February 25, 2024
2024 Hyundai Kona

2024 Hyundai Kona: A Preview of the Upcoming Electric Models

The 2024 Hyundai Kona has undergone a complete redesign with a focus on electric powertrains. While the gasoline-fed models are hitting showrooms first, it is clear that the electric version is the main highlight of this new Kona.

The gasoline models we drove featured a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 190 horsepower. However, the peak torque of 195 lb-ft is reached at just 1,700 rpm, making the Kona feel lively and responsive. The eight-speed automatic transmission handles the wide span between peak outputs well, but can sometimes hesitate during aggressive maneuvers.

Despite being designed primarily as an electric vehicle, the new platform provides ample space for both passengers and cargo. The Kona is now slightly larger, offering more rear-seat legroom and increased cargo space. The interior has also been revamped, featuring a 12.3-inch driver information screen and infotainment display. However, we experienced some issues with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity in the pre-production models we tested.

For the electric version, the 2024 Kona will feature a 150-kW output and a 64.8-kWh battery, providing an estimated range of 260 miles. A lower-cost option with a smaller battery and shorter range will also be available. The EV models will have the capability to recharge from DC fast chargers and can even return power to the home or grid.

In terms of dimensions, the new Kona is longer, wider, and slightly taller than its predecessor. Despite its larger size, the Kona maintains a low drag coefficient of 0.27. This increase in size translates to more interior room, particularly for rear-seat passengers. The cargo space has also been expanded to 25.5 cubic feet, and the EV version will even have a frunk with additional storage space.

Overall, the 2024 Hyundai Kona offers several improvements over its predecessor. While there are a few quirks and adjustments required, they are not deal breakers. The electric version, although not available for testing yet, is expected to be a great addition to the market. With its increased range and advanced features, the Kona EV has the potential to be a strong contender in the electric vehicle segment.

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1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
2. We have leveraged AI tools to mine information and compile it