2019 Kona EV New Car Test Drive
With its new Kona Electric, Hyundai is ready to take advantage of the expanding interest in electric cars. Closely connected to the company's gas-powered Kona compact crossover SUV, the full-electric hatchback joins the lineup as a 2019 model.
In addition to its environmentally-friendly credentials, the Kona Electric promises significantly swifter acceleration. Despite their similarity in basic design, the Kona Electric comes across more like a hatchback than a true crossover model, in terms of practicality and everyday use.
Three well-equipped trim levels are offered: SEL, Limited, and Ultimate.
Beneath the hood, a 201-horsepower (150-kw) electric motor takes the place of a gasoline-powered engine, generating 290 pound-feet of torque. Available only with front-wheel drive, the Kona Electric has a range of 258 miles when fully charged, according to the EPA. A full charge can take as few as eight hours.
Safety data is not yet available. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash-tested it. The gas-powered Kona earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS, but the size and heft of the electric car's battery will lead to different results-better, more than likely.
Every Kona Electric is equipped with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and a driver-attention monitor..
Prices do not include $1,045 destination charge.
SEL ($36,450), the base model, comes with cloth upholstery, heated front seats, keyless start, and 17-inch alloy wheels. A 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Active-safety features include blind-spot monitors, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist.
Limited ($41,150) adds a power-adjustable driver's seat, wireless smartphone charging, upgraded LED headlights, high-beam assist, a sunroof, and leather seating surfaces.
Ultimate ($44,650) includes stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, and 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation..