Living with it: Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh Premium SE
Welcome to the DrivingElectric fleet, where we'll be reporting on what it's like to live with plug-in cars of all sorts, starting with the Hyundai Kona Electric you see here.
Report 1: Price and specs - choosing our Hyundai Kona
The Kona is already one of our favourite electric cars, and you can read all about why in the full review. When it came to what spec we wanted our car in, we went the same way as the vast majority of the early orders by opting for the more powerful, bigger-battery 64kWh model.
It offers 279 miles of range according to WLTP tests, and while the recent cut in the Plug-In Car Grant and a jump in list price has taken it to well over £32,000 (£35,000 for the Premium SE tested here), that price is still very close to the Kia e-Niro and usefully less than the Nissan Leaf e+.
Finance deals are seriously competitive, too. Buying on Hyundai GB’s 'Click to Buy' website, and with a £5,000 deposit or part-ex value, the monthly cost even for the Premium SE is around £500, with a 10,000-mile annual allowance. That sounds a fair old whack, but you have to factor in how much you’ll save in fuel.
The larger-battery Kona has a capacity of 64kWh, and my home energy tariff (which happily includes electricity sourced entirely from renewable sources) would give a full charge for around £8.50. In contrast, 300 miles in a petrol-powered Kona would cost you around £40, so you could save more than £1,000 per year on fuel alone. Plus, those finance costs are on a par with all of the Kona's key rivals.
We'll be spending a lot of time in our Kona, commuting into London regularly on a fairly typical mix of motorway roads, as well as embarking on long journeys that will rely on public charging points rather than my 7kW home charger, so come back regularly to find out how we're getting on.
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Hyundai Kona Electric stats
Model: Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh Premium SE
Run by: John McIlroy
On fleet since: September 2018
Price new: £35,145 (inc. Govt grant)
Engine: Electric motor with 64kWh battery, 201bhp
Official WLTP range: 279 miles
Cost of a full charge at home: £8.50
Average cost of a 100-mile public rapid-charger top-up: £7
Options: Metallic paint (£565), two-tone roof (£420)
Annual company car BIK cost at 20/40%: £1003 / £2007
Insurance*: Group: 26, Quote: £551
Any problems? None so far
*Insurance quote from AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old in Banbury, Oxon, with three points.