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2021 Hyundai Kona Electric pricing and specs detailed: Telsa Model Y and MG ZS EV-rivalling all-electric small SUV updated ahead of Ioniq 5 rollout

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric will travel further than before thanks to new tyres.

Hyundai Australia’s Kona Electric is more expensive in 2021, but has a longer driving range, rejuvenated look and increased standard safety to justify the price increase.

Available again in two grades, the Elite and Highlander, the Kona Electric is now priced at $62,000 before on-road costs and $66,000 respectively, a jump of $1260 and $710 over last year’s equivalent models.

Both versions make use of a carryover 150kW/395Nm electric motor that drives the front wheels, while a 64kWh battery also remains.

However, the 2021 Kona Electric now boasts an increased driving range thanks to low-rolling resistance Michelin Priumacy4 tyres, reaching 484km before needing a recharge (up 7.8% from last year’s 449km tested on WLPT standards).

From the outside, the new Kona Electric is distinguished by new wraparound headlights, body-coloured wheelarch cladding, revised foglight design, and new front and rear bumpers.

As standard, the Kona Electric Elite comes fitted with automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-appointed interior, push-button start, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters to adjust recuperative braking strength, heated side mirrors and roof rails.

New for 2021 is the inclusion of a height-adjustable passenger seat, sound-insulated windscreen, wireless smartphone charger, rear USB ports, eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.

In terms of safety, six airbags are on offer, along with drive attention warning, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, reversing camera, tyre pressure monitoring and rear parking sensors.

However, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now updated with avoidance assistance, while safe exit warning and rear occupant alert are also new.

Stepping up to the Highlander adds LED head- and tail-lights, front parking sensors, a head-up display, glass sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, and heated steering wheel, while heated rear outboard seats and interior ambient lighting are also new in the 2021 update.

Available as options across both grades is premium paint ($595) and a black/grey interior ($295), while Highlander buyers can also opt for a two-tone roof at the cost of the sunroof.

Like all new Hyundai Australia models, the Kona Electric comes with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty with 12 months of roadside assist.

However, servicing costs of the Kona Electric are yet to be determined, though service intervals are set for every 12 months/15,000km, whichever occurs first.

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric pricing before on-road costs

VariantTransmissionCost
EliteAutomatic$62,000 (+$1260)
HighlanderAutomatic$66,000 (+$710)