The subcompact 2023 Hyundai KONA Electric SUV retains everything you like about its gas-powered counterpart. This all-electric small SUV goes all out with upgrades in style, safety and comfort. It’s packed with technology like available Hyundai Digital Key, giant fully digital screens, and available wireless device charging. Instead of a four-cylinder engine, the KONA Electric is powered by a 201-hp electric motor and a large battery pack that is good for up to 258 miles per charge. This range is extremely competitive in the electric vehicle market. Chevrolet’s new Bolt EUV carries a claimed 250-mile range while the Tesla Model Y is good for up to 326 miles per charge. On top of its impressive estimated driving range, the KONA Electric delivers perky acceleration, spry handling, and an unbeatable standard warranty and complimentary maintenance package, making it worthy of an Editors’ Choice award. Kona Electric brings SUV versatility to an all-electric vehicle, reaping all of the benefits with zero emissions on a single charge. Add this to the potential benefits of potential tax credits and a lower cost of ownership, and the KONA Electric is the answer for many of the issues and concerns drivers are faced with today.
Every new 2023 Hyundai has the benefit of basic maintenance free for 3 years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first) and comes with the best guarantees in America. Every Hyundai owner enjoys 5 years or 60,000 miles of New Vehicle Limited Warranty, 10 years or 10,000 miles of Powertrain Limited Warranty, 7 years with unlimited miles of Anti-Perforation Warranty, and 5 years with no limit on your mileage of 24/7 roadside assistance. All of these come standard with any new Hyundai KONA Electric you purchase.
A 201-hp electric motor drives the front wheels and is powered by a 64.0-kWh battery pack. Front wheel Drive is the only option for the KONA Electric. The KONA Electric can reach from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, which is 0.2 second quicker than its sibling, the gas-powered KONA. As with the ICE Kona, the electric version offers energetic driving dynamics, which makes it so much fun to zoom along a twisty two-lane and a compelling drive for a subcompact SUV. It also cruises smoothly at highway speeds and also offers a substantial and planted feel thanks to the floor-mounted heavy battery that gives the KONA Electric its low center of gravity.
Aggressive regenerative braking allows for true one-pedal driving. This dynamic pedal extends the driving range to a claimed 258 miles—only one mile less than the Bolt EV. You can flick the paddles behind the steering wheel to adjust through the 3 levels of regen, but to get the maximum benefit, the highest setting is suggested to best capture the energy that’s already in motion. KONA Electric’s brakes convert the wheels’ mechanical energy into electricity and store it in the battery.
The KONA Electric can be charged on a 110-volt household outlet, but a 240-volt outlet is best for home charging. With a home outlet of 220/240V (Level II Standard 7.2kW) and you can charge your KONA Electric from 10% to 100% in approximately 9 hours, 15 minutes. At charging stations, with Level III Quick Charge 50kW, you can power up from 10% to 80% in about 64 minutes. With Level III 100kW, you can charge from 10% to 80% in about 47 minutes. Available for your favorite device, Bluelink® app features Charge Indicators and Charge Scheduling, so you can charge during off-peak hours when electric rates are lower.
Your journey has power, and it’s on us! Electrify America has built an amazing ultra-fast network of DC fast-charging stations across the country so you can feel confident in your journey. 2023 KONA Electric owners get 250kWh of charging—about 1000 miles of power—a gift from Hyundai.
The top Ultimate trim has been eliminated in favor of simplifying the lineup to the base SEL and the luxury Limited models. However, the 2023 KONA Electric retains its stylish front and rear bumpers, wheel designs, and sleek fascia that makes its futuristic flare. KONA Electric brings a new sophistication and style, from lower front and rear fascia to a solid, more aerodynamic front bumper where its easy-access charging port lives. This compact SUV sports 17 inch alloy wheels that stick you to the road with solid handling and helps you hug the turns.
KONA Electric has the latest innovations, served up in the most beautiful way. Driver-centric and spacious, the look for KONA Electric is clean, modern and focused. It’s a place where you can escape in comfort and just feel good. After all, driving information in an advanced SUV like this should look as stylized as the modern sophistication that surrounds it. The KONA Electric’s cabin is much the same as the one found inside its gas-powered counterpart with high quality materials, comfortable, roomy seating, and rich with features. The cargo area is identical to the regular KONA and can fit five carry-on suitcases inside with the rear seats in place and a total of 15 with the seats folded. The SEL trim comes fairly well equipped right out of the gate, and the optional Convenience package adds several desirable features, including a sunroof, a wireless smartphone-charging pad, and heated front seats. Get everything you need to know—important vehicle info, messages, maps and entertainment on an expansive 10.25-inch screen. A modern digital display shows all your important driving information clearly and beautifully, like a look into the future. This available 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and available 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation are a class exclusive and not available on Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Nissan Leaf or Mini Electric. Available Harman Kardon® Premium Audio with Clari-Fi® Music Restoration Technology surrounds you with full, clear, joyous sound the way it was intended to be heard.
All trims of KONA Electric come with a touchscreen infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, as well as a 10.3-inch reconfigurable digital gauge display; base SEL models come with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, while upgrading to the Limited adds a 10.3-inch display with navigation. You can wirelessly connect your iPhone® with Apple CarPlay® or Android usingAndroid AutoTM and access your favorite mobile apps, maps, and infotainment safely from KONA’s standard 8-inch touchscreen. A six-speaker audio system is standard, while the Limited model comes with an eight-speakerHarman Kardon® Premium Audio with Clari-Fi® Music Restoration Technology that sounds much richer.
Hyundai Digital Key
Your phone is command central. With available Hyundai Digital Key you can use it to unlock doors, start your car and even share your KONA Electric with other drivers. Simply text a copy of your Digital Key to a compatible smartphone and friends and family can take KONA Electric for a spin when they need it.
Blind-spot monitoring and automated emergency braking are standard across the range, however adaptive cruise control is only offered on the fully-loaded Limited Trim level. Key safety features include:
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