Currently reading: Hyundai Kona Electric given bolder look and more kit
2021 refresh sees uprated infotainment and revised design
Felix Page Autocar writer
2 mins read
10 November 2020

The Hyundai Kona Electric SUV has followed its petrol-engined sibling in receiving refreshed styling and a raft of technology upgrades for 2021.

The most dramatic of the changes is the removal of the grille panel, with the EV adopting a smooth front that sets it apart more obviously from the regular Kona.

That car’s new narrow LED daytime-running lights and redesigned headlights are carried over, however, as are the wraparound body crease and aerodynamics-enhancing lower air inlets. The rear end has largely been left untouched, but subtly reshaped lights help to distinguish it from the old car.

The Kona Electric now has a 10.25in digital dial display as standard, while a recent update ushered in an optional same-sized touchscreen, up from the standard 8.0in one. In addition, rear passengers now gain heated seats and a new USB port.

Upgrades to Hyundai’s Bluelink connectivity service bring voice control, remote charging to benefit from off-peak energy rates and remote climate control to preheat the car if it’s plugged in.

The Kona Electric remains available with a 39.2kWh battery and a 134bhp motor for a 189-mile range or a 64kWh battery and a 201bhp motor for a 300-mile range.

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 updated car is due on sale by March. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but we expect a slight increase on the current starting price of £30,150 (after the £3000 government grant).


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si73 12 November 2020

Whilst kia's slightly larger

Whilst kia's slightly larger e niro seems to be the better car according to the reviews this is still a great EV and is priced well for its type, as for comments regarding a 320d, totally pointless, maybe a BMW ix1, but that will be even more expensive again. As for saying the BMW 3 series is better, well I agree that a saloon car is better than an SUV, as that is my preference, but I'd imagine this Hyundai and it's ice equivalents will be more reliable and are probably better built, even if their plastics are less plush, than a BMW.
lambo58 12 November 2020

Excellent vehicle and unlike

Excellent vehicle and unlike the obviously biased idiot Lucyp who is completely missing the point is a great deal cheaper to run day to day that any ice car

ianp55 11 November 2020

Hyundai Kona Electric

It's well priced well made and I'd imagine that for most potential urban EV users the smaller battery pack would be enough for most of their use and the unit could take less to charge up as well. I'd think that the hi tech batteries would probably last long enough  the make the car an economic proposition. It's been suggested that a BMW 320d may be a useful alternative but thinking not to far into the future is there a long term future for ICE cars,it could happen that legislative changes will end the use of them and that owners will have to take them off the road and pay the costs of their disposal

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