Hyundai Kona Electric range, battery & charging
The Hyundai Kona Electric offers unbeatable range for the money
|Car||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Kona 39kWh||180 miles||6hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||50mins (10-80%, 50kW)|
|Kona 64kWh||280 miles||10hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||44mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
With 280 miles on offer from its battery, the 64kWh Kona Electric is a tempting buy. There's also the option to buy a smaller-battery 39kWh version for a still-useful 180-mile range, which has the benefit of a more affordable starting price.
Hyundai Kona Electric range
There’s no doubt range anxiety is becoming less of an issue across the board as battery technology for electric cars develops. Indeed, the 280-mile range of the Kona 64kWh seems to cross a threshold of acceptability – giving electric-car drivers a similar amount of freedom to travel as a typical tank of fossil fuel.
Big batteries take longer to charge than small ones, and it would take more than 30 hours to charge the Kona Electric’s 64kWh unit with the supplied cable using a three-pin domestic socket.
Fortunately, Hyundai also provides a Type 2 cable that gives you access to the vast majority of public fast chargers, and the Kona will also take a CCS cable that's commonly found at rapid chargers on the motorway.
Hyundai has a deal with wallbox provider PodPoint to fit dedicated charging points at owners’ homes, too; do this, and most drivers will never need to worry about range ever again.
There’s an eight-year/125,000-mile warranty on the Kona Electric’s battery.
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 & charging - currently readingThe Hyundai Kona Electric offers unbeatable range for the money
- 3Running costsOnce the relatively high purchase price is covered, the Hyundai Kona Electric should be extremely cost-effective to run
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Hyundai Kona Electric is quick off the mark, but the handling is safe and sensible
- 5Interior & comfortThe Hyundai Kona Electric offers lots of toys to play with in a refined comfortable interior
- 6Practicality & boot spaceWhile the Hyundai Kona Electric is as roomy as the petrol and hybrid versions, other SUVs are a lot more versatile
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Kona scored five Euro NCAP stars for safety, and Hyundai’s reliability record is enviable