2018 Hyundai Kona Electric verdict
The Hyundai Kona Electric won't go on sale until the summer, but we've already...
It’s impossible to draw any solid conclusions until we’ve sampled a production-spec car and have confirmed UK pricing. In the latter respect, Hyundai insiders suggest the distributor is working hard to bring the car into showrooms for between £35,000 and £37,000 in top-of-the-line trim – and that's before you allow for the Government’s £4500 purchase incentive.
That price may make the top-of-the-range 64kWh version of the Kona Electric a tough sell to some, but to others it’ll earn consideration for its battery range alone – which, our test route suggested, should comfortably work out to be worth every mile of real-world motoring that the lab tests suggest. On this evidence, it'll also be a car with strong performance and refinement and respectable if undistinguished handling.
But it’ll be the 39kWh version of the car that might represent the greater threat to the market’s bigger-selling electric cars. It should work out at less than £30,000 (including that HM Treasury fillip), and its near 200-mile range should also be believed on the evidence of this test drive.
That lower-level Kona Electric could represent a tempting proposition to customers predisposed towards a SUV bodystyle and who are ready to make the jump into an electric car. It should offer just enough usability and convenience to meet their needs, and for potentially the right price. That ‘Goldilocks’ blend of virtues could work out very well for Hyundai, but the importance of the price part mustn’t be underestimated.
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Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh prototype
Price £36,000 (est) Engine AC electric motor, front-wheel drive Power 201bhp Torque 291lb ft Gearbox direct drive 0-62mph 7.6sec Top speed 104mph Electric range 300 miles (official) CO2, tax band 0g/km, 13%