Hyundai’s fast-evolving SUV segment welcomed the all-new, subcompact Kona model for the 2018 model year and it became an instant success. A year later the brand introduced the all-electric version with 258 miles of range to compete against the Chevy Bolt, Kia Niro EV and Tesla Model 3. The electrified Kona received just a few upgrades for the 2020 model year including a larger optional infotainment system and battery warmer feature. The upcoming 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric enters the market with no significant upgrades. The gas-powered Kona comes also with a limited number of changes.
The Kona Electric has a unique front-end styling and comes with a comfortable and quiet cabin. The electric powertrain setup provides a long driving range and quick acceleration. The Kona EV’s sharp handling makes it also fun to drive. The model gets also a long list of standard features including modern tech and active safety systems.
For the new model year, the Kona Electric will again be available in three trim options including the SEL, Limited and Ultimate. There won’t be meaningful changes in equipment availability.
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric: Design
The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric maintains the same exterior style as the current version.
The Kona Electric is based on the gas-powered model and has the same body sculpting and wacky styling but it adds several unique exterior elements.
Unlike the gas-powered Kona which has the brand’s signature grille, the Electric version has the grille-less front-end. The model uses the split-headlight design like every new Hyundai model with the slim LED running lights sitting high on the front fascia connected with the trim piece. The main projectors take a position in the mid-section and the model has also specific front bumper.
The profile has the same body sculpting as the gas-powered Kona including the painted fender flares and floating roofline.
The rear of the model can also be mistaken for the non-electric version if one doesn’t spot the rear bumper without exhaust outlets.
The Kona Electric gets also specific aerodynamic wheel designs.
The cabin of the upcoming 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric will also return in the same form.
The Kona Electric has a nice and comfortable cabin with a good driving position. It offers upscale materials and modern tech features.
The front row provides a good amount of the head and legroom while the rear seats are no as accommodating. The cargo room behind the rear seats is 19.2 cubic feet.
The Kona EV has simple and easy to use controls but they are arranged slightly different than in the gas-powered model. Every version gets a modern infotainment system and connectivity options.
The upcoming Kona EV returns with the same trim range. The base SEL version comes on the 17-inch wheels and with the push-button start. The entry-level model gets also a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, heated front seats, etc. The electronic features include a 7-inch touchscreen interface with Apple Car Play and Android Auto support, six speakers, satellite radio, two USB ports and Blue Link system.
The base version gets also an array of active safety systems. The list includes a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, and drowsy driver alert.
The mid-range version adds leather upholstery, a sunroof, wireless charging, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, etc.
The top-grade Ultimate model upgrades with the ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, navigation and more speakers. There is also be a large 10.3-inch touchscreen option.
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric: Performance, Mileage
The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric returns as the front-wheel-drive model with 201 hp at disposal from the electric motor. Peak torque is 291 lb-ft. An electric motor is fed by the 64-kWh lithium-ion battery.
The Kona EV accelerates to 60 mph in about 6.4 seconds. The driving range is 258 miles per charge. At the EPA testing, the current version earned 120 MPGe of the combined range.
The Kona EV has precise handling and low center of gravity thanks to the electric powertrain setup. The model provides also quick acceleration.
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric: Release, Price
The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric will go on sale this fall. The entry-level model will be available from about $38, 000. The top-grade version should cost from $47, 000.