The Kona Electric: Connected and caring

- To suit customers’ varied lifestyles, the Kona Electric contains advanced connectivity and navigation features.

To enhance seamless integration of the driver’s smartphone, making operation more intuitive and safe while driving, the car features Hyundai’s Display Audio system as standard, which offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity. This way, users can control their music, telephone or navigation functions on the 7-inch capacitive colour LCD touchscreen, while remaining focused on the road. A separate, 7-inch information screen located in the centre of the instrument cluster between the two dials is standard for Kona Electric.

Kona Electric models from the Premium trim level receive a 10.25” touch screen navigation system which features the Bluelink® telematics system. Bluelink® is Hyundai’s smartphone app based connected car service that enables drivers to carry out a number of different functions whilst away from their Kona Electric, including remote start, activate climate control when connected to a vehicle charger, allow drivers to unlock the car doors remotely by entering the Bluelink® user PIN and remind the driver of the vehicles parked location. In addition to the driver convenience features, Bluelink® serves as a convenient diagnostic tool which will notify the driver of any vehicle maintenance issues that require attention. In response to customer feedback, Kona Electric Premium and above specification also sees the introduction of the Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW) function as standard equipment. Previously a customer option, ISLW uses the Kona Electric’s front camera, combined with information from the navigation system, to identify road speed signs and no-passing signs in real time, displaying the information on the navigation system display, drivers instrument cluster and head up display. The 10.25” touch screen system also features Bluetooth connectivity and subscription free Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Wireless inductive charging

To ensure that occupants’ phones are always charged, the Kona Electric also provides a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones. The phone’s charging status is visualised with a small indicator light above. To ensure that the phone will not be forgotten inside the car, the central display in the instrument cluster shows a reminder when switching off the car.

For additional connectivity, the Kona Electric comes as standard with a USB port and an AUX jack.

High-end sound system by Krell

For a premium audio experience, Kona Electric offers a high-end sound system by audio manufacturer Krell, featuring eight speakers including two 20 mm tweeters, four 160 mm woofer speakers, one 100 mm centre speaker and a 200 mm subwoofer speaker. The eight-channel amplifier delivers 45 W per channel to maximise the audio experience inside the car.

Hyundai SmartSense: Highest level of active safety

Kona Electric features Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance technologies, to comply with the highest European safety standards: Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition (AEB), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keep Assist (LKA, which is standard), Lane Follow Assist (LFA), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) including Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) with Stop & Go

Using front radar sensors, ASCC with Stop & Go keeps a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking. If traffic comes to a halt, the Stop & Go system applies the brake until the car comes to a standstill, and then accelerates to the desired speed as soon as the road is clear. If the vehicle stops for longer than three seconds, the driver must activate the system again with the steering wheel controls, or by briefly pressing the accelerator pedal. The system operates from 0 to 110 mph.

Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition (AEB)

The Kona Electric is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition (AEB), an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, braking automatically if required. Using front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, then controlling the braking according to the collision danger level, and finally applying maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage when a collision is unavoidable. The system is activated when a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, operating at speeds of 5 mph or above.

Lane Keep Assist (LKA)

Lane Keep Assist alerts the driver to unsafe movements at over 35 mph by sensing the car’s road position. It sounds an alarm before the car moves over white, grey and blue lines, as well as raised road markers, and warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.

Lane Follow Assist (LFA)

The system helps the driver to keep in the centre of the lane by controlling the steering. It works from a standstill up to speeds of 90 mph on both highways and inter-urban roads. LFA and ASCC work together to ensure the highest possible driver convenience.

Blind Spot Detection (BSD)

Also using radar, the Blind Spot Detection (BSD) monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. If the driver then activates the indicators, an audible signal is emitted. This also applies to lane change situations in which a vehicle is detected.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) warns the driver and applies the brakes automatically to avoid collisions when vehicles approach from the side, or when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility. Using the rear corner radars, the system scans a 180-degree area behind the vehicle. RTCA operates once reverse gear is engaged.

High Beam Assist

The headlights are available with state-of-the-art LED technology, pairing daylight-like illumination with a long lifetime and significantly lower energy consumption than halogen lights. When switched to automatic mode, High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night, and changes to low-beam as appropriate, reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, the system automatically reactivates the high beam. The static Low Beam Assist (LBA-S) turns additional cornering lights on and off according to the vehicle speed and steering angle.

Highest passive safety

Kona Electric benefits from superior rigidity through the application of high-strength steel, high impact energy absorption and minimised distortion, enhancing passive safety to protect passengers in the event of a collision.

Thanks to hot stamping being applied over an enlarged area and a ring-shaped cabin shell structure with ultra-high-strength steel, the safety zone has been enlarged to achieve top-level crashworthiness. The multiload-pass structure of the cabin disperses energy in various directions in the event of a collision and reduces the impact.

Around the interior of the Kona Electric, a total of six airbags are installed (two front airbags, two side airbags and two curtain airbags from first to second row, protecting both driver and passengers).

** Lifetime MapCare™ is the commercial term for Hyundai’s subscription to the MapCare™ programme, with which annual map updates are assured for eligible Hyundai vehicles for a minimum period of ten years after the model’s end of production.