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Hyundai Kona Electric (2018-2023) review - Range, charging and running costs

The Kona Electric boasts a 300-mile range in 64kWh guise – more than enough for most buyers

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, charging & running costs Rating

4.6 out of 5

Price
£34,995 to £45,595
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Much like other electric cars, the Hyundai Kona Electric benefits from low running costs when compared to conventional internal combustion cars. The Kona Electric’s lithium ion battery replaces the fuel tank but costs far less money to top up – around £8 worth of electricity via a mains supply for maximum range on the larger 64kWh battery, in fact.

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A lack of a traditional internal combustion engine means there are fewer moving parts to go wrong, which in turn should keep maintenance costs low. Hyundai’s excellent five-year, unlimited mileage warranty will help here, as well as its fixed-price servicing deals.

All electric cars are exempt from road tax, while BiK rates for company car users are fantastically low, sitting at two per cent.

Hyundai quotes a maximum range of 300 miles for the pricier, 64kWh Kona Electric and our tests have shown that it's perfectly possible to get close to this in real-world driving. Hyundai claims that a full charge will take nine hours and 35 minutes via its on-board 7.2kW charger, or just 75 minutes to get to 80 per cent if you have access to a 50kW fast charger at a service station.

The smaller battery returns a claimed 189 miles of range and takes just over six hours to fully charge via the on-board charger; a top-up to 80 per cent via a 50kW charger will take around 57 minutes.

The Kona Electric comes as standard with a Type 2 charge cable that’ll work with most public fast chargers. An emergency three-pin cable is also supplied, but a full charge will take around 19 or 31 hours for the 39kW and 64kW batteries respectively.

Insurance groups

The SE Connect and Premium 39 kWh battery versions sit in group 20, while the more powerful 64kWh Premium and Ultimate variants are in group 24.

Depreciation

The Kona Electric should perform pretty strongly on the used market. Our expert data suggests that whether you choose a 39kWh or the 64kWh model, you should see residual values of around 58 per cent after three years/36,000-miles.

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As our news reporter, Ellis is responsible for covering everything new and exciting in the motoring world, from quirky quadricycles to luxury MPVs. He was previously the content editor for DrivingElectric and won the Newspress Automotive Journalist Rising Star award in 2022.

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