Hyundai Kona Engine Problems

Why won't my 2020 Hyundai Kona electric not open or start?

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Sep 2020

This is still a very new model, so there’s not a whole lot of reliability intelligence available yet. Even so, I’m surprised that such a new vehicle has such a glaring problem just a couple of weeks or so out from its delivery as a brand-new car.

The reason the car won’t start when you open the door with the manual key is that the remote should not only unlock the car, but also deactivate the immobiliser and switch on the main electrical circuits that power the Kona. If the remote isn’t unlocking the doors, then it probably isn’t turning on the main systems either, and that’s why you need to reset the battery each time. Hyundai tells me that this car actually has a conventional 12-volt battery, mounted in the conventional place (under the bonnet, just behind the headlight) that powers the functions you’re missing. If this battery has a dud cell or isn’t charging (and it’s just spent several weeks on a ship getting to Australia, remember) then the car will exhibit the symptoms you’re seeing. A trip to the dealer is in order, but your problem is definitely a warranty issue.

By the way, your car is actually not a hybrid at all. It’s a plug-in electric vehicle. A hybrid uses a combination of a petrol engine and electric motor, your car is purely electric.


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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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Can a Hyundai Kona take 91-octane?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Mar 2018

91-octane regular unleaded, and it can accept E10.

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