[EN] HYUNDAI KONA EV: A BREATHTAKING BEAUTY ON AN ECO-MISSION

I hate winters. I’m sure you are already familiar with those ads featuring beautiful, smiling people dressed in cozy, velvety perfect knitted sweaters, drinking steamy chocolate/coffee/tea from awesome cups and looking through the window at thick snow. Is it true that every single time you see a winter ad you instantly crave to be in those people’s shoes? It’s impressive! But do you also think about the layered clothing and tons of accessories you avail oneself of as soon as winter freezes your town? Or about the traffic, poor visibility of the road and your red, freezing nose? Do you?

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There are many questions I would like to bring in the discussion but since this is an automotive magazine, I think I might bore you with this subject if I don’t get to the point somewhere in the next phrases. So, these being said, the very first thing I want to share with you about the Hyundai Kona EV is that it has a heated steering wheel. Now, I know this isn’t the first car in the world that features this option but when it’s freezing cold outside and obviously in the car, if the steering wheel is heated, you feel like a kid in Candyland. Honestly, I didn’t know how to activate the heat so when I saw a big button right next to me with a symbol of heat going through a steering wheel, I felt genuine happiness and I knew that this would be the first thing I would write about this car.

To respond to your obvious question, if you want to feel some heat from this car, you must push the… heat button placed on the dashboard. If not, you can play for minutes with the well-known round controllers asking yourself if at 27°C your ears should still be frozen. Until now I was used only to the AC button but well, cheers to new beginnings!

The second thing I want to share is that after warming my hands my neurons were thrilled so I could think even further on my mission to heat the surroundings. Right near the button that activates the heat in the steering wheel, there is one that does the same awesome thing, but for the car seats. Say hello a complete spa experience during winter time! I was already used to the heating car seats but in the past, I avoided to use the option because it had a downside from my point of view: the level of released heat was uncomfortably high. But the guys from Hyundai figured out how to deal with sensitive people like me so they came up with the idea of giving one a choice between three intensity options thus the perfect balance can be easily found. You know, I find it very interesting: depending on the season I find new fascinating options in a car.

If I would have tried this car during summertime I place all my bets on the fact that I wouldn’t have cared AT ALL about the heated steering wheel/car seats. But I would have definitely searched for a button that cools the steering wheel, as one smart lady told me.

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If I already wrote something about the interior features, let’s continue on this subject!

SO, WHICH ARE THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW?

The head-up display.

I’m in wonderland. I kept writing in my articles about how important is to have access to information without taking your eyes off the road. Important information such as speed, navigation, and warnings are now projected right into your line of sight. You can activate and deactivate the head-up display by pushing a button placed beside the steering wheel. For example, you might want it out of your sight when you try to park the car:D

The safety.

The continuous innovation in the automotive industry brings up new security features that transform driving in a more relaxing experience. I think it is important to be able to rely on your car in dangerous situations. The Hyundai KONA EV offers the following safety options:

Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go: This smart system maintains a set distance from the car in front, automatically reducing or increasing speed to a pre-set limit according to traffic conditions. When the car comes to a standstill in traffic, the SSC monitor will look out for movement; when movement is detected, you’ll be prompted to tap the accelerator to reactive the cruise control.

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection: an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, braking automatically if required. Using front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger level and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimize damage when a collision is unavoidable. The system is activated when a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, operating at speeds of 5 mph or above.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert: Using the rear corner radar, RCTA reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility. Using the radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle for approaching cross traffic, RCCW alerts the driver visually and audibly.

Lane Following Assist: The KONA Electric Premium and Premium SE feature LFA. When activated, it keeps the SUV centered in its lane at speeds between 0 and 70 mph (functional up to 93 mph where permitted) on highways and city streets.

Lane Keeping Assist: Standard on KONA Electric, LKA uses the front camera to monitor the lines of the road. In the case of an unintended lane departure, it will warn the driver and can apply counter-steering torque to guide the car back to the lane.

Blind Spot Detection: Also using the radar, BSD monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. If the driver then activates the indicators, an audible signal is emitted.

The wireless charging slot.

Say goodbye to cables! I find this option very useful, it’s comforting to know that there is an easily accessible place where you can place your gadget for fast recharge.

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The dashboard.

This is where the magic happens. It’s fully digital and offers you interesting information about the energy consumption, important statistics and will change its color depending on the driving mode you select.

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The LCD and the buttons.

The Hyundai Kona EV I tested had an 8inch LCD display, very well placed from my point of view – I didn’t have to look down whenever I wanted to use it and this is a thing I like despite the fact I wasn’t really impressed by the options I found by sliding and scrolling through them. There is nothing out of the ordinary, nothing WOW to share. Ok, there is one thing. You can adjust the level of energy you recover when you are not pushing the throttle (there are three options from which you can choose).

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Oh. And your fingers won’t let traces on the screen.

One of the things I love about this car is that it doesn’t have a gear lever. The four modes, D (drive), P (park), R ( reverse) and N (neutral) can be switched between with a simple click on the buttons strategically placed near the driver, on the central console. In this area, you can also find the electric parking brake.

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The steering wheel.

I think it has too many buttons. And if I would drive this car on a daily basis, I wouldn’t use them. Maybe the ones for the volume, but that’s it.

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The trunk.

Ladies, this car is a reliable partner when it comes to shopping. It delivers a generous trunk volume of 332 liters and if you fold the rear seats you obtain 1114 liters of space. Which means a lot. Really.

DRIVING.

The first thing I want to emphasize is that this car is always in silent mode. So you must pay attention to pedestrians when you are searching for a parking slot, they won’t hear this Hyundai Kona EV😀

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Depending on your style, the Hyundai Kona EV offers you three driving options: Eco, Normal and Sport. Of course, when it comes to power saving, you will always choose the Eco mode but if you crave for some adventure, try changing from Eco to Sport when on the acceleration lane or just for fun and an NFS feeling. You can really feel the difference between the driving modes, there are many cars that don’t offer you this kind of experience so thumbs up!

As this is a fully electric car, power is a very important word here. You can charge the Hyundai Kona EV in your own garage or by visiting a Supercharger station near you.

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The only difference between these two options is the amount of time you spend waiting, depending on the battery capacity:

For the 39.2 kWh one:

Standard (in your garage): approx. 6h and 10 minutes;

Quick charge (Supercharger): approx. 54 min up to 80% state of charge.

For the 64 kWh one (The Hyundai Kona EV I tested had this battery):

Standard: approx. 9 hrs 35 min;

Quick charge (Supercharger): approx. 54 min up to 80% state of charge.

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Source: http://www.hyundai.co.uk

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Ladies, it’s true. You will never again have to visit the gas stationsSay goodbye to the Chanel scent combined with fuel odor 😀I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about.

I had an awesome time driving the Hyundai Kona EV, it was an outstanding experience and I think that this car is a perfect match for a lady who isn’t really a driving fan but has to do it. Driving becomes very easy behind the wheel of the Hyundai Kona EV!

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SHE’S GOT THE LOOK!

This Hyundai Kona EV is a beautiful expressive, one of a kind car. And is also the first Electric Compact SUV.

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It features aerodynamic design elements, like the closed grill and a unique twin headlight design with full LED headlamps and LED Daytime Running Lights which create an outstanding front light signature. Its unique charm is also emphasized by the wrap-around lamps and its dreamy color stands out in a world of black and white cars.

As a conclusion, I strongly advise you to test the Hyundai Kona EV. You might fall in love with it 🙂

Feel free to schedule a driving test @ one of my favorite places to be, Autopolis.lu!

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