Rarely do you see such a broad spread of individual section scores in an Autocar road test as the Kona Electric has attracted. The car’s powertrain is a revelation, partly for its potency and partly for how finely you can control it – but mostly for the unrivalled cruise range it offers.
For an EV priced like this, 200 miles of genuine and usable range would have been class-leading (for the record, we’d wager it’s exactly what Hyundai’s cheaper Kona Electric should offer). But 300 miles (more, at times) should make this a credible ownership proposition for many who have overlooked electric cars thus far.
How frustrating it is, then, that it falls notably short of the handling sophistication, practicality and perceived quality we’ve a right to expect in any £30,000 car.
If the Kona is the only EV at once in your price bracket and likely to meet your transport needs, it may well be in a league of one; and its weaknesses might therefore seem unimportant. We don’t have such freedom to overlook them, though, and must conclude that the market’s most usable, affordable EV isn’t quite its best.