Hyundai has officially announced pricing and specifications for the new electric version of its Kona SUV, which goes on sale later this summer.
The Korean carmaker already offers the Ioniq family saloon in a variety of hybrid, PHEV and electric versions, but this will be the company’s first electric SUV.
The electric version of the Kona has a number of changes to make it stand out from the standard car, including a bespoke front grille, aero tweaks along the front and side and dedicated 17-inch alloy wheels all aimed at improving airflow.
Prices for the new car will start from £29,495 (excluding the government’s £4,500 plug-in car grant) – that gets you the Kona Electric SE 39kWh, which comes with a 7-inch infotainment display, DAB, Apple and Android compatibility, rear parking sensors with camera, Bluetooth, auto lights, climate control and keyless entry. Phew.
The next car up the range is the Premium, which also comes with the 39 kWh battery and 100 kW motor and starts from £30,870 before the plug-in grant. That model gets privacy glass, LED rear lights, front parking sensors, auto windscreen wipers, an extra inch on the infotainment display (it all helps), satnav, wireless charging and a fancy Krell audio system. If you want to pay £3,125 extra you can get the Premium version with a beefier 64 kWh battery and 150 kW motor.
The range-topper is the Kona Electric Premium SE 64 kWh, which is available from £36,295 (not including the PHEV grant, etc, etc), which adds additional equipment to the Premium including LED headlamps with auto high beam, static cornering lights and head-up display. Additional refinements include partial leather seats, heated/ventilated electric front seats and a heated steering wheel.
You can get your Kona Electric in a choice of six colours – Galactic Grey is your standard £0 option, while Chalk White, Tangerine Comet, Ceramic Blue, Pulse Red and Acid Yellow will cost you £565 extra. If you bag yourself a Premium or Premium SE model you can pay £420 and get yourself a two-tone roof.
The 100 kW version of the electric motor gets the car to 62 mph from a standstill in 9.7 seconds, while the 150 kW motor reduces that to 7.5 seconds. Top speed of the car is 96 mph/104 mph and Hyundai says that its smaller battery will get the Kona 194 miles of range, while the larger capacity battery is good for an impressive 300 miles.
The new Hyundai Kona Electric SUV will be available to order in the UK from 2 August.