2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Review From Canada: Video

JAN 25 2019 BY DOMENICK YONEY 26

Lots of details covered.

We have featured a number of pretty decent video reviews of the Hyundai Kona Electric in the past. This new one, hosted by a gentleman by the name of Edward (a little more on that below), stands out as particularly thorough, though technically, it’s more of a walk-around than a typical review. Considering that the Canadian version of the all-electric crossover just recently went on sale in the Great White North — where this footage was shot — it is timely, however.

The particular vehicle in the video sports the “Ultimate” trim level. It has a number of features not included on the yet-to-be-available “Preferred” trim package (the U.S. gets three trim levels). These include an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system with an Infinity premium audio system, full LED headlights, a power sunroof, and leather seats, with the front pair being ventilated. Starting price is CDN $51,999 ($38,930).

Speaking of seats, one thing our Canadian Kona Electric owners on the InsideEVs Forum have noted, and one of the few details not mentioned in this video, is the Canuck version of the vehicle does not have power controls for the front passenger seat. Or powered folding mirrors, for that matter. It does, though, come with a heat pump and five years of free Hyundai Blue Link.

The video appears on the Ed’s Garage YouTube channel, and here is where it gets a little bit interesting. Edward, as he says in the clip, works for Mertin Hyundai, a dealership located in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Salespeople selling traditional brands have come under criticism for not being very well informed about electric vehicles in the past. That charge certainly can’t be leveled at this guy. As you watch the video, you’ll see him point out a host of facts you don’t learn from skimming through a brochure. This writer certainly learned a few things.

Even if you’re not buying the Canadian version, we think this video is worth the time. The Kona Electric should begin shipping to the U.S. rather soon, so if you have one ordered, this should help prepare you.

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Interesting that it comes with a heat pump given that they heat pumps generally don’t work well at Canadian winter temperatures. Rare for them to function below -20C and aren’t more efficient than regular resistance heat at temperatures below 0C.

Wish the US version came with one…heat pumps are so much more efficient than resistant heating

First heat pumps work down to -15C. Second in BC temperature don’t even go below 0C. Even here in Québec where temperature go below -15C it’s only 10 to 20 days a year. The heat pump is a must here in Canada. For efficiency it only need 750 watts to heat the cabin at -10C less than a hear blower.

I’m interested in hearing from Bolt owners on why they would choose it over Kona. I’m not implying anything, just trying to understand the advantages of one car over the other.
Also, anyone knows if Kona can drive in regen mode or is it just a stupid regen like the Clarity phev has where it restets after each stop?

Well, first of all, my Bolt was available. It is $46k instead of $52k. It is also much larger inside. I test drove a gasoline Kona and it was tiny inside compared to the Bolt. The Kona has a much nicer interior finish. I also like the exterior appearance of the Bolt much more than the Kona. And on my Bolt test drive I kind of fell in love with one-pedal driving.

Second that, a few more inches of rear legroom in Bolt makes for a much more comfortable ride for rear passengers, also the Bolt has stronger regen. Available wifi hotspot in Bolt is a big hit with family, not sure if Kona offers that. Premier level of Bolt has roof racks and GM offers a tow hitch as well.

Interesting…i did not know about the hot spot. Good point on the leg room, i would think you can put racks on pretty much any car, same with the tow hitch.

You seem to be confused on pricing…It’s $43k for top trim after CAD conversion…which is below Bolt.
I hear you on availability but that’s not what i’m asking…i’m asking if you would do it again if both are available?

Would not even consider a Hyundai there bottom of the barrel when it to cars Hyundai and Kia just recalled 200,000 cars for catching fire.those 2 car companys have been making consistent crap from day one .all the Hyundai and Kia cars sat in driveway boken down $$$ to fix people would just spend the extra $ and by a Toyota about 1988-1990?

Seems like you felt asleep under a huge rock in late eighties, and woke up just minutes ago … Or you are just trolling. Just continue with the sleep, seems to work for you and everyone else.

The rock may have impacted the head or something.

Not sure which is worse, your ignorance or your grammer.

38960 Kona vs. 44000 Model 3. For 5 grand more I have a car that has a fully fleshed out charging network, power seats, power folding mirrors and way better driving dynamics.

Not if you need a hatch…and that price gap got bigger since Jan. for US…by $3750.

Good day eh!
Edward here from Canada. Thanks for the nice review of my review!

So… how many did your dealership get allocated? WHat’s your target sales? Will you keep one in stock for test drives? That’s been the problem with these vehicles in the past, seems like no one except Nissan actually wants to sell any.

Great review ED! Won’t be near BC anytime soon – but your review was quite complete.

I am terribly disappointed with the supplied charger. For God’s sake this is 2019! It should be an autosensor 120/240V unit configured for either L1 or L2 charging. It should have a ‘generic’, commonly used supply connector suitable for up to 240V 50A source and plugs for various commonly used receptacles.
Size wise it would be thew same as the one in the little pouch. Shame on Hyundai! 😡

In a gas version I found the rear seat pretty cramped. I am 5’10” and setting the driver seat for comfy driving the back seat was bordering on useless for adults.

Who else has a dual voltage portable charger supplied with the car?

Every Tesla ever sold.

Today that may be true, but it was the opposite problem with my Roadster. They only supplied a 120 volt cord (Teslas are extremely inefficient at 120 volts – typically about 30% hit), and to get public charging capability you had to purchase a $750 PLUS tax J1772 converter cord.

The cord this guy is talking about was a $1500 option (the UMC), and it constantly broke (Tesla Service Techs typically carried 8-15 of them around in their vehicles since they had to replace so many under warranty.

I’m glad I went with a standardized wallbox to avoid all those headaches.

Forget Tesla…they are in a different price range.

Nissa 2018 Leaf comme with a 14-50P, 30 amps. 240 volts with an 15 amps./120 volts adapter that is all you need.

That i did not know. Strange that the sales guy never mentioned that in our 2 hour talk and drive.

“…Disappointed with …Charger…”

Low mileage drivers only need this, and North American homes are not generally wired with 240 volt receptacles in the garages unless you specifically put one in.

If you need a better charging option you can get plenty of low cost stuff, from $150 on up. Not a biggie. But they are trying to keep the price low. I wish more expensive cars like the I-Pace and the E-Tron *DID NOT* have any kind of charging cord since I use what I already have anyway, and don’t need to pay $1000 extra for a fancy 40 ampere cord.

Does anyone know if you can tow with the Kona? Like a small utility trailer?