Hyundai Kona Electric - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Kona Electric should prove inexpensive to run, maintain and insure

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Filling a Hyundai Kona EV's battery with electricity will cost a fraction of the amount you'll spend on a tank of petrol or diesel in other Kona models. What's more, if Hyundai's claims are to be believed, the most expensive 64kWh version will take you up to 300 miles before needing to be plugged in and charged again.

Those who don't expect to make such long journeys can opt for the less expensive 39kWh 'small battery' option, and this can manage a still-impressive 200 miles on a full charge. These range predictions have been calculated using the latest WLTP economy testing procedure, which should mean they're achievable in real-world conditions.

As with any other electric car, you'll still need to plan your driving routine around trips to the charger, but an 80% boost from a public 50kW fast-charger can be delivered in just 75 minutes. Many families already spend this much time eating at motorway services, so it's not necessarily a major inconvenience as part of a longer journey. A full charge from the optional 7kW home charger takes just under 10 hours.

Electricity aside, running costs should be minimal. With fewer mechanical parts than a petrol or diesel model, reliability should be assured and servicing costs should be low – although Hyundai has yet to confirm pricing. Service plans will be available, though, and can be arranged to suit your annual mileage expectations.

Hyundai provides a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty with every new car sold in the UK, and the Kona Electric also carries an eight-year/125,000-mile warranty on its high-voltage battery.

As a zero-emissions vehicle with a purchase price below £40,000, the Kona Electric is exempt from road tax – further reducing annual running costs.

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