Deep Dive Into Autoweek’s 2019 Hyundai Kona Electrical First Drive

Autoweek says the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electrical has excellent vary and is “fantastically regular.”

We’re seeing a pattern right here. Virtually each first drive of the Hyundai Kona Electrical speaks to its normalcy. Autoweek goes as far as to say that it'll work to place “one other crack in the way forward for gasoline powered automobiles.” What makes it stand out? Why does is come throughout as so regular? Let’s dive in deeper and reply these questions.

As we’ve already shared, the Kona Electrical encompasses a 65-kWh battery pack that provides 258 miles of EPA-estimated vary. That is important because it tops the Hyundai IONIQ Electrical by ~125 miles, the Nissan LEAF by ~100 miles, and even the Chevrolet Bolt EV by about 20 miles. Solely Tesla automobiles provide extra vary than the Kona Electrical (they usually’re not low-cost). To high it off, the Kona will get a ranking of 132 mpge from the EPA. Furthermore, the battery pack employs an up-to-date temperature administration system, nonetheless, our personal Tom Moloughney discovered that, sadly, the battery heating my not make its means into North American fashions. We are able to solely hope that this information doesn’t show true.

Autoweek says that whereas the vary nonetheless can’t match that of most ICE automobiles, it’s actually a giant deal for EVs and is likely one of the main causes the publication (and a number of other others) have resorted to the usage of the phrase “regular” when describing this new entrant. As well as, the Kona Electrical’s powertrain cranks out 201 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque, making it a peppy crossover that by no means feels underpowered. To not point out the fact that the torque is on the spot in electric-powered automobiles, which implies that most drivers will “really feel” each little bit of that oomph in typical day by day driving.

Whereas like most all EVs, the Kona Electrical options regenerative braking, Autoweek says the pedal feels regular. This, added to the truth that you may select from 4 completely different ranges of regen primarily based in your private choice and driving state of affairs. Dealing with can also be “regular,” if not higher than the widespread crossover. This comes as no shock since most electrical automobiles make the most of a strategic “skateboard” battery pack placement, which distributes weight evenly all through the underside of the car. This makes for a low middle of gravity that helps maintain the automotive composed round corners. It’s vital to notice that Autoweek wasn’t impressed with the EV’s tires, however that’s an issue that may be simply resolved.

By way of the cabin, the Kona Electrical gives ample consolation and is basically not any completely different from a typical extremely rated subcompact crossover. It presents a good quantity of second-row passenger house and respectable cargo quantity. The brand new small crossover EV additionally comes full of a big selection of normal gear, together with a handful of fascinating superior driver help applied sciences, like blind spot monitoring, lane maintain help, and ahead collision avoidance.

Ultimately, Autoweek means that the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electrical does a incredible job of exhibiting that electrical automobiles can simply present what is required for mass adoption. We are able to solely hope that in some unspecified time in the future within the not too far future, EVs like this can be manufactured in bigger portions and develop into available within the U.S. Nonetheless, regardless of folks’s criticisms of Hyundai and different firms for holding again these electrical car pursuits, that is clearly a terrific entrant and absolutely a step in the suitable route.

Efforts by Hyundai (and Kia) are clearly far more of a actuality than that of different firms that both proceed to make bulletins with nothing tangible to point out (Volkswagen), begin an organization touting EVs after which fold resulting from a scarcity of funding and sources (Faraday Future and Lucid), or convey electrical automobiles to market which can be merely lower than par and don’t provide a lot in the way in which of all-electric vary (Mercedes and BMW). We received’t even dive into the latest pure EV choices just like the Jaguar I-Tempo or Audi e-tron.

Whereas we as EV followers and supporters wish to see these Korean automakers make the leap far more readily, we shouldn’t low cost the truth that they're leaping to the forefront and producing compelling electrical automobiles. All in good time … we hope.

Particulars as reported by Autoweek:

ON SALE: Early 2019

POWERTRAIN: Electrical motor, direct-drive with discount gear, FWD

OUTPUT: 201 horsepower, 290 lb-ft of torque

CURB WEIGHT: three,850 lbs (est)

FUEL ECONOMY: 132/108/120 mpge
(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)
PROS: Glorious vary and in any other case fantastically regular

CONS: Holding down a shift paddle to attain most brake regen is annoying and pointless

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Supply: Autoweek