Here to clear the air

Hyundai Kona Electric

Price: £29,900 - £38,250 (after grant)

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.

  • Battery size: 39 - 64kWh
  • Miles per £: 31
  • Battery warranty: 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Emissions: 0g/km
  • Range: 180 -278 miles

Tom Says

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8/10

“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

9/10

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“The Hyundai Kona has picked up it’s 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. ”

The Kona really shook up the electric car world when it was first revealed. It offers a 180 or 278-mile range in a practical small family SUV at a price that’s not too ridiculous. Previously, only Tesla could offer the same sort of package and even now it’s only far more expensive cars (or the mechanically-identical Kia Niro and Soul) which can get close.

So why aren’t the roads full of Konas? Supply has been severely restricted, so there’s been a waiting list of over a year. It’s shrinking slowly now as more cars arrive, but you’ll still face a wait of around nine months before you’ll be able to get your hands on a new Kona from the factory.

Those customers who have been on the list won’t be disappointed though. With a realistic range of around 250 miles  in the 64kW version and rapid charging capability, it makes electric motoring a realistic proposition for most drivers. Single journeys which are longer than that are rare, or you’ll be able to do an average commute all week without needing to charge other than at weekends. That means you might not even need to have a charge point at home - you could just pop to the nearest shopping centre and top up over a few hours or find a rapid charger and do it in just over half an hour.

The Kona isn’t some stripped out eco car which is going to relegate you to the inside lane of motorways or make you feel vulnerable pulling onto a dual carriageway either. Its motor produces 201bhp  (or 134bhp in the 39kW version), which is around the same as some performance hatchbacks. The Kona is heavy, but even so it feels really quite fast on the road, especially from a standstill. If you lean on the accelerator too hard you’ll be spinning the wheels like you’re a stunt driver in a movie car chase.

Thankfully the Kona will slow down just as quickly, thanks to adjustable levels of regenerative braking. This allows you to tailor the amount that the car slows down when you lift off the accelerator pedal and uses the energy to put some power back in the battery. You can even use the Kona’s radar cruise control to do it for you automatically, so you don’t have to touch any of the pedals at all except in an emergency.

It’s one of the many gadgets and luxuries fitted to the Kona, but be careful before you’re tempted to order the leather-lined, range topping Premium SE model. As the official list price of this particular model is over £40,000, the government will charge more for the road tax and it will cost you at least £1,600 more over six years. 

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