Hyundai KONA Electric 39 kWh (2018) Guide

Hyundai KONA Electric 39 kWh (2018) Guide

The Hyundai KONA Electric has gone on to become one of the most popular EVs around. With range capabilities rivalling Tesla but for a fraction of the price, the KONA Electric is one of the most affordable and attractive EV options. Although the 39-kWh model offers less range, it is more accessible than its extra powerful, higher-priced sibling. Overall, the KONA makes for a great small, fully electric SUV.

Electric Range

180 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge


Battery Size

42 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

12 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

yes CCS max 50kW

OLEV Approved


Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a KONA Electric 39 kWh

The KONA Electric comes in two different battery sizes, a 39kWh and a 64kWh, providing WLTP ranges of 180-miles and 278-miles, respectively.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; to top-up the 39kWh battery using a 7kW home charger, for example, will take a little over 6 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 30 miles*.

The KONA Electric has a CCS connector option enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. When plugged into a 50kW charging station, the KONA Electric 39 kWh will charge from 0-80% in 57 minutes.

Note: It is worth highlighting here that the KONA has a max DC rate of 50kW, this is good news if you often make long journeys. As the UK’s rapid charge network expands, the KONA is well suited to take advantage. However, it does mean that if you find yourself plugged into a 100kW charge point, the KONA will continue to charge at the 50kW rate.

Additionally, the max AC rate is 7.2kW; this means that if you plugged into an 11kW charge point, you would still be charging at 7.2kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 19 hours for 0-95%
  • 7.4kW = 6 hours 10 mins for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 6 hours 10 mins for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 57 mins for 0-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a KONA Electric

Classified as a BEV, the KONA Electric produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the new KONA qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

With one charge range rivalling that of an internal combustion engine, you can effortlessly go about your regular commutes without having to worry about charge points, plus you’ll be helping save the planet.

What are people saying about the KONA Electric?

Reviews of the KONA Electric are overwhelmingly positive. Marry this with the fact that the car sold-out upon its initial release (despite Hyundai only accepting online orders) and you get the gist; this is a popular EV and for a reason.

By far the biggest pro for the KONA is its range capabilities. Even with the 39-kWh option, real-world range is over 150 miles – more than what most people drive in a couple of days. Furthermore, with a £5k price difference between the two KONA options, for many, the slight reduction in range and performance is a sacrifice that makes sense.

Classified as a small SUV, the KONA makes for a great family car. In comparison to the Kia e-Niro, the KONA comes up slightly more petite making for a cosier backseat arrangement and less boot capacity. Nevertheless, it is both comfortable and practical. The standard tech-features are all present, such as automatic braking, windscreen wipers, digital displays etc. In terms of materials, the use of plastic can degrade the appearance, but it is worth noting here that this is made to be an affordable EV option.

The KONA is eager to accelerate, with many drivers claiming the electric version is more fun to drive than its petrol counterpart. Although it has proven itself speedier than many of its contemporary rivals, it’s still unlikely to satiate the needs of a race car driver. Instead, the KONA is best suited to a smooth, tranquil gait, preferring a gentler driving style while navigating busy streets with ease.

Despite the relatively small boot for its class and lack of premium interior finishes, the Hyundai KONA outperforms in other areas, from the conventional feel of its brakes to its affordable price point. Oh, and have we mentioned its range capabilities?