And like the gas powered Kona, there was a lot to like about the electric version of this plucky subcompact SUV from its zippy road manners and no nonsense multimedia system To its ample safety standards and focus on value., The Kona EV shares a lot with the regular model, which is part of the reason why it works so well, including similar cargo room and passenger space.. But there are some obvious differences between the models.. Here are three big ones.: First, the biggest difference is under the hood and we get our first hint of that by looking at the grill, which wears a smoother, more streamlined design, and it also has the charge panel kinda offset. Oddly, above the grill., The Kona EV gets power from the 64 kilowatt hour battery pack and single electric motor, making 201 horsepower and 291 pound feet of torque.. It only comes in front wheel, drive. Power comes on fast and smooth. Near instant. Torque makes for great pop off the line and gives the Kona some zip around town.. It feels much quicker than the regular Kona, which already was decently peppy. For more pep pop it into Sport. Mode.. It increases responsiveness for more of an aggressive feel. Eco, plays it very safe and does the opposite by dulling responsiveness. Normal mode, splits, the difference.. All three of these modes have a big impact on how much energy the car uses, which impacts range. More on that later. Hyundai estimates.

The Kona EV is good for 258 miles of range, which is competitive against other small EVs, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EUV and its 247 miles of range and the Volkswagen ID.4. With its 280 miles of range in the base. Trim., The Kona Electric has a 7.2 kilowatt onboard charger and itll charge to a full battery from 10 in about nine hours on a Level 2 charger which I have. Hyundai says, it can also be charged to 80 from 10 in approximately 47 minutes, using a DC Charger. And app is available to help manage charging and control selected vehicle systems remotely. In these super cold temps. I found that range is limited, however, due in large part to the extra energy demands from things like heat and goodies. Like the heated steering wheel and the heated seats. Setting, the temperature lower will help sustain your range, but that doesnt sound fun. In the Sport, Normal and Eco mode settings. You can customize climate control usage in each mode to balance your needs with the cars range.. Also, the cold weather limits. How much energy is recaptured through the cars regenerative breaking system.? It also takes longer to bring the vehicles battery up to a full charge so plan accordingly.. The good news is that the cars range gauge seemed pretty accurate during my trips.. Also, the Kona has an available battery warmer system to help prevent excessively long battery charging intervals in cold temperatures.. In addition, in Winter mode, the battery warmer can minimize the battery power losses due to low winter temperatures.

. Second, it delivers a pretty different driving experience than the gas powered model., Where the gas powered model sounds kind of loud and is a little bit gruff. The EV is quiet and makes kind of a mechanical whirring noise as typical of other EVs.. It also has a very different brake feel typical of other hybrids and electric vehicles.. The regenerative braking system works to capture lost, braking energy and sends it to the battery to boost efficiency. In the Kona. It took me a while to get comfortable with the system, largely because it is so customizable. In each of the Sport, Eco and Normal modes. You can dial up the strength of the regen system., For example in Sport mode. I set it to a level 1, so they felt like relatively normal brakes with a firm, responsive pedal. In Eco mode. I set it to level 3, which is the strongest setting and feels the most unnatural, but saves the most energy.. When this process kicks in, you can feel the car start to slow down dramatically when you remove your foot from the gas pedal, which meant a lot of lurching until I got the hang of it., It doesnt quite slow down to a stop. However, as with other EVs, one pedal regen systems., If you want it to brake all the way to a stop, you need to use the paddle shifter, which felt like a strange way to stop.. I ended up splitting the difference and got comfortable in level 2, which still saves braking energy but doesnt feel as unnatural as level 3.

. The last biggest difference is in cost and availability.. The 2022 Hyundai Kona EV is only available in SEL and Limited trims and starts at around 35000. Thats, including destination. Thats, also a whopping 10000 more than a gas powered Kona SEL.. However, the Kona EV is still eligible for the full 7500 federal tax credit, so that makes the price more manageable.. Its price is actually pretty competitive. Its around the same price as the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, which is no longer eligible for the federal tax credit.. Its also cheaper than the Volkswagen ID.4, which is a little bit bigger and is eligible for the federal tax credit.. The Kona EV, is on sale now, depending on where you live. Its currently only available in states that require increasing sales of zero emissions. Vehicles. With decent range, peppy road manners and a competitive price, the Kona EV is a compelling option.