2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

MSRP range: $37,390 - $45,600
Edmunds suggests you pay$38,056

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2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Review

  • 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 a handful of states
  • The Kona Electric carries over unchanged
  • Based on the first Kona generation introduced for 2018

The name pretty much tells you everything you need to know. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric is simply an electric version of Hyundai's Kona extra-small crossover SUV. It provides punchy performance from its 201-horsepower electric motor and can go more than 250 miles before recharging. Otherwise, it's a lot like the regular gas-powered Kona. It even has the same amount of cargo space. It's a genuinely fun little car to drive that just happens to be electric.

On the downside, rear legroom is tight (just like in the regular Kona) and availability is limited to select states. You can read our in-depth Expert Review to learn more. Other top EVs in this class worth checking out include the Chevrolet Bolt, Kia Niro EV, Nissan Leaf and upcoming Volkswagen ID.4.

What's it like to live with?

Want to know even more about the Kona Electric? Our team of experts have tested a Hyundai Kona Electric as part of our long-term program, in which we drive vehicles for a year and report to you what they are like to own. Read our long-term Kona coverage to see what we've learned about aspects such as the Kona Electric's reliability, electrical efficiency and charging over the long haul.

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The Kona Electric offers segment-leading electric 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.
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. We also like that the regenerative braking system has three selectable levels. You can easily pick one to suit your personal preference or driving situation by using the steering wheel-mounted paddles. Pulling and then holding the left paddle also brings up even stronger regenerative braking that you can use to come to a complete stop.
The Kona Electric rides with a poise not usually found in this class of car. The low-slung mass of the battery 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.
Most of the Kona Electric's interior is like the regular Kona's. 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.
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 available Infinity audio system produces impressive sound quality.

As for the Kona Electric's driving aids, the base SEL comes standard with just about everything. 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.
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. 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.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is EPA-rated to deliver 258 miles of range, which is right at the top in the affordable EV class. We tested it out in the real world and it delivers that, and then some. In Edmunds' EV range test, we saw 315 miles of range, which outperforms the second-best Kia Niro by 30 miles.

The EPA estimates the Kona Electric will consume 27 kilowatt-hours of electricity for every 100 miles driven, but it our testing the Kona was far more efficient, using only 22.3 kWh per 100 miles. It's not the most efficient vehicle in the class, but it's close to it.
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, 10 years/10,000 miles for the powertrain (including the battery), and three years of free scheduled maintenance.

The Kona comes with a 7.2-kW onboard charger can be fully charged from an empty battery in about nine-and-a-half hours from a proper 240-volt wall unit. It also has a listed DC fast-charging capability of up to 100 kW, though in our testing it never peaked higher than around 75 kW.
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's powered and just enjoy driving it.

Which Kona Electric does Edmunds recommend?

Ventilated seats and a sunroof are certainly nice to have, but we'd rather save several thousand dollars and stick to the base SEL. It's very well equipped, and since all Kona Electrics share the same battery pack and electric motor, you won't miss out on any added range or performance.
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Hyundai Kona Electric models

The Hyundai Kona Electric is a small EV available in three trim levels: SEL, Limited and Ultimate. The Kona Electric uses a 64-kWh battery pack to power a 150-kW electric motor rated to deliver 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft. All Kona Electrics are front-wheel-drive and have an EPA-estimated range of 258 miles on a full charge. Highlight features include:

Includes a lot of standard equipment, such as:

  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • LED daytime running lights
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 7-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

The Kona Electric also comes with:

  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Kona Electric back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)

Adds features including:

  • Battery heater (improves battery performance in very cold weather)
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat

Tops the range with:

  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Upgraded Infinity sound system
  • Head-up display
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Kona Electric and the car in front)
  • Rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Pedestrian detection (alerts the driver when a pedestrian is in close proximity to the front of the Kona Electric)
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric.

Average user rating: 4.3 stars
6 total reviews
5 star reviews: 67%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 33%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • interior
  • comfort
  • dashboard
  • acceleration
  • handling & steering
  • seats
  • electrical system
  • value
  • brakes

Most helpful consumer reviews

3/5 stars, Battery
Gary Zimmerman,
SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD)
The Kona EV is a great and fun car, the downside is that I lost 40 miles on the charge due to the way I drive, I expected to get the 258 miles per charge but if you drive fast the battery will only charge to 216 miles for me
5/5 stars, Great commuter Car
Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD)
Our experience with the Kona is great, it check all the boxes to be a great commuter car. We leased it with no down payment and $23.000 in Rebates. And that's great because the residual value will be only 40% after 3 years. So try to negotiate the best deal :)
5/5 stars, Hyundai Kona EV.
SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD)
Excellent vehicle with plenty of cargo space with seats folded down
5/5 stars, Great small electric SUV.
Mark & Karen,
Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD)
We purchased the Ultimate in Sonic Silver. We love this little car so far. Comfortable seats, easy to drive, responsive with quick acceleration . Dash controls are easy to understand. Interestingly, when driving around town it’s really frugal with its energy use, regenerating on braking ( we keep it on level 2 in eco mode). We sold our 2011 Leaf, which was also a great car but the battery was dwindling. This is a wonderful replacement and with the increased battery life, we will be using this as our primary car:).

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] ALISTAIR WEAVER: 2019 will be a big year for electric vehicles with more brands both old and new entering an increasingly competitive market. EVs are now more affordable and more capable than ever before including our Edmunds Editor's Choice for 2019 the Hyundai Kona Electric. MARK TAKAHASHI: Price and range are vitally important to EV shoppers and the Hyundai Kona Electric addresses both. Prices start under $38,000 and that's before tax credits and incentives. Combined with a range of 258 miles, we're off to a very promising start. DON EDMUNDS: And the Kona Electric's advantages don't stop there. We also give it high marks for the immediate response of its 201 horsepower electric motor and its sure-footed handling. It's also a practical daily driver thanks to an agreeable ride and an appealing interior. JONATHAN ELFALAN: As we've come to expect from Hyundai, there's a long list of standard features. These include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that are integrated into a very easy to use infotainment system. Let's not forget about their generous warranty either. On top of everything, the Kona Electric looks good too. It's the most accomplished and accessible EV you've tested to date. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Head to Edmunds.com for a full review of the Hyundai Kona electric and to find a great deal near you. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: The Best EV | Edmunds Editors' Choice

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, but since the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

The Hyundai Kona Electric won Best EV for the 2019 Edmunds Editors' Choice Awards for its long range, affordable price and pleasing driving experience. It's a practical daily driver thanks to its agreeable ride and appealing interior. It looks good, too.

Features & Specs

Battery & Range
EPA KWh/100 mi.: 27
Time To Charge Battery (At 240V): 9.0 hr.
EPA Electricity Range: 258 mi.
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Length: 164.6 in. / Height: 61.2 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 70.9 in.
Curb Weight: 3715 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 19.2 cu.ft.

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Our experts’ favorite Kona Electric safety features:

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

Hyundai Kona Electric vs. the competition

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

2020 Nissan Leaf

2020 Nissan Leaf

Hyundai Kona Electric vs. Nissan Leaf

In the 10 years the Leaf has been in existence, Nissan has slowly but steadily refined its pioneering EV into a comfortable and value-packed offering. The latest Leaf offers a full complement of advanced driver aids and is quiet and comfortable to drive. But compared to the Kona, it doesn't have quite as much range and isn't as fun to drive.

Compare Hyundai Kona Electric & Nissan Leaf features 

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 EV 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.

Compare Hyundai Kona Electric & Kia Niro EV features 

Hyundai Kona Electric vs. cmake3 cmodel3

The Bolt packs a lot of range into such a small EV. And just like the Kona, it's surprisingly fun to drive. Perhaps the biggest reason most people will buy the Bolt over the Kona is the Chevy's nationwide availability. Hyundai is only selling the 2021 Kona in 10 states. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Chevrolet Bolt.

Compare Hyundai Kona Electric & cmake3 cmodel3 features 


Is the Hyundai Kona Electric a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Kona Electric both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. 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 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric:

  • The Kona Electric carries over unchanged
  • Based on the first Kona generation introduced for 2018
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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 average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Kona Electric and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Kona Electric is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric?

The least-expensive 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric is the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $37,390.

Other versions include:

  • SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $37,390
  • Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $45,600
  • Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $42,000
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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 SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD), Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD), and Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD). For a full list of Kona Electric models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Overview

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric is offered in the following submodels: Kona Electric SUV. Available styles include Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD), SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD), and Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD). Hyundai Kona Electric models are available with a undefined-liter electric engine, with output up to 201 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 1-speed direct drive. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Kona Electric 4.3 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 2021 Kona Electric.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 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 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric?

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD)

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,575. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $519 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $519 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,056.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 1.3% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD)

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,185. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $864 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $864 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,321.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 2% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD)

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,785. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $945 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $945 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $45,840.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 2% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Hyundai Kona Electrics are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric?

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
120 compined MPG,
132 city MPG/108 highway MPG

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
120 compined MPG,
132 city MPG/108 highway MPG

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
120 compined MPG,
132 city MPG/108 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG120
Transmission1-speed direct drive
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Passenger Volume111.7 cu.ft.
Wheelbase102.4 in.
Length164.6 in.
Height61.2 in.
Curb Weight3836 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 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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