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2019 Hyundai Kona EV

2019 Hyundai Kona EV

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$30,420 — $37,636 USED
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5 Seats
121 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Carlike maneuverability
  • Highway poise
  • Responsive steering
  • Refined six-speed automatic
  • Room for four adults to ride in comfort
  • Easy-to-use touchscreen system

The Bad

  • Driving position not high enough for some
  • Firm, busy ride can feel brittle
  • Gas-pedal lag in Normal drive mode
  • Limited reserve power on highway (2.0-liter engine)
  • Extensive use of hard plastics in cabin
  • Unrefined air-conditioning dials
2019 Hyundai Kona EV exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Hyundai Kona EV
  • More standard active safety features
  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines, including a turbo
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Available Kona Electric with 258-mile range

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2019 Hyundai Kona EV Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Cars.com

Competes with: Tesla Model 3, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq EV

Looks like: A Kona SUV with a smoother snout. Despite switching to an electric vehicle powertrain, much of the design remains the same for Hyundai’s subcompact suvie.

Drivetrain: A 201-horsepower electric motor making 291 pounds-feet of torque and coupled to a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack sending power to the front wheels.

Hits dealerships: Early 2019. Sales will begin in California before migrating to other states with similar zero-emission vehicle mandates, currently including Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont; the Kona Electric will not be sold in all 50 states.

The Hyundai Kona Electric combines the space and utility of the South Korean automaker’s new subcompact SUV along with an estimated 258 miles of driving range on a full charge. This places the Kona Electric among some of the very best electric cars available today, at least when it comes to maximizing mileage.

Related: What’s the Best Subcompact SUV for 2018?

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, for comparison, offers 238 miles of electric range. And depending on whether it has the standard battery pack or the optional long-range version, the Tesla Model 3 sedan delivers an electric range of between 220 and 310 miles.

One caveat with the Kona Electric is that sales will be limited to 10 states. Sales begin early next year, starting in California, and will ...

Competes with: Tesla Model 3, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq EV

Looks like: A Kona SUV with a smoother snout. Despite switching to an electric vehicle powertrain, much of the design remains the same for Hyundai’s subcompact suvie.

Drivetrain: A 201-horsepower electric motor making 291 pounds-feet of torque and coupled to a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack sending power to the front wheels.

Hits dealerships: Early 2019. Sales will begin in California before migrating to other states with similar zero-emission vehicle mandates, currently including Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont; the Kona Electric will not be sold in all 50 states.

The Hyundai Kona Electric combines the space and utility of the South Korean automaker’s new subcompact SUV along with an estimated 258 miles of driving range on a full charge. This places the Kona Electric among some of the very best electric cars available today, at least when it comes to maximizing mileage.

Related: What’s the Best Subcompact SUV for 2018?

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, for comparison, offers 238 miles of electric range. And depending on whether it has the standard battery pack or the optional long-range version, the Tesla Model 3 sedan delivers an electric range of between 220 and 310 miles.

One caveat with the Kona Electric is that sales will be limited to 10 states. Sales begin early next year, starting in California, and will eventually move to other states with similar emissions requirements and zero-emission vehicle mandates. Hyundai has not yet announced the price of the Kona Electric, nor whether it will be available with both a purchase and lease option.

Exterior

Like many electric cars, there isn’t much that shouts that this Kona is electric. Sure, the front end kind of looks like a standard Kona wearing a surgical mask; the smoother nose undoubtedly helps aerodynamics and, since there is no traditional engine and radiator to keep cool, there’s less need for large front apertures and openings. Style is subjective, but when viewed from the front, the simpler-looking face of the Kona EV is definitely less busy than the standard model. Do we detect the subtlest hint of Tesla Model X? Maybe, though if anything, the Kona Electric is the better-looking car.

Standard equipment includes front and rear LED lighting, along with aerodynamically shaped five-spoke alloy wheels. Apart from that, the electric model is nearly a visual twin of the standard version.

Interior

We’ve tested more than a few hybrids and electric cars to know that a powertrain can make a big impact on the interior. This is especially true when an automaker crams a battery pack into the space normally reserved for luggage; you end up with a car that’s eco-friendly but downright mean when it comes time to load luggage or shopping bags. Thankfully, Hyundai has positioned the electric powertrain and battery pack in a way the preserves the 19.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the split-folding rear seats. That’s a big plus point considering one of the main advantages of the Kona is its larger cargo area and handy rear hatch.

From the driver’s seat, you’re greeted by a floating touchscreen mounted in the center of the dashboard. The largest version, equipped with navigation, measures 8 inches across and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The standard 7-inch touchscreen includes features like voice recognition technology and a backup camera. Much like the exterior, the rest of the Kona Electric’s cabin is similar to what you’ll find in gas models.

Under the Hood

The Kona Electric is front-wheel drive and comes powered by an electric motor with the equivalent of 201 horsepower. That compares nicely to the standard model, which has a choice of a 147-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or optional 175-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged four. The car’s 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery can be recharged up to 80 percent of its total capacity in approximately 54 minutes when using a fast-charging system, according to Hyundai. The battery is also covered by a lifetime warranty, which should provide extra peace of mind to anyone on the fence about an EV’s long-term durability. The charging port is in the nose of the car to help make head-in parking-lot recharges a bit simpler.

Safety

While it’s not as obvious as the Kona Electric’s nose job, it’s nice to know Hyundai has fitted a number of safety items as standard in the Kona Electric, including forward collision warning with emergency braking. Other available safety items include lane keep assist, driver attention warning, blind spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high beams.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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11 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Practical, fun to drive

by CPF5 from ALLENDALE on January 6, 2021

The only cons are that the low resistance tires don't grip too well on wet roads, the back seat is tight, and the heater fan puts a significant drain on mileage. Everything else I love about the car. ... Read full review

(5.0)

Hyundai KONA EV 250 miles per Charge

by Ready Killowatt EV Driver from Columbus, Ohio on November 5, 2020

My HYUNDAI KONA EV is FABULOUS ! It gets 250 Miles with a Full Charge ! I can drive around Columbus all Week with an initial FULL Charge. I regularly Drive to Cincinnati then to Dayton and Back To ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Hyundai Kona EV currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Hyundai Kona EV has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Kona EV received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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