Shocking and “environmentally friendly”, the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is the battery-powered version of the Korean crossover. But, compared to other versions, it is less spacious.
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Battery Range – Up to 482 km with a full tank
Compact crossovers are very popular. And they will always be more. Especially if they are “connected” and equipped with modern driver assistance systems. If they are also environmentally friendly, they fully reflect the idea of the car of many manufacturers’ future. This is the case of the Hyundai Kona Electric, the current version of the baby-crossover (418 cm long) of the Korean brand, which thanks to a lithium-ion battery promises a range of up to 482 km according to the new (and closer to the real use of the car) WLTP approval cycle. Orderable from the end of July (although the first deliveries will start after the summer), the Kona Electric is one of the 18 “green” models that Hyundai will launch from here to 2025.
The Different With Diesel Version
The Hyundai Kona Electric adds an extra touch of personality to the style elements of the petrol and turbodiesel versions ( where the first contact of the latter just arrived). In particular, the mask is blind since, unlike internal combustion engines, electric ones do not require large air intakes. The thin LED headlights are joined by a gray insert that also passes for the logo. Characteristic also the design of alloy rims, designed to reduce vortices and improve aerodynamics, for the benefit of autonomy. About autonomy, there are two versions of Hyundai Kona Electric: the first (36.400 euros), proposed only in the Xprime set up, has 39 kWh batteries, a 136 hp three-phase electric motor and promises a distance of 312 km on to the WLTP approval cycle. The other has a capacity of 64 kWh, thanks to which it aims to travel 482 km with a full current.
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Features Very rich equipment
Two versions for the most powerful version: Xprime (€ 39,900) and Excellence (the test car) at € 4,400. Already the least expensive has the lane maintenance device, the anti-shock alarm and the multimedia system with a screen of 7 “, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Excellence also adds adaptive cruise control, sensors for the blind corner of the rear-view mirrors (also useful in the exits from reverse parking), anti-collision and anti-investment radar, semi-autonomous driving and active high beam. In addition, full led headlights, leather seats electrically adjustable, head-up display, navigator, dab radio and wireless charging system for mobile phones.
All the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric versions can be recharged from 100 or 50 kW direct current columns (in the first case, 80% of the batteries are filled in 54 minutes, in the second, more frequent in our country, in 57 or 75 minutes, depending on the type of battery, 39 or 64 kWh). By reloading the car from a 7.2 kW wall panel in alternating voltage, the time is extended to 6 hours (or 9.5 for the larger battery). Obviously, the “full” can also be made from a common domestic outlet, but it is a much slower solution, to be used for small emergency supplies. In any case, the outlet to be used is in the front, hidden by the flap next to the Hyundai logo, and lights up green once refueling is complete.
Also, the interior of the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric has been revised compared to the petrol or diesel versions. The most obvious change concerns the center console, devoid of the gear lever: in its place four buttons (to select forward gear, the “rear”, the neutral and the parking position) in a suspended structure in front of the front armrest. Just below was a large compartment accessible from the driver’s seat and that of the passenger. The dashboard is digital, a 7 “screen that changes graphics based on the selected driving mode (Sport, Comfort, Eco or Eco +). Just above the hidden head-up display, which projects the most important information in front of the driver’s eyes, such as those of the navigator or driver assistance systems, which are autonomous. The multimedia system screen can be 7 or 8 inches,
The Hyundai Kona Electric batteries are placed under the floor: so, compared to the “normal” versions of the Korean crossover on the front seats, you are sitting slightly higher. On the other hand, since the seat of the sofa has not been raised (in order not to remove air above the head), the distance between the latter and the floor is reduced, forcing, therefore, to travel with the most collected legs. Moving on to the trunk, the load level with variable height is renounced, and the capacity is reduced by thirty liters: the minimum goes from 361 liters to 332; the maximum from 1143 to 1114. Values, however, decent for a car of this size.
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Performance
In our test, the most powerful Hyundai Kona Electric has proved snappy and silent. Almost imperceptible the hiss of the electric motor and the aerodynamic hiss, and also the rolling noise of the tires of 215/55 R 17 is well filtered (in particular in the front part of the passenger compartment). The set-up is not too rigid (only the driest bumps are felt, like the slowing bumps) and in normal driving also the agility on the corners is good. The high weight, 1685 kg for the 64 kWh version (1535 for the less powerful), is felt only by forcing the pace, but this is certainly not the way to drive an electric car: those who want to tackle the curves with greater brio can bet on the 1.0 T-GDi petrol that at a vacuum weighs just over 1200 kg. A look at the autonomy indicated by the onboard computer confirms how much the new WLTP homologation cycle is actually much more realistic than the previous NEDC: starting with the full, the instrumentation indicated 480 km before remaining “dry”; after 100 km with a smooth but not slow driving they had become 380.
The battery charging system in slowdowns has proven to be effective. If you want you can vary the amount of energy recovered, acting on the vanes behind the steering wheel: with the left one increases the engine brake (four levels, in addition to the complete stop of the car while pulling the lever), just as you would climb gear in a car with automatic transmission equipped with steering wheel controls; vice versa by pulling the right one, the car “flows” more.
The adaptive cruise control from Hyundai Kona Electric is also appreciable, which combined with the lane maintenance system allows semi-autonomous driving (at least one hand must be held on the steering wheel). This last function can be activated with a button to the left of the steering wheel, actually a bit ‘too low and covered by the latter. Safety systems include automatic emergency braking (also with pedestrian detection), speed limit recognition, automatic high beam, anti-shock alarm, and sensors for the blind corner of the rear-view mirrors. even when leaving a reverse parking space. Speaking of maneuvers, the LEDs on the keys to select the forward gear or the “back” are not very visible in bright light conditions: always take a look at the indication on the dashboard after pressing the button.
Pros and Cons
- Equipment. Already the Xprime is not stingy, but the Excellence is definitely rich.
- Soundproofing. No electronic noises and noises are heard. And also the rolling of the tires is very attenuated.
- Sprint. In the most powerful version, the push is not lacking. At any pace.
- Rear habitability. The batteries housed under the floor steal space for passengers.
- Buttons. Those to the left of the steering wheel are barely visible. Those between the seats have little evident leads in strong light conditions.
- Charging time. The downside of a high autonomy is the long supply to fill up. Above all from home.
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