Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE 64kWh 2018 UK review


Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE 64kWh

The Hyundai Kona promises 300 miles of range for less than £32,000

Ground-breaking, high-spec electric car offers 300 miles of range for less than £32,000

A Hyundai to shout about?Why not? The rise and rise of Hyundai has been one of the success stories of modern car making.The transformation from value-driven mass market car maker should now be well established in your mind. Bolstering their reputation in your grey matter should be the likes of the world’s first mass market hydrogen-powered car, the ix35 FCV, and the i30 N, a standout hot hatch in a fiercely-competitive market.In very different ways, both are genuine game-changers – and now Hyundai has a third car, which on paper at least, moves yet another game on, this time the battery-electric one.How so? Quite simply, because the Kona Electric is claimed to rewrite the range versus cost equation that has so dogged the early EV debate.For just under £32,000, this 64kWh model promises a maximum potential range of 300 miles on official test cycles, all wrapped in an on-trend crossover bodyshape. On the fastest charge, the battery can go from 0-80% charge in 54 minutes. It’s worth noting, too, that lower range, lower cost versions of the same car are available.On those criteria alone it has earned something of a reputation as a half-price Jaguar I-Pace (although you might add the Tesla Model X and soon the Mercedes EQC and Audi E-tron to the list). That’s some pretty tough company to keep – so can it live up to its lofty billing? …read more

Source:: Autocar