New 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric facelift on sale now at £30,125
Hyundai has revised the Kona Electric with a bold new look and a host of technology upgrades
The facelifted Hyundai Kona Electric is available to order in the UK now, with prices starting from £30,125 for the brand’s popular compact electric crossover.
The mid-life update is intended to keep the Kona Electric at the sharpest end of a growing pack of affordable compact electric cars - the likes of the Vauxhall Corsa-e, Volkswagen ID.3 and Peugeot e-2008 have all arrived in the time since the Kona Electric’s launch in 2019.
Like the old model, the facelifted Hyundai Kona Electric is offered with a choice of two electric motor and battery combinations.
The entry-level model features a 39.2kWh battery pack and a 134bhp electric motor, which gives the crossover a top speed of 96mph and a maximum range of 189 miles. It’s also the model you’ll pay £30,125 for after the UK plug-in car grant.
Hyundai’s long-range electric drivetrain is priced from £35,225 after the grant, and comprises a 64kWh battery pack and a 201bhp electric motor. It increases the Kona’s maximum range to 300 miles. The crossover’s top speed also climbs to 104mph and, when plugged into a 100kW fast-charger, the EV will recover an 80 per cent charge in around 47 minutes.
Hyundai has expanded the Kona’s range of trim-levels as part of the update, with a new entry-level SE Connect and a range-topping Ultimate model joining the fold. The EV’s existing Premium specification has also received a few tweaks to suit the new line-up.
The base-model Kona SE Connect is only available with the 39kWh powertrain. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, electrically adjustable door mirrors, rear parking sensors, keyless go and adaptive cruise control with a stop/start function for slow-moving traffic.
Inside, the cheapest Kona Electric comes with a leather steering wheel, air conditioning, a premium eight-speaker stereo system and a fresh 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, lifted from the new i20 supermini. The old Kona’s 10.25-inch infotainment system also comes as standard across the range, offering support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Buyers get a strong level of standard safety equipment, too, including lane-keeping assist, hill-start assist, a brace of airbags and a forward collision avoidance system with cyclist and pedestrian detection.
Mid-range Premium cars can be specced with either of Hyundai’s electric powertrains, with prices starting from £31,475 for the 39kWh option and £35,225 for the 64kWh option.
Upgrades over the base-model include LED headlights, power folding door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, UV-shielding privacy glass and automatic windscreen wipers. Inside, buyers also get heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
There are a couple of extra safety features, too, including a blind spot collision avoidance system, rear cross-traffic assist and an intelligent speed limit warning which displays the current road’s speed restrictions on the dashboard.
The range-topping Kona Electric Ultimate is only available with the longer range 64kWh electric powertrain and has a starting price of £37,375. Upgrades over the Premium spec include a power-operated sunroof, a head-up display, electrically adjustable and ventilated leather seats, heated rear seats, and Hyundai’s semi-autonomous Highway Drive assist system.
Every Kona Electric also comes with a five-year unlimited mileage vehicle warranty, an eight-year (or 100,000 mile) battery warranty, Hyundai’s own roadside assistance service and 10 years of mapping updates for the infotainment system.
Hyundai Kona Electric: facelift updates
Cosmetic revisions focus on making the Kona Electric look less like its combustion engined sibling, and more like a purpose-built EV.
To achieve this, the petrol car’s radiator grille and front bumper have been replaced by a smoothed nose cone, which brings a slight aerodynamic improvement over the pre-facelifted model. Hyundai has also added a pair of vertical inlets on the front bumper, to reduce the amount of turbulent air in the front wheel arches and minimise drag.
The new front bumper is complemented by a fresh set of daytime running lights and new LED headlights. The old car’s black body mouldings are now colour-coded, while the rear lights have been swapped for updated units. Hyundai also offers five new paint finishes, taking the total number of colour choices to 10.
There’s also a new ambient lighting system for the driver and passenger footwell and two new interior colour packages, offering buyers the choice of black or two-tone grey upholstery, in cloth or leather.
Hyundai’s engineers have applied updates to the electric crossover’s safety equipment, too. New features for the facelifted model include blind-spot and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance systems, along with a safe exit warning system that informs passengers if there’s approaching traffic when they go to leave the vehicle.