2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Debuts

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, Automotive Editor - October 15, 2018

Hyundai’s electric revolution continues with the 2019 Kona Electric, which packs a 65-kilowatt-hour battery into the roomy crossover. With a 258-mile range, the Kona Electric combines everyday drivability with an electric powertrain.

Available in SEL, Limited, and Ultimate trims, the Kona Electric has plenty of features that'll help customers forget they’re driving an electric vehicle. Standard features include an eight-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 315-watt, eight-speaker Infinity audio system, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, high beam assist, and driver attention warning.

Opting for the Limited trim adds premium seats, upgraded audio, and a sunroof while the Ultimate trim adds more features and technology such as rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring.

The Kona Electric comes with three driving modes, Eco, Normal, and Sport, with the crossover hitting 60 miles per hour from a standstill in a respectable 7.6 seconds.

It’s difficult to compare the Kona Electric to its competitors. The Tesla Model X, which offers 237 to 289 miles of range, starts at $79,500 before any tax incentives. The closest competitor is the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Kona is only slightly larger all around with a slightly larger battery and a longer range.

Hyundai hasn’t released pricing just yet, but it should be similar to that of the Bolt EV, if not slightly higher to compensate for the larger battery, longer range, and more horsepower

While the 2019 Kona Electric goes on sale early next year, it won’t be available all across the US. Hyundai is rolling out the new vehicle in select markets with a high demand for electric vehicles, such as California and the East Coast.

Hyundai Kona Electric

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Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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