When talking about electric or hybrid cars, the general public is thinking of Toyota and Lexus. And it is true that the offer of the Japanese manufacturer, which is not efficient, is plausible. Yet, the Korean group’s ambitions, Hyundai and KIA, are gradually taking its model offering towards electrification. So much so that today HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC TEST is able to sell us the first electric urban SUV: the HYUNDAI KONA.

The urban SUV is in fashion!

In Europe, apart from the bewildering regulations of our successive governments, motorists are gradually abandoning the old silhouettes of cars, to look at SUVs of all sizes.

After large and medium size SUVs, manufacturers now offer B-segment SUVs. That is, urban SUVs. Our Hyundai Kona electric test rives in a booming segment that is constantly gaining market share.

To get a clearer idea of ​​what is found in the urban SUV segment, know that the stars are: Peugeot 2008, Renault Capture, Citroen C3 Air cross, Seat Arona, Opel Cross land X and another KIA Stonic.

The electric car is the trend!

The unsustainable and incessant attacks on your mobility worry you. The short-term solution is to opt for an electric car. But the offer is more than restricted. There is of course the star Renault ZOE, the very expensive BMW i3, the sporty electric SUV Jaguar i-Pace and the jovial Citroen e-Mehari, but all this does not suit you. Well, it seems that Hyundai Kona electric test has heard and understood this need by offering this Kona electric that offers the choice between two variants.

The access version is equipped with an electric motor developing 136 hp for 395 Nm of torque, and displays already appreciable performances with a 0 to 100 km / h covered in 9.7 seconds for a max speed of 155 km / h. Its battery of 39.2 kWh and its consumption of 13.9 kWh / 100 km offer a theoretical autonomy of 312 km.

The second version is much more sparkling with a rising power that reaches 204 cannons and retains its torque of 395 Nm. To provide enough juice for this cavalry, the battery goes to 64 kWh. For the numbers, this Kona electric 64 kWh, dispatches the 0 to 100 km / h in 7.6 seconds while the speedometer needle will not go further than 167 km / h. Its autonomy wins kilometers with a norm average of 482 km. This is enough to reassure drivers who are afraid of running out of power …

The Hyundai Kona electric is charging in how long?

It is impossible to talk about an electric car without writing about the cool down. If you want to use only the home network and its 220 volts, know that you will need 14 h 30 and even 23 h 45 for the version over 200 hp.

By installing a Wall Box of 7.2 kW this time goes to 6 hours for the “small” and 9 h 35 for the most powerful.

Hyundai Kona electric said that its two Kona electrics accept fast charging, 100 kW, issued by the terminals that begin to prevail everywhere. They can then, both, recover 80% of their autonomy in 54 minutes.

Hyundai Kona electric: how does it roll?

Let’s take first place behind the wheel. For my part, the manufacturer offered me for this first test run, its most powerful version.

Like any self-respecting electric car, it impresses with its instant torque that pulls the tarmac at the slightest pressure of the right pedal. Hyundai Kona has really worked well on its chassis. The Hyundai Kona electric test , despite the 1,600 kg on the scale, is nimble, easily sneaks into traffic and does not miss going. To play the traffic of the capital is a breeze and all this in the utmost silence.

Once on the small country roads, this Hyundai Kona intrigues me because it is rather fun to drive. The mass of batteries placed at the bottom offers a seat that is difficult to fault and his electric cannons are downright sporty. They offer accelerations and recoveries to flaunt some turbo diesel. As for the suspensions, we must admit that the girl shakes the crew a little more than reason. Nothing dramatic though …

I take right and I activate my mode “cushy conduct”. The silence is present and I scrutinize the information on the digital meters to display information specific to electric propulsion. Thus, I regulate to the maximum, the level of charge of the battery and the flow of energy. To maximize its autonomy, I play with the regenerative braking system. It is set via the control paddles behind the steering wheel.

An electric Hyundai Kona that stings the eyes!

Side style, the Hyundai Kona Electric stands out frankly thermal versions. Mainly by the front and the closed grille. Added to this are full rims and silver sills.

In the cockpit, drawing is more classic. Too much elsewhere! Plastics are of any quality, as are adjustments. At least, the ergonomics are correct. It must be said that the multimedia system is naturally accessible from a touch pad of 7 inches placed on the dashboard. The device includes the Apple Car Play and Android Auto. For information, the trunk decreases slightly, from 361 to 332 liters.

Electric Kona: the painful!

If the Hyundai Kona with gasoline propulsion is sold under the bar of 18 000 €, in electric version, it raises its price to 38 400 € and even 44 900 € with the Hyundai Kona electric test 64 kWh Executive.

  • – Impressive autonomy
  • – Power available immediately
  • – The choice between two autonomic
  • – The price: Kona electric VS Kona essence
  • – The plastique’s of the cockpit, rather average
  • – The actual pollution of an electric car

The electric car, is it really reasonable?

The answer to this question is not so simple, especially if you take into account the ecological reality of an electric car. Because contrary to what the administration says, today’s electric car is a mess for the planet. If it does not emit CO2 to the muffler, it simply moved the pollution.

Indeed, the ecological costs of lithium-ion extraction for batteries, electricity to advance it and the reprocessing of this battery (which will be out of service after 1200 recharges just like your Smartphone) are, according to several studies, more harmful than our diesel fuel engines, equipped with filters storing particles and Ad Blue.