Hyundai Kona Electric (2018-2023) review: running costs & insurance
Once the purchase price is out of the way, the Hyundai Kona Electric should be extremely cost-effective to run – especially as a company car
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Like all electric cars, the Kona Electric will be very cheap to run on an ongoing basis once you've got over the relatively high purchase cost. However, the newer Kia Niro EV makes the Hyundai look a bit expensive if you factor in its generous equipment, new technology and additional practicality.
Still, it’s not as though the Kona is poorly kitted out or requires a lot of options ticking. In fact, the Kona Electric is well equipped at all price points, and there’s not much else you can spend money on – apart from metallic or pearl paint and a funky two-tone roof.
Hyundai Kona Electric insurance group
The SE Connect and Premium versions of the Kona Electric with the 39kWh battery fall into groups 20 and 21 respectively, while the 64kWh battery model (available in either Premium or Ultimate trim) is in group 24, which is pretty reasonable.
Some electric cars come with a seven-year warranty, but Hyundai's admirable five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty is still very generous compared to many rivals, which are only covered for three years. The eight-year/125,000-mile battery warranty is an added bonus.
We’re waiting to hear details of service costs for the Hyundai Kona Electric, but they should be competitive, with all-inclusive deals available to help with the budgeting.
Electric car owners don't have to pay road tax (also known as Vehicle Excise Duty or VED) until 2025. The Kona Electric is also exempt from the London Congestion Charge until 2025 and company-car tax is minimal, standing at just 2% for the forseeable future.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Hyundai Kona Electric boasts smart looks, reasonable pricing and – crucially – a range that meets or beats that offered by many rivals
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Hyundai Kona Electric offers very good range for the money – especially from the larger-battery 64kWh model
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingOnce the purchase price is out of the way, the Hyundai Kona Electric should be extremely cost-effective to run – especially as a company car
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Hyundai Kona Electric is quick off the mark, but its handling is safe and sensible rather than thrilling
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Hyundai Kona Electric offers a refined, comfortable interior and lots of standard kit for your money, whichever trim level you choose
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWhile the Hyundai Kona Electric is as roomy as the petrol and hybrid versions of the car, some other electric SUVs are a lot more versatile
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Hyundai Kona Electric scored five Euro NCAP stars for safety, and the brand's reliability record is enviable
- 8Living with itWe've lived with the Hyundai Kona Electric for over six months and 5,000 miles, so how does it stack up as a daily driver?