Hyundai’s first-generation Kona Electrical was one thing of a darling. It was environment friendly, appeared good, and made electric motoring a bit of extra accessible for these with out Tesla cash to play with. Now 2023’s new Kona Electrical (2024 for US punters) goals to maintain the nice instances rolling with a brand new look, recent tech, and extra luxurious than you’d count on from a B-segment crossover.
Because the first Kona Electrical’s debut in 2018 (in Europe, 2019 within the US), Hyundai’s been working exhausting on its EV recreation. The launch of the Ioniq 5 and 6 have taught the corporate beneficial classes that, it says, knowledgeable the event of its newest electrical child. As a consequence, this guarantees to be a much more full package deal than earlier than, at a eager value level.
Within the UK the vary kicks off at £34,995, and beneath $35,000 within the US. That’ll get you a “normal” automobile packing a 48.4-kWh battery with a claimed 234-mile vary, a 154-bhp motor able to getting from 0 to 62 mph in 8.8 seconds, and as much as 101 mph. A Lengthy Vary Kona Electrical sits above it within the lineup, boasting a 65.4-kWh battery, claimed 319-mile vary, a perkier 215-bhp motor that’ll crack 0-62 mph in a brisker 7.8 seconds, after which on to 107 mph. Each automobiles get the identical 188 lb ft of torque.
Hyundai’s 400-volt structure is unfortunately not the 800 volt you get within the Ioniq 5 or 6, however greater than a bit of amusingly it is the identical as that within the Rolls-Royce Spectre EV. It permits the Kona Electrical to cost from 10 to 80 p.c in a bit of over 40 minutes. Irrespective of which battery you go for, you get helpful vehicle-to-load tech to energy something you possibly can plug right into a family wall socket on the fly.
Hyundai’s design group has (as soon as once more) performed a blinder with the automobile’s look. It cuts a positive determine and can little question be the darling of grocery store parking tons all around the world. The agency’s newest design language is delightfully futuristic (if a bit of First Order Stormtrooper stylish), and it comes with tech to match. Its body-width mild bar on the entrance attracts the attention neatly, and the automobile’s assorted sensors are hidden unobtrusively within the entrance bumper.
These sensors are host to a complete suite of energetic security expertise to maintain you on the straight and slender. There’s lane-keep assists, freeway driving assists, ahead collision avoidance assists, a blind-spot collision avoidance help, rear cross-traffic assists, a 360-degree parking arrange … and far more. The Kona additionally reads highway indicators to verify the velocity restrict, watches you to ensure your eyes are on the highway, screens your driving to see should you’re drowsy, and checks to ensure each of your arms are on the wheel. You’d should work mighty exhausting to crash.
The security equipment on board is complete—it must be to stick to numerous laws—nevertheless it’s additionally extremely irritating and in some instances flawed. Pull as much as a junction and dare to look away from useless straight down the highway for various seconds—to, say, ensure you’re not about to drive into the trail of a lorry—and also you’re handled to an offended “bong” with a flashing mild telling you that you just’re not paying sufficient consideration.
Relaxation your arms too calmly on the wheel and it thinks you’re going hands-free, so that you get one other bong. If it thinks you’re sleepy, it’ll bong at you and let you know to take a break. Point out to vary lane with a automobile close by? That’s proper, an enormous ol’ bong, as a result of it thinks you may hit one thing. Each time the velocity restrict adjustments, the automobile will bong, exceed the restrict by a single mile per hour … bong.