2022 Hyundai Kona Electrical Highlander Prolonged Vary overview
The Hyundai Kona has one of the various ranges of any crossover available on the market.
The vary spans from sub-$30,000 naturally-aspirated four-cylinder fashions by means of turbocharged all-wheel drive variants, the recent turbo N, and Commonplace and Prolonged Vary all-electric fashions. In different markets, there are even diesel and hybrid choices.
In Australia, that is the priciest Kona you should buy: the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electrical Highlander Prolonged Vary. You’ll have to take a deep breath after saying that title aloud, and it’s possible you’ll gulp once you see the worth.
However, the Kona Electrical is now the entry level to Hyundai’s electrical automobile vary now that the Ioniq hatch has been discontinued regionally, and on this trim degree that is the nicest Hyundai EV you should buy earlier than you step as much as the Ioniq 5 and upcoming Ioniq 6.
The Highlander Prolonged Vary is priced from $64,000 earlier than on-road prices, or greater than twice the worth of a base, petrol-powered mannequin.
All colors bar Atlas White and our tester’s hanging Dive in Jeju prices an additional $595; an non-compulsory black/gray inside provides $295. Based mostly on a Sydney put up code, our tester rung up at $67,224 drive-away.
That makes it nonetheless eligible for EV incentives in some states, together with New South Wales.
These in search of a Kona Electrical can both sacrifice some vary by stepping all the way down to a Commonplace Vary mannequin, or sacrifice some package by stepping all the way down to the Elite. Should you do each, the worth tag falls to $54,500 earlier than on-roads.
In top-spec guise, the Kona Electrical is getting up there in value. The bottom, rear-wheel drive Ioniq 5 Dynamic is $69,990 earlier than on-roads, whereas a front-wheel drive Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is $72,990 earlier than on-roads and provides each more room and extra badge cachet.
Then there’s the market-leading Tesla Model 3, which in base rear-wheel drive guise prices $65,500 earlier than on-roads. A Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor is cheaper nonetheless at $63,900 earlier than on-roads.
The Kona Electrical, even in Highlander Prolonged Vary guise, manages to undercut even the most cost effective Kia Niro EV, nevertheless. Its company cousin prices $65,300 earlier than on-roads in base S guise, or $70,780 drive-away.
With a flood of extra reasonably priced Chinese language electrical autos due right here over the subsequent 12 months, together with an up to date MG ZS EV, the brand new BYD Atto 3, MG 4 and GWM Ora Cat, it’s potential their success may come on the expense of the prevailing Japanese and Korean fashions at this finish of the market.
The ZS EV begins at $46,990 drive-away, whereas relying in your State the BYD Atto 3 begins at $44,990 drive-away.
There have been some significant adjustments made to the Kona’s inside in its transition to an EV, however this nonetheless feels just like the cabin of a $30,000 automotive – not one costing over $60,000.
The atmosphere has been improved with a (non-compulsory) black/pale gray inside colourway, changing the petrol Kona’s black-on-black cabin.
However all of the supplies are the identical, which features a exhausting plastic sprint high and, extra annoyingly, exhausting plastic door tops, with solely minimal soft-touch surfaces.
The Kona Electrical’s distinctive centre console is a combined bag. On one hand, it provides the Kona a extra futuristic look, and frees up space for storing beneath for a helpful storage space, which additionally features a USB-A port and a 12V outlet.
There’s additionally a helpful coated compartment forward of the shifter buttons, beneath which sits a wi-fi telephone charger and a USB-A port.
Alas, we’re no fan of the push-button shifter in fashions just like the Tucson and Santa Fe, and it’s no extra welcome within the Kona Electrical. It’s not as tactile as a standard shifter and even rotary dial.
The transition from petrol to electrical energy has additionally robbed the Kona of inside room, and the petrol mannequin was already no bastion of packaging excellence.
The upper flooring, to accommodate the battery beneath, cuts into toe room and, whereas there’s sufficient room for somebody measuring 180cm tall to sit down behind a equally tall front-seat occupant, rear-seat area is enough not plentiful.
There are nonetheless no rear air vents again right here, and solely a lone USB-A charging outlet. Youngster seats could be put in utilizing one of many three top-tether or two ISOFIX anchor factors, whereas there’s a fold-down centre armrest.
The Kona Electrical has 332L of boot area with the rear seats up and 1114L with them folded (VDA). That’s solely barely lower than a petroleum Kona (374L/1156L), although there’s solely a tyre restore package in lieu of a space-saver spare.
There are another Kona gripes that carry over to the EV, together with a reversing digicam that’s fairly washed out at night time and a head-up show that noisily whirs into place.
Extra welcome are the slick 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and digital instrument cluster screens that carry over.
The infotainment system specifically boasts fast response occasions and enticing graphics, whereas there’s a devoted EV menu that shows the closest chargers and permits you to toggle settings just like the restrict for each AC and DC charging.
Helpfully, there’s a row of exhausting shortcut buttons beneath the touchscreen. Whereas there’s no house button, you’ll be able to program the star button accordingly.
The digital instrument cluster options totally different graphics relying in your drive mode, although it isn’t as adjustable because the digital clusters present in some autos – for instance, there’s no map view such as you’ll discover in lots of Volkswagen Group merchandise.
Kona Electrical Prolonged Vary fashions use a single, front-mounted electrical motor with 150kW of energy and 395Nm of torque. It’s mated to a 64kWh lithium-ion battery.
Hyundai claims a spread of 484km on the stricter WLTP take a look at cycle, which is healthier than an ZS EV (320km), Niro EV (460km) or Atto 3 Prolonged Vary (420km), if ever so barely worse than a Mannequin 3 RWD (491km).
Should you’re trying to avoid wasting cash, the Commonplace Vary – launched final 12 months – has a 100kW/395Nm electrical motor, a smaller 39.2kWh battery pack, and 305km of WLTP vary.
After per week or 333km of driving, together with a mixture of inner-city, suburban, rural and freeway driving, our common power consumption was 14kWh/100km. That’s near Hyundai’s declare of 14.7kWh/100km.
Throughout a rural driving loop at largely freeway speeds, we noticed power consumption of 16.1kWh/100km.
Each AC and DC charging are supported, with the previous providing cost capability of seven.2kW for a claimed cost time (10-100 per cent) of 9 hours quarter-hour, and the latter providing as much as 100kW cost capability for a cost time (10-80 per cent) of 47 minutes.
Utilizing 50kW DC quick charging is barely slower, with 10-80 per cent cost replenished in roughly 64 minutes.
The Kona Electrical is competent on the highway, although it doesn’t really feel fairly as nimble as its compact dimensions would counsel.
The cabin is mostly quiet, till you rise up to freeway speeds. It’s then that the inside will get reasonably boomy, with tyre noise permeating the cabin.
Journey high quality is kind of good general, absorbing impacts with no trace of crashiness; the Kona Electrical advantages from a multi-link rear suspension, not like the usual torsion-beam of the two.0-litre petrol model.
Just like the Ioniq 5, which rides on a devoted EV structure, the Kona Electrical will take a second or two to choose some bigger highway undulations it’s possible you’ll discover on rural roads.
The steering has some heft to it and does talk a few of what’s happening beneath, although it feels a contact leaden at occasions.
There’s fairly a bottom-heavy feeling to the Kona Electrical – comprehensible, provided that’s the place the battery pack is. As a consequence of this weight, the Kona Electrical isn’t significantly enjoyable to drive – that is no Kona N, and it might probably really feel ponderous in corners and immune to sudden adjustments in path.
The electrical powertrain offers greater than sufficient thrust, nevertheless – in some situations, maybe an excessive amount of. You’ll have to average your throttle purposes as too heavy a prod of the accelerator pedal yields loads of torque steer, wheelspin and common front-end squirm.
Pushed sedately, the Kona Electrical is fully nice.
You should utilize the paddle shifters to toggle between three ranges of brake recuperation, although the automotive will default to the mid-strength Regular mode on start-up.
The very best setting is nice at slowing the automotive down, but it surely doesn’t deliver it to a whole halt. Hyundai does, nevertheless, tout a one-pedal driving characteristic which works if the Sensible Recuperation System is activated, and permits you to cease the automobile by persevering with to tug the paddle shifter.
You possibly can toggle between Regular, Sport or Eco drive modes, plus an Eco+ mode we suspect is for once you’re panicking you received’t attain a charger in time because it turns the air-conditioning off fully. Eco dulls the throttle considerably, however not considerably.
Whereas the automotive will keep in mind you had it within the Eco drive mode once you restart it, it received’t recall when you had Auto Maintain activated. I’ve the identical gripe about my Hyundai Genesis.
The usual LED headlights bathe the highway in crisp, brilliant mild, and there are useful cornering lights.
Kona fashions are likely to have the worst Lane Following Help calibration of any Hyundai product, however within the Kona Electrical we didn’t expertise a lot in the way in which of the awkward bobbing we’ve encountered in petrol fashions.
This lane-centring system is kind of intrusive but it surely works nicely together with the adaptive cruise management to make freeway driving easy.
Whereas we count on a lane-centring system to take cost in freeway driving, the common lane-keep help, which defaults to on, is surprisingly intrusive and makes its presence keenly felt in day-to-day driving.
The Highlander Prolonged Vary could also be priced equally to a base Tesla Mannequin 3 or Polestar 2, however Hyundai contains a whole lot of normal package.
- Entrance parking sensors
- LED headlights and entrance indicators
- LED tail lights
- Excessive-beam help
- Head-up show
- Energy sunroof
- Heated/ventilated entrance seats
- Heated rear seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Energy entrance seat adjustment
- Electrochromatic rear-view mirror
- Inside ambient lighting
- Two-tone roof (no cost-option, removes sunroof)
That’s along with options discovered within the Elite:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- LED daytime-running lights
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Satellite tv for pc navigation
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wired)
- DAB+ radio
- Leather-based-appointed upholstery
- Passenger seat peak adjustment
- Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors
- Qi wi-fi cost pad
- Harman Kardon 8-speaker audio
- Rear USB charging port
- Acoustic windscreen movie
- Keyless entry and begin
- Local weather management with auto de-fog operate
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Rear parking sensors
The Kona Electrical carries over the combustion-engined mannequin’s five-star ANCAP security ranking achieved in 2017.
Utilizing older take a look at standards, the EV managed a frontal offset audit rating of 14.97 out of 16.00 – barely higher than the petrol mannequin’s 14.07/16.00 – whereas the 16.00/16.00 rating for the facet influence take a look at and a couple of.00/2.00 for the pole take a look at have been carried over from the petrol model.
Whiplash safety was rated Good, pedestrian safety deemed Acceptable, and the general rating for your entire Kona line-up is 35.07 out of 37.00.
Commonplace security options embrace:
- AEB with Pedestrian and Bicycle owner detection
- Adaptive cruise management with cease/go
- Lane Following Help
- Lane-keep help
- Blind-spot help
- Rear cross-traffic help
- Driver consideration warning
- Rear occupant alert
- Reversing digicam
- Secure exit warning
- 6 airbags
The Kona Electrical is roofed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee and requires servicing each 12 months or 15,000km – whichever comes first.
Hyundai provides capped-price servicing, with most providers costing between $180 and $190. There are some exceptions, nevertheless. The 48-month/60,000km service, for instance, will set you again $725, as will the 96-month/120,000km service.
Over the course of 5 years, it’ll price you $1445 to service a Kona Electrical. That’s greater than you’ll spend in servicing a Tesla Mannequin 3, and definitely greater than the Polestar 2 with its 5 years of free servicing.
Kias are sometimes costlier to service than Hyundais, however the Niro EV is cheaper to service over 5 years if you buy a service plan. This rings up at $1187.
The Highlander Prolonged Vary is a Kona Electrical with about each characteristic you can need, however its pricing places it in a clumsy place.
It’s significantly costlier than extra spacious Chinese language EVs just like the MG ZS EV and BYD Atto 3, and is priced up towards entry-level mid-sized fashions just like the Tesla Mannequin 3 and Polestar 2 that really feel extra befitting of this type of price ticket.
There’s additionally the temptation to spend just a few thousand additional and get an Ioniq 5, when you can handle to safe one of many few coming into the nation, because the bigger Hyundai options a way more intelligent and spacious cabin.
Whereas the Kona Electrical is snug to drive and options know-how that’s straightforward to make use of, the drawbacks of the usual Kona stay and are exacerbated by this greater price ticket – subpar packaging in addition to so-so materials high quality and presentation.
It additionally doesn’t really feel fairly as nimble to drive as its dimensions would counsel, with the Prolonged Vary’s massive, heavy battery weighing the Kona Electrical down.
Should you’re new to the world of EVs, nevertheless, the Kona Electrical’s familiarity and ease of use ought to attraction.
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