We tested the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric on the road, which promises almost 500 km of autonomy on a single charge. All the details of this electric crossover: price, specifications, features, autonomy.
We at AllaGuida.it have had the opportunity to do a long test drive of the new Hyundai Kona Electric, a fully electric version of the Korean crossover. In fact, it is one of the most interesting cars on the market in terms of purely electric mobility, because it manages to match a cost not excessive, compared to the competition, dimensions that allow not to sacrifice too much space and an interesting autonomy. We see all the details of this new car, and then move on to our impressions on the road.
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Design & Styling
What, at first glance, that differentiates an electric car from a traditional fuel version? A common line that we find on all-electric cars, even of different brands: this is the closed grille. No more horizontal or vertical strips, no loopholes. There is no need to convey a large amount of air to the engine to cool it and to get air to the airbox, so it is a common solution to close it, also because it improves the overall aerodynamics, essential to ensure as much autonomy as possible to electric cars.
The new Hyundai Kona, therefore, it has this grille closed to the front, which differentiates it from the standard model, but then maintains the same features as the traditional version. Less than the headlight frame. Flowing the side what is different about this Kona Electric are the 17 “rims or slightly more, studied with a particular aerodynamics, while the rear obviously lacks the exhaust and the lower part of the bumper has been redesigned with wavy lines. Obviously even here the stops have found a slightly different line than the one already known, but it is very little stuff.
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Interior
Objectively the inside of this HyundaiKona Electric is characterized by the lack of any gearshift lever, as it is not necessary, easily replaced by the keys to select the driving mode. They are located on the central tunnel and are very beautiful both to the touch and to the eye, in a frosted gray that is also very premium. All the keys on the tunnel have this aspect, including those of heating and ventilation of the seats – because there are also these technologies on the Kona, along with others like the wireless charging of the latest generation of phones – while we find on the top of the dashboard what in Hyundai call the “floating display”.
Literally it would be floating display because it seems to be placed there suspended, and in fact, perhaps it is a bit ‘too far from the range of action of the arms because you have to lean out to operate the various functions on the touchscreen. Qualitatively valid also the digital instrumentation, a display that marks all the driving information as well as the selected driving mode, while the leather of the seats could certainly have been better.
Nothing catastrophic anyway, there is certainly worse, so we attest to the sufficiency. Definitely beyond the sufficiency instead we place the space for those sitting in the front row, which has the opportunity to cuddle on a seat large enough and that adjusts itself with a certain ease. Electrically. Nothing catastrophic anyway, there is certainly worse, so we attest to the sufficiency.
Definitely beyond the sufficiency instead we place the space for those sitting in the front row, which has the opportunity to cuddle on a seat large enough and that adjusts itself with a certain ease. Electrically. Nothing catastrophic anyway, there is certainly worse, so we attest to the sufficiency. Definitely beyond the sufficiency instead we place the space for those sitting in the front row, which has the opportunity to cuddle on a seat large enough and that adjusts itself with a certain ease. Electrically.
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Test Drive
It seems clear that the lion’s share of this Hyundai Kona Electric is the engine, which is very different from a traditional engine and must be interpreted, as the guide must be slightly adequate. The version we tested had a 64 kWh battery pack, which in terms of mileage should ensure, according to the most recent and stringent WLTP regulations, a good 480 km of autonomy. Well enough to crush the accelerator to understand how far the electric motor is light years away from the heat engine.
An average car as small as the Kona, in Sports mode and with the all-thrust accelerator, attaches you to the seat like a supercar. This is because the electric motor has virtually no latency, turbo lag and torque holes, which instead is constant and always maximum. It ‘something that can leave you breathless if you do not expect it and if you have not studied a little how these kinds of engines work, then a big plus. Of course, you want to be there to press and press the accelerator again to feel always attached to the seat, but since we must always be a bit ‘”echo” it is good to start to take a more distinct tone. Then the Eco mode starts (also the Eco + is available, but it limits performance to 90 km / h of maximum speed and a less powerful air conditioner) and to understand how effectively this Kona respects the declared kilometer data.
Among the passes of the Dolomites we have put a strain on the autonomy with strong climbs, but then counterbalanced by long descents during which to exploit the energy recovery with low hands to recharge a good part of the battery. In this regard, it is good to report that behind the wheel there are paddles, but they are not for the gear change at all! They manage the energy recovery mode, which can be more or less strong and therefore brake more or less when the accelerator is left. Incredibly, a good 80% of the downhill road you can do without touching the brake, but simply varying the power of energy recovery from time to time: go to level 3 when you have to brake harder and get down to lower levels when you have to resume long the road or when you have to brake less intensely.
Then when you have to resume speed, just set it to zero, which is tantamount to putting an endothermic engine in neutral. However, if the initial thrust of the engine sticks to the seat, the more the speed rises, the more it seems that the engine reaches saturation, then you actually start to feel the thrust come a little ‘less: one more reason to remain constant with the gas (accelerator, sorry …) and optimize the yield, no?
However, such a push also needs a right set-up. 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric has a battery pack that must carry around, with a weight that is not unimportant, but that is still positioned to improve the center of gravity as much as possible. They feel during the drive that they are there, rear axle zone and not only, but that also try to take you out while the electric motor makes the front wheels spin. Although we are not in a sports car the heaviest weight of the batteries can be exploited to your advantage in the corners, to make the wheels adhere better, but putting aside what can be a sporting soul you get to have a sincere and well crossover calibrated. Ah, obviously silent!
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Price
Hyundai Kona Electric is already abundantly orderable, although clearly to see it in your garage you have to wait for at least a minimum. With € 39,900 you take home the 64 kWh version with the lower set-up level, XPrime while for the excellent version you need 45,400 euros. Switching to the 39 kWh battery requires € 36,400 for the XPrime set-up, the only one available.
To charge both batteries to 80% from the home outlet it takes about 9 hours and a half for the 64 kWh version and just over 6 hours for the 39 kWh version, much lower value if you switch to the recharge a 100 or 50 kW: 75/57 minutes in the first case, 54 minutes for both in the second.