By Stewart Smith on 2018-02-28 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
SUV from Hyundai
HYUNDAI has launched what it claims is the first fully-electric subcompact SUV on the European market.
The Kona Electric is available with two different powertrains offering a range of up to 300 miles.
With a battery capacity of 39.2kWh, the basic version drives up to 292 miles on a single charge with the motor delivering 135bhp (99 kW). The car has a claimed acceleration time of 7.6 seconds from 0 to 62mph and a top speed of 104mph.
The adjustable regenerative braking system on the Kona Electric allows the driver to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking by using the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel.
The system recuperates additional energy when possible.
Drivers also benefit from the large seven-inch cluster, which displays key information about the car's driving performance and, in addition, the head-up display shows relevant driving information directly to the driver's line of sight.
The Kona Electric offers a range of connectivity features, such as an infotainment system which integrates navigation, media and connectivity features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as wireless charging.
The new eco-model in Hyundai's line-up is equipped with the company's latest active safety and driving assistance technologies. Called SmartSense, it comprises autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection including rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, driver attention warning and speed limit information function.
As far as styling goes the Kona Electric comes with a sleek profile with short rear overhangs and wing-type bumpers, silver side sills, wrap-around claddings with integrated indicator and reversing lights, rear spoilers featuring an integrated LED brake light and 17-inch alloys.
UK on sale date and prices have yet to be announced.
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