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Hyundai Kona Electric

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

73
%
A

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

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Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

70
%
B

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

-

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

73
%
A

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

70
%
B

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

-

Summary


The Hyundai Kona Electric is a compact battery-powered family SUV that directly rivals the Kia Niro EV and Volkswagen ID.3. This is the second-generation version, which became available to order in the UK in Autumn 2023.

Unlike the former SUV range, this new Kona model has been designed as an electric car first, and then adapted to offer petrol and petrol-electric hybrid options afterwards. We have assessed those combustion-powered versions separately.

Its predecessor was highly regarded by the British motoring media and a tough act to follow, but reviewers agree that the new model is a significant improvement.

The Carbuyer team notes that Hyundai has “clearly listened to customer feedback” by increasing interior space and making the family car feel “more grown-up inside” by installing plush cabin materials and a suite of the brand’s latest infotainment and driving assistance technology.

Like the similar Kia Niro EV, reviewers conclude that the car’s electric powertrain is a key highlight. With a battery range that will exceed 300 miles (according to official lab testing procedures), Driving Electric notes that the Kona Electric can travel further than many of its compact SUV rivals. What Car? adds that the long-range version in the entry-level ‘Advance’ trim is likely to be the best option for most buyers.

Top-spec trims can get quite expensive, and outlets also report that some rivals have faster charging speeds. “It’s a shame it’s not a little more exciting to drive”, adds Car‘s CJ Hubbard, “but we imagine most buyers will be happy to trade this for the additional space. The tech you can get really is quite impressive for this class, too.”

As of January 2024, the Hyundai Kona Electric holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 73%. It get points for having zero tailpipe emissions, while its media and safety scores are good (although not as good as some of its rivals). However, we don’t yet have running cost data and the Kona Electric is too new to have a reliability score. Check back again soon.

Kona Electric highlights

  • Impressive electric range
  • Practical and well-built interior
  • Extensive equipment list as standard

Kona Electric lowlights

  • Range gets expensive towards the top
  • Poor charging speeds for rapid charging network
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines:
electric, battery-powered
Price:
From £34,995 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2023
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Green Car Guide

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: December 2023
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 80%
Child protection: 83%
Vulnerable road users: 64%
Safety assist: 60%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Hyundai Kona Electric has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the Kona Electric is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, 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 to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as we have sufficient data on the Kona Electric, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

No data yet

As of January 2024, we don’t have independently verified data available for the latest iteration of the Hyundai Kona Electric. Check back again soon.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Hyundai Kona Electric has received.

2023

  • Auto Express AwardsCar of the Year (full Kona range)

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If you’re looking at the Hyundai Kona Electric, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

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The second-generation Hyundai Kona Electric offers an impressive battery range and interior, but other EVs are more interesting to drive.Hyundai Kona Electric