2019 Hyundai Kona EV Review – Stronger Than Tesla?
It is in the most complete essay of electric Car is to learn the mileage in real conditions – with a mixture of different roads and a classic driving – that we can expect from a 2019 Hyundai Kona EV in one charge of his battery of 64 kWh: about 420 km. Yes, but how much can we achieve by using all the tools of the hard-working eco-driver on the perfect circuit that is the Parisian ring road?
This small urban SUV, it is the second wave of the offensive in the electrical of the Korean manufacturer. After the Ioniq that we were very surprised last year by signing a 325.7 km despite its small battery of 28 kWh, Hyundai now go on with this urban SUV that loads no less than 64 kWh, a huge capacity! The WLTP standard announces an autonomy of 482 km in mixed and even more than 600 km in urban conditions. Suffice to say that we are here for a long time if we use sparingly the abundant cavalry of 204 horses available.
What a pleasure to find the driving system of the Ioniq! Undoubtedly the most efficient but also the most entertaining on the market, thanks to two paddles located behind the steering wheel, looking like those up and down the reports of an automated gearbox but here used to increase and decrease on three levels energy recovery. And the zero level offers a real freewheel that can sometimes run for several miles on the run. But that’s on the Ioniq. If all the tools are physically there and look identical on the 2019 Hyundai Kona EV, their way of working is totally different. Unfortunately, the freewheel is not real and it is already a descent of a high degree not to have to accelerate. Which means that in the end, we will have used pallets extremely little to slow us down. And this is not worse since they often seem to turn a deaf ear when asked, which is very annoying. Just like, at first, the front radar which is responsible for braking automatically and gradually via the recovery of energy when approaching a vehicle. Then it is clear that he does a great job and no need to disconnect.
But it seems that effective pallets are not necessary for consumption to plummet, quickly falling below 10 and then 9 kWh / 100 km to reach in just two rounds the lowest figure of 8.6, but so fleeting that we will not even have time to immortalize it. As a disaster, the rain doubles, considerably cooling the atmosphere, which has a direct impact on consumption, which then rises to finally stabilize until the end at 8.8. The passage of the remaining 50% of battery is however very promising, with 376 km, leaving imagine that to exceed the score of the Tesla will be only a formality. But the traffic continues to be intense, especially in the late Sunday afternoon and returns that go with it. Not to mention the temperature that continues to fall. From 17, it goes to 11 degrees, while we are now in the middle of the night.
Fortunately, the Kona’s onboard computer is far more reliable than the Ioniq’s, which gave us a nice cold sweat with a whimsical odometer reading, passing in just a few kilometers of pessimism, to end up optimistic. On the newcomer, he will accompany us faithfully to the end, to reduce to the limit our traditional neighborhood towers and we will fail a few meters from the entrance to our parking. It was then nearly 4:00 am and we traveled exactly 734.4 km at an average speed of 39 km / h. The 2019 Hyundai Kona EV 64 kW becomes the new champion, dethroning the Tesla Model S 100D and its 710.9 km. Prices starting at 42 400 € for Korean (38 400 € for 39.2 kWh version) may seem high, but this Kona undoubtedly offers the best price/autonomy of the market.
2019 Hyundai Kona EV Charging
Recharge, a 24-hour period to fully recharge the 2.1 kW sector is announced and a little less than 10 hours on a 7.2 kW wall box, but it can also recover 80% of its load in less than one hour on a 100 kW fast terminal. However, once the Kona plugged in, the computer will ask us to wait rather 34h10 to achieve a full charge.