2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, Edmunds Editors’ Choice Best EV: Video

FEB 13 2019 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 6

We can’t wait until these cars start stealing awards in other categories.

It comes as no surprise that the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is deemed the “Best EV” for 2019 according to the editors at Edmunds. It’s the only electric vehicle to earn an editors award this year. The rub here is, however, that an electric car must win in the category of “Best EV.” We’re looking forward to a time in the near future when electric vehicles don’t have their own separate category for these awards, and more EVs can begin to rob gas-powered cars of their rein. It surely has happened before, but it needs to become the norm.

The Kona Electric continues to garner plenty of praise from a wide variety of reviewers and publications. As Edmunds reiterates, it has a long range, enjoyable driving dynamics, striking good looks, and a nice interior. To top it off, the Kona Electric is well-priced, offers loads of features, and comes with an industry-leading warranty. We hope that eventually Hyundai will produce it in large quantities and make it readily available to the masses.

What do you think of the Kona Electric. Leave us your opinion in the comment section below.

Video Description via Edmunds on YouTube:

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: The Best EV | 2019 Edmunds Editors’ Choice

The Hyundai Kona Electric won Best EV for the 2019 Edmunds Editors’ Choice Awards for its long range, affordable price and pleasing driving experience. It’s a practical daily driver thanks to its agreeable ride and appealing interior. It looks good, too.

Edmunds’ experts test over 200 vehicles per year on our test track. We also test them in the real world using a loop of city streets, freeways and winding canyons. The data we gather and the analysis we perform results in our ratings. They’re based on 30-plus scores that cover performance, comfort, interior, technology, utility and value.

For the 2019 Edmunds Editors’ Choice awards, we’ve distilled these rankings to the most relevant vehicle categories for most shoppers: sedan, luxury sedan, SUV, luxury SUV, truck, electric vehicle, and sports car.

Each winner has undergone rigorous scrutiny by the Edmunds editorial team to ensure it’s the best vehicle for shoppers in its respective category.

Outside of providing a vehicle to facilitate the review, Edmunds determined these awards without manufacturer involvement.

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6 Comments on "2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, Edmunds Editors’ Choice Best EV: Video"

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If not for high price due to limited availability and slower to accelerate than 2015+ SparkEV, well deserved since there’s nothing like it when comparing MSRP.

Sort of like my old girlfriend. She had hair like spun gold, scarce and hard to put together, and you could not touch it.
So it’s slow and expensive and limited in availability, but it’s the best ev, oh well, I thought maybe the Kia Niro was the better, of the new crop of evs.

Kona EV is industry leading unobtainium!

Maybe in 2020 we will see real production numbers start to ramp up out of ICE OEM EV “Production Hell”.

Ordered it October. Hopefully we geht it in summer 2019. By far a better choice than my BMW i3 at a better price .

I awarded first ever EV of the Year accolades to the Kia Niro EV/E-Niro from my show, EV Revolution. The Kona Is a fine EV but I like the Kia more due to its slightly bigger size, more storage space, versatility and “normal” looks. I think the Niro EV hits a broader sweet spot in the CUV/SUV class and will appeal to many more buyers.

I sat in this at the Michigan International Auto Show. It is significantly smaller than my 2018 Nissan Leaf. I am not a big person by any stretch (5’11” and 200lbs), but my shoulders were up against the windows on this vehicle and I could reach over and open the passenger side door without leaning over. It’s quite narrow. The same reason why I did not consider the Chevy Bolt. I don’t fit comfortably in the vehicle. I do like the overall design and the potential range, though. I am still waiting for a somewhat affordable AWD EV as I live where we get quite a bit of snow. The Leaf does fine in the snow with the low center of gravity and smooth underbelly, provided you invest in snow tires for the season, but miss the confidence of AWD of my Rav4 hybrid.