Hyundai Kona Electric: EPA Range Breakdown (City/Highway)


The numbers are impressive.

Here we examine the city, highway and combined EPA range ratings for the upcoming 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric.

While we all know that the Hyundai Kona Electric, with its 64-kWh battery pack, goes the distance, what we didn’t know until now is how far can you expect it to go in various driving conditions (city, highway, combined).

Luckily, we’ve now got those numbers for you (via the internal database at

  • City range – 284.1 miles
  • Highway range – 226.0 miles
  • Combined range – 258 miles (voluntarily lowered from 263 miles)

As for the MPGe metrics, here’s your first look at those figures:

  • City MPGe – 132
  • Highway MPGe – 108
  • Combined MPGe – 120


Lastly, here’s the more basic rundown for the Kona Electric:

For detailed info on how the Kona Electric drives, look no further than our First Drive report. For info on U.S. availability (sadly, not nationwide) see here.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric in Los Angeles
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The Kona EV is not flashy but it's practical. 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Hyundai found room for the EV powertrain in the existing Kona model.


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Hyundai Kona Electric: 258 miles EPA
Chevrolet Bolt EV: 238 miles EPA

Price of the Hyundai Kona Electric?

Price of the Hyundai is important, but availability in the case of the Kona is more important at least in the US. It would be interesting if Chevy added an eco mode to the Bolt. If they did I imagine their efficiency numbers would increase as well since the Bolt is leaning more to the performance side.

What would an “eco” mode do exactly?

For an electric motor, the best performance is the best efficiency. There is no compromise between the two like is sometimes the case with an ICE.

Potentially the only thing one could do is change switching frequency and sacrifice NVH for some very small loss improvements.

The Bolt actually gets better Highway MPGe rating than the Kona. Kona does better in the city (lower acceleration than the Bolt EV) and Kona has a bigger battery. Hence the higher combined range.

The bigger deal to me is I can actually buy a Bolt EV where I live, the Kona won’t be available. I would buy a Model 3 anyway though, so moot point.

For everyone waiting for the base 3 this is a good deal IMO. Similar price, more range and full tax credit.

Though it’s bigger Kia brother might be even better. But availability is an issue.

Highway range is actually about the same — and highway is where range really matters.

(Also, it’s a good deal only if ignoring performance, driving fun, a host of nice features, and general premium feel of the Model 3…)

For somebody considering the Bolt it’s a good deal. Obviously won’t be a tesla like experience but if that’s not the goal…

If you’re buying and not leasing, they can’t do anything to stop you ordering and having it shipped.
But depending on how purple that Viking is, you could have some problem getting it somewhere it can be repaired.

Actually, they can stop you from buying even if you purchase. For example, Spark EVs could only be leased OR purchased by residents of CA, OR, and MD. No workarounds for buying new if you lived somewhere other than those 3 states.

Yes, in Vikings, Packers and Bears land, but not the reason for my username 🙂

Annoys me that Kia ignores this area, although Chicago gets some love, it is a close enough drive, for a Tesla. Not enough CCS in my neck of the woods yet.

Yes indeed, just choose the Tesla Model 3, even if it means that you will have to wait another year (Q4 2018).

Though I think that the demand for the long range Tesla Model 3 will probably remain steady (new orders will keep coming in).

One factory producing 500,000 Tesla Model 3 cars per year will not be enough for the supply to all the customers in all those countries.

The Gigafactory in Shanghai will be very critical.

Ok, if you want a sedan instead of a more practical hatchback.

supposedly, tesla will not export from China. So, no, the GF in China really will not help them.

Per a previous article, Hyundai is targeting between the SR and LR Model 3 prices. So between $35k and $44k. Similar to the Bolt EV.

According to Kelley Blue Book, my Leaf is currently worth more than I paid for it, even as a trade in. I would like to have more range and real TMS but I was quite comfortable driving in to work this morning using ProPilot and the heated steering wheel. The more I read about the Kona and Niro the less I like them and I have already written the the Bolt EV off.

Even though I could walk away from my Leaf ahead financially, there really is not anything I would rather have right now. All the cars I am comparing my Leaf with are either too expensive, don’t have enough options or just not available locally. I might be hanging on to my Leaf a very long time, long after my lease expires,at least until the EV market matures a little more.

I presume you wrote the Bolt EV off for lack of ACC and lane keeping? It is really odd to me they don’t offer it with those.

Chevy Bolt EV Premier trim has automatic lane keeping.
This feature even became available for 2019 Bolt EV LT trim as a part of the optional package.

Lane keeping assist is not comfortable to the steering assist on the Leaf.

*Comparable *
Also if you wanna tell jokes about Leaf trade in value a better place would be a Leaf forum.

So, you say. It is not a stand alone Option, then, not an available obtion, on the Base Bolt EV? Unclear!

Yup! And last year, it was being spoken of, as those options (ACC and lane keeping) were coming with the 2019 models! But, not so, as I understand, in the latest news!

Although, Nissan has also delayed shipping their 60 kWh Leaf, so far, as well!

Avoid your pessimism. There will be better wagon bevs available to you before 2021 including a better, long range leaf(with active battery temp control finally) and an updated bolt in 2020.

The way you feel the need to do unsolicited advertisement on an entirely unrelated article, makes me suspect that you are actually struggling to convince yourself that you really made the best choice…

It would be great if you will update the article with the Bolt EV info from the same source, i.e. internal database at for comparison:

City range – ??? miles
Highway range –??? miles
Combined range – 238 miles

This car looks stunning in that red paint.

I don’t know if I would call this stunning, but IMO a lot prettier than gray.

I like the white they keep showing off.

I have to agree that it looks better in red than most other cars… Though probably still wouldn’t be my preferred choice 🙂

From down in the comments,

Bolt EV Comparative Numbers:

City range – 255 miles
Highway range –217.4 miles
Combined range – 238 miles


Bolt MPGe:
Combined: 119
City: 128
Highway: 110


Nearly the same efficiency as the Kona, but the Kona has more useable battery capacity.

What are the conditIons of the highway range (I.e. speed, wind, temperature, elevation, etc)? In other words, can I expect to hit 220+ miles when traveling 70 mph?

No, the EPA tests are done at lower speeds. 70 mph is not *that* much higher, though… Probably would still get close to 200 miles I’d guess?

(If there are stretches where you go slower than 70 mph due to traffic or speed limits, the EPA range might actually be achievable.)

I have been saying in the past few years that with improved battery density, there is little advantage to a dedicated BEV platform. This is a good example of that, a car with a range comparable to Model 3, sitting on a subcompact ICE platform with similar passenger and cargo capacity to the ICE model. If Hyundai was going to develop a dedicated platform for this car, they would have to spend several billion dollar extra. I think for low price models, a common platform with ICE makes more sense. For Porsche, a dedicated platform maybe viable, but not necessary.

This platform was developed with multiple drivetrains in mind.

Model 3 comes in for the same price as its gas competition.

If this car comes in at $20k (same as its gas equivalent), you will have been proven correct.

How is this related? If it was on a dedicated platform, it would be more expensive, not cheaper. Tesla Model 3 is also currently $10k more than similar ICE models (BMW 330, Merc C300 etc.) The point is it is possible to design a platform for BEV and ICE application with little compromise.

The “currently” more expensive Model 3 LR has significantly more highway range than the Kona.

Also, VW is developing a dedicated platform to *save* costs. (Of course that only applies for large volume production, though — for a low-volume compliance car like the Kona, the costs would indeed likely be prohibitive…)

It is also significantly more expensive. VW makes millions of cars off each platform, so they can develop a new platform. However, their I bet their new platform will be heavily based off an existing or future ICE platform.

The Kona matches the “standard range” Model 3, but not the long-range variant. Also, while it might have similar space to the combustion variant, BEVs on dedicated platforms have significantly *more* interior space than like-sized combustion cars.

How is the battery managed?

Highway consumption = still not impressed

The model s 60D has a 107 mpg consumption, about the same as the kona. And keep in mind that the model s is like 1000 kg heavier!

They have to be able to do better!

The Kona is higher… That’s the price people have to pay if they insist on a fashionable form factor instead of an efficient one. (The IONIQ does much better, matching the highway efficiency of the Model 3.)

“here’s your first look at those figures”… Funny, I have seen them weeks ago. Probably should have acted a bit sooner, if you wanted to present this as news 😛

Seriously, there are a lot of great EV’s coming into the market. Now they just need to ramp up production so they can meet the demand.
Right now it’s looking like 250,000-300,000 Tesla vehicles per annum plus maybe 200,000-250,000 vehicles from everyone else combined. Pretty sad effort from everyone else.