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2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV review

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Jun 21, 2020
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV review

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV review this is the new Hyundai Kona electric Honda has been selling cars in the UK since 1982 but back then it was difficult to think of the brand significantly changing the face of the

automotive industry but with the launch of this new car it’s helped to do exactly that the Kona electric is a fully electric SUV that is very similar to the hugely impressive and slightly

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV review

bigger Kia enero with the same battery size and electric motors that means the Kona electric offers a whopping real-world range that’s bigger than some electric cars that are twice as expensive so this

should be yet another electric car that moves the market towards the mainstream but what’s it like compared to rivals like the Nissan Leaf Renault Zoe and Volkswagen e-golf well in this video

we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about the high-end Iconia electric and if you want to buy a Kohner electric or any other new car go to what calm and look for the new car buying

section where you can find the best deals available to you and please subscribe to our Channel you may already be familiar with the

Kohner name and that’s because you’ve been able to buy a honed I Kona with a petrol or diesel engine for quite a while now but now this electric car is new to the lineup and to help make it

stand out from the other models they’ve made some tweaks to the exterior design and these are the key changes well for starters there’s no fuel tank obviously but the charge port is located

here on the nose of the car right next to the highlight badge there’s also no exhaust and you can notice that the grille is closed and these 17-inch

alloys are exclusive to the Kona electric the bumpers and spoiler have been tweaked for aerodynamics – so is this now the best-looking electric car

on sale in this sort of price range well let us know what you think click on the banner in the top right hand corner and tell us what’s the best-looking electric car is it the Hyundai Kona electric BMW i3 Kia

enero or Nissan Leaf the interior looks different as well but it still won’t be blown away by the quality of the materials at least it’s all put together

pretty robustly and it all feels strong and sturdy and the center console has been given a lift in styling compared to the standard Kona – and this material on

the steering wheel feels a bit plasticky however there is a really good range of adjustment in the steering wheel and the driving position generally is very good

another real plus is that adjustable lumbar support comes to standard on all Kona electrics visibility over the shoulder and out the back is a bit more

restrictive because of the chunky rear pillars but you do at least get a reversing camera and rear parking sensors are standard on all models and

actually compared to a leaf visibility out the front is noticeably better in the kona because the leaf has chunkier pillars at the front a 7-inch

touchscreen comes a standard on the entry-level model but on the pasha trims you get this eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system the system itself is

pretty easy to use fairly responsive and another good thing about this is that it’s actually mounted quite high up on the dashboard so that means when you’re

driving it’s easily within reach and you don’t have to take your eyes too far from the road to help control it space upfront is really good even if you’re

over 6 foot you won’t have a problem getting in a comfortable driving position and there’s also quite a lot of storage options around the front as well

so let’s do a quick tour of those the door pockets down here or a little bit shallow but still big enough for a waterboy two on the center console you got this

compartment which is nice and wide d good amount of space there just in front of it I guess this smaller place somewhere for your key maybe your phone

two cupholders and in front of that you have this hidden storage compartment which has some wireless phone charging a USB port and an aux input as well but

the hidden secret of the center console is underneath it you have quite a significantly sized storage compartment as well now obviously it’s not covered

so you can’t put big bulky things and next they might slide around and fall out on the move but you’ve got a 12 volt socket and certainly enough room for

wallets keys and phones space in the back is actually exactly the same as you get in a petrol or diesel Konev but that doesn’t mean it’s impressive so it

doesn’t feel all that cramped back here Headroom is okay and similar to what you’re getting in this and leaf but the leaf has significantly more legroom but

if you need a big boot than the Kona electric isn’t the electric car for you it’s the same size boot as a standard Kona but we only managed to fit four

carry-on sized suitcases into the boot of it in a Renault Zoe we got six and in a Nissan Leaf we got seven but there is you can see a charging cable that you

have to carry around in the back but you get this handy bag you get a bit of underfloor boot storage here and underneath this you can see there’s

somewhere to keep the 3-pin charger in the boot as well but it’s annoying you don’t get another place to store your other charging cable you do get 60/40

split-folding rear seats as standard and when folded down the Kerner seat backs lie flat and flush with the boot floor there’s no lip to speak of at the boot

entrance either but just how far can the current electric go on a full charge and can it really make any financial sense these are the key things you need to

know about buying and owning a Hyundai Kona electric there are two versions of the Kona electric available there’s one with a 39 kilowatt hour battery and one

with a 64 kilowatt hour battery and that’s the car that we’re driving today now the benefit of going for the bigger battery is that yes it’s quicker but

actually the range that it can cover on a full charge is much bigger as well so.

this is the important bit how far can these cars really go in the real world well in our real range testing which you can read more about by clicking on the banner and that’s

right hand corner on your screen we used the 39 kilowatt hour Kona Electric in a test and it managed to cover 158 miles on a full charge and that’s more than a Zowie and Leif managed in the same test

and the 64 kilowatt hour Kona managed a staggering 259 miles on a full charge which is more than Jaguar ipace can do which is a much more expensive car and so for that reason the extra performance

but mainly the extra range the 64 kilowatt hour Kona is our pick of the lineup the Kona Electric is still expensive to buy though more so than an equivalent fuel powered family car but

there are savings to be made elsewhere for example you’ll spend a lot less on electricity than you will on fuel and you won’t spend a penny on road tax you can use a type 2 charging cable for the

Kona electric and if you have a 64 kilowatt hour battery then from a 7 kilowatt home charging point it will take nine and a half hours to charge it

from empty if you have a 39 kilowatt hour battery then it will take just over six hours to charge from empty if you’re in no rush whatsoever you can plug it in to the wall using a 3 pin domestic plug

but that will take three times as long if you want to rapid charge the Kona you’ll need to find a CCS charging point there are more than a thousand of these dotted around the UK a naught to 80%

rapid charge takes around 75 minutes no matter which battery option you go for the corner electric hasn’t specifically been crash tested by Euro encap but the

luxury suv comparison regular Kona has and achieved the full five-star rating all trim levels come with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane keep

assist while the top two trims add blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert now what’s it like to drive first let’s talk about the two batteries that you can buy

so the cheaper 39 kilowatt hour battery that gets 134 brake horsepower and if you go for the 64 kilowatt hour battery then that gets 201 brake horsepower

which is the same as what you get in the key of E Nero but it’s more than anything else this side of a 16,000 pound Jaguar ipace and even if you go

for the lesser powered 39 kilowatt hour battery then it still feels pretty nippy but the 64 kilowatt hour version we’re in now is really rapid in fact you have

to be a bit careful when you’re pulling away at low speeds because it does have a tendency to spin up the front wheels and you put too much power down

it offers typical electric car performance there’s no waiting for the revs to rise before maximum performance is delivered just tread on the

accelerator pedal and the car flings itself down the road now like in other electric cars if you lift off the accelerator you can feel the car slowing

down quite quickly and what it’s doing there it’s the regenerative brakes harvesting energy to replenish the battery and in the kona electric you can

decide how hard the car slows down when you lift off the accelerator and you can do that using the paddles behind the wheel here so in some petrol and diesel

cars steering wheel paddles have to change gears but in electric cars often they’re there to help choose the level of regenerative braking you want the

lowest setting for regenerative braking is zero and to get to zero you can use the paddle on the right of the steering wheel and you just knock it down level

zero so that means when you lift off the accelerator it doesn’t really slow you down that much at all but if you want a bit more of that and you want to harvest

more energy for the battery then you can use the paddle on the left of the steering wheel you can put it up to level three and when you’re on three

when you lift off the car does really slow down much more noticeably now it doesn’t do quite what the Nissan Leaf does lief the regenerative braking can be so

hard that it brings the car to a complete stop so you can basically drive with one pedal just using the accelerator you can’t quite do that to

the same extent in the Kohner but it’s still useful that you’re able to adjust the level of regenerative braking in terms of handling if you approach a

corner at speed then you’ll notice that actually the kona electric leans less through it than a Nissan Leaf but really on balance the leap is still the better

handling electric car and that’s mainly thanks to its steering which is more accurate as for the ride the coner electric does kind of jostle you around

more so you can probably see that driving along this pop marked a road here I am being thrown around a little bit more in the cabin but it’s not too

an annoying or an uncomfortable extent but it’s just that the leaf rides a little bit better and actually the Eenie row is more comfortable too but remember.midsize luxury suv comparison

 

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