Electric SUVs are paving the future of electric vehicles. They are practical, sporty, and even sometimes a little intimidating. Because fully-electric cars are relatively new to the market, it’s hard to know where they should stand price-wise with their gasoline or plug-in hybrid counterparts. Pricing out electric SUVs doesn’t have to mean you’re blowing your budget, and some reliable options are pretty well priced, like the Hyundai Kona Electric. Combining the heritage of Hyundai with new electric technology, this SUV seems to have it all, and all for a reasonable price.
Compared to the competition, the Hyundai Kona stands out
The base model of the Hyundai Kona still has a lot of amenities and features for a price of just $36,450 brand new, and you can get the highest trim level, fully loaded for around $44,650 — not bad for a brand new SUV. It isn’t just priced well for an electric car, it’s priced well among SUVs overall, and even the most expensive trim level has a price that pales in comparison to new luxury SUVs.
Just because the Kona isn’t outrageously priced doesn’t mean Hyundai cut corners to save costs. The exterior of the car has a modest, modern design with thin headlights and boxy body lines standard for SUVs. The interior may not be wrapped in high-detailed luxury like the inside of an Aston Martin, but instead pairs with the simple exterior to feature one oversized touch-screen infotainment system.
A true bargain for an electric SUV
The range for the Kona Electric isn’t anything too spectacular, but it’s enough to make it an excellent option for getting around town on your daily commute. You can expect an overall average of 120mpge on a single charge. It’s just as spacious and practical as your standard Hyundai Kona, with a roomy and comfortable interior and plenty of cargo space.
It may not have all of the bells and whistles of a Tesla, but it has a lot of safety features and tech you’d look for in a 2020 model year, and for the price you aren’t losing much. Consumer Reports gave the Kona Electric raving reviews for its driving experience, claiming it to have an enjoyable acceleration, comfortable ride, and all-around pleasant drive.
The Kona Electric isn’t the only all-electric option from the Hyundai lineup that’s worth your attention, but it doesn’t just stand out for the brand, it stands out among its competition. The Kona Electric offers the reliability that scares people away from owning their first-ever electric car and remains just as practical and affordable as you’d expect from the original Hyundai Kona.