New 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric: prices, specification and on-sale date

The Hyundai Kona Electric has been updated for another model year with styling and technology revisions

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai has confirmed UK pricing and specifications for the revised Kona Electric, a facelifted and improved version of the outgoing SUV. It's priced (including the government grant) from £30,125 for the entry-level SE Connect trim with the smaller 39kWh battery, rising to £31,475 in Premium spec with the same battery. The larger 64kWh battery is offered in Premium (£35,225) and Ultimate (£37,375) trims.

The 39kWh battery is paired with a 134bhp motor, while the 64kWh battery gets a 201bhp motor. The former has a range of 189 miles, the latter 300 miles – both unchanged compared to the previous version of the car. Rapid charging is supported at up to 100kW for an 80% charge in 47 minutes.

Chief among the Kona's upgrades is a new look that's intended to set it apart from its petrol-powered stablemates. There's no need for airflow to radiators, so there's a new smoothed-off front end, while new bumpers feature front and rear, along with new LED headlights. The car also loses its contrasting plastic moulding in favour of body-coloured panels, and there are now 10 exterior colours to pick from, up from five for the outgoing model.

Changes inside aren't quite as drastic, limited largely to new 10.25-inch digital dials that join the existing 10.25-inch infotainment system and a couple of new upholstery options. The SE Connect spec includes those screens, as well as rear parking sensors with a rear-view camera, keyless entry with a stop-start button and smart adaptive cruise control with a stop-go function.

Premium adds full LED headlights, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and ambient lighting. Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warnings are also present, along with front parking sensors, LED rear lights, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers and a wireless charging point. The range-topping Ultimate gets an electric tilt-and slide sunroof, a head-up display, leather upholstery, power-adjustable ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.

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