Why Automotive Journalists Are so Excited about Hyundai’s Kona ElectricMar 4th, 2020
The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is out, and it has got the people talking.
The updated model of Hyundai’s all-electric crossover has made quite a name for itself in a relatively short period of time, largely due to how excited automotive journalists are about this year’s model. Let’s have a look at what the experts are saying makes the Kona Electric not just a different, but a vision of the future of electric cars.
When it comes to buying an electric vehicle, the most important factor on the top of every shopper’s list is how far can it travel on a single charge. The Kona Electric essentially moves the goalposts for this category. Boasting a 415-kilometre range on a single charge, Hyundai’s model travels much further than its competitors, completely emission-free.
This impressive range for an affordable electric crossover is due, in large part, to the Kona Electric’s driver-adjustable power regeneration system. Using steering wheel-mounted paddles, drivers can manually set how aggressively they want to harvest power regen from their braking. Car and Driver magazine loved this modern feature in their review of the car, saying it allows for “true one-pedal driving” as the regenerative system actively decelerates the vehicle when you step off the accelerator, meaning the driver has to brake less often.
With an electric powertrain capable of producing 201 horsepower, the Kona Electric hits 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds, making it “much quicker than gas-powered versions of the Kona,” according to Motortrend magazine. The impressive speed, coupled with “a silky-smooth drive quality,” is why the publication prefers it to similar electric vehicles. They even take it one step further, saying the Kona Electric “has a drivetrain polish that would make some $100,000 German luxury sedans blush.” Now that’s high praise.
The Price is Right
One of the largest barriers still keeping people from making the switch to electric vehicles is the upfront cost. Hyundai aims to change that, offering the Kona Electric at a lower price point than comparable vehicles in its category. Automotive blog Jalopnik is excited about the price tag, calling it “remarkably reasonable.”
When you consider that researchers are already working on using the Kona Electric’s great speed and handling to build the first vehicle to “complete a full-length World Rally Championship event solely on electric power,” that price point really starts to look like a heck of a bargain.
Words to Drive By
Make no mistake: when Car and Driver calls an automobile one of the best electric vehicles on sale today, consumers and professionals within the automotive industry take notice. And when Motortrend agrees, calling the Kona Electric the best “affordable battery-electric car you can buy,” you start to approach something of a rarity in these times: journalistic consensus.
But don’t just take their word for it. Have a look for yourself to see what makes the 2020 Hyundai Kona electric such an incredible vehicle, and then put it to the test by taking it for a test drive. Contact us today, and see what’s got everyone talking.