2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Review: Safe and Silent SUV

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Review: Safe and Silent SUV

The Hyundai Kona is a small car that's built for city driving, bridging the gap between crossover SUV and urban hatchback. The standard gas version packs a punch for daily ferrying duties, but the new all-electric version takes city practicality to a whole new level. What does the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric bring to the EV party? Read our review to find out.



Electric (EV) Specs


Starting under the hood, the Kona Electric is a firmly front-wheel-drive model, with a single electric motor generating a hefty 201 horsepower from a 64kWh battery pack. This powertrain propels the Kona EV from 0-100km in 6.4 seconds, a fifth of a second faster than its gas counterpart.


The characteristic instant electric torque makes this subcompact vehicle a perky performer in urban conditions, where it's quick off the mark with agile steering performance. The low centre of gravity provided by the heavy battery pack probably helps with handling, but whatever the reason, the Kona Electric makes for a fun and compelling drive.


Electric Range and Charging Specs


Range anxiety was the main factor holding widespread EV adoption back, but the Hyundai Kona isn't a car that prompts any feelings of unease. Regenerative braking technology feeds the kinetic energy of the car back into battery charge as you drive, helping extend the range to an impressive 415km.


Considering the Kona's intended use for city driving coupled with shorter highway journeys, this range is more than ample. However, the Kona can be charged at both 110V and 240V domestic outlets, plus commercial DC fast chargers, allowing for flexible battery boost if they're required.


2021 Hyundai Kona Electric


Interior and Cargo


Some electric vehicles compromise on interior space in order to fit the battery pack into the layout, but there's no such problem with the Kona. Designed from the ground up to boast both full EV and gas-powered versions, there's no sign of the battery pack's presence from inside the passenger cabin.


Front-row legroom is a generous 105.4cm, although as you'd expect from a subcompact the rear seats are a little tighter with just 84.8cm. Nonetheless, with a cargo volume ranging from 543 litres with the rear seats upright to 1,297 litres when they're folded, the Kona certainly doesn't feel short of space.


Infotainment and Safety Tech


All Kona Electric models are fitted with at least an 8" touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with the display size rising to 10.3" at higher trim levels. A customizable 10.3" digital gauge display is standard, while the larger touchscreen sizes are also equipped with navigation.


2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Grey Interior


As with the gas-powered Kona, safety tech is a strong point, with standard highlights including forward-collision warnings with automated emergency braking, lane departure warnings, lane keep assist, and much more.


Review - Why We Care


This decade is the one where the EV market has truly come of age, with the best vehicles now an attractive option for even die-hard gas devotees. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric is at the front of the pack thanks to its great performance, impressive specs, high practicality, and great sense of fun.


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