Hyundai Kona EV Review

The Hyundai Kona EV Limited is a great electric SUV with a 258-mile range and upgraded tech and safety features. Joe Mauro bought his Kona last October and while he is still discovering its features, he enjoys its smooth and comfortable drive. The Kona is front-wheel drive, has heated seats, and allows for a gradation of the sensitivity of safety and convenience features, which include forward collision-avoidance assist, lane-keeping assist, high beam assist, driver attention warning, smart cruise control, blind-spot collision warning, and rear cross-traffic collision warning. Joe loves its instant acceleration and quick response time as well as the regenerative braking feature, which can also be adjusted between three levels of sensitivity. 

Switching from his previous car, a 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, Joe enjoys the sporty similarities between the two. He test drove a Tesla and Nissan LEAF as well but settled on the Hyundai Kona EV due to its superior Consumer Reports review. In addition, by speaking with Denver Metro Clean Cities team members, Bonnie and Steve Trowbridge, Joe was able to take advantage of the $7,500 federal tax credit and the $4,000 (2020) state tax credit. 

Charging at home is easy, and Joe relies on his Level 1 charger as well as a 4.25 kWh solar panel system to power his car. For the most part, electricity to charge his Kona EV is free due to his solar panels, and Joe is thinking about upgrading to a Level 2 charger for a quicker charge. He hasn’t used any charging stations outside of his home yet, but looks forward to using the free charging stations around Denver.

Joe Mauro’s Hyundai Kona EV Limited with his rooftop solar panels behind.

Watch a virtual tour of the Hyundai Kona EV by Alex Zavala at Schomp Hyundai in Aurora, CO.