• It's a Kona, but It's All-Electric
  • 2019 Hyundai Kona EV
  • The Primary difference is the front end With that closed grille and central charging port
  • There's even a new rear fascia with no exhaust pipes, of course
  • It offers up to 201HP and 291 LB-FT
  • And a range of up to 292 miles
  • Most of the interior carries over unchanged
  • But there is a model-specific center console
  • The new instrument cluster provides important battery informaiton
  • And the head-up display is programmed to display the same information

The world’s first all-electric compact crossover!

Although Hyundai didn’t offer an SUV until the Terracan was introduced in 2001 (the 1991 Galloper doesn’t really count since it was a rebadged Mitsubishi), the Korean firm now has four different crossovers on offer. The latest to join the family is the Kona, and it’s the company’s first subcompact offering. But more importantly, it’s the first subcompact SUV to get an all-electric version. Unveiled in February 2018, the Kona Electric will be first of its kind on the European market later in 2018, and it should come to the U.S. as well.

Much like any other EV or hybrid based on a conventional vehicle, the Kona Electric is very similar to the gasoline-powered Kona. The styling carries over with a few changes inside and out, while the equipment lines remain pretty much the same. It’s the drivetrain that makes a big difference, as the Kona Electric doesn’t use dinosaur juice. What’s more, the Kona Electric comes with impressive performance and range of a crossover that will cost significantly less than the expensive Tesla Model X. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Kona Electric.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Exterior

- * Almost identical to regular model
- * Closed grille
- * Revised grille shape
- * New bumper
- * Cleaner look
- * New diffuser-like element
- * Two-tone paint
- * 21 possible paint combinations

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
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The Primary difference is the front end
With that closed grille and central charging port
The most notable change is visible up front, where the crossover sports a closed grille

As you might have already guessed, the all-electric version of the Kona is almost identical to the gasoline variant on the outside. The most notable change is visible up front, where the crossover sports a closed grille. This is a typical feature of EVs, which don’t need an actual grille for cooling. However, the panel that hides the charging socket prompted a few more changes to the front fascia.

For starters, Hyundai reconfigured the upper section. While the regular Kona has a thin gap just above the grille, the EV gained a silver trim that runs below the headlamps too. Second, the grille isn’t as tall as the standard model’s. While it normally includes the license plate, on the EV the grille was narrowed. What’s more, the apron is different too, now sporing a larger grille with a trapezoidal shape. Finally, the LED light mounted on each side of the grille are no longer surrounded by black cladding. All these changes give the Kona EV’s front end a more stylish look in my opinion. It also looks cleaner, and according to Hyundai, it’s a bit more aerodynamic too.

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And a range of up to 292 miles
Just like the standard Kona, the Electric can be specified with a two-tone roof

The profile and the rear of the Kona EV appears to be unchanged compared to the gasoline model, save for the diffuser-like element around back. On this version, the grey painted lower element was replaced by horizontal strips. Of course, there’s also an "electric" badge on the tailgate.

Just like the standard Kona, the Electric can be specified with a two-tone roof. Options include Phantom Black, Dark Knight, and Chalk White, and the package also includes mirror caps in the same colors. Combined with the seven available exterior colors, customers have access to 21 possible combinations. The exterior color palette includes Chalk White, Dark Knight, Tangerine Comet, Ceramic Blue, Pulse Red, Acid Yellow, and Galactic Grey. The latter is brand new.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric - Exterior Dimensions

Overall length 4,180 MM (164.56 Inches)
Overall width 1,800 MM (70.86 Inches)
Overall height 1,570 MM (61.81 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,600 MM (102.36 Inches)
Front overhang 855 MM (33.66 Inches)
Rear overhang 720 MM (28.34 Inches)

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Interior

- * Based on regular Kona
- * New center console
- * New center stack
- * Paddle shifts for regenerative braking
- * Cloth and leather upholstery
- * The latest features and apps
- * Up 332 liters of trunk space

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But there is a model-specific center console
The revised center console sits higher and features a new button and knob layout

Step inside the Kona Electric and you’ll find the same interior layout from the regular model. Except for the center console, which sits higher and features a new button and knob layout. The traditional shifter is also gone, making room for the four buttons of the bespoke automatic transmission. The cupholder arrangement has also been revised, together with the small console for the HVAC system. The steering wheel also features paddle shifts that allow the driver to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking system.

Other than that, the Electric model is pretty much the same and includes Hyundai’s new high-resolution, seven-inch supervision cluster display, which now shows additional info such as battery charge level and energy flow.

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Most of the interior carries over unchanged
The standard upholstery is black and combines cloth and leather, but you can opt for an all-leather layout

The standard upholstery is black and combines cloth and leather, but you can opt for an all-leather layout. The optional three-tone blue and grey interior can be had in both variants. Just like the regular Kona, the electric offers a wide range of connectivity features, including an infotainment system which integrates navigation, media and connectivity features. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless charging are also included.

Convenience features are also similar. The package includes power front seats with eight-way electric adjustment, a two-way electric lumbar support system for the driver, and a three-step ventilation system and three-step heating system for the front seats. The heated steering wheel is optional.

Naturally, passenger and luggage space remains unchanged. The legroom in the first row is 1,054 mm, while passengers in the back seat benefit from 850 mm of legroom. Headroom is rated at 1,006 mm in the front and 948 mm in the rear. Luggage space is up to 332 liters, including storage of the charging cable (373 liters without), which makes the Kona Electric more than it suitable for everyday needs.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric - Interior Dimensions

1st Row 2nd Row
Head room 1,006 MM (39.50 Inches) 948 MM (37.32 Inches)
Leg room 1,054 MM (41.49 Inches) 850 MM (33.46 Inches)
Shoulder room 1,410 MM (55.51 Inches) 1,380 MM (54.33 Inches)

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Drivetrain

- * New lithium-ion battery
- * 39.2 or 64 kWh options
- * Up to 201 horsepower
- * Up to 470 km of range
- * 395 Nm of torque
- * 0 to 62 in 7.6 seconds
- * Top speed at 167 kph
- * Single-speed transmission

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
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The Primary difference is the front end
With that closed grille and central charging port
The base model uses a 39.2 kWh battery that provides 99 kW (132 horsepower) and a maximum range of 300 km (186 miles)

The drivetrain is what makes the Kona Electric stand out even more in the lineup. While the regular model is available with four-cylinder gasoline engines, the Kona Electric gets an electric drivetrain. The combo brings together a lithium-ion polymer battery pack and an electric motor. Two versions are offered. The base model uses a 39.2 kWh battery that provides 99 kW (132 horsepower) and a maximum range of 300 km (186 miles).

A more powerful version with a 64 kWh battery generates a more impressive 150 kW, which converts to 201 horsepower. But it’s the range that’s more impressive here, with Hyundai claiming that this model returns 470 km (292 miles) on a single charge. Both drivetrain versions deliver 395 Nm (291 pound-feet) of immediate torque, while top speed is rated at 167 kph (104 mph). The more powerful variant needs only 7.6 seconds to hit 62 mph. Both drivetrains mate to an automatic single-speed reduction gear transmission.

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It’s a Kona, but It’s All-Electric
The 64 kWh battery generates 201 horsepower and returns 470 km (292 miles) on a single charge

Getting back to that 470-km range, it places the Kona Electric atop the Euro-spec Opel Ampera-e by a full 90 km (60 mph). The Korean crossover will also deliver more miles than the base Tesla Model 3. Actual figures for the European market aren’t yet available, but the sedan is expected to return 220 miles (354 km) per charge in the U.S. An EPA range is difficult to estimate at this point, but it should be rated at more than 240 miles. This means that Hyundai’s EV will return a tad more miles than the U.S.-spec Chevrolet Bolt, which is rated by the EPA at 238 miles.

Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80% only takes about 54 minutes using a 100 kW direct current (DC) fast charger according to Hyundai. With the 7,2 kW on-board-charger, charging with alternating current (AC) takes nine hours 40 minutes for the long-range battery pack and six hours 10 minutes for the shorter-range battery pack. The Kona Electric can also be charged at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box).

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Safety

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2019 Hyundai Kona EV

The Kona Electric is as modern as they get when it comes to safety features. The crossover benefits from the superior rigidity that comes from use of high strength steel in its construction. The new materials also provide high impact energy absorption and minimized distortion, which increases passenger protection in the event of a collision. An enlarged area for the appliance of hot stamping and a ring-shaped cabin shell structure with ultra-high-strength steel, the safety zone for passengers has been enlarged, while the multiload-pass structure of the cabin disperses energy in various directions to reduce the strength of impact during a crash.

Around the interior, a total of six airbags are installed. There are two front airbags, two side airbags, and two curtain airbags. The latter cover both the first and second row, protecting the rear passengers as well. Moving over to active safety and driving assistance technologies, the Koa Electric is equipped with Hyundai’s latest system called SmartSense. It includes Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision Warning including Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Intelligent Speed Limit Warning, and Lane Following Assist.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Pricing

Pricing information for the Kona Electric is not yet available, and we still don’t know whether it will be sold in the U.S. The regular model has already been confirmed, so the EV should cross the pond too. With the Ioniq Electric priced from $29,500, the Kona Electric could fetch a bit more than $30,000 before incentives. That’s not a bad sticker for an all-electric crossover.

In Europe, the Electric model will also be significantly more expensive than the standard Kona. In the U.K., the base model comes in at £16,445, but the EV will probably cost a bit more than the Ioniq Electric, which retails from £24,995. In Germany, the Kona Electric should fetch more than €32,000.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Competition

The car market has grown to include many electric vehicles. The Nissan Leaf is in its second generation, Chevrolet has the Bolt, and Hyundai already has the Ioniq. The Tesla Model S is on the market for quite a few years now and the Model 3 is close to getting a global launch this year. However, the SUV market is well behind. Sure, we already have the Tesla Model X and Jaguar is about to launch the I-Pace, but both models are too expensive to go against the Kona Electric. Kia is about to launch an all-electric version of the Niro later this year, and it’s the only option you have that will carry a similar price tag.

Kia Niro EV<

2019 Kia Niro EV Spyshots Exterior
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Fog lights moved to the flanks

Much like the Kona Electric in relation to its conventional sibling, the Niro EV is heavily based on the regular model in terms of design. The concept shown at the 2018 Consumer Electrics Show boasts an almost identical exterior design, with only the headlamps, taillights, and bumpers sporting notable changes. But needless to say, it has what it takes to match the sporty and modern looks of the Kona Electric. The concept’s cabin is different, but the production version should get most of the features seen inside the regular model, including an all-digital instrument cluster, a big infotainment display, and plenty of convenience features. Official specs aren’t yet available, but the Niro EV Concept was unveiled with a 65-kWh battery pack and a 201-horsepower motor. Yes, it’s the same drivetrain as the Kona Electric, which isn’t surprising given that Kia and Hyundai have shared plenty of tech in recent years. The concept’s mileage is rated at 238 miles per charge, which is very close to the Kona’s. It could also be a hint that the two will have a 238-mile EPA rating in the U.S. Pricing information is not available, but the Niro EV will have a similar tag, so expect a sticker of at least $30,000 before incentives.

Read our speculative review of the 2019 Kia Niro EV.

Conclusion

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It offers up to 201HP and 291 LB-FT

I must say that I’m really impressed with the Kona Electric. Not only it looks sporty and modern on the outside, it has a solid technology package on the inside. Sure, many cool features and apps are optional, but for an electric vehicle that will cost less than $40,000, there isn’t much to complain about. The drivetrain is pretty impressive too. Before Tesla and Chevrolet launched their compacts, we didn’t get too much range from compact EVs. The Nissan Leaf, for instance, was far from impressive in its early days, and needless to say, the second-gen model still lags behind the competition. The Kona Electric puts an end to the stereotype that Asian-made, affordable EVs lack in the drivetrain department with a 201-horsepower motor and a range of more than 230 miles. Want to pay less for Leaf-like model for inner city drivers? Not a problem, Hyundai will be happy to sell you one with a smaller battery. Finally, the fact that the Kona Electric is the first production crossover EV to hit the market with an affordable price tag is a massive achievement for the brand!

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• With the launch of the All-New Kona Electric, Hyundai Motor is offering the first fully-electric subcompact SUV on the European market.
• The All-New Kona Electric is a car of no compromise, combining Hyundai’s progressive SUV style and a zero-emission electric powertrain.
• The new model in Hyundai’s eco line-up is available with two different powertrain versions, offering an outstanding range of up to 470 kilometres.
• The first fully-electric subcompact SUV features a unique exterior design with closed grille and a dedicated centre console in the interior for intuitive operation of the shift-by-wire module.
• The All-New Kona Electric carries the same expressive design and ’go-anywhere’ attitude of the regular Kona.
• Thanks to its roominess, the All-New Kona Electric is a versatile car, making it suitable for everyday use.
• The new seven-inch supervision cluster provides relevant driving information, additionally the combiner head-up display projects it directly to the driver’s line of sight.
• The All-New Kona Electric offers a wide range of active Hyundai SmartSense safety features.

“Hyundai Motor is already leading in future mobility solutions,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “By launching our All-New Kona Electric, we are pushing our ambitious eco car strategy forward. It’s a car of no compromise – combining an SUV body type with electric-mobility. It represents Hyundai’s progressive character. With Hyundai Motor, the future is now!”

Established SUV brand with a progressive mind set
The All-New Kona Electric is the latest addition to the successful family reinforcing the company’s leadership in the eco-car segment. It merges the strengths of SUV with the power of electric powertrains. Hyundai is the first automotive brand in Europe to make a fully-electric subcompact SUV available to everyone. By already offering the broadest range of powertrains, Hyundai is at the forefront of eco-mobility. The company marketed the first mass-produced fuel-cell vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell, and recently introduced its successor, the All-New NEXO. Additionally, the IONIQ is the first car available with three different electric powertrains in one body type. Winning several prestigious accolades from media and industry organisations, the IONIQ is one of the most awarded eco-cars in Europe. The success story of Hyundai’s SUV range began 17 years ago with the launch of the Santa Fe. Since 2001 Hyundai has sold more than 1.5 million units of Santa Fe, Grand Santa Fe, Tucson and All-New Kona in Europe. They all carry the dynamic, progressive style of Hyundai and make it an established brand in this still-growing segment.
A car of no compromise
The All-New Kona Electric enables customers to combine the two fastest growing automotive trends – electrification and SUV style. It carries the same expressive design and ’go-anywhere’ attitude of the regular Kona. The fully-electric version reflects the individual lifestyle of modern customers who, benefit from great fun-to-drive and the low environmental impact of a fully-electric car. The completely new platform of the Kona enables a space-saving integration of the battery packs without compromising the roominess.

The power of All-New Kona Electric: You define it.
The All-New Kona Electric features two different powertrain versions, offering customers one of the most powerful electric motors. The long-range battery version provides driving range of up to 470 kilometres*, delivering a maximum output of 204 PS (150 kW). With a battery capacity of 39,2 kWh, the basic version drives up to 300km* on a single charge with the motor delivering 135PS (99 kW). With 395 Nm of immediate torque and an acceleration of 7.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, the All-New Kona Electric provides a real fun-to-drive experience.

Progressive design
The All-New Kona Electric adopts the expressive-looking and powerful front from the regular Kona. The key design differentiator is the closed grille which gives a clean and stylish appearance, while also enhancing aerodynamics. Another characteristic element of the front design is the Composite Light enhancing the visual impact, with the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The Kona Electric’s two-tone roof and the choice of seven distinctive exterior colours underline the personal style of its driver.
Electric drive feeling
A special feature of the All-New Kona Electric is the shift-by-wire operation module which enables an intuitive operation of the electric powertrain. The adjustable regenerative braking system allows the driver to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking by using the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel. The system recuperates additional energy when possible. Drivers also benefit from the large seven-inch supervision cluster, which displays key information about the car’s driving performance and, in addition, the combiner head-up display shows relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight.
Connected and caring
The All-New Kona Electric offers a wide range of connectivity features, such as the infotainment system which integrates navigation, media and connectivity features, e.g. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Wireless Charging. The new eco-model in Hyundai’s line-up is equipped with the company’s latest active safety and driving assistance technologies, called SmartSense: Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision Warning including Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Intelligent Speed Limit Warning and Lane Following Assist.
* based on internal targets under WLTP regulations

02 Design

The All-New Kona Electric is the next SUV in Hyundai’s product line-up which links up with the new SUV family appearance while adding the progressive character to the subcompact SUV segment. With this upcoming electric SUV, Hyundai is taking the next major step towards making advanced technology and modern design accessible to everyone.
Exterior Design
The All-New Kona Electric is characterised by its distinctive high-contrast fender cladding and the muscular surfaces atop a stable, wide stance. The key design elements at the front are the closed grille as well as the Composite Light. They create the car’s progressive appearance with LED daytime running lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. To enhance the progressive SUV look of the front, it features a distinctive lamp bezel and front bumper. Lateral air curtains at the front bumper enhance the aerodynamics by reducing turbulences in the wheel arch area.
The profile of the All-New Kona Electric reflects an eye-catching and agile character. The sleek profile with short rear overhangs and wing-type bumpers underline the forward motion of the car. The roof rack enhances the sleek roof line and supports the active lifestyle of customers, for example by mounting a roof carrier. To further enhance the refined character, the All-New Kona Electric features silver side sills, adding a slightly elegant touch to the sporty SUV.
The design theme of the front is picked up at the rear with the rear bumper and a lamp bezel on the slim LED rear lights. Wrap-around claddings with integrated indicator and reversing lights additionally emphasise the progressive design of the All-New Kona Electric. The rear spoiler features an integrated LED brake light. With the width of 1,800 mm and low stance of 1,570 mm (+20 mm compared with the regular Kona), the All-New Kona Electric has a bold appearance on the road, further enhanced by the dedicated 17’’ alloy wheels. The car’s stance is further supported by its length of 4,180 mm (+15 mm compared with the regular Kona) and a wheelbase of 2,600 mm.
The All-New Kona Electric is available with a two-tone roof, offering a wide variety of individual choices to match the customer’s style. Seven exterior colours in total can be combined with three roof colours for a total of 21 stylings. The roof and exterior mirrors can be chosen in Phantom Black, Dark Knight and Chalk White. The exterior colours are available in Chalk White, Dark Knight, Tangerine Comet, Ceramic Blue, Pulse Red, Acid Yellow and All-New Galactic Grey.
Interior Design
For the interior, customers can choose Black, available in woven, a combination of cloth and leather or pure leather. As an option, there is the three-tone Blue and Grey interior colour available with cloth and leather or leather.
Most prominent is the dedicated centre console in the All-New Kona Electric, which combines all the buttons to facilitate operation of the car intuitively with the shift-by-wire module. An extra storage space for personal items can be found underneath the centre console.
The new high-resolution seven-inch supervision cluster displays the different gauges, such as the speedometer, battery charge level, energy flow and driving mode to the driver. Depending on the selected drive mode, background colour and gauges are adapted to always provide the most important and useful information. In addition, the combiner head-up display (HUD) projects the relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight. This allows faster processing of information while keeping attention on the road ahead.
With a projected image size of eight inches at two metres distance and a luminance of more than 10,000 candela per square metre, the new head-up display guarantees optimal visibility in different light conditions. The angle and height of the head-up display can be adjusted to ensure ideal visibility for individual needs. Once activated via the button beside the steering wheel, the combiner deploys vertically and disappears into the dashboard when not in use. While driving, the head-up display supports save driving by displaying information, such as speed, navigation commands and the fuel level as well as safety-related warnings from assistance systems, such as the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Intelligent Speed Limit Warning and Driver Attention Warning. Information about the audio mode and radio are also projected.
The All-New Kona Electric offers several features for maximum on-board comfort, such as the power front seats with 8-way electric adjustment for optimal seating positions for each front passenger. The driver benefits from an additional 2-way electric lumbar support system. Furthermore, the front seats have a 3-step ventilation and 3-step heating system for a convenient drive in different weather conditions. Another convenience feature for cold weather conditions is the optional heated steering wheel.
Plenty of space is offered to both passengers and luggage. The legroom in the first row is 1,054 mm, while passengers in the back seat benefit from 850 mm of legroom. The headroom accounts for 1,006 mm in the front and 948 mm in the rear. Luggage space totalling 332 l, including storage of the charging cable (373 l without), offers generous roominess, making it suitable for everyday needs.

03 Driving performance

Driving the All-New Kona Electric is an uncompromising statement about a clean mobility – an objective Hyundai is highly committed to – by remaining true to oneself through driving a stylish, bold SUV. The choice of two different powertrains again strengthens the uncompromising character of the car.
Hyundai decided to use a lithium-ion polymer battery pack for the All-New Kona Electric instead of conventional nickel-metal hydrid batteries. This provides lower memory sensitivity and excellent charge and discharge efficiency, along with outstanding maximum output.
Powertrains
The All-New Electric offers pure e-mobility with two different powertrains. The long-range version with the 64 kWh battery provides an electric range of up to 470 km and an energy consumption of 15.2 kWh/100 km (internal target under WLTP regulations). The electric motor delivers an output of 150 kW, accelerating the All-New Kona Electric to 100 kph in impressive 7.6 seconds.
With a battery capacity of 39,2 kWh, the basic version drives you up to 300 km on a single charge with the motor delivering 99 kW and an energy consumption as low as 14.8 kWh/100 km (internal target under WLTP regulations).
Both powertrain versions deliver 395 Nm of immediate torque, offering the driver of Kona Electric great fun-to-drive, having the full power available from the first secong, providing a maximum speed of 167 km/h.
The shift-by-wire system enables operation of the car simply by pressing buttons to switch driving modes. It also eliminates the routing space required for housing the mechanical linkages between a normal shifter and the transmission, providing additional storage space in the front of the car.
The fully-electric subcompact SUV made by Hyundai also features an electronic parking brake (EPB) at the command of the driver’s fingertips. Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80% only takes about 54 minutes using a 100 kW direct current (DC) fast charger. With the 7,2 kW on-board-charger, charging with alternating current (AC) takes 9 hours 40 minutes for the long-range battery pack and 6 hours 10 minutes for the shorter-range battery pack. Drivers also have the option of charging their car at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box). The charging port is located in the vehicle’s front next to the Hyundai logo.

04 Connected and Caring

To suit customer’s varied lifestyles, the All-New Kona Electric contains advanced connectivity and navigation features. To enhance seamless integration of the driver’s smartphone, making operation more intuitive and safe while driving, the car is equipped with the Display Audio system, which is available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity. This way, users can control their music, telephone or navigation functions on the seven-inch capacitive colour LCD touchscreen, while remaining focused on the road. The Display Audio system also includes a rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines. Additionally, the seven-inch information screen is located in the centre of the instrument cluster between the two dials – a standard for Kona Electric. Customers also have the option to choose the eight-inch navigation system, offering the same connectivity features with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth. In addition, it includes a free seven-year subscription to LIVE services, offering updated information in real time about weather, traffic and speed cameras (where legally allowed), plus online searches for points of interest. The navigation system also features 3D maps and Hyundai’s unique Lifetime MapcareTM** with free annual map and software updates included. To enhance vehicle operation, the system includes a rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines.
**Lifetime MapCare™ is the commercial term for Hyundai’s subscription to the MapCare™ programme, with which annual map updates are assured for eligible Hyundai vehicles for a minimum period of ten years after the model’s end of production.
Wireless inductive charging
To ensure that occupants’ phones are always charged, the All-New Kona Electric also provides a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones. The phone’s charging status is visualised with a small indicator lamp above. To ensure that the phone will not be forgotten inside the car, the central display in the instrument cluster shows a reminder when switching off the car.
For further connection of devices, the All-New Kona Electric comes standard with a USB port and an AUX jack.
High-end sound system by Krell
Today’s customers like to listen to their favourite soundtrack in their car, for this reason the All-New Kona Electric offers a high-end sound system by audio manufacturer Krell, featuring eight speakers including two 20 mm tweeters, four 160 mm woofer speakers, one 100 mm centre speaker and a 200 mm subwoofer speaker. The eight-channel amplifier delivers 45 W per channel to maximise the audio experience inside the car.
Hyundai SmartSense: Highest level of active safety
The All-New Kona Electric features Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance technologies, to comply with the highest European safety standards: Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist (standard), Lane Following Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning including Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning and Intelligent Speed Limit Warning.
Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (SCCw/S&G)
Using front radar sensors, SCC with Stop & Go keeps a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking. If traffic comes to a halt, the Stop & Go system applies the brake until the car comes to a standstill and accelerates to the desired speed as soon as the road is clear. If the vehicle stops for longer than three seconds, the driver has to activate the system again with the steering wheel controls or by briefly pressing the accelerator pedal. The system operates from 0 to 180 km/h.
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection
The All-New Kona Electric is fitted with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection, an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, braking automatically if required. Using front radar and camera sensors, FCA operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger level, and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage when a collision is unavoidable. The system is activated when a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, operating at speeds of 8 km/h or above.
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
The Lane Keeping Assist alerts the driver in unsafe movements at over 60 km/h by sensing the car’s position. The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) sounds an alarm before the car moves over white, grey and blue lines as well as Bott’s dots on the road, while the LKA warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.
Lane Following Assist (LFA)
The system assists the driver to keep the centre of the lane by controlling the steering. It works from a standstill up to speeds of 150 kilometres per hour on both highways and inter-urban roads.
Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
Also using radar, the Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. If the driver then activates the indicators, an audible signal is emitted. This also applies to lane change situations in which a vehicle is detected.
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW)
Using the rear corner radar, the Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility. Using radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle for approaching cross traffic, RCCW alerts the driver visually and audibly.
Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
The Driver Attention Warning (DAW) raises safety and convenience to an entirely new level by continuously monitoring and analysing driving patterns through data inputs, such as the steering angle, steering torque and vehicle position in the traffic lane. When a pattern of fatigue/distraction is identified, DAW gets the driver’s attention with an audible alert and pop-up message suggesting a break.
Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW)
The Intelligent Speed Limit Warning uses the front camera and information from the navigation system to identify road speed signs and displays the speed limit in real time. The information is displayed in both the navigation system display and the TFT cluster.
Smart High Beam
The headlamps are available with state-of-the-art LED technology, pairing daylight-like illumination with a long lifetime and significantly lower energy consumption than halogen lights. When switched to automatic mode, High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night, and changes to low-beam as appropriate, reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, the system automatically reactivates the high beam. The static Low Beam Assist (LBA-S) turns additional cornering lamps on and off according to the vehicle speed and steering angle.
Highest Passive Safety
The All-New Kona Electric benefits from superior rigidity through the application of high strength steel, high impact energy absorption and minimised distortion, in order to protect passengers in the event of a collision.
Thanks to an enlarged area for the appliance of hot stamping and a ring-shaped cabin shell structure with ultra-high-strength steel, the safety zone has been enlarged for top crashworthiness. The multiload-pass structure of the cabin disperses energy in various directions in the event of a collision and reduces the impact.
Around the interior of the Kona Electric a total of six airbags are installed (two front airbags, two side airbags and two curtain airbags from first to second row, protecting both driver and passengers).

05 Technical Data and Dimensions

Short-range Battery / Motor
Electric motor
Type Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
Maximum Power 99 kW/ 135 PS
Maximum Torque 395 Nm
Maximum speed 167 kph

Battery
Type Lithium-ion Polymer
Capacity (kWh) 39,2

On Board Charger
Max. capacity (kW) 7,2 (1-phase)
Charging Time
Charge Time / Standard (AC) Approx. 6hrs 10 min
Charge Time / Quick Charge (DC)
(connected to 100 kW DC fast charger) Approx. 54 min up to 80% state of charge

Performance
0-to-100 km/h acceleration (sec) 9.3
Efficiency (kWh/ 100 km) 14,8
CO2 combined (g/km) 0 g/km
All electric range (WLTP - internal targets) Up to 300 km

Long-range Battery / Motor (EV)
Electric motor
Type Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
Maximum Power 150 kW/ 204 PS
Maximum Torque 395 Nm
Maximum speed 167 kph

Battery
Type Lithium-ion Polymer
Capacity (kWh) 64

On Board Charger
Max. capacity (kW) 7,2 (1-phase)
Charging Time
Charge Time / Standard (AC) Approx. 9hrs 40 min
Charge Time / Quick Charge (DC)
(connected to 100 kW DC fast charger) Approx. 54 min up to 80% state of charge

Performance
0-to-100 km/h acceleration (sec) 7,6
Efficiency (kWh/ 100 km) 15,2
CO2 combined (g/km) 0 g/km
All electric range (WLTP - internal target) Up to 470 km

Transmission
Automatic Single Speed Reduction Gear

Brakes (both engines)
Assistance ABS, EPB, ESC and FCA

Dimensions (mm)
Exterior
Overall length 4,180
Overall width 1,800
Overall height 1,570
Wheelbase 2,600
Front overhang 855
Rear overhang 720

Interior
1st Row 2nd Row
Head room 1,006 948
Leg room 1,054 850
Shoulder room 1,410 1,380

Capacities (litres)
Luggage including charging cable storage (l VDA) 332
Luggage without charging cable storage (l VDA) 373

*CO2 emissions and fuel consumption based on internal targets under WLTP regulations.
**Manufacturer’s estimates 
About Hyundai Motor Europe
In 2017, Hyundai Motor achieved registrations of 523,258 vehicles in Europe – an increase of 3.5 per cent compared to 2016. By mid-2018, Hyundai will have replaced 90 per cent of its model line-up to create the youngest car range in Europe. 85 per cent of the vehicles Hyundai sold in the region are models designed, engineered, tested and built in Europe to meet the needs of European customers, served by the company’s extensive European infrastructure. This includes two factories in the Czech Republic and Turkey, which have a combined annual capacity of 600,000 units. Hyundai Motor sells cars in 31 European countries through 2,500 outlets.
Hyundai Motor offers its unique Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package with all new cars sold in the region, providing customers with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.
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Contact
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Corporate & Brand PR Manager Product PR Assistant Manager
Phone: +49-69-271472-465 Phone: +49-69-271472-333
fbuengener@hyundai-europe.com skrueger.external@hyundai-europe.com

About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2017 sold 4.5 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type.

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