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Trims, Powertrain, and Performance

The ‘24 Kona Electric lineup consists of two powertrain choices and three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited. The SE has a 99-kW permanent-magnet synchronous motor, a 269 V lithium-ion battery, and a single-speed reduction gear transmission. This system generates 133 horsepower and 188 lb.-ft. of torque and returns an EPA-estimated 131 MPGe city and 105 MPGe highway, along with a range of 200 miles.

The SEL and Limited come with a 150-kW permanent-magnet synchronous motor, a 358 V lithium-ion battery, and the same transmission as the SE. This higher-capacity powertrain has an output of 201 horsepower and 188 lb.-ft. of torque. The estimated ratings will dip slightly to 129 MPGe city/103 MPGe highway, but the range increases to 261 miles. Standard Level II charging for the SE is approximately 5 hours (going from 10% to 100%), while the SEL and Limited will be fully charged in just over 6 hours. Level III quick charging at 50 kW will take you from 10% to 80% power in 65 minutes, and Level III at 100 kW will reduce that time to just 45 minutes.

The Kona Electric pairs front-wheel drive with Drive Mode Select, a system equipped with four driving settings: Snow, Sport, Eco, and Normal. It’s also set up with brake regeneration with paddle shifters and Hyundai’s i-PEDAL driving mode, which work together to increase efficiency and allow the driver to accelerate or brake using just one pedal.

Standard and Available Features

The SE has proximity key, remote start, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation, dual automatic temperature control, four USB ports (two front/two rear), heated exterior mirrors, solar front glass (windshield and front doors), aerodynamic wiper blades, and LED lighting throughout (automatic projector headlights, daytime running lights, taillights, and center high-mount stop lamp).

The SEL adds heated front seats, an 8-way power driver’s seat, rear privacy glass, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Limited differentiates itself with a line of LED daytime running lights across the front, full LED taillights, Hyundai Digital Key 2 Touch, and a hands-free smart liftgate with auto-open. Inside, the interior swaps out cloth for H-Tex leatherette and gains heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging, a power sunroof, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink.

Advanced Driving Aids

The Hyundai SmartSense suite of driver-assist technologies raises the Kona Electric’s safety factor from multiple angles. Even the entry-level SE comes with a dozen of these advanced driving aids, including blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning, high beam assist, rear occupant alert, safe exit warning, intelligent speed limit assist, navigation-based smart cruise control with stop & go, highway driving assist, and forward-collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, junction turning, and direct oncoming. The Limited trades a standard rearview monitor for a surround-view monitor, and also adds Remote Smart Parking Assist, parking distance warning (forward/side/reverse) and the blind-spot view monitor.

Infotainment and Connectivity

At the center of every ‘24 Kona Electric cabin is a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen that used to manage navigation, smartphone integration (wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), Bluetooth hands-free, and the AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM audio system. Wi-Fi hotspot capability and access to Bluelink connected car services are also standard. The Limited also gets HomeLink, and a Bose premium audio system.


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