2018 Hyundai Kona Electric: Is It a Better Option


In 2018 Hyundai released its Kona Electric version as a new breed model of the EVs that assures of a better and lengthier range we have seen so far. With a kind of small SUV body style the 2018 Hyundai Kona Electric could manage to gain the appeal that its rivals were striving for.

The Trim and Powertrains

The Hyundai Winter Park dealer says that the 2018 Hyundai Kona Electric can be categorized to some extent as a plug-in vehicle with a zero-emission capacity. It came with two different electric powertrains. There is a base version with a range of 186-mile, creating a 133bhp and runs at 0-62mph time in 9.3sec. The ‘long-range’ version on the other hand claims to travel 292 miles between two charges, giving a 201bhp and runs at 0-62 sprint in 7.6sec.

Both the trims come with the same 291lb ft amount of torque and top speed of 104mph. It is quite understandable, that the long-range version would take longer to get fully charged, which is around 10 hours when you plug it into the regular power sockets like mains. The base Kona Electric gets a charge of 80 per cent in an hour if you are using a fast charger.

The Appearance

The Kona Electric looks quite different from that of the standard Kona, with a lot of eco credentials to shout about. The closed grille and the new 17in alloy wheels, make it look more reserved and one can choose from the range of their regular infinite color pallet.

Peeping inside, you find a new center console replacing the conventional gearbox, but the paddle shifters pops out from behind the wheel, that helps in adjusting how much energy the car should use when brakes are applied. The design itself has so much to say, that people might go for its looks alone.

Technology Installed

The 2018 Hyundai Kona Electric got all the technology installed under the hood. A seven-inch touchscreen displays all the relevant info including the energy usage. The screen is clubbed with a head-up display that is placed ahead of the windscreen and has “a luminance of more than 10,000 candela per square meter”.

Driver Assistance Features

There are loads of technological geek to be found beneath the skin, as well. You get a basic line of technology in this vehicle similar to that of a self-driven car. The driver in the 2018 Hyundai Kona Electric is assisted with the following:

  • Lane-keep assist
  • Semi-autonomous cruise control
  • Emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection

According to the Hyundai dealer Winter Park, the Kona Electric 2018 version has got connection for every smartphone you bring in, and you can use the features without meddling with it while sitting behind the wheels.

Driving Impressions

The driving of the 2018 Hyundai Kona Electric could create its own place because of its handling in twisted roads. To describe in a word, the drives make you feel safe and the driver feels the response as sensible. There is no external noise that enters the cabin and you don’t feel jumpy unless the road is extremely bumpy.