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2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

What’s new

  • Bigger optional infotainment display
  • New battery warmer feature for Limited and Ultimate trims
  • Based on the first Kona generation introduced for 2018

Pros & Cons

  • Long driving range of 258 miles
  • Quick acceleration and sharp handling make it fun to drive
  • Comfortable and quiet cabin
  • Plenty of standard tech features
  • Tight rear legroom
  • Availability limited to just a few states
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MSRP Range
$37,190 - $45,400
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2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Review

Be prepared for a lot of blank stares and "What's that?" comments if you buy a 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric. Just about everybody knows Tesla. But tell your friends you just bought a Kona Electric and they'll likely look at you like you just gave them directions to the bathroom in Punjabi.

This situation won't be because of your communication skills. Rather, the disconnect is because the Kona Electric is a relatively new and unknown Hyundai model. Hyundai introduced the Kona for the 2018 model year and followed up with the all-electric version last year. More awareness is sure to come, however, because the Kona Electric is one of the best EVs on the market.

Everything you need is here. There's 258 miles of range, standard fast-charging capability, and plenty of technology and safety features. You'll also like the way it drives. The Kona Electric accelerates with pleasing zip and hunkers down in turns. It's fun in a way you wouldn't expect an electric vehicle to be.

Downsides? Well, subjectively, you might find the Kona's busy styling hard to love. But objectively there's really just one big con here: interior space. The small back seat and cargo area limit the Kona's usefulness as a heavy-use family vehicle. And we suppose you might eventually get tired of explaining to your friends what you bought. But overcome these hitches and you'll have yourself a great little EV.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

8.2 / 10
The Kona Electric offers plenty of range, a competitive price, an attractive interior, and a generous list of standard equipment. It's also quick, nimble and fun to drive. It's one of the best EVs out right now.

How does it drive?

8.0
The Kona Electric feels more like an electric performance hatchback than the crossover SUV it's marketed as. It gets going in a hurry, merges onto freeways easily, and has no trouble on steep grades. We measured a spirited 0-60 mph time of 6.6 seconds at our test track.

The Kona Electric also changes direction readily and feels steady and composed around turns. It's fun to drive, even if the eco-minded tires don't offer a whole lot of grip. For more casual driving, the Kona Electric is smooth and easy to drive. One minor gripe: The regenerative braking system has three selectable ranges, but even the most aggressive of them ebbs away at 5 mph and isn't able to bring the vehicle to a complete stop.

How comfortable is it?

8.5
The Kona Electric rides with a poise not usually found in this class of car. The low-slung battery mass and sophisticated rear suspension design help settle the car's motions when you drive over bumps. We also like the Kona's comfortable and supportive front seats. In back, the seat bottom is a bit flat, but the seatback angle is comfortable.

The electric motor is silent at all speeds, and wind and road noise is not evident when cruising the highway. As of 2019, all electric vehicles must emit a low-speed pedestrian alert sound, and you can hear the Kona's inside the car until it fades at about 18 mph. Some of our editors liked the spacey sound. Others hated it.

How’s the interior?

8.0
Don't assume the Kona Electric is like a regular Kona inside because it is not. The Electric's center console is more prominent, and the controls are laid out a little differently. But they are attractive and easy to use. Similar functions are grouped together, and learning how to operate the infotainment interface is intuitive.

There's plenty of head- and legroom up front, and the cabin feels airy despite a center console that takes up some space. The rear seat isn't as accommodating. The seat area is wide, and there's a decent amount of headroom, but legroom is tight if the driver's seat is set back much beyond the middle of its sliding range.

How’s the tech?

8.5
The infotainment system's graphics look dated and boring, but don't let that fool you. It is a well-designed and easy-to-use system thanks to prominent volume and tuning knobs, shortcut buttons around the screen's perimeter, and logical virtual buttons on the responsive touchscreen. The Infinity audio system produces impressive sound quality.

As for the Kona Electric's driving aids, the base SE comes standard with just about everything, even adaptive cruise control. The top Ultimate trim has a more sophisticated adaptive cruise system that works in stop-and-go traffic. Overall, these systems work effectively and aren't overly intrusive.

How’s the storage?

7.0
The Kona's cargo area behind the rear seats is not the biggest we've seen, but it's usefully shaped. Luggage laid lengthwise fits easily behind the rear seats. Up front, the Kona Electric has a suitable amount of storage space for small items such as phones and water bottles.

This EV isn't a great choice if you have small children, however. The rear safety seat anchors are easy to access, and the door opening is big enough not to cause any problems. But the lack of rear cabin space means bulky rear-facing infant seats won't fit without sliding a front seat forward significantly.

How economical is it?

9.0
The Hyundai Kona Electric is EPA-rated to deliver 258 miles of range, which is right at the top in the affordable EV class. It can deliver too. On several occasions, our test Kona's projected range (driven trip-odometer mileage plus remaining battery range) exceeded 300 miles when we plugged in to recharge.

Is it a good value?

9.0
The Kona Electric is built to a higher standard than a regular Kona, and that difference shows up most on the inside. The panels fit together well, the materials are nice-looking, and the buttons and knobs feel well made. Sure, it isn't built to a luxury standard, but it's quite pleasing.

The Kona is strong on value too. You get a lot of standard safety and technology features for what you pay. Then there's Hyundai's strong warranty coverage: five years/60,000 miles for the overall vehicle and 10 years/10,000 miles for the powertrain. The Kona Electric takes that a step farther with a lifetime warranty covering battery failure for the original owner. This is excellent coverage if you plan to keep the Kona a long time.

Wildcard

8.5
The Kona's rounded nose and gray wheel-arch body cladding may provoke debate, but this EV is a lot more entertaining to drive than we expected based on its crossover categorization. It has the proportions, power and poise of a performance hatchback. And 258 miles of range is enough that you can largely forget about how it is powered and just enjoy driving it.

Which Kona Electric does Edmunds recommend?

Picking a Kona Electric trim level comes down to how many extra features you want and how much you can afford. You won't be disappointed by sticking with the base SEL, though. It has enough safety and technology features to keep you satisfied.

Hyundai Kona Electric models

The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric comes in three trim levels: SEL, Limited and Ultimate. All have a 64-kWh battery pack that powers a 150-kW electric motor (201 horsepower, 291 lb-ft of torque) driving the front wheels. Standard equipment is generous on the SEL, and moving up to the Limited or the Ultimate gains you a few extra luxury and tech-oriented features.

The SEL starts off with features such as proximity entry and push-button start, a DC fast-charging port, automatic climate control, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a full suite of advanced driver safety aids.

On the Limited, you get even more features, including LED headlights, a battery warmer (helps prevent excessively long battery-charging intervals in cold temperatures), leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and wireless charging for personal devices.

Finally, the Ultimate loads you up with parking sensors, more advanced versions of the adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation systems, a bigger 10-inch touchscreen, navigation, a head-up display, and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system.


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5 out of 5 stars, A 3 series BMW competitor!
First Time EV Buyer,
Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD)

It may sound silly but my Kona EV Ultimate reminds me of a BMW without the terrible reliability. The leather seating is much nicer than the Tesla Model 3 and the interior is about the same size. I felt it was too small initially but then I realized that this car is average to large for the rest of the world. It definitely favors the driver and front passenger. The back is not that big but most people drive with 2 or less passengers in this size of car. Driving it is very smooth for its size. It won't be like an Avalon b/c of its smaller wheelbase but the multi-link suspension does take the bumps well. The tech is great except for the lack of Lane Follow Assist on my car but I can live with it. The infotainment gives many ways to accomplish the same task so the choice is yours whether to use buttons, voice command or steering wheel controls to make a call or change the audio programming. I chose the larger screen but the other one is fine too. A note - the 2020 has adaptive cruise control only on the Ultimate trim while in 2019 it was found on lower trims. I cannot find a single used 2019 on the market so I went with a 2020. Try it out before getting a Model 3. You might like it better if you don't like racing and buying tires every 25-30K miles.

5 out of 5 stars, Great commuter
Kona in NM,
Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD)

This is my wife’s new car for a 165 mile round trip commute. She’s averaging 35 miles of range left over at the end of the day. Then it takes about 8 hours to charge on a home Level 2 charger and uses 55 kWh from my solar panels. It has great range but we are pushing to the limit. The Ultimate version is completely comfortable for extra features for the commute. The drawback is the lack of back seat space and cargo for grandkids and trips to Costco. It’s fun to drive and love the pulse red color. The engine and background noise is sometimes annoying and we’re trying to determine what’s “normal” and just different from what we were used to in a Honda Accord.

5 out of 5 stars, Peppy fun electric car
Mark G,
Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD)

This is a compact SUV so don't expect a lot of storage in the back. I installed a ChargePoint home charger and it's like having a gas station in the garage. At 40A, I am able to charge up the car fully in one overnight session. Notes about home charging: * the electrician determines the amperage based on the existing panel. * If, for example, 40A is chosen, the car does not get the full 40A. Ask the electrician for the effective amperage throughput. In my case, I got 31A effective from a 40A rated ChargePoint. * Consult online resources to see the miles of range per hour added for your effective amperage, and correlate that with your own observations. ChargePoint comes with an app to measure the velocity of charge and other stats. If you don't active your home charger via the app, you will be capped at a very low effective amperage (as per the home charger instruction manual). The car has good acceleration and even the base model has adjacent lane obstacle warning lights in the side view mirrors. In summary, definitely recommend this fun and practical vehicle. Just wish it was sold in more states, specifically AZ because I had to go over to Palm Springs CA to buy it. The Palm Springs dealership has assured me, though, that the Scottsdale Hyundai dealership will be able to service it (check the computer functionality mostly, plus tires, brakes, the usual).

5 out of 5 stars, Totally love my 2020 Kona Electric
Bruce M.,
SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD)

I never, ever thought I would own an SUV -- I'm a car guy and incline toward the sporty end of things -- but when I started shopping for affordable EVs, it was clear instantly that this was the car for me. It's peppy and way more fun to drive than the Bolt or the Leaf. The interior is nicely done and extremely comfortable, and it packs a good amount of space into a pretty small external size -- important in my hometown of San Francisco, where parking is a challenge. Unlike the competitors, the base SEL model comes with all sort of safety tech, which is a plus once you get used to the car telling you whenever it thinks you're about to get in trouble. Though the present stay-home order due to COVID-19 has limited my driving, range seems to be very good. The range meter consistently tells me I should get 270 to 275 with a full charge, notably more than the EPA-certified official 258. If there is a drawback to Kona Electric, it's limited availability. It's not available in every state, and even here in California supplies are tight -- meaning, at least as of this writing, you're unlikely to pay less than full sticker. But you know what? It's worth it. Fast, smooth, dead silent, comfortable, practical. I totally love it.

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Features & Specs

Limited 4dr SUV features & specs
Limited 4dr SUV
electric DD
MSRP$41,800
MPG 132 city / 108 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission1-speed direct drive
HorsepowerN/A
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SEL 4dr SUV features & specs
SEL 4dr SUV
electric DD
MSRP$37,190
MPG 132 city / 108 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission1-speed direct drive
HorsepowerN/A
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Ultimate 4dr SUV features & specs
Ultimate 4dr SUV
electric DD
MSRP$45,400
MPG 132 city / 108 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission1-speed direct drive
HorsepowerN/A
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Kona Electric safety features:

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
Warns if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
Driver Attention Warning
Uses sensors to determine if the driver is becoming fatigued, then triggers an alert with a suggestion to stop for a rest.
Blind-Spot Collision Warning
Alerts the driver with a warning if a vehicle is lurking in the blind spot and the turn signal is activated in that direction.

Hyundai Kona Electric vs. the competition

Hyundai Kona Electric vs. Chevrolet Bolt EV

These two are obvious rivals. The Bolt and the Kona Electric both provide more than 250 miles of range. They're also enjoyable to drive and offer respectable utility thanks to their hatchback designs. The Kona Electric, however, edges out the Bolt on refinement. Whether you consider interior quality or the way the cars drive over rough roads, the Kona comes across as a more polished vehicle. Read Edmunds' long-term test of the Chevrolet Bolt.

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Hyundai Kona Electric vs. Kia Niro EV

The Kona Electric and the Niro EV are corporate siblings and share much of their underlying construction and components. As a result, they have very similar acceleration, range and driving characteristics. Interior space is also pretty much the same. Choosing between them will likely come down to personal preference or getting a particular deal. But either way you're getting a top-rated EV.

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Hyundai Kona Electric vs. Tesla Model 3

The Model 3 is quicker and more luxurious. It will also go farther on a charge — at least with the big battery pack — and give you access to Tesla's nationwide Supercharger network. It's undeniably a better car. But how much more are you willing to pay? For the price of a maxed-out Model 3, you could almost afford two Kona Electrics. Read Edmunds' long-term test of the Tesla Model 3.

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FAQ
Is the Hyundai Kona Electric a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Kona Electric both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Kona Electric gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews) You probably care about Hyundai Kona Electric energy consumption, so it's important to know that the Kona Electric gets an EPA-estimated 120 mpg-e. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Kona Electric has 19.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Hyundai Kona Electric. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric:

  • Bigger optional infotainment display
  • New battery warmer feature for Limited and Ultimate trims
  • Based on the first Kona generation introduced for 2018
Learn more
Is the Hyundai Kona Electric reliable?
To determine whether the Hyundai Kona Electric is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Kona Electric. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Kona Electric's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Kona Electric and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Kona Electric gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Kona Electric is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric?

The least-expensive 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $37,190.

Other versions include:

  • Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $41,800
  • SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $37,190
  • Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $45,400
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What are the different models of Hyundai Kona Electric?
If you're interested in the Hyundai Kona Electric, the next question is, which Kona Electric model is right for you? Kona Electric variants include Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD), SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD), and Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD). For a full list of Kona Electric models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Overview

The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is offered in the following submodels: Kona Electric SUV. Available styles include Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD), SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD), and Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD).

What do people think of the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Kona Electric 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Kona Electric.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Kona Electric featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric?
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD)

The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,825. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $2,031 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,031 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,794.

The average savings for the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 4.3% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 5 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD)

The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,160. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $1,649 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,649 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,511.

The average savings for the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 3.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD)

The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,030. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $1,525 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,525 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,505.

The average savings for the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 3.9% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 1 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Hyundai Kona Electrics are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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