Watch Hyundai Kona Electric Accelerate To Top Speed


Exceeds its own top-speed spec!

Officially, the Hyundai Kona Electric can zip from a standstill to sixty miles per hour in 7.6 seconds. That sounds reasonably impressive for a subcompact crossover. But what’s that look like in the real world? And what if its top speed isn’t actually the same as the official specification, but something even faster? Those questions both have answers in the video above.

The Kona Electric spec sheet says the crossover’s award-winning 201 horsepower (150 kW) motor can power it to a top speed of 104 mph (167 kph). However, this video, which appears on the Schwaben – Checker YouTube channel, appears to disagree. In it, a driver apparently gives the Korean car maximum throttle from a standstill until it finally tops out. It accelerates impressively, and after about 23 seconds it appears to reach its maximum velocity: 110 mph (177 kph). Nice!

The test appears to begin on an onramp to what we assume is a speed-limit-free section of the German Autobahn. Of course, in the U.S. there are no public roads where this can be legally done. Still, it’s nice to know what a vehicle a capable of.

Interestingly, while preparing this post, we noticed that both Car &Driver and MotorTrend have documented much quicker 0-to-60 times for the Kona Electric than the figure we noted above, 6.4 and 6.6 seconds respectively. However, when we clocked the run in the video, it was definitely more in line with the official, slower number. This is something we’ll have to explore further. Perhaps one of our Canadian owners in the Kona Electric section of the InsideEVs Forum can, under safe conditions, shine a light on this important piece of the performance puzzle.

If that happens, we’ll tell you about it. For now, though, check out the video above and let us know what you think in Comments.


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22 Comments on "Watch Hyundai Kona Electric Accelerate To Top Speed"

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Most cars indicate over true speed, the 110 mph is probably the indicated speed when traveling the top speed of 104 mph. I would want GPS confirmation of the top speed, that will be spot on.

Come on, the only “facts” that matter are the ones the media tells you.


in Germany the so called “Straßenverkehrsordnung” (road traffic act) directs, that under no circumstances the tacho displays a lower speed than real. The advance is allowed up to 10% plus 4 km/h. So the 177 km/h in the video could be anything between 155 and 177 km/h.

155+10%+4=174,5km/h. So according to your math it could be anywhere between 157,27 and 177km/h. Yeah, I am so fun at parties! 🙂

It is also important to notice that they all go for the maximum since 10% faster means 10% more distance counted. This makes the cars seem more economical.

I’m pretty sure Nissan increase the range on the Leaf by putting on smaller tires. The user manual use an example size that makes the speedometer perfect, but the official size that the car came with reads about 10% high.

People talk about EV acceleration, not how clean, quiet and good for the environment they are.

They do talk quite a bit about emissions and noise of EV’s.’s comparison of Niro EV and Kona EV goes into the noise level of the two cars, ride etc.

As for the acceleration, its a big deal for a generation that took quite a hit to their man-cards driving Prius’s as only socially responsible car.

The acceleration theme is a right out of Revenge of the Nerds. Smoking that “coaler” in the lifted pickup at the light is definitely on the table.

Snicker, snicker, I do that (dust the neanderthal coal rollers) every chance I get in my Model 3!

If we are to win the hearts and minds of the casual car buyer, automakers have to make compelling, fast and long range EVs. Unfortunately, studies have shown that the casual car buyer doesn’t shop for clean and efficient automobiles.

It would be great to get to the point where a salesperson can say, “This car is a top performer, and doesn’t need a fill for over 200 miles. And that fill takes less than 15 minutes. Oh, and by the way, it’s electric.”

We’re getting there. Slower than anyone would like, but we’re getting there.

The first argument sells, the second not so. It’s sad, yet true when applied to many buyers.

Fo car nuts, aceleration counts. For the mass market, it does not.

I am increasingly interested in test driving one of these. I honestly thought I would be waiting on VW, but damned if this car isn’t tempting me.

Isn’t odd that the acceleration isn’t smooth? Between 0-100kph there are 3 moments of hesitation

Car and Driver and Motor Trend uses 1 foot roll out method in their 0-60mph testing. that will always read faster or lower in time than 0-60mph from a dead stop.

This is exactly what I was thinking. But 1 sec is quite a bit of difference for just rollout. There would have to be other factors at play too, like an optimistic speedometer and/or the official 0-60 number being based on when the battery is at 20% charge.

Difference is supposedly up to 0.3 seconds …

You really have to measure the acceleration at 50% battery or lower. Measuring it with a fully charged battery gives a value that isn’t achievable in real life.

The typical driver doesn’t even get down to 50% charge on a typical day in a car with this long of a range. Pretty much, every time you leave the driveway, you’re going to have a 90% change.

What? “isn’t achievable in real life”. So in real life you can’t charge an EV past 50%?

Are these cars being sold? I know when the Model 3 came out, they showed up on the Plug-in Scorecard before the You-Tube videos came out, but the Kona isn’t on the scorecard yet.