Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric review

Costs & verdict
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Although the 39kWh battery version is plenty nippy enough and has a very healthy real-world range of 158 miles, wed be tempted to go for the pricier 64kWh model. True, the faster acceleration it brings isnt really necessary, but the extra 100-odd miles of real-world range transforms the Kona Electric into proper inter-city transport that you could even use to go on holiday.

Like all pure electric cars, the Kona Electric is eligible for a £3500 grant from the government. You probably wont get anything more off the price by haggling, though; demand is currently outstripping production to the point that theres actually a waiting list.

Although the Kona Electric will cost you quite a bit more to buy than a conventional petrol small SUV, there are savings to be made elsewhere. Youll spend a lot less on electricity per mile than you would on petrol, for example, and you wont pay a penny in road tax. If you venture into Londons Congestion Charge, youll also escape the usual charge, while there are various parking perks in cities across the UK.

You can charge using a Type 2 cable (included as standard) from a regular 7kW home charging point; this takes around 9.5 hours in the 64kWh version and just over six hours in the 39kWh model. For emergencies, you can also use a domestic three-pin charging lead (also included) but this method takes more three times as long to charge the battery.

If you want to rapid charge the Kona, youll need to find a CCS charging point (there are more than 1000 of these dotted around the UK). A 0-80% rapid charge takes around 75 mins no matter which battery option you go for.

The Kona Electric hasnt specifically been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but the regular Kona has and achieved a five-star (out of five) rating. All trim levels come with automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection) and lane keep assist, while the top two trims (Premium and Premium SE) add blindspot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

We reckon Premium trim makes most sense because it comes with all the luxuries youre likely to want but costs significantly less than range-topping Premium SE.

Hyundai Kona Electric
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Super performance, an exceptionally long range and reasonably priced to boot. The Hyundai Kona is one of the very best electric cars on the market

  • Huge range between charges
  • Surprisingly rapid acceleration
  • Great driving position
  • Choppy ride
  • Small boot
  • You might have to wait a while to get one