With a growing number of EVs to choose from, picking the right one for you is becoming increasingly difficult.
However, there are certain models that stand out from the rest – not least Hyundai’s Kona Electric. It has scooped a number of awards to back it up – including Which?’s ‘Product of the Year’, along with Top Gear’s ‘Best Small Family Car’ at its Electric Awards, and with updated for 2020 to its interior and enhanced connectivity features, it continues to be one of the best electric cars on sale.
Here’s why we reckon it’s a brilliant EV…
Long electric range
Despite many drivers only doing 20 or so miles a day, the range of an EV remains the key talking point – the longer being the better.
And if you want an electric car at an affordable price with a long range, the Kona Electric should be right at the top of your shortlist. Being able to travel for up to 278 miles with the 64kWh battery-equipped version gives this Hyundai a big trump card over many of its rivals. It also means that if you do long journeys, whether frequently or occasionally, you can do them with only occasional stops to charge.
Long list of standard kit
If you like the idea of getting a lot for your money, you should without doubt consider the Kona Electric.
Even entry-level SE models come equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control, keyless entry and adaptive cruise control to name but a few features. Meanwhile top-spec versions get all manner of luxuries, such as heated seats throughout, a heated steering wheel and a head-up display.
It certainly means you won’t feel short-changed by this Hyundai.
Some manufacturers take a more reserved approach when it comes to their EV’s styling – the Nissan Leaf, for example, whereas others – like Hyundai – take a much bolder approach.
Based on the already funky-looking Kona, the Electric is available in a host of bright different colours, along with textured alloy wheels, stacked headlights and a smooth closed-off grille to make sure it stands out next to the regular petrol-powered versions.
While the Kona Electric isn’t designed to be a sports car, you get some superb performance with it. Especially on top-spec versions with the larger electric motor producing 201bhp and 395Nm of torque, you can surge to 60mph in just 7.7 seconds.
However, because of the instantaneous nature of its performance – electric cars have no gearbox to contend with – and the fact all that torque is available immediately, it often feels much quicker than its figures suggest.
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