Hyundai Kona Electric Review

Price: £30,450 - £37,900

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9/10

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There aren't many cars that can match a Tesla when it comes to range. But the Kona can. If you're one of those people who suffer from range anxiety then this smart family SUV is the car for you.

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  • Battery size: 39 - 64kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 4.69
  • E-Rating™: A+

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  • Max charge rate: 80 kW
  • Range: 180 -300 miles
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  • Battery size: 39 - 64kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 4.69
  • E-Rating™: A+

    Click here to find out more about our electric car Efficiency Rating.​

  • Max charge rate: 80 kW
  • Range: 180 -300 miles
  • Hyundai Kona electric car driving through countryside
  • Hyundai Kona electric car rear and side
  • Hyundai Kona Electric car interior dashboard and display
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  • Hyundai Kona electric car front and side
  • Electrifying.com E-Rating A+
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 28/02/2020・Updated: 14/10/2022

Tom Says

“Range isn’t everything, but when Hyundai’s bigger-battery means you can drive for around 280 miles in the real-world, it certainly makes things more convenient. Plus, the Kona is a useful size, looks pretty good and doesn’t cost a billion pounds. A practical, family EV.”

Ginny Says

“The Hyundai Kona has picked up its fair share of awards and it’s easy to see why. This is a no-nonsense car to live with, it’s enjoyable to drive, has a practical driving range and is cheap to run. It’s a great option if you’re thinking of going electric for the first time.”

Hyundai Kona electric car front and side

The Kona is pretty well priced for a car with this battery capacity and equipment. 

  • Price:£30,450 - £37,900
  • Full charge cost (approx. – based on home charging) :£6.40 - £10.50
  • Company car tax :2% (2022-23)
  • Insurance group:22-27
  • Warranty Vehicle :5 years/unlimited miles
  • Warranty Battery:8 years 100,000 miles

Pricing

Hearing the price of the top Kona might cause some painful expressions, as it doesn’t look like a car which is worth up to £37,900. But it’s worth remembering that the priciest Kona has a whopping great big 64kW battery and consequently a range which can only be beaten by much more expensive electric cars.

There are three versions of the Kona available, an SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate. The least expensive is the 39kWh SE Connect at £30,40; moving up to Premium adds £1,850 to the bill. The same trim level with the bigger battery is another £3,950, and the Ultimate - which is only available with the 64kWh battery - is another £2,150. 

The only real differences between the SE Connect and Premium models is a 10.25-inch touchscreen (the SE Connect gets a seven-inch one), a few automatic goodies (like wipers and folding mirrors) and some arguably non-essential safety kit. Going between Premium and Ultimate, the most obvious upgrade is leather seats, although there are a few other nice gadgets too. The only extra cost options worth mentioning are metallic paint at £565 and the £875 heat pump.

Running costs

Even compared to the new generation of efficient small SUVs such as the Nissan Juke and Ford Puma, the running costs of the Kona will seem minuscule. It will go 250 miles on an £8.50 home charge; a distance which would cost about £25 in a similar-sized petrol SUV.

The insurance is a little higher than you might expect in groups 22-26, but the Hyundai claws back some advantage with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty and five free annual ‘inspections’. Only the battery is excluded – that gets separate cover which is for eight years or 100,000 miles.

If you are using the Kona as a company car, the savings in benefit-in-kind (BIK) will be substantial compared to a petrol or diesel thanks to the government's decision to rate pure electric cars at 2% for 2022-2023. Even compared to the hybrid versions of the Kona, the cash you save will be a four figure sum over a year.

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