric is a sure sign that Hyundai is taking the EV market very seriously. A competent small crossover-SUV that delivers on battery-range is exactly the kind of BEV that will convert more people from ICEVs to Zero-Emission Vehicles. And, with a five-year warranty and an 8 year/160,000 km warranty on the battery, you’re provided with peace of mind as well.

 Performance

Power

150 kW

Torque

395 Nm

0-100 km/h

7.6s

Top Speed

167 km/h

 Battery & Range

Battery Capacity

67.5 kWh

Claimed Range

449 km

Claimed Efficiency

154 Wh/km

Consumption

16.4 kWh/100km

Real Range

390 km

Real Efficiency

164 Wh/km

 Charging

Charge Time

7 hrs

Charge Speed

37 km/h

Charge Power

7.2 kW

Charge Port

Type-2

Fastcharge Time

44 min

Fastcharge Speed

370 km/h

Fastcharge Power

77 kW

Fastcharge Port

CCS

 Other Specs

Body Type

SUV

Seating Capacity

5 Seats

Drive Type

FWD

Cargo Space

332 Litres

Max Cargo Space

1,114 Litres

ANCAP Rating

5 Star

ANCAP Report

 Warranty

Warranty

5 Years

Warranty km

Unlimited km

Battery Warranty

8 Years

Battery Warranty km

160,000 km

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