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2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Following the footsteps of its regular variant, the brand new entry to the electric line up is the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric and carries the same zing and striking look we were shown through its gasoline sibling. Promising a long driving range on a single charge, the crossover SUV will undoubtedly manage to be an eye-turner because of the same; pip that statement alongside its aforementioned aesthetic.

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Pros

Quiet cabin and composed ride

Zippy acceleration

Funky looks

Long driving range

Cons

Cramped legroom

Limited availability

What's New?

The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is an all-new electric variant of the regular gasoline Kona.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36950

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

201 hp @ 3800 rpm

torque

291 lbs.-ft

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

61.6/62

dimensions

wheelbase

102.4 in.

length

164.6 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

61.2 in.

curb weight

3085 lbs.

ground clearance

6.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

45.8 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

TBD/120/108 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100,000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / Unlimited

ev battery warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.


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Styles

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Chalk White

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV SEL

SEL

power
201 hp @ 3800 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
120 combined

$36,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD) Starting at $36,950 MSRP (120/108) 201 hp @ 3800 rpm, electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

 2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV Limited

Limited

power
201 hp @ 3800 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
120 combined

$41,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD) Starting at $41,400 MSRP (120/108) 201 hp @ 3800 rpm, electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

 2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV Ultimate

Ultimate

power
201 hp @ 3800 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
120 combined

$44,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD) Starting at $44,900 MSRP (120/108) 201 hp @ 3800 rpm, electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial August 14, 2019


Costing $36,450 for the base variant, the Kona Electric is powered by a PMSM mated to a single-speed auto transmission driving the front wheels of the crossover. The powertrain churns out 201 horses and 291 pound feet of torque. It comes with two other variants offering better quality and technology as you go up the configurations.

In this review, the Hyundai Kona Electric goes up against its own sibling, the Ioniq Electric, and the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Where does the South Korean crossover end up? Let’s find out.

2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV Features

8.5/10

With the Hyundai Kona Electric, it comes in three trim configurationsSEL, Limited, and Ultimate. All the trims are powered by a PMSM (Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Motor) mated to a single-speed transmission. The powertrain churns out 201 horses and 291 pulling forces. Driving the front wheels, the electric crossover SUV starts at $36,450 and offers a host of essential features alongside a long driving range.

Trim

SEL

Limited

Ultimate

MSRP

$36,450

$41,150

$44,650

Key Features

17-inch wheels

18-inch wheels

Navigation system

 

Roof rails

Turbocharged engine

Wireless charging pad

 

Keyless entry and ignition

Upgraded exterior trim

Head-up display

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

LED headlights and taillights

Automatic high beams

 

Heated front seats

Automatic climate control

Pedestrian detection

 

Blind-spot monitoring rear

Leather upholstery

8-inch touchscreen

 

Cross-traffic alert

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Forward collision mitigation system

 

Voice recognition

 

Rear parking sensors

We'd Recommend

Stick to the SEL trim with which gives the most value for its money. It is decently well loaded with equipment and should suffice for most buyers.

2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV Engine

The Kona Electric feels more like an electric hot hatch than the crossover SUV it's marketed as. Whatever you call it, this vehicle accelerates swiftly and gobbles up curvy mountain roads. It'd be nice if the steering was a bit more talkative and the regenerative braking worked down to 0 mph, but these are quibbles. -edmunds

With the new 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, it offers a PMSM married to a single-speed transmission which together churns out 201 hp and 201 ft.-lbs. of torque. Its performance is swift and drives unlike an electric car. With rapid acceleration and powerful motor, the driving experience feels powerful and adequately functional if and unless the power isn't enough for your liking.

The competition has a similar powertrain under its hood, including the transmission. In terms of power, the Kona Electric puts itself first on the list followed by the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf. The Hyundai Ioniq and BMW complete the list.

Models

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

MSRP

$36,450

$30,700

$44,450

$37,495

$30,885

Engine

Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM)

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor

Synchronous Traction Motor

Permanent magnet Drive Motor

Electric Motor

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

201

118 hp

170 hp

200 hp

147 hp

Torque

291 ft-lbs

218 ft-lbs

184 ft-bs

266 ft-lbs

236 ft-lbs

Acceleration

Models

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

0-60 MPH

6.6s

10.2 sec

7.2 sec

6.5 sec

N/A

Quarter mile

15s

17.8 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

-

-

-

-

-

The Kona Electric is one of the quickest electrics here from 0-60 mph which it does in 6.6 seconds, only to be bested by merely .01s from the Chevrolet Bolt although that makes absolutely no difference in the real world. The slowest of the lot is the Ioniq that takes 10s to complete the test. In terms of quarter mile, the Kona Electric takes flat 15s to complete it.

Braking and Handling

Unlike its gasoline counterpart, the Kona Electric gets an advanced suspension built to it and as a result, handles beautifully. Take it on the curviest of roads and the SUV steers with ease. However its otherwise direct and precise steering wheel lacks a bit of feedback yet that does not hinder the driving dynamics of this crossover. The ride smoothly transitions over tacky and uneven tarmac, has no trouble giving you comfortable and laid back control of the SUV and tackles corners with ease.

Fitted on the SUV are 12" rotor diameters in the front and rear brake respectively. As a result of which, the discs stop the 4000 pound SUV from 70-0 MPH in 173 feet which frankly is a decent result for the electric crossover. It consists of smooth pedal feel with good and firm discs. Its regenerative braking works really well and finding fault with it is questionable.

Model

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Brake Front (in.)

12

11.2

11

11

11.1

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

11.2

11

10

11.5

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3836

3164

2965

3563

3433

60-0 MPH (ft.)

173 (70-0 MPH)

NA

NA

NA

NA

2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV Fuel Economy

The Kona Electric has pretty good fuel economy figures though. It returns 132 MPG in the city, 108 MPG on the highway and a combined 120 MPG. While its competitors do shine as well, the Kona on the other hand has an incredible 258 miles of driving range in a single charge.

Model

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

MPG (city)

132

150

129

128

124

MPG (highway)

108

122

106

110

99

MPG (combined)

120

136

118

119

112

Tank Capacity (gal)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the Kona Electric is similar the the regular Kona. Its initial two trims are essentially functional. There are hard scratchy plastics all around and the interiors are all black but don't feel cheap or tacky. There is however a 7-inch floating touch screen on the dashboard with physical short cut buttons around it. The climate controls are manual. There are lots of storage spaces here and there which allows for some practicality. On the whole, the interiors in the base trims are quite basic but still gets all the job done.

On the upper trims, the interiors get some zing, thankfully. The screen size increases to 8 inches, the climate controls are automatic and there are colored accents around the AC vents and gear shifter. You can also get leather upholstery along with heated seats. There is also a heads-up display. The interiors in the upper trims feel well-appointed and premium.

Seating

Model

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

5

4

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/55.5/41.5

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.6/53.6/40.5

39.7/54.6/41.6

41.2/54.3/42.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/55.5/33.4

37.4/55.0/35.7

37.2/49.2/31.9

37.9/52.8/36.5

37.3/52.5/33.3

The seats in the Kona Electric are quite comfortable. They are leather wrapped and heated. There is quite some space in the interiors. The rear bench is nice and wide and can seat three people in fair comfort. The rear legroom is not the best in class but there is sufficient space still. Long hours can be spent easily in this cabin as it's a comfortable space to be in.

Infotainment System

The infotainment system on the Kona Electric is pretty good. The system is easy to use and fairly intuitive. There are physical short cuts buttons around the screen for easy access to important functions. There is also Android Auto and Apple Car Play for smartphone integration. Overall, the system is convenient and will get most things done for you quite easily.

Cargo Capacity

Not only is Kona Electric's sibling, the Ioniq, a standout amongst the competition in terms of MPG figures but manages to beat the Kona in terms of the Cargo Capacity on offer. The Kona offers a 19 Cubic Feet with its back seats up. Meanwhile the BMW sports the most cabin space in the field with 37 cubic feet.

Model

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

19.2

23.0

36.9

16.9

23.6

When the Luggage or the Cargo increases, the Rear Seats have the provision to be folded in a 60/40 split configuration that allows for even higher liberation of space.

Interior Features

  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Rearview camera
  • 7-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Blind-spot monitoring rear
  • Cross-traffic alert
  • Voice recognition

2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV Exterior

The 2019 Kona Electric looks different than the crossover Kona, but not necessarily better. -thecarconnection

Design and Styling

The styling of the Hyundai Kona Electric has divided opinions. For some, it may be too busy trying too hard to be cool while some others will actually find it funky. It's unique for sure and it will turn heads. What meets your eyes first are the multiple headlamps. There are LED DRLs on the top, then the main headlamp cluster within the bumper with black claddings and then the fog lamps in the lower lip. You'd be confused as to which are the main lamps.

The spindle grille and black claddings all around give it a sporty and rugged look. From the busy front, when you move to the sides, it's rather plain and simple except for a contrast panel on the C-pillar. There is a pronounced kink on the rear fender. Also, the body claddings look good and the wheels are stylish.

At the rear, the story is the same as the front. There are two lamp clusters which have not been designed very aesthetically. While the front still manages to look cool, the rear does not. The claddings dominate at the back as well. The rear spoiler protrudes quite some and with the sloping rear window looks sporty. It is still a smart and contemporary looking compact SUV.

Exterior Dimensions

Model

Hyundai Kona Electric

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Curb weight (lbs.)

3836

3237

2809

3157

Length(in)

164.6

168.4

168.3

175.8

Width(in)

70.9

70.1

69.6

71

Height(in)

61.2

65.2

60.7

63.6

Ground clearance (in)

6.2

6.2

6.1

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

102.4

100.6

101.2

104.9

Track width (in) F/R

61.6/62

60.62/60.62

60/59.5

61/61.2

The Hyundai Kona Electric is quite balanced when it comes to dimensions. It has compact proportions for a crossover and sits quite low as well. It has the least length but in spite of that, it has a long wheelbase. The compact proportions and less ground clearance really helps the handling of the car.

Exterior Features

  • LED headlamps and tail lamps
  • 17 inch wheels
  • Solar Front Glass
  • Privacy Glass
  • Heated, body-color exterior mirrors

2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV Safety

The 2019 Kona Electric has not been tested by either NHTSA or IIHS and we cannot offer you their ratings yet. However, the Hyundai Kona Electric is well loaded with quite a lot of safety features and that is quite reassuring. Even the base trim comes with standard features such as Forward collision warning, Lane keeping assist, and Driver attention monitor.

Standard safety features include:

  • Advanced dual front airbags (SRS) with Occupant Classification System (OCS)
  • Dual front seat-mounted side-impact airbags (SRS)
  • Front and rear roof-mounted side-curtain airbags (SRS) with rollover sensors
  • Adjustable front-seat shoulder belt anchors
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters
  • LATCH Lower Anchors and Upper Tether Anchors
  • Power window lock-out button
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control (TCS) and Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Management
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire indicator
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning

2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV Competition

Hyundai Kona Electric vs Hyundai Ioniq

With two electric cars on offer, Hyundai gets you something better in the Kona Electric as compared to the Ioniq. The Kona has more power, better driving dynamics and more comfortable ride quality. Even though the Ioniq costs less than the Kona Electric, the latter is a more sensible deal as compared to the former.

Hyundai Kona Electric vs Chevrolet Bolt EV

With both these electric cars, you get excellent driving range as well as similar enjoyable driving experience. On practicality, both the crossovers have decent storage and utility however with the Kona there is an overall feeling of more refinement and polished electric car as compared to its American rival. Getting the Kona is a better option.

2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV Final Verdict

Considering the fact that the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is a brand new entry in the electric lineup of its regular gasoline variant, the crossover SUV doesn't disappoint. It has respectable utility, commendable driving experience alongside a long distanced driving range on a single charge. Like the regular Kona, the electric variant offers similar interiors as well as design. Would we recommend this electric crossover? Definitely considering how well rounded its entire package is.