Hyundai Kona Electric 2019 electric car owner review

Hyundai Kona Electric 2019 electric car owner review

Pekem drives a Hyundai Kona Electric 2019 electric car. 

This is Pekem’s first electric car, they’ve owned the Kona Electric from new and drive under 5,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 10,000-20,000 miles and they achieve 300 miles range from a full charge.

Rate your Kona Electric out of 5.


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Why did you choose this electric car?

Having had a Mercedes hybrid I wanted an affordable EV. With the (then) EV grant of £4,500 I looked for a car that I could afford with good range. I had to order online and waited nearly a year to take delivery.


Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.

  • It is so economical for me because my mileage is not high and I rarely have to pay for charging because at the moment I can charge at Tesco and other shopping destinations free of charge
  • Because it was the first model it benefits from premium features that on today’s model are an extra, like a HUD and premium paint finish. It is beautifully quiet and I can gain free car parking in some towns and can drive in the bus lanes in Bedford!
  • I take pride in achieving a long range by economic driving and smile when I see ICE cars overtake me and later see their car’s brake light illuminated
  • My servicing costs in total over 3 years have been around £300, my Mercedes cost that for every service!


Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.

I am completely happy with my car.


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?

No faults experienced but I do have to have the main traction battery replaced in the near future as a result of an Hyundai recall.


What are the standout tech features of the car?

  • All the extras such as head up display, premium audio system, heated and cooled leather seats, heated steering wheel and the incorporation of a heat pump
  • Keyless entry and all round camera viewing
  • Other safety features include lane departure warning, crash avoidance system and cross rear traffic warning at low speed. Others I’m sure but I can’t recall more at present.


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.

Phenomenally quick from a standing start but not a feature I use because of the wear burden on tyres and a silly waste of energy.


What electric car are you interested in next and why?

Another Hyundai or Kia. Kia because of the two years longer warranty. I don’t plan to change for at least another two years so my choices will be wider at that time and I may see something else I like.


What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

I do have a Rolec 3.9 kWh unit installed and because I have to run a protected and well signed cable over a footpath, I rarely use it.


Rate your home charging unit out of 5.


What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

OVO Energy standard 2 year fixed day rate.


Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.


What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?

Any free point available, there are many but if a charge has to be paid for I would choose bp pulse.


List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).

Only ever used bp pulse and Pod Point.


Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?

LV= they have always matched comparison site quotes so don’t expect to change.

Rate your insurance provider out of 5.


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