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Sharper styling and added tech for new Hyundai Kona Electric

You’ll go further and in greater comfort with the new Hyundai Kona Electric, thanks to a major facelift that also has it looking better than ever. 

The Kona Electric was first released back in 2018, and quickly won an army of fans thanks to a range of up to 279 miles between charges and great affordability.

That range has now jumped up to 300 miles - when you opt for cars with the larger 64kWh battery - and that’s largely thanks to the reworked exterior styling.

There’s a new-look closed grille and air inlets in front of the wheel arch claddings which not only enhance aerodynamics but also reduce turbulence in the front wheelhouse area. There’s also a functional air intake in the lower bumper.

Elsewhere there are new 17” alloy wheels, a new rear bumper and revised rear lamps.

Inside the Kona Electric you’ll find a 10.25” infotainment screen as standard, as well as new KRELL premium multi speaker sound and nav system with voice control.

The list of standard equipment doesn’t end there. Lease customers will also get full LED headlamps, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and cabin ambient lighting, as well as driver assistance tech like Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCA).

In terms of the powertrains, the big question you’ll face is whether to go with the cheaper 39.2kWh battery version, which comes with 136PS and a range of 189 miles, or the 64kWh with 204PS models - which have the best range at 300 miles.

To that end there are four models - base SE Connect, which starts at £33,125.00, followed by Premium 39kWh, Premium 64kWh, and then the range-topping Ultimate 64kWh, which features an electric tilt and slide sunroof, ‘Highway Drive Assist’ tech, as well as a head up display and leather upholstery.

Both batteries offer charging flexibility with standard 7 pin and 3 pin charging cables and can be charged from as little as 47 minutes on a 100kW charger.

The Kona Electric also offers decent performance, capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in well under 8 seconds - which is not too shabby at all for a small family SUV crossover.

Ashley Andrew, Managing Director, Hyundai Motor UK said: 

“KONA Electric has been a fundamental player in the UK’s fast growing electric vehicle market and the latest updates will see us continue to offer customers a truly viable fully electric model that meets their expectations in terms of cost, range and equipment levels."

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Tuesday, 10/05/2022