Hyundai Kona Electric SUV Test & Review

The electric car market is growing in Australia and state governments are actually installing infrastructure to support electric cars.

The Hyundai Kona EV is a small SUV based off the petrol version however is fully powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery. The powertrain delivers ample performance thanks to the fitment of a 100kWh, 327V, 39.2kWh battery and includes a decent range as the Standard Range model.

Hyundai Kona EV 2021

While many drivers will suffer from range anxiety in the early stages of owning or driving a fully electric car, the Kona EV has a real-world all-electric range of up to 305km. This can be more but that depends on how and where you drive due to the Kona EV having regeneration of power when braking.

There is also the Extended Range which has a larger capacity and is 150kW/64kWh battery which increases the range to over 400km and is a decent amount more power.

Hyundai Kona EV 2021

The Standard and Extended Range is available in both the Elite and Highlander giving greater options for buyers with a $10,000 price variance from bottom to top spec.

While both the Elite and Highlander feature a long list of inclusions, the Highlander is just that little bit better. The interior of both is nice but do include a fair bit of hard plastics. Everything is laid out ergonomically and it is a comfortably drive.

Hyundai Kona EV 2021

The Hyundai Kona Electric drives like any other Hyundai SUV, rather good, and can handle everyday driving. From doing the school run or to and from work, the Kona Electric is up for the job. There is no engine noise which is good however there is an increase in noticeable road noise because of the lack of induction.

When you put your foot down, the power is instant. Something that electric cars are good for. This is only up to around 120-130kph but you don’t really need more than that on Aussie roads.

Hyundai Kona EV 2021

The real question you must ask yourself before buying the Hyundai Kona Electric is how often do you drive more than 300 odd kilometres in one trip? If you are only using the Kona Electric for weekly short trips, all good. If you are doing extended drives, both EV’s and the time it takes to charge will be a showstopper for now.

Standard Range – 100kW – 39.2kWh Battery – $54,500
Extended Range – 150kW – 64kWh Battery – $60,500
Standard Range – 100kW – 39.2kWh Battery – $58,000
Extended Range – 150kW – 64kWh Battery – $64,000
(Prices are MLP plus dealer, delivery and on road costs)


Kona Electric Elite100kW or 150kW Electric Motor
Key Specifications:  
6 airbagsAuto dusk sensing headlights10.25” satellite navigation system
SmartSense™ advanced driver assist:LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)Harman Kardon 8-speaker audio 
– Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance AssistRear park assist system DAB+ digital radio
– Driver Attention Warning Rear view cameraWireless charging pad (Qi standard)
– Forward Collision-Avoidance AssistTyre Pressure Monitoring SystemApple CarPlay compatibility
– Lane Following Assist17” alloy wheels w/ Michelin Primacy4Android Auto compatibility
– Lane Keeping Assist tyresBluetooth connectivity
– Rear Cross-Traffic CollisionTyre mobility kitRear passenger USB charging port
   Avoidance AssistLeather appointed interiorHeated exterior mirrors
– Rear Occupant AlertPassenger height adjusterPower folding exterior mirrors
– Safe Exit WarningElectronic parking brake (EPB)Front & rear power windows;
– Smart Cruise Control with Stop & GoShift By Wire (SBW)– front windows one touch auto up/down 
  Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Smart key & push button startRear fog light
  Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)Climate control w/ auto defogFront closed grille
  Brake Assist System (BAS)Rain sensing wipersBody coloured cladding
  Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)Solar control glass w/ rear privacyDriver & front pass. seat back pocket
  Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)Acoustic film (windshield)Luggage net
  Traction Control System (TCS)10.25″ digital supervision clusterRoof Rails
  Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) Paddle shiftersIn-cable control box (ICCB)
Kona Electric Highlander100kW or 150kW Electric Motor
Key Specifications above Elite:  
Front park assist systemGlass sunroofHeated steering wheel
LED headlights and front indicatorsAir ventilated front seatsAmbient lighting
LED taillightsHeated front and rear outboard seatsNo-cost option:
High Beam AssistPower driver’s and passengers’ seats – Two-Tone Roof – Phantom Black 
Head-up display (HUD)Electro-chromatic interior mirror   (deletes sunroof when selected)
This post was written by Car and Bike News


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