Hyundai Kona Electric launched in Nepal for Rs. 51,96,000

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Hyundai has launched the all-new Kona Electric in Nepal. It was quite a surprise to us when the company unveiled the compact SUV in Nepal. The Kona electric comes in only one variant and is priced at Rs. 51,96,000.

Laxmi Intercontinental, the sole authorized distributor of Hyundai cars in Nepal had launched the Hyundai Ioniq in the Nada Auto Show 2018 making the Kona their 2nd fully electric car for Nepal.

The Kona is available in petrol, diesel and electric power-plant abroad. However, for the time being, the company is not launching the diesel nor the petrol variant of the compact-SUV in Nepal. Also, unlike in most of the European countries which get to choose one of the two battery pack sizes, here, you will be only able to get the 39.2-kWh battery pack. To be honest, it’s not a bad thing. The smaller battery pack is the reason why the Kona is priced so competitively.

Features of the Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai Kona Electric looks quite distinctive thanks to the closed grille up front. The Aero wheels (wheels designed to be more aerodynamic for better efficiency) also look unique. The headlights are placed where you would expect a fog-lamp. It looks like an SUV but sits quite low to the ground. Add all these things up and you will find that the Kona Electric definitely turns head.

It’s not just the exterior that is so quirky. Once you open the bonnet, you will be welcomed with an electric power-plant which looks quite different from the one you will find in oil-burning diesel/petrol vehicles.

The interior is where you will find everything to look normal and feel upmarket. The cabin is quite nice and you will feel the plushness as soon as you enter the cabin.

The electric motor on the Hyundai Kona churns out 135PS of power and provides instantaneous torque. It has one of the best power and torque in its class.

Some of the features of the Kona Electric includes LED DRLs, projector headlamps, concealed front charge port, LED rear lamps, Electric hand-brake with Hill Hold, Paddle Shifter, 6 Airbags , Heated and Ventilated Front Seats and Qi Wireless phone charging.

The Death of Kia Soul EV

Up until now, the Kia Soul EV was the best electric car you could buy in Nepal. The compact SUV was well priced, packed in a lot of features and the interior looked promising. However, the electric range of 180km wasn’t (and still isn’t) all that great.

The Soul EV is available in 2 variants in Nepal: the Soul EV EX I (priced at Rs. 56,00,000) and Soul EV EX II (priced at Rs. 58,00,000).

In comparison, the Hyundai Kona Electric is priced at Rs. 51,96,000 and has an electric range of 300km. That’s whooping 120km more per charge! To add to that, it’s also around Rs. 5,00,000 cheaper! What’s more? The Kona is built in an all-new platform which Hyundai/Kia are likely to use for years to come. The interior of the Kona is also miles ahead compared to that of the Soul EV.

So, if you had been eyeing for the Soul EV, you should definitely look at the Kona Electric (and buy it, probably). It’s also worth mentioning that Hyundai has better service network coverage and also offers better warranty.

Ground Clearance of Hyundai Kona

One question that we have been getting quite a lot recently is the ground clearance of the Hyundai Kona Electric that launched in our country. Unfortunately, for those who had a bit of high expectation about the ground clearance of this vehicle, there’s a bad news.

The ground clearance of Hyundai Kona is 158mm which is the same clearance that you get in the Kona sold in the rest of the world. And it is not a big surprise, actually, since the car is a direct import from Korea (the car is yet to be available in India).

Being completely honest, it’s one of the only few complaints I have about this car. The clearance isn’t all that much. I daily a Volkswagen Polo and it has a ground clearance of just 165mm. I am saying ‘just’ because it bottoms out quite easily (and often!) when the patch of road is uneven (if you live in Kathmandu, it’s not unusual). So, I will leave it to you to do the maths on whether the ground clearance is adequate or not.

Is the Hyundai Kona Electric a good buy in Nepal?

Yes, and yes! Hyundai Kona Electric is definitely a good buy if you are planning to buy a four-wheeler in around Rs.50,00,000 price range. Unlike most of its competitors which are made in India, this one comes straight from Korea and has a sturdier built. It is backed up by a 3-year warranty and gets 8-year warranty on the battery.

Hyundai Nepal which calls the Kona, ‘A Compact SUV’ competes with the likes of Ford Ecosport, Ssangyong Tivoli, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and also the Hyundai Creta.

What is your opinion on the Hyundai Kona Electric? Do let us know in the comments section down below.

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