The Hyundai Kona Electric is better than the conventional version, though it’s significantly more expensive. Its 201-hp electric motor makes the car quick, with smooth and quiet acceleration.
Its range is a robust 258 miles. It takes 9 hours to charge the 64-kilowatt-hour battery from empty on a 240-volt connector.
Unlike the regular Kona, the electric version is front-wheel drive only. It has nimble handling, which makes the Hyundai Kona Electric responsive when going through corners. The ride, however, is stiff.
The controls are very straightforward, though the EV has a push-button gear selector that is challenging to use at a glance. Standard safety features include FCW, AEB, BSW, and rear cross traffic warning.
For 2022 pedestrian detection is standard.