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Hyundai KONA Electric Advance Long Range

Hyundai KONA Electric Advance Long Range

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: Hyundai KONA Electric Advance Long Range
  • Fuel: Electric
  • Range (WLTP): 319 miles
Hyundai KONA Electric Advance Long Range

Summary

The KONA electric has been a firm favourite since its introduction in 2018. At the time it provided more range for less money than anything else. Now in its second generation there is more competition than ever so has Hyundai moved the game on again?

On the technical front there are still two batteries to choose from, the smaller 48.4 kWh option delivers the headline grabbing price whilst the 65.4 kWh pack is only a bit more expensive but delivers the official range of 319 miles. Unless you really can’t stretch we would go for the larger battery option as the cost/range ratio is well worth it. Like every other car in the range you get a five-year unlimited warranty for the whole car and an 8-year, 100,000 mile warranty for the battery.

Disappointingly Hyundai hasn’t improved the charging capability which means that the bigger battery can charge at a maximum of 102 kW. This used to be impressive but is now a bit behind the curve. If you stump for the smaller battery you are caped at 50 kW which was fine in 2018 but feels underwhelming now. The impression that Hyundai could have done a better job is compounded by the 800v platform reserved for the more premium IONIQ models delivering 200 kW plus charging speeds, which adds to the feeling of being short changed.

On the road the handling/ride balance is skewed in favour of comfort, and on this front it does a good job. However it isn’t the sharpest to drive and the combination of front wheel drive and limited adhesion from the standard tyres means that those looking for entertainment will be disappointed.

There is better news on the practicality front with 466 litres of boot space (1,300 litres seats down) which is 30% more than before, and 27 litres of space under the bonnet which is great for cables. We also like the practicality of having physical buttons for key systems such as ventilation, driver aids, and selecting regen rates rather than relying on touch screens.

The KONA continues to deliver good range for a good price combined with a practical interior and a refreshingly usable dashboard. On the downside the exterior and interior won’t be to everyone’s taste and whilst everything is very well screwed together the interior feels a little bargain basement. Overall the KONA remains relevant but it hasn’t moved the game on this time round.

Read our full Hyundai KONA Electric 65.4 kWh review

 

Hyundai KONA Electric Advance Long Range 65.4 kWh Range & Charging information:

Estimated real world range: 224 – 319 miles
Official range: 319 miles (WLTP)
Official electricity consumption: 147 Wh/km
Battery pack: 65.4 kWh (net) lithium ion; 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty (70% remaining capacity)
Recharge time: 7 kW charge 10 hours 30 mins (10 – 100%); CCS 50 kW charge (10 – 80%) approx 1 hour 15 mins; CCS 100 kW charge (10 – 80%) 41 mins

Please note that CO2 emissions quoted for electric cars are not directly comparable to diesel and petrol cars. This is because CO2 emissions quoted are calculated by Green Car Guide and include the emissions created at the power station turning fuel (e.g. gas etc) into electricity and in transmitting and distributing the electricity to an end user. They do not include the actual production of the fuel (e.g. gas extraction and refinery emissions). Petrol and diesel emissions are supplied by car manufacturers and are based solely on the fuel burnt in the engine (tailpipe emissions) and do not include the production of the fuel or distribution to a fuel station. In practice this means that electric car emissions are over-estimated relative to petrol and diesel. For instance if an electric car, a petrol car, and a diesel car are all reported to emit 100 g/km CO2, the electric car actually has lower emissions.

Specifications Hyundai KONA Electric Advance Long Range

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: N/A
  • Fuel economy, urban: N/A
  • CO2 emissions: Officially 0 g/km. Estimated average UK grid electricity - approx 31 g/km (319 mile range); (224 mile range) 44 g/km
  • VED: £0 a year
  • Weight: 1698 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2023/24): 2%
  • Price: £38,595
  • Insurance group: 26
  • Power: 215 bhp
  • Max speed: 107 mph
  • 0-62mph: 7.8 seconds
  • Torque: 188 lb ft