The new Hyundai Kona Electric will cost from £29,495 when ordering opens on 2 August. The car will be sold exclusively through Hyundai’s Click to Buy online ordering site – and the price may yet fall further, the firm adds.
That’s because it’s not yet been accepted onto the UK Plug-in Car Grant scheme. There’s little reason why it won’t be (the Hyundai Ioniq Electric already is), so when it is officially confirmed, the effective transaction price will drop by a further £4,500.
The Hyundai Kona Electric will thus become a £24,995 EV.
It’s offered with two batteries, a 39kWh and a beefy 64kWh. The latter promises a range of over 300 miles, says Hyundai, which will exceed even that of the new 90kWh Jaguar I-Pace. But then, prices of the 64kWh model do start a little bit higher – from £33,995, or over £29,495 once the Plug-in Car Grant is factored in.
The firm hasn’t yet quoted a range for the 39kWh model; a 40kWh Nissan Leaf has a WLTP range of 168 miles (and is priced from £21,990, with the Plug-in Car Grant added in).
Ordering is initially online-only, because supplies are strictly limited, says Hyundai. Test drives will be organised via a dealer roadshow – there are so few models, dealers won’t be getting demonstrator cars just yet. The Kona Electric will fully be launched in Hyundai UK dealers from 2019.
As expected, equipment is ample on all, with every Kona Electric received 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control, Bluetooth, rear parking camera and keyless entry. Premium and Premium SE models take things yet further, with luxurious such as Krell audio, a larger 8-inch infotainment system and, on the Premium SE, LED headlights and heated/ventilated leather seats.
Compared to a regular petrol or diesel Kona, the Kona Electric gets a redesigned, more aero-optimised front end, reprofiled lower side skirt and wheelarch claddings, plus ultra-aerodynamic alloy wheels.
Tony Whitehorn, president and CEO Hyundai Motor UK, said: “Kona Electric has already attracted a phenomenal level of interest from customers across the globe and we are expecting demand to be high with limited vehicle availability.
“With the 64kWh offering a potential 300-mile range, Kona Electric will not only appeal to customers who are already familiar with battery electric technology but perhaps more importantly, will enable some customers to take the step into electric vehicles by not only removing range anxiety but by doing so with a stylish, technically advanced and affordable package.”
Hyundai Kona Electric prices
- SE 39kWh: £29,495
- Premium 39kWh: £30,870
- Premium 64kWh: £33,995
- Premium SE 64kWh: £36,295
All prices do NOT yet include the Category 1 £4,500 Plug-in Car Grant