Hence the importance of this updated design, cabin quality and connectivity take a big step forward and with the top version, driving range is still class. Leading plenty to like then hasnt made any changes to the engineering or the powertrain of this improved kona electric. But since that original model was on sale for only two years were going to assume a lack of familiarity here, which will certainly be the case. If you never happen to have driven an electric car before, should you be new to the ev genre? The first thing youre going to notice is the way this car hurls itself away from rest. Once you understand the drive dynamics here, though, the rush of blood to the head that this hyundai gets every time you press the low pedal with any real vigor, is only to be expected. Theres a lot more pulling power than would be generated by an equivalent combustion engine ‘5 newton meters of torque and its all delivered to you right from the get go rather than building as it would do with a fossil fueled power plant 62 miles an hour from Rest takes 9.9 seconds in the entry level, ‘ kilowatt hour version were trying here, which uses a 136 ps electric motor and has a 189 mile driving range between charges, but most kona electric customers are going to want the alternative, 64 kilowatt hour variant, which uses a 204 ps motor and manages a wltp rated range of 300 miles that continues to set the standard amongst, affordable, evs.

Conserving your available driving range requires careful management of the energy regenerative process that kicks in. When you come off the throttle, like some other evs, this one provides you with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel that allow you to either intensify or reduce the regenerative braking feel. Alternatively, you can automize things using a smart regenerative braking system that constantly calculates the optimum level of braking regeneration based on the positioning of the vehicle ahead. Theres also a selectable virtual external sound system for creating artificial noise to warn those on the pavement of your approach. In urban areas on the open road, this car struggles a little with weight, its 300 kilos heavier than a conventional kona, but the even distribution of the battery pack across the floor plan helps with handling and a more advanced independent rear. Suspension. Setup has allowed the engineers to deliver a decent quality of ride as usual with an ev. You get plenty of cabin screen options to allow you to plan your route around your remaining available charge when its depleted youll be able to recharge your kona in just 47 minutes. If you can find a 100 kilowatt dc ccs charging point. But most of the time, though, youll be charging this hyundai overnight using a seven kilowatt wall box, youll have to pay a little extra to get installed in your garage in the 64 kilowatt hour model. You can revive the cells from nc in this way. In nine hours and 15 minutes, which would use around nine pounds worth of electricity at current rates, it would take just over six hours if you were to go for this ‘ kilowatt hour model.

This improved kona electric has emerged from this mid term update. Looking a little smarter and more gym toned than before, though, as so often with mid term updates, you might initially be scratching your head a little to establish exactly why possibly its because its now a little more obviously an ev, the kind of thing the market. These days clearly seems to want, has long understood this preference, its very first mass produced electric vehicle, the ionic electric of 2016 had a distinct look, but this kona electric proved to be a much more complete interpretation of the ev concept. Come in search of the changes made here and most are to be found up front now: theres, no pretense at a grill. Previously there was a perforated front panel. Hyundai wants you to know without any question that this is an ev. Hence the rather curious decision to try and make a front wood feature out of this. Charging port flap move to the rear, and if you happen to be familiar with the original model, you might notice these more horizontally stretched tail lamps. These lower lamp clusters are different too and are no longer framed with ugly dark, cladding everything now color coded more harmonious and much the better for it time to take a seat at the wheel, its actually not that much different in here, but it feels as if It is because the screen technologies taken such a step forward with the adoption of big 10.

25 inch displays across the range for the instrument cluster and the center screen, which now comes complete with a whole range of blue link. Connectivity functions, the cabin differences over an ordinary kona are actually more pronounced and you might expect the key change being the installation of this wider aircraft style silver, trimmed sensor console which incorporates the shift by wire push button controls for the single speed, auto gearbox that all Ev models have to have as before, youre not sat particularly commandingly in what is supposed to be an suv but up front here. Youre favored, with this pair of unexpectedly cushy pews that should allow all shapes and sizes to get comfortable and unique to this. Electric model is the extra storage space you get under this broad center console and in the rear. Well, its in this part of the car that youre likely to be most keenly reminded that youve bought an suv based on a small car platform rather than that of a family hatchback, as it turns out its not too bad in here. For the carriage of two folk providing theyre, not especially lanky of leg, if they are, then compromises will need to be made by the front seat occupants in order to be able to accommodate them. But it would have been nice if hyundai had incorporated a reclining back. Rest, the brand told us it had added charging ports back here as part of this mid term update, but they dont seem to have appeared as part of the uk spec a surprising emission.

You dont get overhead reading lights either and theres. Just this single overhead coat hook on the drivers side, you can, though, tick off seat back storage nets, a couple of isofix child seat, mounts for the two outer seats, compact door, bins, incorporating bottle holders and a center armrest with a couple of cup holders. Lets finish with a few words on boot space. Now the design teams efforts to build in the battery packs in a way that doesnt impinge on carriage capacity hasnt been entirely successful. Thats fallen from the 374 litre total you get in a standard kona to 332 liters. Here push forward the 60 40 split, folding, rear seat and youll reveal a relatively flat loading floor with as much as 1 114 liters of total fresh air. If you load to the roof, hyundai seems to specialize in game changing design. The ix 35 fcv was the worlds first mass market, hydrogen powered car. The ioniq was the first model with three different electric power trains in one body type. The i30n hot hatch changed the shape of the shopping rocket segment, and this kona electric has revolutionized what we can expect from an affordable electric car in a volkswagen. Id3 youd get a more futuristic interior in a nissan leaf. Youd get more rear seat passenger space, but both those cars are completely trounced by the driving range. This kona electric can offer in its higher output form, which is something that only this cars kia cousins can match for the price.

The opposition, though, is catching up. Hence the need for this car to step up its game.