Hyundai Kona Electric review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

While not as capacious as the Kia e-Niro, the Kona Electric is still a comfortable and practical EV

The Kona Electric doesn’t deviate wildly from its internal combustion counterparts on the inside – designed from the ground up to house an electric drivetrain, the Kona still leaves ample room inside for its occupants. Elsewhere, a good driving position is easily found and visibility is good despite the Kona’s bold design and relatively small glasshouse.

It’s not the most practical small SUV around, but the Kona Electric certainly ranks among the most practical EVs in this price bracket. Its Kia e-Niro relative is still the car to pick in this class if outright practicality and packaging is high on your list for family life, but the Hyundai doesn’t trail by too much.

Cabin storage is good, with decent-sized door bins, a centre armrest cubby and a prominent pair of cupholders in the centre console.

It’s worth noting that the Hyundai Kona Electric is not rated for towing – you’ll have to explore the internal combustion Kona range for that.

Size

Based on the same platform as its Kia e-Niro cousin, the Kona Electric measures in the same in width and height – give or take a few millimetres. However, it’s length that the slightly smaller Kona lacks in comparison – it’s shorter overall by a couple of centimetres and so interior space suffers.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Test drive the Kona Electric back to back with its Kia e-Niro counterpart and you’ll notice that the latter makes better use of its interior space. Up front, the Kona’s cabin feels a little cosier thanks to its prominent centre console where the Kia’s feature drive controller sits atop a useful open cubby.

In the rear, there’s less legroom and headroom for adults, but it’s still comfortable for two if they are of average height. Smaller children won’t be adversely affected and there are Isofix points on each of the outer seats.

Boot

There’s 332 litres of boot space in the rear with the seats up, which is competitive in this class if not particularly outstanding when compared against the wider pool of non-EV SUVs of this size. The Kia e-Niro trumps the Kona in this regard with its much more useful 451-litre load area.

Fold the seats down and you’ll have 1,114 litres to play with, versus the 1,405 in the back of the Kia. The rear bench folds with a 60/40 split but does not fold completely flat.

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