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2024 Hyundai Kona Electric on sale in Australia, price from $54,000

The new, 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric has landed in Australia, offering more space inside, more advanced technology, and increased range capability.

Taking on the latest Kona design language, the new model jumps to Hyundai-Kia’s K3 platform which helps not only boost driving dynamics, but increases cabin space. It also accommodates the latest tech from the company.

Three variants are being launched, including a Standard Range model featuring a 48.6kWh battery, powering a 99kW front-mounted electric motor. It offers a range of 370km on the WLTP cycle.

If that’s not enough, Hyundai is offering an Extended Range variant, also available in Premium trim. It uses a 64.8kWh battery, feeding a 150kW front-mounted electric motor. Torque has been reduced to 255Nm compared with the outgoing 395Nm setup.

Depending on if you have the 17-inch alloy wheels fitted or the 19-inch wheels, the range is 505km and 444km, respectively. Unfortunately, there isn’t a dual-motor all-wheel drive option.

Hyundai says the new model offers faster charging than before, and it offers bi-directional charging (V2L). Using AC power the maximum intake has been increased from 7.2kW to 10.4kW, while DC power at 100kW can take the battery from 10-80 per cent in around 45 minutes.

A new heat pump system has been introduced for cabin heating. It uses waste heat energy from vehicle components to help warm the cabin. This setup helps to increase the vehicle’s range by reducing the load on electrical system when climate settings are turned on.

As with the regular new Kona and Kona Hybrid, the 2024 model has grown in dimensions, allowing for more cabin space. The new model is 150mm longer and 10mm taller, and the wheelbase is 60mm longer.

As a result, rear passengers receive 77mm of extra legroom, the boot capacity grows from 332L to 407L, and the boot floor stretches a further 172mm in length. There’s also 25mm more shoulder space in the front and 17mm more in the back.

Other highlights for the new model include a space-saver spare wheel, i-Pedal one-pedal driving functionality, and a smart new regenerative braking technology that can automatically apply regenerative pressure or coasting, depending on the road incline and vehicle behaviour.

The new model is on sale now from the following prices (excluding on-road costs). See further below for the highlight standard features. Our review and video will be up on January 19, as per the Australian media embargo.

2024 Hyundai Kona Electric Standard Range 99kW/48.6kWh: $54,000

2024 Hyundai Kona Electric Extended Range 150kW/64.8kWh: $58,000
2024 Hyundai Kona Electric Extended Range Premium 150kW/64.8kWh: $68,000

Brett Davis

Brett started out as a motor mechanic but eventually became frustrated working on cars that weren't his. He then earned a degree in journalism and scored a job at Top Gear Australia back in 2008, and then worked at Zoom/Extreme Performance magazines, CarAdvice, and started PerformanceDrive/PDriveTV in 2011 with Josh Bennis, and ran it for 12 years. He's now the owner and managing editor here at Driving Enthusiast.

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