Used Hyundai Kona Electric 2018-present review

Category: Electric car

Section: What is it like?

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What's the used Hyundai Kona Electric hatchback like?

It used to be accepted wisdom that in order to get an electric car with a petrol-equivalent driving range, you'd need to buy an expensive new Tesla or Jaguar I-Pace. Then along came the Hyundai Kona Electric to blitz our Real-Range record, and thanks to the passage of time, you can buy a used example for less than a new Nissan Leaf, yet the Kona will go twice as far. 

There are two different power outputs and battery pack sizes with the Kona Electric: a 134bhp, 39kWh version or a more potent 201bhp, 64kWh model.

Body lean is kept in check better than an MG ZS EV, for example, but the Kona Electric doesn't drive as well as a Kia e-Niro because the steering isn't as accurate, nor does the Kona grip as well in the corners. The Hyundai will also jostle you over smaller bumps more, plus it suffers from greater levels of road and wind noise once up to speed.

Visually, the interior is appealing to look at and is well-screwed together, but there aren't the plush soft touch plastics you'll find in an e-Niro. The driving position is pretty good, mind, and the steering wheel has a full range of adjustments, unlike the Nissan Leaf. Rear seat accommodation is on the small side in the Kona, as is the boot, which also has a bit of a lip to lug items over.

The Kona EV was heavily facelifted in 2021. It features a mildly restyled front end, an updated interior and a host of new safety technology, with blind-spot and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance systems. 

If you're interested in finding a used Kona Electric, or any of the other electric car mentioned here, head over to the Used Car Buying pages to find lots of cars listed for sale at a great price.

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