Hyundai is back with an exciting new model of its compact SUV, the Kona. With a range of options to choose from, including a full hybrid and a combustion variant, the newest Hyundai Kona also boasts a battery-electric version with two different battery sizes. And for the first time ever, all drive variants will be available as part of the sporty "N Line" equipment line.
The new Hyundai Kona was initially developed in the electric version, making it a game-changer in the world of sustainable driving. The larger dimensions of the Kona electric car offer a more spacious and evolved driving experience. With a length of 4355 millimeters, it is 175 millimeters larger than the previous generation. The wheelbase is 2660 millimeters, which is 60 millimeters longer than the first generation. It has also increased in width by 25 millimeters to 1825 millimeters and in height by 20 millimeters to 1575 millimeters.
One of the most impressive features of the Hyundai Kona Electric is its power. With the basic version offering 114.6 kW drive power (156 hp), compared to 100 kW (136 hp) in the predecessor, it is clear that Hyundai has upped the ante. The battery's energy content has also increased from 39.2 to 48.4 kWh. And for those who want even more power, the second version offers 160 kW drive power (218 hp) and a battery capacity increase from 64 kWh to 65.4 kWh. This enables a WLTP range of 490 kilometers; previously, it was a maximum of 484 kilometers.
One of the most impressive features of the Kona Electric is its charging speed. According to Hyundai, the standard charging process from 10 to 80 percent takes 41 minutes, which is on the level of the predecessor. The Hyundai Kona Electric also has the Vehicle-to-Load function (V2L), allowing electrical devices to be supplied with power from the drive battery via an adapter.
The interior of the Hyundai Kona Electric is designed to suit diverse lifestyles, offering practical features and an evolved driving experience. The shifter has been moved from the center console behind the steering wheel, creating additional space for items in the center tunnel. The interior also includes 12.3-inch double-wide screens.
Hyundai's Smart Sense assistance systems, including functions for partially autonomous driving at level 2, the autonomous emergency brake assistant, the blind spot assistant with monitor display, the parking assistant with remote control, and a camera-based driver attention assistant, make driving the Kona Electric a safe and enjoyable experience.
For those who want to make a statement, the sporty N-Line models offer a striking front and rear design with wing-shaped bumpers, in the case of the combustion engines, also an exhaust system with twin tailpipes and a silver side trim strip. Other options include a black roof and 19-inch N-Line design alloy wheels.
While Hyundai has not yet published further details on the other drive versions or the prices of the new Kona, it is clear that the Hyundai Kona electric car is a model to watch out for. With two different battery sizes, impressive power and charging speed, and a range of innovative features, the Kona Electric is the future of sustainable driving.