The Hyundai Kona is a five door subcompact crossover SUV designed by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai that was shown for the first time in June 2017. The production version made its debut later that year. The Kona electric or Kona EV, the world’s first fully electric subcompact crossover SUV, was first launched in South Korea on the first half of 2018 and rolled out gradually worldwide afterwards.Both the electric and non electric versions were announced as the winners of the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, the first for a subcompact crossover SUV in its award history. The Kona has a range of 470 kilometres (290 mi). Real-world range tests conducted by What Car in early 2019 found that the Kona has the highest real-world range of any commercial electric car.
If you think the price gets you a car that’s big on size and road presence, you’d be let down. In fact, in dimensions, the Kona EV falls somewhere in between the sub-4 metre Hyundai Venue and the mid-sized Hyundai Creta. Although it’s longer, wider and has a bigger wheelbase than the Venue, it’s 20mm shorter than Hyundai’s new baby SUV.
Compared to the Creta, the Kona is wider and has a bigger wheelbase but falls short in length and height. So, no, you won’t get the same commanding road presence you would with similarly priced rivals. Truth be told, the crossover stance and curvy styling would have you thinking this is a larger and more purpose-built version of the i20 Active.
What will mainly get you eyeballs in the Kona EV are two factors. First, the quirky styling. The faux front grille (where the charging port is hidden) and the unusually styled 17-inch alloy wheels, combined with the distinctive black body cladding, especially on the rear fender, do make the Kona electric look interesting, if not beautiful.