2024 Hyundai Kona Electric quick review and features

September 25, 2023 12:00 am
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We loved the first-generation Hyundai Kona Electric and the all-new model is almost here at Frankston Hyundai. With the model already unveiled and hitting the road overseas, here is what you can expect when it lands locally, and our customers can buy their own.

Interior space and comfort

The second-generation Kona Electric is larger and more upscale than its predecessor and is built on the new K3 platform, giving it the feel of a mid-sized SUV. This expansion in size contributes to enhanced comfort and space for both passengers and cargo, including a 466-litre boot size and 27-litre ‘frunk’ (front boot) on offer. All of this while remaining a practical size for zipping about town.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find the interior boasts two large 12.3-inch displays with a fresh software system and a more upscale feel compared to the previous Kona Electric. This digital cockpit enhances the overall driving experience and brings modernity to the forefront.

Design and specifications

The Kona Electric’s exterior design draws inspiration from its bigger sibling, the Tucson. With a sleek front end and intricate surfacing on the sides, it has a contemporary and sophisticated look on the road that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Local pricing and specifications are yet to be confirmed for Australia, but we can see there’s already a variety of trim options offered overseas. Equipment includes 17-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, and the aforementioned dual 12.3-inch displays which look stunning. For added comfort, features like heated seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging, and privacy glass are also available for complete convenience.

Added to the Kona Electric lineup for this generation is the sportier N-Line trim, which brings a range of visual enhancements such as sports alloy wheels, unique paint options, exterior body kit with red elements, and a bespoke interior treatment to make it stand out.

EV battery, driving range and performance

The Kona Electric offers two battery options: 48kWh (Standard Range) and 65kWh (Long Range), which correspond to different motor power outputs and maximum driving range.

The larger Long Range battery version claims an impressive range of 490 kilometres on the WLTP test cycle and offers fast charging from 10 to 80 percent charge in just 43 minutes, making long journeys more convenient for EV drivers. The motor output from this top-tier model is 160kW of power and 255Nm of torque.

The Standard Range version uses a smaller battery and provides exceptional value. The claimed driving range from this variant is 342km on a single charge while it produces a solid 115kW of power and 255Nm of torque.

The Kona Electric uses a 400volt system with a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function which allows users to take household power from outlets located both inside and outside the car.

Real-world tests are already coming in for the new Kona Electric and it’s showcasing comfortable, smooth performance with a refined driving experience. Considering that this is a new generation version of the out-going Kona Electric, we expect it will only enhance the exceptional driving experience already on offer.

The Future

The second-generation Hyundai Kona Electric positions itself as a compelling option in the EV market. With its mature and well-rounded package, Frankston Hyundai is excited to offer this excellent EV to customers seeking an electric vehicle that combines style, comfort, and performance.

With the model not far away from our dealership located in Southeast Melbourne, contact the team at Frankston Hyundai to learn more and register your interest to get into your own new Kona Electric.