2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

The Kona Electric is based on the Hyundai Kona, the Korean brand’s funky-looking, city-friendly subcompact crossover. With a lower ride height and sleeker styling, the Kona Electric is more of a hatchback, but we’re splitting hairs here. It blends the Kona’s wacky styling with futuristic EV touches with mixed results, but the interior is both high-quality and refreshingly reserved.

At 201 horsepower served up by an electric motor and a big battery, the Kona Electric accelerates with hot-hatchback feel, but its most important figure is the estimated range. Hyundai and the EPA claim the Kona Electric is capable of 258 miles of driving range, which is competitive with the Chevrolet Bolt, lower trims of the Tesla Model 3, and better than the much more expensive EVs from luxury marques like Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

The Kona Electric fits four adults, though not perfectly comfortably, and offers about as much cargo space as a small hatchback should.

The main attraction of any EV is efficiency, but the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric pulls it off with a bit of fun. We give it 5 out of 10 in this category. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

A lower ride height and center of gravity thanks to a big battery and electric motor make for more of a hatchback-like experience than the standard Kona, and with 201 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque, the Kona Electric could be considered almost “hot” on paper.

The 150-kw electric powertrain is also good for 258 miles, which not only puts it right at the top of the entry-level EV market, but also makes the Kona Electric competitive with the likes of Tesla for a serious discount.

Electric vehicles – especially those with 250-plus miles of range – warrant praise for fuel economy. Naturally, the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric earns a rating of 10 out of 10 here. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Both Hyundai and the EPA rate the Kona Electric for 258 miles of driving range on a full battery, making it competitive with more affordable range leaders like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and even the Tesla Model 3.

 

More:  thecarconnection.com/overview/hyundai_kona-electric_2020

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