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From Kolding, denmark to Hirtshals in hyundai's new popular electric car

It is rare that a new Hyundai is among the year's most hyped cars. But there are exceptions, and one of them is now in front of me.

it's called The Kona Electric, lands in denmark around the turn of the year and is in the final round for this Year's Car in Denmark until 2019. We test the car over a few days, ending with a trip from Kolding, denmark to Hirtshals.

the Car is available with two battery sizes, 39,2 kWt and 64 kWt, on paper send the scope up, respectively, 312 or 482 kilometers after the new WLTPnorm.

Prices start at the 270,000 dollars for the small battery and 300,000 for the large, and the electric Hyundai attaches itself thus in a price range, which almost makes it popular.

the Price will also get the car to stand out from the many other electric cars, swarming forward with long ranges for the majority is almost twice as expensive premiumbiler.

Kona Electric is at the same time, a high crossover model, which is hitting today's trend.

Actually, there are not many competitors in the same size, and the Nissan Leaf with a range of 270 kilometers (WLTP) is the nearest.

We test the car with the big battery pack and the motor of 204 horsepower, as well as the highest udstyrstrim 'Premium' for a total price of 340.000 euros. For comparison, the cost of the Nissan Leaf from 284.000 crowns. the
the Car can be set in four different driving modes. Photo: Jens Overgaard
Clinical interior
Kona Electric can be known on its vindglatte front without a traditional grille.

In the cabin you sit high as in the car's gasoline-and diesel-powered sisters, while, in turn, has adopted the soft clothing of the dashboard from the other.

instead, one must settle with the unrelenting, gray plastic.

It gives a little bit of clinical atmosphere, but is not synonymous with resonance and noise, as one might fear. Rather on the contrary.

Kona is one of the most quiet electric cars we have driven, and even rumlestøjen is well wrapped.

the Operation is simple and logical.

the Gear is controlled by the letbetjente push buttons, and the car can also be set in the køreprogrammerne 'Sport', 'Comfort', 'Eco' and the more spartan 'Eco Plus', where among other things, the heating system switched off.

It is also possible to control how much energy the car needs to regenerate during braking by using the pedals behind the steering wheel. It works just fine.

When we pick up the car, it is fully charged, and the display indicates that the range is about 450 kilometers. The figure however is slightly elastic. The first day with the car, where we drive the 45 miles with city and highway use, it uses only 30 kilometers on the counter.

It shows that one can get much out of the battery, when one follows the traffic with easy speederfod, has foresight and uses the powerful regeneration as a motor.

Up through Jutland flicking through all driving modes, but with the constant, fluid and sensible driving. It is no secret that the highway drains electric cars, and as we land in Hirtshals, there are 30 miles left in the battery.

The overall result, which ends up with 350 miles on one charge with mixed use, of which 250 kilometres of highway, is preliminarily approved; there is potential in the car - with the caveat that we have not tested it over a longer period of time in the cold and frost.
the Cabin is clinically with a large amount of hard plastic. Photo: Jens Overgaard
Letkørt electric car
Behind the wheel is experienced Kona Electric a long way towards as an ordinary crossover. The shocks are firm but comfortable, while the steering is pretty accurate and retningsstabiliteten good.

In the traffic offers the electric car on nicely with the forces of even the 'Eco'programme, which many will be able to cope with.

'Comfort'setting provides more power for overtaking, while 'Sport' gives a direct, straightforward and fun acceleration.

In the daily is Kona Electric practical with a high ceiling and reasonable space on the rear seats, where the underlying battery pack does not take so much space, that it does something. The boot is reasonable, but with its 322 litres 40 less than a standard Kona.

the Charging of the car battery is done through a connector, which is hidden under a cover in the forkofangeren.

It takes respectively 19 and 31 hours to charge the small and the large battery, if you only have a regular outlet to connect the car to the. A wallboks in the garage, however, can cut the charging time down to six or nine hours.

the car Must be left up along the way on the trip, can the big battery to reach 80 percent in a little time, if you mind you will find a rapid charger at 100 kW - them, however, there is still quite a few of here at home.

according to the size of an electric car as Kona Electric is still an expensive car. The benzinog diesel models starting at 185.000 dollars, but the amount of equipment justifies, nevertheless, is the price.

A diesel Hyundai Kona with 136 hp, automatic transmission, and the 'Premium'equipment costs, for example, also small of 300,000 crowns.

Even with the cheapest equipment package, 'Trend', there are a number of sikkershedssystemer with. Among other things the emergency brake with fodgængergenkendelse, adaptive cruise control, vognbaneassistent and partial digital instrumentation, while the 'Premium'model also features among other things, head-up display, infotainmentskærm eight-inch, LED headlights and skiltegenkendelse. the
Charging is done with a plug in the car's bumper design. Photo: Jens Overgaard
Conclusion
Hyundai Kona Electric is a good package, hits spot on with its long range, practicality, generous equipment and reasonable prices. If prices hold, and the range does not change noticeably in the cold weather in our latitudes, so have Kona Electric all the characteristics to be a hit.

Hyundai Kona Electric

64 kWt, 'Premium'

339.995 crowns

482 kilometers (WLTP)

204 hp, 395 Nm.

167 km/h.

with 7.6 seconds

4,18/1,80/1,57 meters.

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