2019 Hyundai Kona Electric



The Hyundai Kona Electric Vehicle is coming in 2019, first to California and then to the eastern states that follow the California standard of clean energy laws. This eco-friendly crossover will have a range of around 250 miles per charge, making it the only EV in its class (subcompact or compact) with a base price below $40,000 that achieves this range. Its 201-horsepower/150 kW electric powerplant beats the conventional gas-burning Kona's output by 76 horses over the base non-turbo engine (and 54 hp over the turbo engine). The transmission is a push-button shift-by-wire automatic, rather than a shift lever, and there are Normal, Eco, and Eco+ driving modes to select from.

The three trim levels - SEL, Limited, and Ultimate - offer sophisticated standard equipment. As a sample, the base SEL has forward-collision avoidance assist and adaptive cruise control, the Limited comes with leather seats and a power tilt/slide sunroof, and the Ultimate packs in a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats. The charge port is conveniently located in the grille for easy access, and a full charge at the standard home rate takes about 9 hours (a Level III 50 kW public charge takes about 54 minutes).

There may be government incentives in effect for purchasing the Kona Electric, on the federal and possibly local level. Hyundai makes it very appealing by covering the battery with a lifetime warranty. As further enticement for choosing it, drivers of the Kona EV will be allowed to travel in carpool lanes even without passengers.


Every 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Vehicle comes with a dash-mounted 7-inch information center that displays crucial information, such as the remaining charge and energy flow between the components of the drivetrain. The included Blue Link app lets you keep an eye on your Kona EV's charging progress and much more via your smartphone; also standard are Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto is standard. There are two USB ports in the front console, but the Limited and Ultimate trims receive Qi wireless charging; the Ultimate also gets a navigation system. The audio system on the base trim comes with HD radio, satellite radio, and six speakers; it's upgraded to an eight-speaker system with Harman Clari-Fi technology on the top two trims.


Hyundai Safety Sense, the automaker's excellent suite of active safety technology, is standard on the Kona Electric Vehicle. It packages features such as driver drowsiness warning, "smart" cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, forward collision avoidance, and more to make this Kona a remarkably safe vehicle. The Limited and Ultimate trims have LED headlights, and the Ultimate also has parking sonar.

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