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the electric SUV always on top!

Summed up to a handful of updates, the new version of the electric Kona is hitting the French market. Better than its predecessor? The answer in our essay!


Available since 2018, the electric Kona has been a great success in France. Boosted by its great autonomy, the Korean SUV sold more than 5,000 copies last year, overtaking its cousins ​​from Kia. At the start of 2021, it arrives in a restyled version that we were able to take in hand.

Discreet updates

This new generation of the electric Kona benefits from a relatively light restyling. This mainly concerns the optics and the front and rear shields. 40mm longer, it remains in the category of compact electric SUVs.

In terms of the trunk, the space remains identical to the previous version. Offering 332 liters, it is still a bit limited for the category. However, we take advantage of a double bottom to store the recharging cables. At the rear, the seats are comfortable with enough legroom and good headroom, this new generation gaining a USB port for recharging mobile devices.

At the front, we find the same presentation. The main change concerns the instrumentation. Now fully digital, it is based on a 10.25 inch screen. Of the same size, the on-board computer sits in the center of the dashboard and introduces a new software interface with improved graphics and ergonomics. Unfortunately, the navigation between the different menus is not always very responsive.

An identical electrical part

On the electrical part, the restyling did not change anything, In Creative intermediate finish, our test model embeds a synchronous motor of 204 horsepower. Driving the front wheels, it is powered by a 64 kWh lithium-ion battery announcing 484 km of autonomy in the WLTP cycle.

On the recharging side, the 11 kW on-board charger is supplemented by the Combo for fast charging. On an Ionity type terminal, the power rises to 77 kW. Enough to ensure a full 80% in 47 minutes.

Driving the 2021 Kona Electric

From the first turns of the wheels, we appreciate the smooth running and well-calibrated steering of this new electric Kona.

In town, Eco mode remains the best compromise. It reinforces the intensity of the engine braking, avoids pulling too much on the battery while maintaining a good level of acceleration. As with the previous generation, the steering wheel paddle system allows very fine control of the level of regeneration. In the strongest mode, the vehicle can go to a stop. In town and with a minimum of anticipation, it is possible to drive without having to touch the brake pedal.

On this restyled generation, Korean engineers fine-tuned the steering and suspension settings. Result: this electric Kona seems a little less hectic to us, especially since the new Michelin Primacy tires offer much better grip than those of the previous generation.

An electric SUV with a bird’s eye view

The Kona remains one of the most efficient electric cars on the market. On the approximately 400 km of a route combining urban, small roads and highways, we arrive at an overall average of 17.5 kWh / 100 km. What figures the real autonomy at about 365 km.

On the motorway, our average was between 22 and 24 kWh / 100 km, i.e. a range of between 270 and 290 km.

Actual consumptionReal autonomy
Mixed17.5 kWh / 100 km365 km
Highway22 – 24 kWh / 100 km270 – 290 km

From € 39,900 excluding bonus

In terms of prices, the new electric Hyundai Kona oscillates between € 39,900 and € 46,600 excluding bonuses depending on the finish chosen. A price a bit high but which remains correct compared to other urban electric SUVs on the market.

Yet offered on the old version, the 39 kWh configuration is a priori still not on the program of this new model.

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