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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
2021 KONA ELECTRIC KEY SPECIFICATIONS
|Kona Electric Elite||100kW or 150kW Electric Motor|
|6 airbags||Auto dusk sensing headlights||10.25” satellite navigation system|
|SmartSense™ advanced driver assist:||LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)||Harman Kardon 8-speaker audio|
|– Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist||Rear park assist system||DAB+ digital radio|
|– Driver Attention Warning||Rear view camera||Wireless charging pad (Qi standard)|
|– Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist||Tyre Pressure Monitoring System||Apple CarPlay compatibility|
|– Lane Following Assist||17” alloy wheels w/ Michelin Primacy4||Android Auto compatibility|
|– Lane Keeping Assist||tyres||Bluetooth connectivity|
|– Rear Cross-Traffic Collision||Tyre mobility kit||Rear passenger USB charging port|
|Avoidance Assist||Leather appointed interior||Heated exterior mirrors|
|– Rear Occupant Alert||Passenger height adjuster||Power folding exterior mirrors|
|– Safe Exit Warning||Electronic parking brake (EPB)||Front & rear power windows;|
|– Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go||Shift By Wire (SBW)||– front windows one touch auto up/down|
|Electronic Stability Control (ESC)||Smart key & push button start||Rear fog light|
|Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)||Climate control w/ auto defog||Front closed grille|
|Brake Assist System (BAS)||Rain sensing wipers||Body coloured cladding|
|Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)||Solar control glass w/ rear privacy||Driver & front pass. seat back pocket|
|Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)||Acoustic film (windshield)||Luggage net|
|Traction Control System (TCS)||10.25″ digital supervision cluster||Roof Rails|
|Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)||Paddle shifters||In-cable control box (ICCB)|
|Kona Electric Highlander||100kW or 150kW Electric Motor|
|Key Specifications above Elite:|
|Front park assist system||Glass sunroof||Heated steering wheel|
|LED headlights and front indicators||Air ventilated front seats||Ambient lighting|
|LED taillights||Heated front and rear outboard seats||No-cost option:|
|High Beam Assist||Power driver’s and passengers’ seats||– Two-Tone Roof – Phantom Black|
|Head-up display (HUD)||Electro-chromatic interior mirror||(deletes sunroof when selected)|