Hyundai finally introduced for its long-awaited 2019 Kona Electric convention-breaking electric crossover. The Kona Electric rides on an all-new CUV platform and Hyundai first compact electric crossover for the U.S. market, appealing to consumers with active, eco-focused lifestyles of all kinds. The Kona Electric exterior styling features voluminous, aggressive body styling complemented by a low and wide stance for great looks and confident handling in a variety of urban and adventure-oriented driving environments. It joins Hyundai’s successful new Kona, Tucson and Santa Fe in a full line-up of Hyundai crossovers for the U.S. market. The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric models will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and will be available in the beginning of 2019, with initial availability in California and subsequently in the ZEV-focused states in the western and northeastern regions of the U.S. market.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric refined aesthetics with organic geometric body forms and sporty contours for a modern, eco-oriented appearance. Its distinctive design is reinforced by the car’s voluminous, futuristic body styling that emphasizes its well-proportioned, dynamic silhouette. A low and wide stance complements its profile, with a long wheelbase and short overhangs, ensuring sporty, nimble handling and control, in addition to delivering superior driving stability at highway speeds. Its refined, aero-tuned wheel arch and rear fascia cladding combines powerfully with futuristic LED lighting to create a high-tech eco appearance.
The front of Kona Electric presents a future-focused, modern presence, with a cross-hatch, debossed design element for the grille area. The electric charging port is seamlessly integrated with this grille area for convenient, head-in parking at charging stations. The front view is flanked by aero-tuned flared fenders that enhance its road presence. It’s further enhanced by a separated-headlight design signature, with LED Daytime Running Lights above and available high-efficiency LED headlights below. The visual relationship between the composite lamps, the futuristic grille and unique side cladding results in a distinctive electric crossover character.
As with the front LED arrangement, the rear light configuration also creates a unique, signature appearance. The slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamps are in a separated configuration, surrounded by protective skin that begins at the C-pillar garnish. The rear bumper fascia conveys an inverse wave-form design element that simultaneously conveys ruggedness and a future-oriented powertrain. The Kona Electric coefficient of drag is a wind-cheating 0.29 Cd, an impressive aerodynamic rating for its highly functional compact CUV bodystyle.
In keeping with its modern design demeanor, a number of extroverted color variations allow buyers to further express themselves by choosing colors such as Phantom Black, Chalk White, Pulse Red, Ceramic Blue and Galactic Gray. When equipped without a sunroof, the Kona EV roof is finished with a color-contrasting white color scheme (black, gray and white exterior color choices only). The available white roof provides contrast between the roof and body for a distinctive appearance and more effective solar heat rejection to reduce HVAC system loads, increasing overall efficiency in warmer climates.
The unique features of the exterior continue inside with a strong horizontal character line creating a wide and spacious feel. Even with its compact dimensions and low roof line, the Kona Electric delivers outstanding interior roominess, especially front headroom.
The sleek and simple interior accentuates the modern and efficient exterior design. Kona Electric exclusive shift-by-wire drive controls are supported by a center console upper bridge element with an integrated open-access lower storage bin for convenience. The audio/navigation display incorporates advanced infotainment features and the available floating eight-inch seamless navigation touchscreen includes standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. The floating display adds further to the occupants’ sense of interior openness and puts information front and center for the driver. Further, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) controls are surrounded by soft, fluid details that enhance the comfort-focused environment. Interior environments are available in either black (cloth interior only), or a light gray and blue dual-tone color scheme in leather interior options.
TRIM LEVELS & FEATURES
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is available in three trim levels: SEL, Limited and Ultimate. The SEL standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, proximity entry and push-button start, a DC fast-charging port, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and 60/40-split folding rear seats. Tech features include a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Hyundai's Blue Link communications system, two USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Safety features for the SEL include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and drowsy driver warning system.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited get LED headlights with automatic high beams, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto up-down for the front power windows, and wireless charging for personal devices. The Ultimate trim adds automatic wipers, parking sensors, stop-and-go functionality for the adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection for the forward collision warning system, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, a head-up display, an 8-inch touchscreen with integrated navigation, and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric powertrain employs a 150 kW (201 horsepower) permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor supplied by a high-voltage 64 kWh lithium-ion battery. The motor develops 291 lb.-ft. of torque distributed to the front wheels. The powertrain inverter has a power density of 25.4 kVA per liter. The battery system is liquid-cooled and operates at 356 volts. Battery pack energy density is 141.3 Wh/kg (greater than Chevy Bolt), with a total battery system weight under 1,000 lbs. In addition, Kona Electric EPA-estimated MPGe is 132 city, 108 highway, and 120 combined.
The Kona Electric utilizes a standard Level-II on-board charging system capable of a 7.2 kW rate of charge for rapid recharging characteristics. The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric estimated range is a segment-leading 258 miles, meeting the varying needs of owner lifestyles. An eighty percent charge can be achieved in 54 minutes with a Level-III quick charge (zero to 80 percent charge @ 100 kW charging capability), using the SAE-Combo charging port, while a 7.2 kW Level-II charger takes nine hours and thirty-five minutes. This fast-charging capability is standard on the Kona Electric. For charging convenience, the charging port is located in the front grille area for head-in parking ease whenever charging is needed.
Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM)
150 kW (201HP)
All Electric Range
258 miles (est.)
Battery System Capacity
Top Speed, Electronically Governed
Zero to 60 mph
Level II, Standard (7.2 kW onboard charger)
~9 hrs 35 min
Level III, Quick Charge- 50kW
Level III, Quick Charge- 100kW
Front Grille / Driver Side
Single-speed Reduction Gear
Drive Mode Select
Comfort --> Eco --> Sport
Front - Type
MacPherson strut with coil spring w/ Shock Absorbers- Advanced Valve (RS Type)
Rear - Type
Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) power assisted w/ Rack and pinion type steering gear
13.2 : 1
Turns, Lock to Lock
Turning Diameter (curb to curb, ft.)
Brakes/ Tires/ Wheels
305 x 25 ventilated disc
300 x 10 solid disc
ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
17 x 7.0J Alloys
Head Room - Front (with sunroof) / Rear
39.6 (38.0) / 37.7
Leg Room - (Front/Rear)
41.5 / 33.4
Shoulder Room (Front/Rear)
55.5 / 54.5
Hip Room (Front/Rear)
53.3 / 52.2
Volume (cubic ft.)
Total Interior Volume (w/o pano sunroof)
Passenger Interior Volume (w/o pano sunroof)
Cargo Capacity (rear seats up)
Cargo Capacity (rear seats folded down)
2019 HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC PRICING
The Kona Electric starting price is $36,450, with the electric vehicle tax credit of $7,500 factored in. Customers may receive the available federal tax credit of up to $7,500, dependent on individual tax circumstances, yielding a sub-$30,000 net value.
*Prices excluding freight charge of $1,045