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Hyundai Kona Electric, ecological and versatile road racer


The Hyundai Kona responds to the needs of a wide range of motorists with a range in which petrol, hybrid and electric engines coexist. (HANDLE)

The Hyundai Kona responds to the needs of a wide range of motorists with a range in which petrol, hybrid and electric engines coexist.

We drove the Electric variant for a few days with the most important battery pack, the 64 kWh one, which delivers a power of 204 HP and 395 Nm of maximum torque.

    Aesthetically, it differs from its sisters with internal combustion engines due to the front without grille, in which the flap that gives access to the charging sockets stands out, and due to the absence of black protective elements along the bodywork, so it has a more streamlined.

The proportions are those of a segment B SUV, as evidenced by the length of 4.21 metres.

    Furthermore, with the restyling, the Kona Electric gained LED daytime running lights and slimmer taillights.

    The cockpit features two 10.25-inch screens for the digital instrumentation and the infotainment system.

    The latter uses physical shortcuts to access the main menu items, is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and allows you to use Hyundai Live services.

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Hyundai Kona Electric

   The Smart Adjustable Regenerative Braking system is very useful, which allows the Kona Electric to independently set the level of regenerative braking, thus recovering additional energy, while the paddles behind the steering wheel allow the driver to adjust it according to their preferences or even depending on the road they take. you are traveling, for example managing to make the most of the current regeneration during descents.

Regenerative braking is maximized when the left paddle is held down, allowing the driver to even bring the car to a complete stop without pressing the brake pedal.

    The 330-litre boot is usable thanks to the regular shape of the compartment and increases to 1,143 liters by folding down the rear seat backs.

Also there are with two compartments underneath that allow you to stow the charging cable or other accessories.

    When driving, the Kona EV is favored by the compact dimensions associated with a powerful engine, as underlined by the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h covered in 7.9 seconds.

With the 64 kWh battery pack, distances easily exceed the 400 km threshold.

    On the motorway, the instruments recorded consumption in the order of 15.5 kWh/100 km, even with the climate control system on, while on extra-urban journeys the value dropped to 13.5 kWh.

    Quiet and comfortable, the electric Kona with the 64 kWh battery pack takes 47 minutes to go from 10 to 80% of the charge using a quick column, since it accepts up to 100 kW.

    In terms of active safety, there is no shortage of the most recent driving aids, such as the system capable of maintaining a safe distance even in traffic, the device that prevents you from changing lanes if another vehicle approaches in the blind spot of the rear view mirror, the keeps the car in the center of the lane up to 200 km/h, and automatic braking when reversing to avoid a possible collision.

    Offered in the Exclusive and XLine trim levels, the more powerful Kona EV has a price list that starts at 42,600 euros and reaches 45,300 euros, discounts and incentives excluded. 

Source: ansa

All tech articles on 2023-03-25

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