When the original Kona arrived a couple of years ago, everyone was amazed by its look, quality and affordable price. However, Hyundai decided to take everything to the next level and swap the gasoline engine for batteries and electric motors. As a result, we have one of the most appealing electric crossovers on the market. Simply, no competitor offers such an impressive value for money. This version has been introduced last year and the company has a good reason not to offer any particular change for the 2021 Hyundai Kona EV model.
This means you may count on a vehicle that offers solid performances, more than decent range and a pretty long list of standard equipment. At the same time, the model looks as great as the standard version, so there is no doubt it will once again be one of the most appealing EV models on the market. We expect to see it sometime late in the year.
2021 Hyundai Kona EV Redesign
The 2021 Hyundai Kona EV won’t receive any particular changes for the next year. This means we may count on familiar characteristics, whether it’s about mechanics or aesthetics. When it comes to mechanics, this model shares a lot of things with the standard gasoline model. Both variants are built on the same platform and you can find a lot of the same parts, especially when it comes to the chassis and suspension setup.
The same thing goes for styling. Compared to the standard gasoline engine, there are some differences, particularly in terms of the grille and wheels. These parts accentuate the model’s EV character. On the other side, the overall look is practically the same as on the standard model. You may count on a very appealing crossover, which is certainly among the best-looking models in the class.
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2021 Hyundai Kona EV won’t feature any particular change for the next year. That means you may count on a familiar cabin layout, which has both pros and cons. When it comes to good things, we certainly like the overall look of the cabin. It is attractive and comes with pretty decent materials, especially if we consider that this not just a small, but also an electric crossover, and such vehicles usually feature cheap interiors. A long list of standard equipment makes everything look even more opulent.
On the other side, the thing we don’t like is the interior space. While the front seats are comfortable and spacious, the second row is tight, even for this segment. The same thing goes for the cargo area, which offers some below-average numbers. You may count on 19.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 45.8 cubic feet of the overall cargo space.
The list of standard features won’t change for the next year, so you may count on familiar equipment in base models. When it comes to tech features, it will include goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and HD Radio. In higher trim levels, you can also get goodies like a bigger 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, premium audio system and more.
When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with goodies like including a rearview camera, a driver attention monitor, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist. That’s a quite long list, which can be expanded in higher trim levels. You can also get safety features like pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and more.
2021 Hyundai Kona EV Drivetrain
The 2021 Hyundai Kona EV will continue with the same simple but peppy setup when it comes to the drivetrain. Of course, we are talking about a single electric motor, which delivers pretty respectable 201 horsepower. With such power, you may count on pretty strong acceleration and overall performances. The power is sent pretty smoothly through a single-speed transmission, while we also like the fact that the economy is pretty impressive. It goes around 132 MPGe in the city and 108 MPGe on the highway.
The electric motor comes in a combination with a 64-kWh battery pack, which ensures pretty respectable 258 miles of the electric range. This battery needs 9.5 hours to fully recharge but you can also use a fast DC unit to charge 80 percent of the battery in just 50 minutes.
2021 Hyundai Kona EV Release Date and Price
Since there are no bigger changes to come for the next year, the 2021 Hyundai Kona EV will hit the market in typical time, probably in December. We don’t expect bigger changes in price either, so base versions should go around 38.000 dollars. Some of the key competitors are Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model 3 etc.