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Totally love my 2020 Kona Electric

Bruce M., 05/01/2020
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD)
34 of 34 people found this review helpful

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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Peppy fun electric car

Mark G, 04/04/2020
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD)
26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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).

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5 out of 5 stars

Great commuter

Kona in NM, 03/23/2020
updated 09/26/2022
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate 4dr SUV (electric DD)
25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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.

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5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Car

Silent Sam, 02/21/2022
updated 02/23/2024
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL 4dr SUV (electric DD)
15 of 15 people found this review helpful

Took delivery in July, 2020. It's late February 2024 as I write this and so far we haven't found a single thing to complain about. A delight to drive. Bought a level 2 home charger to go with it. An overnight charge from 40% to 100%, costs a little under $6.00. Works out to approximately two-cents per kilometre to drive. I like to tell people "It's so cheap to run I can't afford to stay home!". Where I live virtually all our power is hydro-generated so we get the added bonus of creating a zero carbon footprint...well, for fuel anyway. Range has been very good too: We've travelled 375 km and still had a reserve of nearly 90 km left in the "tank". Not cheap to buy, but the government rebates took most of the sting out of that. Would I recommend the Kona EV? Absolutely!

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I love my Kona EV

Charlotte Scot, 11/02/2021
updated 08/29/2022
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited 4dr SUV (electric DD)
41 of 45 people found this review helpful

While the EPA and Edmunds reviews say the car gets 258 miles between charges, I have never gotten less than 298 and, the majority of the time I get over 300. The car is "zippy" and responsive and, the best part is: it is not a Tesla:-) UPDATE: The Kona EV is a fabulous introduction to the world of electric vehicles. The EPA (and Hyundai) say the range is 258. I have gotten as many as 300 miles. The average American drives about 30 miles a day. The car is perfect for daily errands. I rarely charge more than once a week and, with a charger at home...life is easy. I am 75-years-old and I highly recommend the car for other seniors. Comfort, quiet, and numerous (standard) safety features. It is my way of thanking the planet for all the beauty it has provided for me during my life.

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