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Hyundai Kona Electric (2018-2023) review

Published: 17 May 2023


What is it like on the inside?

It’s a bit different from the normal Kona in here, with a more prominent centre console that rises up to meet the fascia just under the physical climate controls (hurrah). There is storage and a couple of USB slots in the void underneath, and up top cupholders, a cubby with wireless charging for your phone, controls for the heated/ventilated seats and steering wheel, plus the push-button gears. A 10.25-inch touchscreen sits atop the dash, above the air vents, with a handy row of shortcut buttons and a pair of knobs for volume and map zoom.

This is a good cabin. Materials should probably be better in a car costing this much, but they feel solid enough and hard-wearing. We prefer it to the interior of the closely related Kia e-Niro and Soul EV. With all those buttons you might think it looks a bit old-fashioned alongside the minimalist VW ID.3, but we reckon it’s much easier (and safer) to operate on the move.

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The big infotainment system (which is now standard fit on all trim levels – there’s no smaller option) has crisp graphics and a thoughtful user interface, but there’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included if you’d rather do it that way. It’s hooked up to an eight-speaker hi-fi that sounds rather good too. The dials are also displayed on a 10.25-inch screen and change colour/display based on your drive mode.

The Kona’s rear seats aren’t the biggest, but two average-sized adults will be fine back there, any more and it’ll be a squeeze. The boot is 332 litres with the rear seats in place, or 1,114 litres with them folded. The e-Niro has substantially more cargo space (451 and 1,405-litres), and the Kona even lags a bit behind the ID.3, which has 385 litres of luggage space with all the seats up.

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