Hyundai Kona Electric interior, dashboard & comfort
The Hyundai Kona Electric offers lots of toys to play with in a refined comfortable interior
It's expensive compared to the rest of the Kona range, but the electric version does come with a decent haul of equipment, even in entry-level trim. With comfortable seats and the added refinement of an all-but-silent powertrain, it’s a pleasurable way to get around.
Hyundai Kona Electric dashboard
The dashboard and controls of the Kona Electric are largely similar to the setup in the petrol and hybrid versions, although the gearshifter on the centre console is replaced by a set of buttons for park, drive, reverse and neutral.
Older, cheaper models came with an eight-inch tablet-style touchscreen, but since the car was facelifted in 2021, every version comes with a larger 10.25-inch display. It sticks up from the dashboard in line with current trends, and comes with all the functionality you could wish for. There are buttons on the steering wheel and the layout of everything is straightforward and simple
Equipment, options and accessories
As noted already, the Kona Electric is very well specified even in entry-level SE Connect trim. On the comfort side, it comes with manual seat-height and lumbar adjustment for the driver, plus height and reach adjustment for the steering wheel.
The list also includes keyless entry, rear parking sensors and a camera with a guidance system, plus an eight-speaker stereo, and the 10.25-inch infotainment system with sat nav and smartphone connectivity.
The Premium version ramps up the kit list with heated seats, wireless phone charging and LED headlights, while top-spec Ultimate brings a head-up display, plus ventilated front seats and a sunroof. Some models miss out on the plug-in car grant, however, due to their higher list prices.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
Since the 2021 facelift, all Kona Electric models get a lovely 10.25-inch infotainment screen, plus a similarly-sized fully-digital instrument cluster. Bluetooth connectivity for your smartphone is standard, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to help you get the most out of your chosen device. If you don't want to use this tech, it's pleasing to know that every version comes with a built-in sat nav. All but the very basic models also offer wireless phone charging.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Hyundai Kona Electric boasts fashionable looks, reasonable pricing and – crucially – a range that meets or beats that offered by many rivals
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Hyundai Kona Electric offers unbeatable range for the money
- 3Running costs & insuranceOnce the relatively high purchase price is covered, the Hyundai Kona Electric should be extremely cost-effective to run
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Hyundai Kona Electric is quick off the mark, but the handling is safe and sensible
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe Hyundai Kona Electric offers lots of toys to play with in a refined comfortable interior
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWhile the Hyundai Kona Electric is as roomy as the petrol and hybrid versions, other 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