Next Green Car – Family Car Award 2018
Hyundai's Kona Electric sits naturally in the centre of a Venn diagram of the two fastest growing sectors of the UK car market: crossovers and plug-in cars. As such, it's a pretty important new model, made all the more so by being available with market-leading long range at mass-market prices.
Consider this: For a little over £30,000, you can get an all-electric family crossover with an official range of 279 miles - and NGC can report first-hand that the official figure is easily achievable during typical day-to-day driving trips. It's also highly practical, enjoyable to drive, and offers a range not far off that of a conventional petrol model, though with far lower running costs (which can be lower by as much as 70%) and improved performance.
For those wanting to pay less upfront and who are not as concerned about maximum driving range, a 39 kWh model is also part of the range that comfortably competes with established rivals such as the Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf, and even Hyundai's own Ioniq Electric. However, it’s the 64 kWh model that moves the game forward, and which will persuade a large number of drivers that an EV really is a practical proposition. The Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh is priced from £30,495 OTR (including the Category 1 OLEV grant).
NGC Verdict: "With its class leading electric range allied to a good all-round family car package, Hyundai's Kona Electric is a model that proves EVs are not only an alternative to petrol or diesel models, but are often a better option outright."