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Hyundai launches 2021 Kona Electric

Georgia Petrie

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Georgia Petrie

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  • 2021 model has a 300-mile EV range
  • The Kona Electric can be charged from 10-80% in 47 minutes through a 100kW rapid charger
  • Lots of tech fitted as standard with parking sensors with a rearview camera, keyless entry and adaptive cruise control

Hyundai’s popular electric crossover, the Kona Electric, has received new styling and tech upgrades for 2021. The facelifted Kona Electric offers a 300-mile range and is available to order from £30,625 after the Government's £2500 grant for electric vehicles (EVs).

Kona Electric buyers get the choice of a 39.2kWh battery with 136PS and a range of 189 miles or a 64kWh with 204PS and a range of 300 miles. The carmaker says the refreshed EV can be charged from 10-80 per cent in 47 minutes through a 100kW rapid charger, with a full recharge from a 7.2kW charger taking six hours.

There’s a choice of three trims for the Hyundai Kona Electric — SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate. That entry-level SE Connect Kona is equipped with the 39.2kWh battery, while the longer-range 64kWh battery pack is available from £35,225 in Premium trim, or £37,375 (with the plug-in grant) on the Ultimate trim.

Blue Hyundai Kona Electric
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

All cars get a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display and an equally-sized infotainment system as standard across the range. Rear parking sensors with a rearview camera, keyless entry with stop/start and smart adaptive cruise control are all standard, too. 

Premium spec adds LED headlights, heated front seats and steering wheel, as well as ambient lighting throughout the interior. Front parking sensors, electrically-folding mirrors and blind-spot assistance are all included as well. The top of the range Ultimate spec adds an electric sunroof, head-up driver's display, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and leather upholstery.

The most notable exterior change is the removal of the grille panel, with the front end adopting a closed-off look that makes it easier to define from the non-electric Kona.

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric interior
Hyundai Kona Electric interior

The Kona Electric’s new narrow LED daytime running lights and redesigned headlights feature, though the rear end looks much the same - with subtly reshaped lights.

New safety features for 2021 include blindspot assistance, rear cross-traffic assistance, safe exit warning and eCall - which automatically alerts the emergency services in the event of an accident.

The Kia e-Niro rival is available with a choice of 10 exterior finishes, including six new colours. As with all Hyundai models, it’ll come with a five year, unlimited mileage warranty as well.

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric rear
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

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