Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai describe the Kona Electric as a car of no compromise due to it combining an SUV body with electric-mobility, placing it as the first automotive brand in Europe to make a fully-electric subcompact SUV available to everyone.

Sharing the same design as the regular Kona, the completely new platform of the Kona Electric enables a space-saving integration of the battery packs without compromising the roominess.

The Kona Electric features two different powertrain versions, with its long-range battery version provides a driving range of 482 kilometres (WLTP testing, 546 km under NEDC testing) coupled with acceleration of 7.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. The basic version is not short on range either, driving 312 kilometres (WLTP, 345 km under NEDC testing) on a single charge.

The key design differentiator from Hyundai’s regular Kona is the Kona Electric’s closed grille which gives a clean and stylish appearance, while also enhancing aerodynamics. This is complemented by the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights with the Kona Electric coming with a two-tone roof and the choice of seven exterior colours.

The electric powertrain is operated by a shift-by-wire operation module and the adjustable regenerative braking system allows the driver to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking by using the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel, recuperating additional energy where possible. Safety promises to be enhanced further by the regenerative braking system, in combination with the radar sensor, automatically controlling the regenerative braking depending on the traffic ahead.

The Kona Electric offers a range of connectivity features, such as the infotainment system which integrates navigation, media and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Wireless Charging. It is also equipped with Hyundai’s latest active safety and driving assistance technologies, called SmartSense: Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision Warning including Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Intelligent Speed Limit Warning and Lane Following Assist.

Drivers also benefit from the large 7-inch supervision cluster, which displays key information about the car’s driving performance and, in addition, the combiner head-up display shows relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight.

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