Review: Hyundai Kona Electric CUV

Kona Electric rides on an all-new CUV platform and is Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover for the U.S. market, appealing to consumers with active, eco-focused lifestyles of all kinds. Kona Electric’s exterior styling features voluminous, aggressive body styling complemented by a low and wide stance for great looks and confident handling in a variety of urban and adventure-oriented driving environments. It joins Hyundai’s successful new Kona, Tucson and Santa Fe in a full line-up of Hyundai crossovers for the U.S. market. 2019 Kona Electric models will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and available in the fourth quarter of 2018, with initial availability in California and subsequently in the ZEV-focused states in the western and northeastern regions of the U.S. market.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Kona Electric CUV
  • First available: October 2018
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 7.6s
  • Range: 300 miles 482 km
  • Price: £24'995

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • Battery model: Nickel-rich lithium-ion battery
    • Battery capacity: 64 kWh or 39 kWh (range for 39 kWh is 312 km)
    • Battery Range: 250 miles of pure electric range on a full charge
    • Electric drive unit: High-efficiency 201 horsepower (150 kW)
    • Battery pack energy density is 141.3 Wh/kg



  • Charge time

    • Type of charger: Level-II on-board charging system capable of a 7.2 kW, 100 kW DC fast-charging
    • Fast charge time: 75 minutes with a Level-III quick charge (zero to 80 percent charge @ 100 kW)
    • Full charge time: 7.2 kW Level-II charger takes nine hours and thirty-five minutes


Innovation & Self-driving

2019     Kona Electric Highlights

  • Compact electric CUV segment-leading 250-mile estimated range
  • Bold, fresh design elements with extroverted color options
  • LED headlight, taillight and daytime running light illumination signature
  • High-efficiency 201 horsepower (150 kW), 291lb.-ft. electric motor powertrain
  • High-voltage 64 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • Standard floating touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ capability
  • Hyundai Smart Sense (HSS):
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • High Beam Assist
  • Premium technology availability:
  • 8-inch Navigation System
  • Shift-by-wire center console drive controls with additional lower storage
  • Next generation Blue Link® connected car system
  • Heads-up Display (with active pop-up display screen)
  • Rain-sensing Wipers
  • Qi Wireless-device charging

Kona Electric employs refined aesthetics with organic geometric body forms and sporty contours for a modern, eco-oriented appearance. The electric charging port is seamlessly integrated with this grille area for convenient, head-in parking at charging stations. The front view is flanked by aero-tuned flared fenders that enhance its road presence. It’s further enhanced by a separated-headlight design signature, with LED Daytime Running Lights above and high-efficiency LED headlights below. The visual relationship between the composite lamps, the futuristic grille and unique side cladding results in a distinctive electric crossover character. The Kona Electric coefficient of drag is a wind-cheating 0.29 Cd, an impressive aerodynamic rating for its highly functional compact CUV bodystyle.

Please also read our published Electric Car reviews of other makes and models.

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