Many of us keen to buy an electric car but loath to lose any of the traditional SUV benefits, which include the practical interior and the high driving position, have found that the Hyundai Kono surprisingly ticks all the boxes…
Recently Hyundai’s Kono has exploded onto the UK road scene thanks to its outstanding warranty-backed reliability, its fantastic value for money, and its greatly improved aesthetics.
So, if you are after an affordable electric car that has a battery that can match the distance you can travel in your usual car with a full tank, then look no further because the Hyundai Kona Electric can do that and more!
It can drive up to 279 miles between charges, all thanks to its impressive 64kWh battery, and take it from us, and this little beauty doesn’t hang around either.
The Hyundai Kona is a sporty-looking little SUV number which is an environmentally friendly electric car.
It does cost a fraction more than the more conventional petrol and diesel Hyundai Konas, but it is on a par with other electric SUVs such as the Nissan Leaf, the Volkswagen e-Golf, and the BMW i3.
The Hyundai Kona Electric range is really straightforward with just one version on offer – a 64kWh model with 204hp and up to 279 miles of range.
You can charge the Hyundai Kona Electric to 80% in just 54 minutes using a 100kW charger. Just to point out; however, the majority of public chargers are 50kW, so you’ll probably have to double that time.
But, a full ‘tank’ on this 64kWH Hyundai model will cost you only around £9.00, which is £20.00 cheaper than filling up your petrol car to go the same distance.
Inside the Hyundai Kona is a bit tight, however – it’s fine in the front with lots of leg adjustment and space around the seats, and the steering wheel has a great range of movement as well.
However, the back is a bit tight – particularly for adults.
And the boot of the Kona is also a bit disappointing.
There’s no conventional gear selector, it just has buttons for reverse, park, neutral, and drive. There are also three drive modes, which are eco, comfort, and sport. These are useful for efficient driving (eco), general driving (comfort), and for when you want a bit more fun with your SUV, there’s the Sport button.
You can change the amount of brake regeneration by using the steering wheel paddles with its really useful for levels.
Suppose you want an incredible drive around town. In that case, this is the electric car for you – with its punchy performance and ability to be instant and silent, it can race around the city with ease and giving the feeling of rapid acceleration – in reality, it seems faster than its official 0-62 mph time of 7.6 secs.
Superb, rapid powertrain
Sensational real-life powertrain
Incredibly inexpensive to run
A bit tight in the front cabin
Debatable grip and body control
Questionable quality in relation to price
For a really comfortable ride and fun driving dynamics, you can’t go far wrong with the Hyundai Kuno Electric…