Facelifted 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric revealed

Facelifted 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric revealed

Revisions now mean the EV is capable of 300 miles to a charge

Hyundai has revealed the updated version of its Kona Electric – benefitting from new tech, revised styling and a longer range between charges. 

The Kona Electric debuted in 2018 as one of the first affordable EVs with a long electric range – 279 miles to be precise. Since then it’s scooped a number of awards and has gone on to be one of the more popular electric cars to date, with 120,000 being produced to date. 

And now, following on from the standard Kona being updated in September, the Electric version has had a range of enhancements. Most noticeable are the design changes, which include a new front-end with a closed-off grille and sharper and wider headlights, while the previous car’s plastic cladding has been replaced by cleaner painted arches instead. The updated model is 25mm longer than the car it replaces, and is also available in five new colours – meaning 10 are now on offer.

Inside, the Kona Electric gains a larger 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster as standard, while a touchscreen of the same size is available on high-spec versions – lower grades will still come with an eight-inch system, though. The range of connected services has also been enhanced thanks to ‘Bluelink’. Working through a smartphone app, it means you can check the charging status of the car, programme when you want to start charging and also pre-heat or pre-cool the car remotely. 

The powertrain options remain the same as before – either a 134bhp electric motor with 39kWh battery or a 201bhp motor with a large 64kWh battery. Recent tyre improvements mean these models are now able to travel for 189 miles and 300 miles on a single charge respectively. 

Hyundai has also updated the range of safety features on the Kona – introducing new crash-avoidance tech incorporated into the blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. There’s also a new feature that stops you opening a door into oncoming traffic – known as ‘safe exit warning’.

No prices have yet been given for the updated Kona Electric, but expect a slight increase on the outgoing model’s £30,150 starting price.

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