Hyundai Kona EV 2019

Hyundai Kona EV 2019

Engine: electrified powertrain
Transmission/drive: planetary gear transmission
Fuel economy: 186 miles on the WLTP cycle
Alternative: Chevy Bolt

Apperances/exterrior

New Hyundai Kona EV is a fully electric compact crossover, that is maximum friendly to environment. The car has two versions: Basic and Premium version.

The appearance of the car is very distinctive. Instead of the usual front gril, it has a plug with a charging port. The Hyundai logo is now much higher, it has been raised to the level of headlights. The unconventional shape of the front bumper improves aerodynamics. The wide wheel spokes of the rims reduce the turbulence of the oncoming air flow and increase the efficiency of the car.

Headlights of the new crossover consist entirely of LEDs.

Body material contains 51.8% high strength steel. Therefore, it has a small weight, but very high strength.

Interior

The interior of the new car is completely redesigned. Above the massive central tunnel there is a set of buttons for controlling various functions: a planetary transmission control selector, climate control unit, parking brake buttons, front seat heating buttons. There are also several cup holders and a small compartment for storing small items.

The dashboard is equipped with a large display, which displays the indicator dials of various instruments (drive mode, power consumption, battery charge level). For navigation and multimedia there is a separate touch screen. There is also a projection display that allows the driver to read the necessary information without being distracted from the road.

Comfortable seats are electrically adjustable, and can be set in eight positions. They also have ventilation and heating systems. And the driver's seat also provides lumbar support.

The latest audio system provides amazing sound clarity. Smartphones can be charged using wireless charging (Qi standard).

Performance/Driving

The basic version of the Hyundai Kona EV for acceleration to 62 mph needs just 9.3 seconds, its maximum speed can reach 103 mph. The premium version needs 7.6 seconds to accelerate, and its maximum speed is the same.

The motor of the basic version has a power of 135 horsepower and a torque of 395 Nm. Its 39.2 kWh battery allows you to drive 186 miles on the WLTP cycle.

The Long Range version is much more powerful than the base one. It has the same torque, but its electric motor has a power of 204 horsepower. The battery capacity is 64 kWh, and it allows you to drive 292 miles.

The front suspension is made according to the McPherson scheme, and the rear axle has a semi-dependent beam with torsion elements.

Due to the low center of gravity and the rigid suspension, the car can confidently perform difficult maneuvers, it does not roll at sharp turns and has excellent roadability even in the most difficult road conditions. It is perfectly adapted for driving in urban environments.

Tech

Hyundai Kona EV has front-wheel drive only.

In order to fully charge the battery using a standard power supply, it will take 9 hours and 40 minutes. But 80% of the charge is restored in just 54 minutes, when charging at the fast station of 100 kW DC.

Safety of the driver and passengers is provided by the Frontal Collision Warning System with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian recognition functions; Lane Keeping Assist System; blind spot monitoring system; Assistant when leaving the parking in back run.

The navigation system has three-dimensional maps.

Also, the car is equipped with a two-zone climate control system; electromechanical parking brake; keyless entry and start system; rain and light sensors; road marking tracking and traffic sign reading system.

Multimedia supports Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Lifetime MapcareTM service allows you to update software for free.

Cargo

The lack of fuel tank allowed to increase the amount of luggage compartment. Now its volume reaches 373 liters. If there is a regular box for the charging cable in it, then the free volume becomes 335 liters.

The verdict

The new Hyundai Kona EV crossover is an excellent family SUV. It has a stylish design, sufficient power and provides the necessary level of comfort. The compact size of the car is combined with a fairly spacious interior. Its cost is available, it has excellent road performance, and the maintenance of such a car is inexpensive.