The Hyundai Kona Electric has undergone a bold exterior design update.
HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC: A SLEEK EXTERIOR
The crossover sports a redesigned front with its closed-look grille now simplified and streamlined. Also new are the car’s LED Daytime Driving Lights, and a slimmer set of headlamps.
Vertical air inlets in front of the wheel arch claddings now cut wind turbulence in the front wheelhouse. And horizontal satin accent bars now feature on the lower front bumper.
The tail-lights have also been stretched, mirroring the sleek treatment at the front.
In the cabin, the new Hyundai Kona Electric is now equipped with a 10.25-inch digital cluster, while an optional 10.25-inch AVN screen is carried over from the previous update.
The AVN unit also includes Hyundai’s connected car service, Bluelink, which allows customers to control their car with their smartphone or voice.
The app also displays the vehicle’s range and battery state, as well as charging times when plugged in.
The long-range version of the Hyundai Kona Electric still utilises a 64kWh battery. The car features an electric motor that delivers 201bhp, enough to accelerate the vehicle from rest to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds.
Meanwhile, the base variant has a battery capacity of 39.2kWh and a motor delivering 134bhp. This version does the century sprint in 9.9 seconds.
That said, both powertrains deliver 395Nm of immediate torque.
The 64kWh battery version offers a class-leading range of 484km on a single charge. The new 39.2kWh model, on the other hand, offers a range of up to 305km based on the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure.
Charging the 64kWh Hyundai Kona Electric from 10% to 80% takes about 47 minutes using a 100kW direct current fast charger.
The Hyundai Kona Electric also gets its SmartSense safety features upgraded. Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist for instance, can now also apply the brakes when necessary, apart from warning the driver.
Another new feature is Leading Vehicle Departure Alert, which alerts the driver if they do not react fast enough when the vehicle ahead of them starts moving. Other new safety features include Safe Exit Warning and Rear Seat Alert.
Find out more about the Hyundai Kona Electric here
Not too keen about an electric car? You can still find out more about the rest of the updated Kona range
Read our review of the current Kona hybrid here
Or check out our review of the Kia Niro Hybrid