With decent performance, palatable running costs and an easy-to-use infotainment system, the Kona range has much in its favour. However, while the Kona Electric impresses with its hot-hatch acceleration and competitive range between charges, the petrol-engined models are shown up by the hybrid’s lower running costs. Rival small SUVs have more interior space, too, so the Kona struggles to stand out in its class.get the best price
Mid-spec Premium gets you 18in alloys, climate control, keyless entry and start, as well as wireless smartphone charging, but it’s a fairly big jump in price from SE.
This 64kWh electric motor is only available on the all-electric Kona EV. With 201bhp the 64kWh Kona EV can accelerate from 0-62mph in a hot hatch rivalling 7.6 seconds. However, when it comes to electric cars, performance isn’t just about how quickly you can speed up; it’s about how far you can get between charges. In our Real Range tests, the Kona Electric managed 259 miles, which is roughly on a par with the Kia e-Niro (our 2019 Car of the Year) and a lot farther than the Leaf or e-208 can manage. Impressive.
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