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  • Prices for Kona Electric start from £29,495 – not including the £4,500 Plug-In Car Grant (PICG)
  • Available in 39kWh / 135PS or 64kWh / 204PS battery and motor combinations
  • Driving range of up to 300 miles
  • Available to order initially on Hyundai’s Click to Buy website

The new Hyundai Kona electric SUV will start from just below £30k when it goes on sale August 02.

The £29,495 start price excludes the £4500 Plug-In Car Grant. So for companies purchasing company cars, there are further savings to be made apart from the zero emissions and low-cost electricity.

For company car drivers, benefit in kind company car tax starts at 13% – the lowest band. But the percentage price is based on the full P11D value (not minus the Plug-in Car Grant).

By 2020/21, company car tax will drop to 2% of P11D.

There are two versions of the electric Kona, a compact SUV.

There’s a lower power 136PS version with 39kW battery and range up to 200 miles.

And a higher power 204PS version with 64kW battery pack and a range of up to 300 miles – virtually eliminating range anxiety issues.

The cars can be fully charged from a 7kW home charger in just over 6.5 hours (39kW) or 9.5 hours for the 64kW.

The electric Kona differs from the petrol and diesel models in the range with front styling changes. There’s a closed grille incorporating the charge point and a redesigned front bumper with active air flaps.

At the rear of Kona Electric, the bumper has been redesigned for improved airflow, as well as housing resigned turn signal and fog lamp units. From the side, dedicated 17” alloy wheels, lower side skirt and wheel arch side claddings are also differentiators from Kona petrol and diesel models.

Standard safety kit

Kona Electric features:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition (AEB),
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA),
  • Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)
  • and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tyre pressure display.

Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Follow Assist (LFA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are also available dependant on trim level.

Trim levels and specification of Kona Electric

Prices start from £29,495 (excluding Plug In Car Grant) for the Kona Electric SE 39kWh, with equipment including a 7” display audio including DAB, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel controls and a leather steering wheel. Automatic lights, climate control, driver’s side electric lumbar support and keyless entry with start/stop button are amongst the key specification items.

Kona Electric Premium 39kWh starts from £30,870 (ex Plug In Car Grant). Additional spec over SE includes privacy glass, LED rear lamps, front parking sensors, auto dimming rear mirror and automatic windscreen wipers, 8” touchscreen display audio system with Navigation, DAB, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, combined with the KRELL audio system with 8 speakers and wireless charging for compatible devices.

Hyundai KonaKona Electric Premium is available with both battery power drivetrains.

Top of the range is Kona Electric Premium SE 64kWh available from £36,295 (ex Plug In Car Grant). This adds over Premium LED headlamps with High Beam Assist (HBA), static cornering lights and head up display, leather seat facings, electrically adjustable and heated/ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel.

Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO Hyundai Motor UK said;

“Kona Electric has already attracted a phenomenal level of interest from customers across the globe and we are expecting demand to be high with limited vehicle availability. Customers that want to be one of the first to own a Kona Electric will be able to place an order from August 2. Test drives will be facilitated through a dealer roadshow in due course.

“With the 64kWh offering a potential 300 mile range, Kona Electric will not only appeal to customers who are already familiar with battery electric technology but perhaps more importantly, will enable some customers to take the step into electric vehicles by not only removing range anxiety but by doing so with a stylish, technically advanced and affordable package.”

All KONA Electric models come with Hyundai’s 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Roadside Assistance package, 5 Year Annual Health Check, and 12 Year Anti Corrosion Warranty.

Hyundai Kona Electric deliveries will take place in 2019.

Hyundai Kona Electric Prices excluding Plug-in Car Grant

ModelFuel TypeCO2 Emissions (g/km)VED BandRecommended On The Road PriceP11D ValueBIK %
SE 39kWhElectric0A£29,495.00£29,440.0013
Premium 39 kWhElectric0A£30,870.00£30,815.0013
Premium 64 kWhElectric0A£33,995.00£33,940.0013
Premium SE 64 kWhElectric0A£36,295.00£36,240.0013
Optional Extra
2 Tone roofPremium, Premium SE£420
Metallic / Pearl paintSE, Premium, Premium SEPlug-in Car Grant

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Ralph Morton is an award-winning journalist and editor of Business Motoring, as well as Editorial DIrector of Business Car Manager Ltd. Ralph writes extensively about the car and van leasing industry as well as wider fleet and company car issues. A former editor of What Car?, Ralph is a vastly experienced writer and editor and has been writing about the automotive sector for over 35 years.

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