Fully Charged Says Hyundai Kona Electric Is Brilliant

DEC 1 2018 BY MARK KANE 22

Fully Charged asks is Hyundai Kona Electric a game changer?

Fully Charged‘s team was impressed by the Hyundai Kona Electric after an extended test drive over several days and 1,018 miles (1,638 km) in September.

Jonny Smith was blown away by the fully equipped 64 kWh and 150 kW version that turned out to be comfortable, with superb range, tech, interior and is competitively priced.

The biggest problem is whether Hyundai will be able to produce enough Kona Electric to fulfill demand.

The further Jonny Smith drove the new Hyundai Kona Electric small SUV, the more often he liked it and the less often he charged it.

The prices Jonny quoted in this episode were correct at time of recording (September 2018) so for more up to date information check the link below.

More info on the Kona

Hyundai  Kona Electric

Short-range Battery / Motor spec:

  • 39.2 kWh battery – 300 km (186 miles) range (WLTP)
  • 99 kW, 395 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)
  • 0-62 mph (100 kmh) in 9.3 seconds
  • 104 mph (167 km/h) top speed
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger and 100 kW CCS Combo DC fast charging capability

Long-range Battery / Motor spec:

  • 64 kWh battery – 470 km (292 miles) range (WLTP)
  • 150 kW, 395 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)
  • 0-62 mph (100 kmh) in 7.6 seconds
  • 104 mph (167 km/h) top speed
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger and 100 kW CCS Combo DC fast charging capability
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22 Comments on "Fully Charged Says Hyundai Kona Electric Is Brilliant"

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Nissan needs to play some catch up!

Nissan it’s in a different price range. Kona electric is nice but it’s a over $40k car, Nissan is roughly $10k less. That’s good for over 25kWh of batteries at Tesla prices.

– Kona has liquid Thermalmanagement
– Kona has up to 76 kW DCFC
– Kona has better warranty

Worth the money

Not worth it if it’s primarily your computer car. There is room and a need for inexpensive electric cars.

Both cars (which are the same size class) are overly large for a primary commuter (1-2 person). Something the size of an i-MiEV is enough.

And 40kwh (Leaf) + 25kwh = 65kwh (only 1kwh a than the 64kwh Kona). So what’s your point exactly?

And the Leaf is using ChaDeMo while Kona is using CCS. ChaDeMo is pretty much a dead standard walking in North America.

The smaller battery Kona it’s going to be priced like the Leaf.
I don’t think the extra range makes sense for everyone, the price increase is just huge if the range is not important.
Nissan opted to make an almost affordable EV and it’s steadily improving the range, Hyundai opted to start with a bigger battery, it’s nice but for that price you can buy “serious” cars and Kona is like a $20k ICE car.

Smaller battery is not coming to US

AFAIK, Hyundai is offering both sizes in parallel outside the US.

I’m liking it

If they would only stock them in Texas so I could drive one. I believe Texas dealers will be able to order them, but won’t have them on the lot. That also makes we wonder if the service department here will be able to maintain them.

There is an explosion powered version so all the problems I have had with leaf will go away. Normal parts bin for the stuff that actually breaks or that crack heads break 😉
What maintenance really? Suspension and brakes are normal parts….

Not good review. There’s more space in the boot under the tray, there’s a sunroof available, and why not a verbal comparison with the F-Pace on test? The F-Pace is 2.2 times the price, highly less efficient with less real time KwH’s, the range is 200 miles v 270 miles in the Kona. I’m up for it if my ordered Audi e-tron doesn’t give me 400 km’s.

That’s not an F-Pace. It’s an i-Pace. Totally different cars.

The Electric F-Pace is being developed right now. Apparently that will have a much greater range than the I-Pace. JLR are (According to a major dealer) also testing an EV XK.

F Pace is a sportscar for a start?

The F-Pace is an SUV. Larger than the I-Pace.
The F-Type is the sports car.

Didn’t know FPace was electric

Under what circumstances should the e-tron give you 400kms?
I think it is a great car, but at 120km/h it will also need between 25 and 30kwh.

And I hope Audi pumpes out a lot of them. I kind of dislike the e-tron reviews that show the car but are not allowed to drive it.

Not comparing it with a car in a completely different class is a *good* thing.

Yes a game changer

It is one thing to have great specifications and attractive pricing when they exist primarily on paper, but I really hope Hyundai has both the ability and the desire to produce Kona in copious numbers for sale around the world. One of the better video reviews of Kona is available on-line where the Knoa is driven back-to-back with the Chevrolet Bolt, which is probably the closest competitor on paper… and pretty much in real life. The Kona bested the Chevy in seat comfort, and handling, but fell short of the Chevy in rear leg room. The Kona comes with beefier tires and a multi link rear suspension versus Bolt’s solid rear axle. The upshot is buy the Kona for a little more fun if you’re mostly driving for yourself, but Bolt would be a better Uber hauler with its more generous rear seat. Either way, both are fairly decent value for the price and neither is decidedly terrible versus the other. Neither the Chevy Bolt nor the Kona are easy to obtain in many places. The Chevy Bolt is obtainable, at least in the US part of North America, but Kona is pretty much a waiting list everywhere at this… Read more »