Hyundai Australia has introduced a Kona Electric Standard Range SUV and reduced prices of its Extended Range variants.

The renamed Kona Electric Extended Range (150kW / 64kWh) Elite and Highlander powertrain variants have received $1,500 and $2,000 MLP reductions respectively.

Not that they are cheap in real terms, see our price and specifications sheets that are part of this review.

“The new Kona Electric Standard Range gives customers zero-emissions electric motoring in an attractive, sporty and practical small SUV, and at more accessible price.” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jun Heo said.

“It is Hyundai’s intention to establish leadership for eco cars in Australia. We already have the most diverse range of electrified vehicles including Kona Electric, NEXO our hydrogen-powered SUV and the soon to launch game changing IONIQ 5.

“Hyundai is leading Australia’s charge towards a greener transport future.”

The Kona Electric Standard Range powertrain has a 327V, 39.2kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The Standard Range 39.2kWh battery drive through a 100kW permanent-magnet synchronous motor.

The Standard Range powertrain offers a real-world all-electric range of up to 305km when tested to WLTP standards. The Extended Range is unchanged at 484 km.

The instant acceleration provided by 395Nm of torque one rpm should make it real fun to drive. We will borrow one for our usual week’s road test and confirm our thoughts.

Kona Electric Standard Range Elite: $54,500
Kona Electric Standard Range Highlander: $58,000
Kona Electric Extended Range Elite: $60,500
Kona Electric Extended Range Highlander: $64,000
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Hyundai dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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