Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

Go for the cheap­est, 39kwh Kona Elec­tric SE and you’ll get a 7.0in touch­screen in­to­tain­ment sys­tem that, de­spite of­fer­ing smart­phone mir­ror­ing, doesn’t have a fit­ted nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem. For some, with­out an easy way to lo­cate and nav­i­gate to a nearby charg­ing sta­tion, that prob­a­bly wouldn’t be an EV in which to take on a long jour­ney.

Our top-spec 64kwh Pre­mium SE test car had Hyundai’s 8.0in sys­tem, as well as a nine-speaker Krell pre­mium au­dio sys­tem, a DAB ra­dio, a Qi wire­less smart­phone charg­ing pad and a fac­tory nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem – all as stan­dard.

The sys­tem is a bit un­re­spon­sive but still easy to use, with nav­i­ga­tion map­ping ren­dered with good de­tail and de­cent clar­ity.

It’s a con­nected sys­tem that pro­vides live traf­fic, weather and other in­for­ma­tion, but it re­lies on your phone’s data con­nec­tion – and the de­tail it gives you on nearby charg­ing sta­tions could be bet­ter.

The au­dio sys­tem sounds fairly strong, but we’ve heard plenty bet­ter for sim­i­lar money.

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