Honest John Drives Hyundai Kona Electric


Thinks it may have edge on Nissan LEAF

The Hyundai Kona Electric hasn’t made it to the to United Kindom yet, but automotive publications are getting their hands on them and writing up reports. If its sales success depends on the reception given in this latest from Honest John, the Korean company had better figure out how to crank up production.

HJ doesn’t spend its review time hurling accolades at the all-electric compact crossover. Indeed, there is nary an exclamation mark to be found among its dozen paragraphs. What we do find, though, is an analysis of the car that is remarkable because it’s unremarkable. That is, there are none of the electric vehicle jokes or putdowns or outdated negative talking points we’ve seen in other publications in the past. Instead, we have a competent look at a competent car that’s being sold for a competitive price.

And the price seems to be the kicker here. Given as less than 30,000 Pounds ($38,290 at today’s rates) for the base 64-kWh model — it’s only 24,995 Pounds ($31,902) for the 39 kWh battery version, but that’s not coming to the U.S. — HJ makes the case for the battery-powered Kona to be a good value using a dollar-per-mile-of-range calculation. Comparing it to its best-known competitor, the Nissan LEAF, which is offered at a 25,190-Pound ($32,182) base price but only offers 168 miles (WLTP combined cycle) to the Hyundai’s 292-mile WLTP range, it says it “makes more sense” than the Japanese hatchback.

Numbers aside, the reviewer found the Kona Electric competent enough, with styling close enough to the petrol-powered version as to not offend. Its spunky 7.2 0-to-62 (100 km) mile per hour time is certainly an improvement over its polluting sibling, and though they said they could feel the extra weight of this version, handling was not hindered.

Best of all, there were no buts. As in, “this was a fine car, but…” Nope, there is none of that. Instead, it summarises by talking about the online buying process. As we’ve said, it’s pretty easy to do, and is very likely the way of the future. The challenge for Hyundai just might be finding the supply to meet demand.


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23 Comments on "Honest John Drives Hyundai Kona Electric"

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Still air cooled battery?

No. Prismatic cells in the floor with a liquid thermal management system.

Still? Anyhow, liquid, Google says.

Exactly, the Kona ev is a compliance car, for now, and demand will certainly outpace supply in nearly every market it is offered for years to come.

Don’t hold your breath waiting to get one in the US. The Ioniq electric is still only for sale in southern CA; non at dealers in the Bay area. A total of 233 delivered in the US through July. Maybe they expect to loose money on the Kona and only want to loose money on 20-30k (optimistic number?) per year or are battery constrained, or both. Too bad because it IS an attractive package.

Exactly….as I said above. However, I am in so cal so hopefully there will be at least a few thousand in my area nlt early 2019. But I am sticking to leasing bevs until at least 2025 and it’s unlikely Hyundai will offer a sweet lease deal on the Kona ev like they did with the ioniq ev when it first arrived last year. The Kona ev is just too good and the demand will be too high for the limited numbers at showrooms for a decent lease price. Oh well maybe the competition will bring the bolt leaae price down again.

Gee, no discussion about reaching 5000 units a week production levels? They are going to go bankrupt I tell you.

I think this is DEFINITELY an iPace killer.

I would say Bolt killer, People buying the luxury I-Pace are looking for the luxury interior and much larger size… That being said, Kona will WAY outsell the I-pace IMHO.

James above was joking obviously….the iPace hasn’t even arrived yet and is also in a completely different vehicle class costing twice as much as the Kona ev.

I-Pace is arriving as we speak.

To be a Bolt killer it actually has to be available. I think by the time t his is available in any quantity the Bolt will be changed. Also this doesn’t have the performance of the Bolt either.

It won’t kill anything, as it will only be produced in very limited numbers.

Until EV models are produced in numbers like 30,000 per week (which is where Toyota Corolla production currently is), they won’t kill anything.

Corolla production is going to take a hit soon.


And here I was hoping the comment section would improve.

Until they come out with an EV that can turn on a dime, this “comment section” will follow suit.

That is until IEVs CS gets a complete Munro tear down, and some follow on litigation, then we can expect some improvement. /s🙄

No doubt it has an edge on Leaf, but Leaf is cheaper with incentives. I think Kona is the value EV to buy, Bjorn really seemed to like it too…

Leaf is just cheaper all the way around….the “new” leaf was revised extensively n not redesigned. Compared to the bolt, Kona ev, niro ev, and other direct competitors in the next couple years, the “new” leaf will look n stay stuck like it was designed a decade ago missing many features such as telescopic steering wheel, CCS charging, optional cooling seats, big touchscreen, optional sun roof, etc.
The leaf will be only another commoner among the herd in a year or two instead of a leader as it was early this decade…‘‘tis sad.

BUT it is not offered in AWD like the ICE model…It’s a fine small EV compact, but this is a significant compromise with its ICE SUV sibling that is offered in AWD.

Who said it’s not offered on awd?? U don’t know the future

I expect that to change in the future… AWD a must where I live

What is the the charge time for the he battery?