Watch As EV Newbie Tests Hyundai Kona Electric


This YouTube car review outlet that doesn’t deal with EVs is, not surprisingly, enamored with the Hyundai Kona Electric.

Once again, we hear that the Hyundai Kona Electric is loaded as heck and incredible in many ways when it comes to EVs, price, performance, range, and everything else involved. Thus, we beg for Hyundai to make as many as is humanly possible and also make it available in all markets … PLEASE!

There’s little doubt that Hyundai and Kia have really stepped up the electric car game with a plethora of new models and have now succeeded to push way ahead of many German automakers with timelines and offerings. However, it may be some time before the Korean automakers are able to ramp up production and satisfy the growing U.S. EV market.

This up-and-coming and increasingly trusted European YouTube car reviewer doesn’t really seem to have much experience covering electric vehicles. Nonetheless, the review is outstanding. Check it out and provide your educated insight in the comments section below.

Video Description via Car Obsession on YouTube:

If you’re a long term subscriber to Car Obsession, you’ll know that it’s very rare that I feature electric cars. In fact, before the drive of this Hyundai Kona Electric, I had only driven one – the Tesla Model X.

The Kona Electric may be fully electric, but unlike the Model X, it’s much more reasonable to buy as it starts at around £25,000. It comes with two battery options – a 39kWh unit and a 64kWh unit. I’ve got the latter here, which has been fitted to the Premium SE trim level – the range topping model.

This car may weigh a fair bit (almost 1,700kg) but it’s able to crack 62mph in 7.6 seconds, thanks to a power output of 204hp and 395Nm of torque. What’s it like to drive though? Find out here.

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22 Comments on "Watch As EV Newbie Tests Hyundai Kona Electric"

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Lou Grinzo

Too many people are focused on “Tesla vs. the Legacies”, where they explicitly or implicitly take “Legacies” to mean Toyota, Honda, Ford, GM, and FCA. But overlooking Hyundai/Kia is a major mistake. They are a sizable company with an interesting quality: They sell very few vehicles at the price point of a Kona EV, so they likely see that vehicle as stealing sales from other companies, not cannibalizing their own sales, at least in the US. (This is NOT to say that I agree with the fear of cannibalizing your own sales as a valid excuse for the Legacies to foot drag on EVs.)

If they get off their corporate butt and build their EV offerings in reasonable quantity, they could use the EV disruption to vault into the top ranks of car companies in the US.

earl colby pottinger

That is a problem for many old companies – Tesla is eating away at the high end, Asian companies are working on the low end, sooner or later the two will meet and the old companies will find themselves stuck between a hard place and another hard place.

BoltEV (was SparkEV)

“Thus, we beg for Hyundai to make as many as is humanly possible and also make it available in all markets”

That’s the wrong thing to do for Hyundai or any other auto maker. The only reason Kona and others seem to do well in overseas market, including Korea, is due to Tesla 3 unavailable. Once the 3800 lb gorilla gets there, especially cheaper 3 SR and/or Model Y, these half-hearted legacy carmakers have no chance and they’ll be stuck with excess capacity / inventory. Then they’ll bitch about how electric cars don’t sell.

The right thing to do for them is to learn from what little they sell now and build a new brand that’s 100% committed to EV to try to compete against Tesla, possibly spin-off as independent entity. That includes infrastructure and managing them well. So far, there’s zero sign that’s going to happen.


Other than availability, and 0-60 this car is a perfectly capable EV. If they find a way to release this in mass quantities Tesla will definitely take notice of the little SUV stealing some of its thunder. I’ll definitely be looking out for a Nero when they ship.


Not necessarily. _Lots_ of people, myself included, would never consider a Model 3 because it’s not a hatch (in fact, it has horrible interior space utilization compared to any MPV). Recall, the US car market is bizarre compared to anywhere else. Multiple vehicles per household is uncommon outside the US.
I would also never consider buying any vehicle that doesn’t have fully mechanical door handles (I don’t understand how this even legal).
I would also not consider any Tesla as long as only Tesla service centers can work on them, and parts aren’t available from 3d-parties.

BoltEV (was SparkEV)

I’m not talking about few people who don’t get Tesla. We have a clear example of what’s happening with Bolt vs Tesla 3 where Bolt that’s over a year ahead in introduction (or 4 years ahead compared to 3 SR) is languishing in sales 1/20th that of almost 40% more expensive Tesla 3 (or double when Bolt is on sale). Catering to few people who add up to Tesla’s rounding error is not the way to succeed.

If people waited 4 years for Tesla 3, they will wait yet again for Tesla Y. Why get as Hyundai now when you can get even better hatch Tesla Y? This is why doing the same thing as Chevy with Bolt is not they way to go.

earl colby pottinger

I am in Canada and just by myself I have a car and a truck. I use each for what it does best.

My insurance company lets me switch insurance with just one day’s notice and the one I am not driving costs less than a hundred dollars a year to insure against fire and theft.


The Tesla M3 is a very, very good car. I like it a lot. But I don’t want an M3.

I want a Hyundai Kona EV.

Al D

The Kona/Niro twins will sell well wherever the Tesla Model 3 is allowed. These two are more practical EV’s at a decent price made by well-established manufacturers that will be there in 10 years. That can’t be said of Tesla.

Get Real

Good way to support America Al.

Paul Smith

Tesla has been around for 15 years and has not stopped growing in that time. I see no reason to believe they will not be around in another 10. any more than FCA or GM who have both gone through bankruptcy.


Ah, the clairvoyance, the vision:( Tesla will be here for the next 100 years, just like Ford did after the Model T.

Magnus H

The Model 3 LR is more expensive than Kona/Niro. Slightly more range, though.

The Model 3 SR we don’t know what price it wil be at – removed from Tesla site – but it will be shorter range than Kona/Niro. And available 1-2 years after.

Model Y? Nobody knows what that will be, and when it will exist.


Small $40k hatchbacks just are not that popular in the US. Better for them to ship and sell in markets where they can compete.

Paul Smith

The will sell well in most of the world….including the U.S.

Al D

Things are improving rapidly in the EV market. Three years from now, we’ll have many reasonably to outrageously priced EV’s of all types to choose from.

LOL…you must be new to this.
Things are dragging at best! I bet you will see negative growth in US by early next year without Tesla’s input. We seem to get our eyes pocked by more and more decent ev that will probably be produced in limited numbers in the years to come. It’s a nice show.

Paul Smith

Oh? Things aren’t dragging for the top luxury manufacturers who are losing ground to Tesla, in fact things are moving way too fast for them.

I’m talking about ev progress…don’t care about ice anymore.

Just another BEV “review” by an ICE driver mesmerized by the EV’s acceleration and silence but providing almost no information about anything BEV-related. As a potential Kona purchaser, I want to know things such as – 1. What regeneration options are there? Is there also a zero-regen setting? 2. Can the car come to a complete stop using regeneration (i.e., one-pedal driving)? 3. Is there a regen paddle and is it simply a switch or does it provide the ability to modulate regen? 4. Can creep be enabled/disabled? 5. What is its maximum deceleration rate using regen? 6. How about some standardized energy-consumption figures in terms of Wh/mile? 7. What charging ports are there on the car and where are they located? 8. Can charging current be adjusted from within the car (maximum/minimum at what voltages)? 9. Can charging times be controlled from within the car? 10. Can the maximum charging State of Charge be set and what range of that is offered? 11. What is the maximum DCQC power that the car can absorb? 12. What type of graphics are employed to display the car’s energy utilization? 13. What variables are considered in the car’s Range Remaining algorithm? 14.… Read more »

Regular car reviewers that read this are reaching for their dictionary right about now…

Alan Campbell

Very nice looking small SUV. I wished Hyundai or Kia would offer a lower riding sports sedan EV with better driving dynamics and better aerodynamics for more range as well. But nothing like the ugly new Elantra. My trunk is empty 99% of the time, and no need for large cargo volume, like some people who end up buying an SUV to be like everyone else.