A more electric style and updated technologies. These are the novelties of the restyling of Kona electric, the medium SUV of the Korean house that now guarantees about 484 kilometers of autonomy (Wltp cycle) with the larger 64 kWh battery.
In 2018 it was the world’s first electric compact SUV and today, the Kona range includes five engines: petrol, diesel, Full Hybrid, Mild-Hybrid and electric. Aesthetically, some tweaks are noted, such as the front with closed grille (typical of plug models that do not require radiator cooling), where there is an asymmetrical charging flap. The daytime running lights, then, are Led. In addition, the vertical air intakes placed in front of the wheel arches improve aerodynamics, a fundamental point for electric vehicles as it is an element that determines the coefficient of friction and, consequently, the energy consumption of the battery.
Inside, the main novelty is the 10.25 “digital instrument cluster and, in the center of the dashboard, a 10.25” display (8 in the entry versions) equipped with Android Auto and Apple Car Play protocols. which allows you to manage the infotainment and have on-board information or manage the car’s charging methods. Despite the two digital screens, there are still several physical buttons in the center console. It should be noted that space has been recovered in the central tunnel thanks to the introduction of the shift-by-wire system that allows you to select gears with buttons.
There are up to five passengers on board and the luggage compartment has a capacity of 332 liters, limited by about 30 liters compared to the thermal engine version to make room for the batteries.
During the test we drove the electric version with 150 kW (204 hp) powetrain powered by a 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (there is also a 39.2 kWh one). Charging from 10 to 80% is covered in approximately 47 minutes using a 100 kW quick charger.