As a small SUV with electric drive, the Hyundai Kona Electric creates impressive ranges. The ADAC test clarifies what it can do and how well it proves itself in everyday long-term testing. When it comes to vehicles with alternative drives, Hyundai has a lot to offer: in addition to the Nexo fuel cell vehicle, the Koreans have the Ioniq in their range, which is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is on the market since 2018 and it positions itself as an electrically powered SUV in the small car class. For the 2021 model year, it was slightly redesigned at the front and rear, and the interior was slightly refreshed. Technically, nothing has changed, so that the ADAC test from 2018 is basically still valid. The Kona Elektro is available with two battery sizes (39 and 64 kWh) and in two power levels (100 and 150 kW).
The ADAC has tested the 64 kWh battery version. The powerful torque of 395 Nm promises safe overtaking manoeuvres even from low speeds. The more powerful version accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.9 seconds, and the top speed is 167 km/h. The battery capacity enables a range of up to 484 kilometres according to the WLTP cycle. At least on paper. But with an electric car, the personal driving style is very important.
The power consumption is measured at 19.5 kWh per 100 kilometres. With the Hyundai Kona, the charging losses are comparatively low. The Kona Elektro's 64 kWh battery can be charged with alternating current ( AC, connector type 2 ) and direct current ( DC, connector type CCS ) as standard. Charging from a household socket (230 V) takes about 31 hours and is therefore not recommended. A wallbox takes about 9.5 hours to fully charge with alternating current. Charging goes much faster with direct current via CCS connector type: charging to 80% in 54 minutes at 100 kW.
The space available in the KONA Electric is limited because it is still conventionally constructed so that gasoline and diesel engines can fit under the hood. The trunk volume is only a meagre 225 litres. However, the back seats of the electric Kona can also be folded down, creating a cargo space for up to 1070 litres.
The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric with 136 hp costs 35,650 euros in the cheapest configuration, and 41,850 euros with the 204 hp and 64 kWh battery. This is still a lot of money for a small SUV, but a fair offer for an electric car with a practical range.
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