In this episode of the Munro Live Hyundai Kona EV series, Sandy is back to give his honest review of the feel, ease of use, and drive experience of this vehicle.
Interesting side note, one of our associates found himself without the use of his ICE vehicle after breaking down, and so was allowed to borrow the Kona for the night. This was his first time driving an EV and as this calamity befell him at the end of the day, no one had the time to give him quick tutorial. But that didn’t matter one bit. The car was intuitive and easy to figure out and more importantly, impressed him so much he is considering buying one.
Sandy steps into the Kona and comes up with his first critique which is he implores all car makers to adopt the “no door handle design” as found on the Ford Mach-E. Sandy also remarks on the proliferation of buttons on the IP that seem to fulfil redundant roles. Sandy reminds the viewers that adding a button results in about a dollar of cost per vehicle, give or take, when considering total accounted cost (engineering, tooling, labor, part cost, testing, etc.). When you also have a screen that performs all of those functions, the redundancy is just not needed and only adds expense. That being said, Sandy has no problem navigating through the screens and finds the system easy to use.
After some time playing around with Coast Energy Regeneration settings in the Hyundai Kona EV, Sandy is off on his drive. Sandy likes the feel of the steering wheel and in general the comfort of the car. On the highway, Sandy plays around with driver assist and takes the vehicle down the same sweeping curve that the Ford Mach-E had issues with. The Hyundai Kona EV however took the curve perfectly without Sandy’s helping hands and that is impressive to him.
Sandy finishes up the episode going through point by point that features he likes and doesn’t, but to hear what he has to say, you have to watch the video by clicking below:
In this Hyundai Kona EV Undercarriage Review episode of Munro Live, Cory and Kevin have a look at the high/low voltage wiring, SORB strategy, structure, suspension, and more.
Our episode starts off with Cory and Kevin pointing a few things that weren’t mentioned in our previous episode. Firstly, that the battery box hangs lower than the cradle, as demonstrated when Cory holds up a level to the battery box. This is a surprising find as this was an issue with the original Tesla Model S when it was first launched. Even though you can buy a polypropylene shield for this, the issue is passing the cinderblock test. Under highway conditions, if you ran over a block it would rip out the wires and damage the battery box.
The team moves on to the SORB (Small Overlap Rigid Barrier) strategy for partial front impact. The design on Hyundai’s newer vehicles seems to focus on trying to get away from having to use a perimeter cradle. The design doesn’t include small overlap rigid tusks or integration with the front end module, which we see on other vehicles. The Kona ICE vehicle performs/scores acceptable for SORB but we are interested in seeing how the EV version holds us. The vehicle employs a defensive strategy where the structure around the passenger occupant home is affording the vast majority of the protection with double shear brackets and an S/Y blend of body structure redirecting the energy away from critical areas.
While Hyundai does employ low cost impact solutions as mentioned above, there are certain places that they spend the extra for quality such as the very refined and efficient knuckle forging.
Looking at the EDM (Electric Drive Module) Cory points out that the output of the gearbox in not centered and instead biased to the left. This also means the the the two front half-shafts are different lengths which creates a certain amount of torque steer feeling when driving the vehicle. While Sandy pointed out that he liked the idea of integrating the AC compressor into the EDM, but Cory demonstrates that this is a trade as it then requires you to have very long cooling lines that travel along the underside of the car to reach all the places it’s needed.
The team goes on to talk about NVH issues on the EDM as well as findings on the rear suspension. But to see what our finds, you have to watch the video below:
In this first episode of the Hyundai Kona EV series, Sandy gives the viewers his first impressions of the vehicle. Sandy starts off with a walk around and some general comparisons between this EV and the KIA Niro. Sandy points out that between the Niro and the Hyundai Kona, the kilowatt hours are the same, seemingly uses the same battery, yet the Niro cost is higher. Moreover the electric motors have the same horse power, but the Niro has a 239 mile range and the yet somehow the Hyundai Kona has 258 mile range. For Sandy this is a major headscratcher.
There are some other similarities in styling between the Niro and the Kona, including one of Sandy’s favorite features – the charging plug located at the front of the car, making pulling into the charging station easier. It even has the added benefit of a light bar indicating the charge of the battery.
From a gaps perspective, Sandy finds the fit and finish to be of good quality. FFQ is something that Hyundai does well and the Kona is no exception.
Moving on to the interior, right off the bat Sandy is a fan of the steering wheel as well as the button placements on the console and screen on on the dash. Having the ability to sit in the car and instantly understand where everything important on the instrument panel and console is a major criteria that Sandy judges against when comparing vehicles. Design should be intuitive for function.
Sandy also likes the light placement for the mirror within the sun visor which, according to Sue, is a better to be from above than coming from the mirror itself. Sandy tries out the backseat and finds it surprisingly comfortable and is impressed by the French seams in the stitching.
Sandy moves to the trunk where he finds some surprise things that he likes and finally to the area under the hood, which he doesn’t like so much, but to find out what his pet peeves are, you will have to watch the video below: