Now your choices for a mainstream EV are as limited as before. There a new 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric and many say it’s the subcompact SUV to consider.
The Hyundai Kona is considered as among the best crossovers in the industry. It’s probably the best subcompact SUV you can get for your money these days. But now you may get another Kona that’s even better, as it’s an electric vehicle. Now your options for an EV aren’t just limited to the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt.
So why consider the 2019 Hyundai Kona? It is best that you read up on its features and capabilities, and you should pay attention to the following facts:
The electric motor in the Kona is powered by a 64-kWh battery. That’s better than the 60-kWh battery you’ll find in the Chevrolet Bolt.
That electric motor gives you 201 horses and 290 lb-ft of torque.
It can go from standstill to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. In comparison, the regular Kona will need 8.3 seconds to get to 60 mph.
This has the regenerative braking feature that lets you do “one-pedal driving”. This means the regenerative system can convert the electric motor temporarily into a generator, so that the kinetic energy of the forward momentum generated by the vehicle can then be converted back into electricity that you can funnel back into the battery pack.
You can adjust the level of regen by pulling the paddles behind the steering wheel. You can toggle through 4 levels of regen braking. The default rate of deceleration is also steady whether the road is uphill, downhill, or level.
Because of the aggressive regen braking in the Kona, you may very well reach the 258-mile range that Hyundai claims for this EV. That’s 20 miles more than what you get with the Chevy Bolt (with 238 miles of range claimed).
In colder regions where temperatures can go well below freezing during the winter months, this range can shorten to just 160 miles of driving. But in these conditions the Bolt also suffers with just 140 miles of driving range.
The battery fits safely under the floor and the rear seat so the space inside is pretty much the same as what you get in a standard Kona.
This battery has an extremely efficient liquid-cooled thermal management system. Charging at either high or low temperatures can be much faster. Compared to the Bolt, the Kona is 40% faster when you’re charging at 104 degrees F. When charging at minus 4 degrees F, you take only half the time required for the Bolt.
The standard equipment in the Kona Electric includes:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- 6-speaker stereo with 7-inch touchscreen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- 6-way manual driver’s seat
- adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go
- automatic climate control
- blind spot warning with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert
- cloth upholstery
- digital instrument cluster display
- driver attention warning
- electric parking brake
- forward collision warning with avoidance assist
- heated front seats
- heated side mirrors
- heated steering wheel
- intermittent rear wiper
- leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter
- LED daytime running lights and taillights
- passive keyless entry
- rear parking sensors
- variable intermittent front wipers
You can choose go with the Preferred or Ultimate trim. With the Ultimate, you also get the following:
- 8-inch infotainment display with navigation
- 8-speaker stereo
- 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar
- auto-dimming rearview mirror
- automatic high beams
- front parking sensors
- garage door opener
- head-up display
- leather upholstery
- LED headlights with active cornering lights
- LED interior lighting
- rain-sensing wipers
- ventilated front seats
- wireless smartphone charging
There are plenty of reasons to like the 2019 Kona Electric, and its success can be fairly predicted. Yes, it’s true that it’s a bit more expensive than some of its counterparts like the Volkswagen e-Golf and the Nissan Leaf. Its more direct competition is the Bolt, as the Tesla Model 3 is much more expensive. When compared to the Bolt, the Kona Electric is simply better.
The look of the exterior is fine, and it really stands out. It drives very well too with its sporty chassis. The inside is full of quality materials with lots of features that make your driving experience a truly comfortable pleasure.
The price starts at about $38,000 and you certainly get your money’s worth. The most notable advantage is its terrific range, which is 20 miles more than what you get from the Bolt. In a world where charging these electric motors isn’t as convenient as just getting fuel in any ubiquitous gas station, the longer range is a fantastic advantage that won’t likely leave you stranded.
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