The new face among electric vehicles might not be the most attractive we’ve ever seen — arguably Hyundai designers went a little far with the grille-less front end — but the new, all-electric version of Hyundai’s smallest crossover utility vehicle, the Kona Electric, has a lot to recommend it. As it enters the market, the Kona Electric’s range-before-recharge is longer than any other EV on the market with the exception of the very expensive Teslas.
Its range is just one of its positive features. As a crossover, the Kona offers an elevated driving position and a surprising amount of interior space for a vehicle its size. Its ride and handling are more sporting that we had any right to expect, and its torquey acceleration is wonderfully linear and decently quick. The Kona Electric can be equipped with an impressive array of driver assistance features, and its interior is functional, comfortable and quiet, with none of the irritating whine of earlier EVs.