2021 Kona Electric
Hyundai’s Kona Electric has recently reached the 100,000 milestone in global sales and has been making waves since its introduction, winning multiple prestigious awards including Best Small Family Car in the inaugural TopGear Electric Awards, Best Electric Vehicle by U.S. News & World Report
Hyundai’s 2021 Kona Electric rides on a cutting-edge CUV platform and is Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover for the North American market, appealing to consumers with active, eco-focused lifestyles of all kinds. Kona Electric’s exterior styling features voluminous, aggressive body styling complemented by a low and wide stance for great looks and confident handling in a variety of urban and adventure-oriented driving environments.
SPACIOUS, COMFORTABLE INTERIOR
The unique features of the exterior continue inside with a strong horizontal character line creating a wide and spacious feel. Even with its compact dimensions and low roofline, the Kona Electric delivers outstanding interior roominess, especially front headroom.
The sleek and simple interior accentuates the modern and efficient exterior design. Kona Electric exclusive shift-by-wire drive controls are supported by a centre console upper bridge element with an integrated open-access lower storage bin for convenience. The audio/navigation display incorporates advanced infotainment features and the seamless navigation 10.25-inch touchscreen includes standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ capability.
Kona Electric also offers available advanced active safety features, including standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which uses the car’s front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously. Three additional available systems also utilize the standard front-view camera to boost safety and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (on LED-headlight-equipped models), and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).
By sensing road markings, Lane Keeping Assist helps to prevent accidental lane departure by automatically steering the car if required. High Beam Assist automatically controls the high beam headlights depending on surroundings, while the Driver Attention Warning system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to help detect driver fatigue or careless driving.
Available Kona Electric radar systems also assist with the Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) to help detect approaching vehicles that may be obscured from view during highway driving. The Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning helps detect when another vehicle may have entered the car’s rearward path, such as backing out of a parking spot, and may provide a driver alert.
ADVANCED INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY
Kona Electric offers a full suite of sophisticated technologies paired with user-friendly functionality to keep passengers informed and entertained. The premium infotainment system offers various advanced connectivity features, including standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio and Blue Link® LTE-powered connectivity. The standard seven-inch colour LCD display includes AM/FM/MP3 touchscreen audio, auxiliary inputs, voice-command recognition, Rear View Monitor, SiriusXM radio, HD radio, CarPlay® and Android Auto®. The available 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation display includes Blue Link, traffic flow and incident data via HD radio, Infinity® premium audio with eight speakers, subwoofer and Clari-Fi ™ music-restoration technology. Smartphone integration is also included in the premium system.
Kona Electric offers wireless-device charging. To charge a device, simply place a compatible smartphone on the wireless-charging interface located in the center console storage, recharging without the need for cables. The system indicates when the phone has fully charged, reminds occupants to remove their phone when exiting the vehicle, and detects when a foreign object is in the recharging area that could interfere with charging. The system is fully compliant with WPC’s Qi standard for ease of use.