We will not speak in the first of the autonomy of the Hyundai electric. Neither the time of charging its batteries, or its weight, or its price, the areas where it is expected in the first vehicle driven by the electricity Fairy. Because this small SUV (4, 18 m long) is first in our eyes for the driving pleasure it provides. As soon as the first rounds of wheels, the car shows to be lively and enjoyable. Without being as dramatic as in a Tesla, the acceleration you plate on your seat. The progression is done in silence and without jerks: the car has no gearbox.

The first turn confirms the nice impression of agility and fluidity. The Kona electric turns on the tv and place the millimeter along its path. Accumulators, located in the floor, a mass of 445 kg, lower the centre of gravity of the craft and promote the caps changes. With emergency assistance and electronic brake, the braking of the Kona electric does not suffer any criticism. But before you press the left pedal (there is no clutch), we will have had to resort to paddles placed behind the steering wheel to slow the vehicle by varying the strength of the engine brake.

Lapels of his good habitability, the volume of the trunk does that to 332 litres, correct value, no more. Thomas Cortesi.

Braking “regenerative”

With a little bit of skill, one will even stop the car. This driving “a pedal” (accelerator) allows you to benefit from the braking “regenerative” during each deceleration. We have already tested this device on the recent Audi e-tron. It shows even more spectacular on a vehicle significantly lighter, giving it an interesting energy recovery during long inclines, such as a mountain road.

On the road, the Kona electric shows to be stable in all conditions and on all road surfaces. These good skills are not obtained at the expense of comfort. Suspensions, seats, the small SUV Korean household its occupants.

driver and Passenger enjoy ample space aboard generous in terms of its size. Flip side of this good interior space, the trunk volume only amounted to 332 litres. As to compensate for a high price, the manufacturer has richly endowed his Kona electric. It has a number of facilities worthy of a premium vehicle. Such as heated seats and electrically adjustable, or even the display “head high” on the windshield. Adaptive cruise control and active assistance to the maintenance in the way of the latest generation (the variations of trajectories are better managed) provide a substitute of driving autonomously all the same, nice on the motorway.

The finish lack of fantasy, but everything is built to last many years. Thomas Cortesi.

A day for a full charge

The instrument panel switches instrumentation, digital-art and commands the aesthetic a bit dated. The finish lack of fantasy, but everything is built to last many years. What about the autonomy? Hyundai announces the figure of 289 km for the entry-level version (battery-39.2 kWh). But almost all of the first buyers of the Kona electric have opted for the version with the battery 64 kWh with the range of action of 449 kilometres. After several days of testing, we would say that it is rather in the vicinity of 350 miles, provided you do not abuse the highway. This is enough to consider the use of a Kona as a second vehicle or as a booster. Its storage capacity can be recharged occasionally. You can also “bottle” every night, like for a mobile phone. But be careful: on a household outlet (2.7 kW), the full charge requires a period of 24 hours, and still almost 10 hours with a base of 7.2 kW. Despite these peculiar constraints of refueling, as Hyundai hopes to rally between 2 500 and 4 000 new followers of the electrical power in 2019 with its remarkable Kona.

OUR OPINION

the performance of The Hyundai Kona allow him to do road trips. To fix the ideas, one can go from Paris to Troyes, to go and return, without passing by the box charging. On a fast-charging station, charging 100 kW, the SUV Korean requires only fifty minutes to make the full of energy at 80%. But this type of equipment is still rare. And it will be necessary to juggle with the subscriptions to have access to it, without being always certain that the charging will be done at the speed advertised, even when it goes off. In short, be prepared to live the life of the pioneer of electric mobility.

TECHNICAL SHEET

Engine: synchronous electric

Power: 204 ch

Couple: 395 Nm

Transmission: traction, box-gear reducer-ratio single

Dimensions (L/w/h) : 4 100 × 1 800 × 1 570 mm

Safety: 332 1 114 litres

Weight: 1 760 kg

Performance

0-100 km/h : 7, 6 seconds

maximum Speed : 167 km/h

Consumption : 15, 4 kWh/100 km (mixed)

Broadcasts: 0 g/km

Range: 449 km standard (WLTP)

Price: from 42 200 €

On a household outlet (2.7 kW), the full charge requires a period of 24 hours, and still almost 10 hours with a base of 7.2 kW. Thomas Cortesi.

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