All-New Hyundai Kona Electric 2021| Complete Review.
Hyundai has created “Hyundai Kona Electric” by replacing the gasoline engine in the Kona SUV with an electric motor and battery pack to compete with the growing number of electric vehicles on the market.
The result is a fascinating electric vehicle with an engaging driving character, snappy performance, and an all-electric range of up to 258 miles.
A new grille and wheels are among the styling alterations, but Kona Electric’s distinctive appearance still turns heads like the standard version. Rival EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, and Kia Niro EV have similar features.
Still, Hyundai’s starting price and unrivaled warranty make it one of the most thoughtful choices in the market, earning it an Editors’ Choice award.
Latest Updates for 2021 Model
2021 Hyundai has made no significant changes to Kona Electric.
The mid-range Limited is a good option. It includes a sunroof, leather upholstery, LED exterior lighting, automatic high-beam headlamps, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, among other desirable features.
Hyundai doesn’t provide any option packages for any of the three Kona Electric variants, except a few dealer-installed items.
Engine Performance & Specifications
A 64.0-kWh battery pack powers a 201-hp electric motor that drives the front wheels (all-wheel drive isn’t available).
The Kona Electric accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the standard Kona.
Like the standard Kona, the electric Kona has zippy driving qualities that make it pleasant to scurry along a winding two-lane.
It doesn’t have the thrills of a sports car, but for a small SUV, it’s a lot of fun to drive.
It also travels well at highway speeds, and because of the large battery located on the floor and the resulting low center of gravity, it feels substantial and rooted.
Battery Capacity & Range
Aggressive regenerative braking enables pure one-pedal driving and extends the driving range to 258 miles, 1 mile shorter than the Bolt EV.
The driver can control the amount of regen by pulling the paddles behind the steering wheel.
We wouldn’t advocate charging the Kona Electric on a 110-volt household outlet daily; a 240-volt outlet is recommended for home charging.
The Kona Electric can also be charged at a DC fast-charging station.
The EPA has given Kona Electric a combined rating of 120 MPGe.
However, in real-world highway fuel-economy tests, we only got 86 MPGe and 160 miles of range
The cabin of the Kona Electric is similar to that of its gas-powered counterpart: it’s composed of high-quality materials, comfy, and packed with technology.
Even by subcompact-crossover standards, the back seat and cargo area are cramped. Still, the Kona Electric has no less interior space than the conventional model because it was built from the ground up to accept a battery pack.
The cargo area is identical to that of the regular Kona; accommodation for 5 carry-on baggage at the rear and a total of 15 with the seats folded.
Connectivity & Infotainment
All versions have a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; the SEL has a 7.0-inch display, while the Limited has an 8.0-inch display.
Only the fully loaded Ultimate model comes with navigation, but it also includes a giant 10.3-inch touchscreen.
The base model gets a 6-speaker, while the Limited and Ultimate variants both include an eight-speaker Infinity audio system that sounds substantially better
Hyundai Kona did well in crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but Kona Electric did not.
Blind-spot monitoring and automated emergency braking come standard across the board, while adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection are only available on the Ultimate model.
The following are some crucial safety features:
- Automatic emergency braking with forward-collision warning is standard.
- Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist is standard.
- Adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection are both available.
- Warranties and Service The scope of the coverage
Hyundai’s warranty coverage is already renowned, but now it’s even better thanks to the addition of a complimentary three-year/36,000-mile regular maintenance plan.
Because there are no oil or spark plugs to change in the Kona Electric (or any other electric-only vehicle), the complimentary planned maintenance comprises tire rotation, cabin air filter replacement, and various system inspections.
Hyundai’s introductory warranty offers are unmatched by rival EVs like the Bolt EV or the Model 3.
The Kia Niro EV comes with the same guarantee but no free scheduled maintenance.
- A 5-year or 60,000-mile limited warranty is included.
- A ten-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty is included.
- The battery has a 10-year or 100,000-mile warranty.
- Maintenance is free for the first three years or 36,000 miles.