Hyundai Kona Problems

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What electric car should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Nov 2019

We can understand your feelings about the centrally-mounted screen in the Tesla, though you do get used to it surprisingly quickly.

As for the other models you’ve mentioned, we’ve had to get the crystal ball out to attempt to answer you!

The Polestar 2 will be on sale by the end of 2020, if all goes to plan. The company will be pushing hard to make that happen. 

The VW ID3 is likely not going to be here until 2021, likely the mid or latter part of that year. It certainly has a lot of potential, and with pricing set to start below $50,000, it could well be The People’s (Electric) Car. 

There are other options coming, though it depends on your diary and your budget.

You could consider the Tesla Model S, which may have been around for a while, but that also means it has a more traceable reliability history. It has a digital instrument cluster in the regular spot as well.

Have you looked at the Jaguar i-Pace? It has a claimed range of 470 kilometres, though it is on the pricey side of the equation, starting from about $125,000.

Indeed, a high price tag is a common theme among those EVs with big battery capacity and expansive driving range, because you’re basically covering the cost of the batteries with your money.

For instance, there’s the Audi e-tron quattro, which is due here in early 2020. That model will have a range of “more than 400 kilometres”, and - we suspect - a price tag above $120,000. 

The Mercedes EQC is about to go on sale, too. Range for that mid-size SUV is pegged at about 450 kilometres, but again, you can expect a high price tag.

If 2021 isn’t too long to wait, there’s the Volvo XC40 Recharge coming then. Based on our previous experience with Volvo XC40s, it’ll be a great small SUV, with predicted range of 400km - though we think that’s understating it, because it has a 78kWh battery pack, and it has AWD too.

At the more affordable end - though admittedly still not quite meeting your expectations for range - there’s the very impressive Hyundai Kona Electric, which has a WLTP range of 449km, and a price tag of around $65k. It isn’t all-wheel drive though.

And MG is about to launch a real upstart in the segment, with the ZS EV hitting showrooms soon for $46,990 drive-away, albeit with a range of 262km. It’s also FWD only. 

The Mini Cooper SE will also arrive in mid-2020, with pricing set to be less than $60k. But again, a range of 270km will likely rule it out for your needs, and its 2WD as well.

Another new small EV due next year is the Mazda MX-30. Pricing is still to be confirmed, and range isn’t great at about 300km. It’s FWD too. 

In short, at this point in time - and out towards the end of 2020 - it looks like you’ll either need to spend a big amount of money on a premium EV to get the best range possible, or you’ll have to get used to the Model 3’s screen. You could always get an aftermarket head-up display fitted…

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What is the most expensive Hyundai?

Answered by CarsGuide 25 Jun 2019

The most expensive new Hyundai is the Kona Highlander Electric, listed at $64,490. For more info on the latest models, check out our pricing and specs page, and you'll find all Hyundai reviews and news here


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Hyundai Kona 2018: Speed-reading error

Answered by CarsGuide 14 Jun 2019

Ah, the perennial fast speedo! It’s a problem that affects every car on the road, as carmakers are not allowed to make a speedo that is slow. But it is allowed to sell a speedo that is fast, at least within a specified tolerance. It can’t simply be fixed, you have to put up with it. Presumably you have an alternative device that gives you a more accurate speed-reading and you should rely on that.

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Hyundai Kona: One reverse light?

Answered by CarsGuide 10 May 2019

It does have only one reverse light - the other one is a rear fog light. 

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Hyundai Kona 2019: Tips for first electric car

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Apr 2019

The main thing to consider is the recharging. The Kona is said to have a range of almost 450 km, which is good, but you need to consider where you will be able to charge it when you need to. And remember it takes a little longer to recharge the batteries than it does to refuel a petrol car.

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Hyundai Kona: How do I release the fuel cap?

Answered by CarsGuide 29 Mar 2019

The car has to be unlocked to release the fuel cap. If it is just press the cap at the 3 o’clock position and it should spring open.

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What is the fuel consumption on a 2019 Hyundai Kona?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Mar 2019

The combined average is 72 L/100 km, the extra urban consumption is 5.8 L/100km, and the urban consumption is 9.7 L/100 km.

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Is the Hyundai Kona all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive?

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Feb 2019

The Hyundai Kona doesn't have the option for switchable diff locking, or a low-range ratio gearbox, so it should be considered all wheel drive instead of a 4x4 (which includes those features for off-road driving).

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Can a Hyundai Kona tow a trailer?

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Feb 2019

Hyundai's Kona small SUV carries a tow capacity of 1250kg (braked) or 600kg (unbraked), but that is total weight so you really shouldn't expect it to handle much more than light loads in very small trailers.

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Hyundai Kona: How long is it?

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Feb 2019

The Hyundai Kona is 4165mm long

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