Having arrived in Malaysia within the fourth quarter of final 12 months, the Hyundai Kona Electric introduced battery-electric motoring from the Korean model earlier than the arrival of the splendidly futuristic Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Initially arriving in November 2021 in e-Lite and e-Plus variants with a 39.2 kWh battery and the range-topping e-Max with a 64 kWh, it’s the e-Plus that’s reviewed right here on this video, which packs extra tools with the identical mechanical specs as that of the bottom variant. As examined, the Kona Electric is priced at RM176,838 on-the-road, together with the just lately reintroduced SST.
The e-Plus with its 39.2 kWh battery will get an electrical motor rated to supply 136 PS and 395 Nm of torque, and presents a most vary of 305 km on a full cost in keeping with WLTP testing protocol.
Whereas the bottom e-Lite shares its drivetrain with the e-Plus, the latter will get an 11 kW onboard electrical charger (like on the e-Max); two charging ports are supplied on this electrical crossover, for Sort 2 AC and CCS2 DC. Charging at 7.2 kW single-phase AC will take round 6.5 hours to go from 10% to 80% state of cost, whereas charging at 11 kW is finished in 4.5 hours.
In the meantime, the extra highly effective DC charging methodology takes 60 minutes at 50 kW DC, and utilizing a 100 kW DC charger will take 47 minutes. By comparability, utilizing the provided in-cable management field (ICCB) with a home three-pin outlet will take 22 hours to cost the 39.2 kWh variations of the Kona Electric.
By way of security equipment, all variations of the Kona Electric obtain six airbags, ESC, ABS, VSM, traction management and hill-start help. Superior driver help techniques encompass lane maintaining help (LKA), lane following help (LFA), main car departure alert (LVDA), excessive beam help, rear occupant alert and driver consideration warning, and AEB for autos and pedestrians.
Including to the usual security equipment, the e-Plus (in addition to E-Max) additionally beneficial properties entrance radar, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance help (RCCA) and blind spot collision help (BCA).
For the value, the Hyundai Kona Electric e-Plus and different variants include a two-year, 50,000 km producer guarantee; to get the complete five-year protection, patrons should fork out an extra RM10,000 as an add-on package deal.
What’s the Hyundai Kona Electric prefer to drive, and dwell with? Can it deal with an out-of-town journey on a single cost of its battery? Watch the video assessment under, as Jonathan Lee places the battery-electric B-segment SUV by means of its paces.