Kona Electric
John Diether
Automotive Editor - March 20, 2019

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric OVERVIEW

For its second year on the market, Hyundai's smallest crossover adds an electric model to its ranks. The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric gives buyers up to 258 miles of range, along with an unexpected increase in performance.

What's New for 2019

The Kona Electric is a new addition to the existing Kona lineup.

Choosing Your Hyundai Kona Electric

As ironic as it might seem, the Kona Electric is the most powerful Kona model available. The electric motor supplies 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. For comparison, the standard gas engine is rated at 147 hp, and the optional turbo puts out 175 hp.

The high-density lithium-ion battery pack permits up to 258 miles of range and comes with a lifetime factory warranty. A single-speed automatic transmission does the shifting. Acceleration and efficiency are tempered by three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport.

The front-wheel-drive-only Kona Electric is EPA-rated at 132 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe) city, 108 MPGe highway, and 120 MPGe combined. On a Level 2 (240-volt) charger, it takes nine hours and 35 minutes to recharge a fully depleted battery. With a Level 3 charger – commonly called DC Fast Charge or DCFC – 80 percent battery capacity can be reached in just 54 minutes. The charging port is neatly concealed in the front grille.

The Kona Electric holds just as much cargo its gas counterpart: 19.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 48.5 cubic feet with it folded. These numbers are typical for a subcompact crossover.

There are no options for the Kona Electric, aside from a handful of dealer-installed accessories. Trim levels differ mainly in standard comfort and infotainment features:


For $37,495 (all prices include the $1,045 destination charge), the SEL comes with an impressive array of safety technology, including lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a driver alertness monitor. The interior features heated front seats (cloth), a 7-inch touchscreen, Apply CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a six-speaker sound system. Outside are LED taillights, heated mirrors, and 17-inch alloy wheels.


Stepping up to the $42,195 Limited brings leather upholstery, a power driver seat, a sunroof, and LED headlights with automatic high beams. Buyers also get wireless device charging and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with an integrated compass and garage door opener.


Priced at $45,695, the Ultimate get a boost in technology with an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, a head-up display, and a premium eight-speaker Infinity sound system. On the safety front, there's adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and pedestrian detection. Ventilated front seats and automatic wipers round out the equipment upgrades.

CarsDirect Tip

Buyers are eligible for a federal EV tax credit up to $7,500 when they purchase a 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric. In addition, California offers a $2,500 state rebate, subject to income limitations. For now, the Kona Electric is stocked only in California and other low-emissions states. However, it's available for order on a national basis.

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