2022 Hyundai Kona Electric e-Plus EV video review in Malaysia – 136 PS/395 Nm, 305 km range; RM176,838

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric e-Plus EV video review in Malaysia – 136 PS/395 Nm, 305 km range; RM176,838

Having arrived in Malaysia in the fourth quarter of last year, the Hyundai Kona Electric brought battery-electric motoring from the Korean brand before the arrival of the wonderfully futuristic Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Initially arriving in November 2021 in e-Lite and e-Plus variants with a 39.2 kWh battery and the range-topping e-Max with a 64 kWh, it is the e-Plus that is reviewed here in this video, which packs more equipment with the same mechanical specifications as that of the base variant. As tested, the Kona Electric is priced at RM176,838 on-the-road, including the recently reintroduced SST.

The e-Plus with its 39.2 kWh battery gets an electric motor rated to produce 136 PS and 395 Nm of torque, and offers a maximum range of 305 km on a full charge according to WLTP testing protocol.

While the base e-Lite shares its drivetrain with the e-Plus, the latter gets an 11 kW onboard electric charger (like on the e-Max); two charging ports are offered on this electric crossover, for Type 2 AC and CCS2 DC. Charging at 7.2 kW single-phase AC will take around 6.5 hours to go from 10% to 80% state of charge, while charging at 11 kW is done in 4.5 hours.

Meanwhile, the more powerful DC charging method takes 60 minutes at 50 kW DC, and using a 100 kW DC charger will take 47 minutes. By comparison, using the supplied in-cable control box (ICCB) with a domestic three-pin outlet will take 22 hours to charge the 39.2 kWh versions of the Kona Electric.

In terms of safety kit, all versions of the Kona Electric receive six airbags, ESC, ABS, VSM, traction control and hill-start assist. Advanced driver assistance systems consist of lane keeping assist (LKA), lane following assist (LFA), leading vehicle departure alert (LVDA), high beam assist, rear occupant alert and driver attention warning, and AEB for vehicles and pedestrians.

Adding to the standard safety kit, the e-Plus (as well as E-Max) also gains front radar, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist (RCCA) and blind spot collision assist (BCA).

For the price, the Hyundai Kona Electric e-Plus and other variants come with a two-year, 50,000 km manufacturer warranty; to get the full five-year coverage, buyers will have to fork out an additional RM10,000 as an add-on package.

What is the Hyundai Kona Electric like to drive, and live with? Can it handle an out-of-town trip on a single charge of its battery? Watch the video review below, as Jonathan Lee puts the battery-electric B-segment SUV through its paces.

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Mick Chan

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • more practical than mazda mx30

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    • Civic Turbo 2018 on Aug 02, 2022 at 2:36 pm

      Actually very solid and nice to drive
      Went test-drive during launching

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      • Dah Menang Semua on Aug 02, 2022 at 5:55 pm

        Why Honda outsourcing EV platform from GM? Is it because they cannot finish develop all the 3-targeted EV platforms until 2030?

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        • LoL nothing wrong with outsourcing most of p1 and p2 car also outsource from other brand.

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    • Aura89 on Aug 02, 2022 at 6:05 pm

      With that color it looks like a marine mammal

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  • EvSeeker on Aug 02, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    At that Price …. Probably one of the WORSE and Expensive EV luanched. With inferior specs.

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    • YB KInta Kunte on Aug 02, 2022 at 9:22 pm

      Sime Darby has low volume sales across the board..from petrol to EV vehicles.
      They cant do their pricing cheaper like Honda/Toyota.
      So ,they go on premium pricing.If with low volume,u go cheap cheap…perfect recipe for insolvency.

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    • From your statement, it is clearly that you have zero knowledge in EV, just want to bad mouth Hyundai.

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      • Copy Paste on Aug 03, 2022 at 12:05 pm

        Apa kau merepek? Kami bincang harga.EV atau petrol..Hyundai selalu harga mahal.Lu mau EV jual seperti harga Proton?

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  • Mike Tee on Aug 03, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    As someone who is looking to replace a 2012 Prius with an EV I must say they are all priced out of range.

    There is a dearth of offerings at the ~<RM130,000 range for EVs in Malaysia. Kona at RM176k is already at the low end of offerings with revised Leaf pricing (old old tech and Type 1 port) at RM145k

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