What Car? says...
Here’s the dream: an affordable electric vehicle that can go as far on a fully charged battery as a 'regular' car can on a full tank of fuel. Believe it or not, that's not far off – and the Hyundai Kona Electric proves it.
It’s an electric car you can buy right now that claims to be able to travel up to 300 miles between charges, thanks to its large 64kWh battery. That sort of distance used to be the preserve of expensive Tesla models.
The Hyundai Kona Electric didn’t appear in our latest Reliability Survey because it was too new, but Hyundai as a brand did very well, finishing joint third (with Suzuki) out of 30 car makers featured. Only Lexus and Dacia came higher up the table. Read more here
You can get two battery sizes with the Hyundai Kona Electric – 39kWh and 62kWh. With the smaller battery, the car can officially travel up to 189 miles on a charge, while the larger battery gives it a range of up to 278 miles. In our real-world tests, the 39kWh model managed 158 miles, while the 64kWh model went 259 miles. Read more here
We think most Kona Electric buyers will be best served by going for the larger 64kWh battery option because of the greater range it gives you for not too much more money. To go for the larger battery, you’ll need to choose at least Premium trim, and this gets you a long list of useful kit, including rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats and LED headlights. Read more here
The Hyundai Kona Electric hasn’t specifically been tested by the safety experts at Euro NCAP, but the closely related Hyundai Kona received a full five stars. It has lots of safety features, including lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking (AEB), and Premium models get a blind-spot system and traffic-sign recognition. Read more here
Every version of the Kona Electric gets the same 10.3in touchscreen infotainment system, which also supports smartphone mirroring via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Some of the system’s smaller icons can be hard to hit on the move, but we still prefer the Kona’s set-up to those of some rivals, including the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen ID 3. Read more here
We managed to fit four carry-on suitcases into the boot of the Kona Electric, which is less than in most rivals (the Kia Niro EV, Peugeot e-2008 and Renault Zoe can all take more). The rear seats split and fold in a 60/40 arrangement, and when they’re folded down they lie almost flat, making it easy to haul heavier items into the space. Read more here
|RRP price range||£21,625 - £37,900|
|Number of trims (see all)||5|
|Number of engines (see all)||5|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||electric, hybrid, petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||32.8 - 57.6|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||5 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£61 / £2,542|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£122 / £5,083|