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Hyundai Kona Electric

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Hyundai Kona Electric

(2018 - present)

    Summary


    The Hyundai Kona Electric is a fully-electric version of the Kona small SUV/crossover, and is also closely related to the Kia e-Niro. It arrived in the UK in late 2018.

    The Kona Electric has received high praise from the UK motoring media and, as of July 2022, it holds a strong Expert Rating of 78%. This is in stark contrast to the regular petrol Kona model range, which is rated at just 61% and sits in the bottom half of the small SUV market.

    According to Hyundai’s official figures, the Kona Electric with a 64kWh battery (the larger of the two battery choices) is capable of covering 279 miles on a single charge. Based on independent research conducted by What Car?, this is likely to translate to a real-world driving figure of about 250 miles.

    The Hyundai Kona Electric has been praised for its driving range, which is more than comfortable enough for most car buyers, as well as its overall practicality. Critics rate the similar Kia e-Niro more highly, although it’s also more expensive than the Hyundai.

    Kona Electric highlights

    • Impressive battery range
    • Practical with lots of sensible tech
    • Value for money package
    • Fun performance

    Kona Electric lowlights

    • Rivals are more spacious
    • Interior trim looks cheap
    • Slightly rigid ride quality
    • Alternatives have more boots space

    Key specifications


    Body style: Small SUV/crossover
    Powertrain: battery electric vehicle
    Price: From £30,450 on-road

    Launched: Winter 2018/19
    Last updated: Spring 2021
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    No safety rating

    As of July 2022, the Hyundai Kona Electric has not yet been awarded a safety rating by Euro NCAP.

    The conventional petrol and diesel Kona models were awarded a five-star safety rating back in 2017, but this does not apply to the Kona Electric because of the substantial differences in the electric motor and battery layout compared to a regular engine and fuel tank.

    If and when Euro NCAP tests the Hyundai Kona Electric, we will update this page accordingly.

    Eco rating


    Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    As of April 2022, the Hyundai Kona Electric has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Electric cars are almost guaranteed to do well in Green NCAP testing as they produce no tailpipe emissions, so the Kona Electric will probably score very well if and when it’s tested.

    Reliability rating

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    As of July 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Hyundai Kona Electric to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Kona Electric, we’ll publish the score here.

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    Hyundai Kona ElectricThe Hyundai Kona Electric been highly praised by the media for its 250+ mile driving range and its overall practicality.