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Hyundai Kona Electric Prime

The new Hyundai Kona Electric Prime scores points in winter

Hyundai has continuously developed in the electromobility sector in recent years. Significant progress has been achieved, particularly in terms of consumption and charging speed on the supercharger. The new generation of the Kona has brought out a few interesting details compared to its predecessor. It's worth taking a look at the Kona.

First, a look at the exterior. The new vehicle length of 4,53 meters primarily benefits the occupants with more legroom in the back seat. Overall, a large trunk with 466 liters (up to 1.300 liters with the rear seats folded down) is much more comfortable for transporting and bulky goods. This puts his all-rounder qualities even more clearly in the foreground.

Hyundai Kona Electric Prime connection charging station
Hyundai Kona Electric Prime connection charging station

Exterior

Visually it looks slick and rather monotonous from the front, but from the side the clear lines, reminiscent of origami folding technology, are clearly visible and set their own accents. With the Prime package, the large battery with 65,4 kWh capacity and the 218 hp electric motor with front-wheel drive, the Kona we drove is fully equipped for medium and long-distance trips.

The degree of recuperation can be adjusted very finely with four levels depending on your own taste. The drive levels from ECO to Sport as well as a dedicated winter driving program, Snow, which is specifically designed for better traction in snow or black ice on roads, can also be individually adjusted. These setting modes provide drivers with a wide range of driving options. There's a lot on offer, from sporty motorway rides to relaxed commutes.

Hyundai Kona Electric Prime rear lights
Hyundai Kona Electric Prime rear lights

driving impressions

While driving, you can relax and let your eyes wander over the comfortable interior. The many direct setting options via switches and buttons for the air conditioning and essential functions are a good solution for the more conservative drivers. No poking around in the menu items on the central information display, the focus is on relaxed cruising.

In addition, all essential points such as the charging cradle and connection of the smartphone via Android or Apple are of course integrated. A multifunction steering wheel with quick operation for the telephone and media elements on the right side as well as adaptive cruise control on the left side is designed to be practical. There are also high-resolution displays behind the steering wheel for driving functions and the central infotainment.

Hyundai Kona Electric Prime Rear
Hyundai Kona Electric Prime Rear
Hyundai Kona Electric Prime trunk
Hyundai Kona Electric Prime trunk

assistance systems

The safety features are at the current level with the lane keeping assistant, blind spot assistant with the practical display in the steering wheel display monitor and a parking assistant with remote control. We didn't have to use the extended autonomous emergency braking assistant with intersection function, lane change warning and evasive maneuver function on our journeys.

The larger Hyundai Ioniq 5 and 6 family members already have the much more effective 800-volt electrical system for fast charging. With the 400-volt on-board electrical system, charging peaks of up to 130 kW can only be achieved in our tests. Accordingly, the charging times on the superchargers should be between 35 and 45 minutes for a charge from 10 to 80% of the charging capacity.

Hyundai Kona Electric Prime 19 inch alloy wheels
Hyundai Kona Electric Prime 19 inch alloy wheels

Prices

The range of consumption values ​​in winter naturally fluctuate depending on the recuperation mode set and the driving mode. In our tests at fairly cool daytime temperatures between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius, the output fluctuated between 18 and 25 kW per 100 kilometers of travel. This means that between 250 and 300 kilometers can be achieved with a full battery and this means that you can commute comfortably in the winter and also do leisure trips without intermediate charging.

Prices for the Kona for the standard equipment start at 41.990 euros with the small battery with 48,4 kWh capacity (March 2024). The highest equipment variant we drove, Prime, with some additional packages, had a list price of 54.990 euros at the time of testing. It's worth checking out Hyundai's current promotions again and again this year. There are some special offers for all electric cars that reduce the purchase price.

Conclusion

The new generation Kona, which can be used very universally, addresses many user profiles. In the winter test it scored points with moderate consumption values, good driving characteristics and very extensive assistance systems. Drivers who value essential functions at the push of a button will find all the important switches in the cockpit in the Kona.

N. Hawthorn

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