Kona is Hyundai’s SUV-like electric vehicle, it comes in two battery options with the top tier offering best in range performance and capabilities.

Hyundai has revealed the updated Kona electric car and it comes with a range of cosmetic and technological changes. The car has since its launch been a successful model in Europe, now it has even bolder design and SUV like characteristics which will make it even more desirable for customers. Hyundai is aggressively pushing towards a string hold on the electric segment and the updated Kona surely proves the intent, with a new body and class-leading range.

The Kona loses the grille and only features the headlamp array at the front coupled with the DRLs, with the charging port on the front where the grille ought to be making it instantly recognizable as an electric vehicle. The front also has vertical air inlets, part of Hyundai’s new design language and aid in aerodynamics along with another intake in the lower part of the bumper. At the back the accent bars remain with new horizontal tail lamps, an overall clean look all around. Taking after its conventionally powered cousin, the Kona is 40mm longer.

The interior now features a 10.25in fully digital instrument cluster, with an 10.25in infotainment screen which has Bluelink, Apple Carplay and android auto. The bluelink smartphone app is informative, vehicle range and battery, charging time etc and also has a charging start/stop function. Additional features include a pre setup of car with climate control settings. The interior is offered in either a one-tone black with cloth or leather and the two-tone grey package has leather. The second row seats are heated as before, with additional rear USB ports. New ambient light technology illuminates the passenger and driver footwell.

Two battery options are available with the larger one being a 64KWh one which powers a 204PS electric motor, with the base battery being a 39.2kWh powering the 136PS motor with a standard immediate torque of 395Nm. The range of the Kona is class leading at 484Km which is similar to a lot of conventionally powered small cars, with the smaller battery managing an impressive 305km. The car comes equipped with a shift-by-wire system which eliminates the need for a mechanical transmission setup and frees up space. The bigger battery can propel the car to 167kmph while the smaller one does 155kpmh.

Regenerative braking can be adjusted by the paddle shifters on the steering, enabling full stoppage of the car without using brakes. The battery charges to 80% in about 47 minutes as stated by Hyundai using a 100kW DC fast charger. An optional 10.5kW onboard charger can also be chosen which cuts down the time spent on public charging stations.

The Kona electric is equipped with Hyundai safety package which incorporates Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA),Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA), Safe Exit Warning (SEW) and Rear Seat Alert (RSA). an eCall emergency services alert system is also fitted. The present gen Hyundai Kona costs 23L INR.

 Type of chargerKona Electric

64kWh

Kona Electric

39.2kWh

DC Fast Charging
10-80%
50kW Charger64min48min
100kW Charger47min47min
AC Normal Charging
10-100%
7.2kW on-board charger9h 15min6h
10.5kW on-board charger6h 50min4h 20min
ICCB Charging
10-100%
(220V/12A)28h17h

Hyundai SmartSense safety features:

  • [NEW] Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  • [NEW] Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
  • [NEW] Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA)
  • [NEW] Safe Exit Warning (SEW)
  • [NEW] Rear Seat Alert (RSA)
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection (FCA-Ped)
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (SCC w/ S&G)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW)
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)

Exterior colours:

  • Dive in Jeju [New]
  • Silky Bronze [New]
  • Shimmering Silver [New]
  • Ignite Flame [New]
  • Misty Jungle [New]
  • Surfy Blue [New]
  • Teal [New]
  • Cyber Grey [New]
  • Atlas White [New]
  • Galactic Grey
  • Dark Knight
  • Sunset Red
  • Engine Red
  • Pulse Red
  • Phantom Black
  • Chalk White
  • Optional two-tone roof: Phantom Black
  • Optional two-tone roof: Chalk White
Anagh Bhaskar

Anagh Bhaskar

I am a journalism grad who has always had a passion towards machines, especially cars and war machines, the sheer competitiveness of the industry which works with the same enthusiasm everyday without fail is what fascinates me. Favourie Car: Nissan GT-R R35 Quote: What you do in life echoes in eternity- Russell Crowe, Maximus, Gladiator