Driven: 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric Is Subcompact Electric Excellence

Driven: 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric Is Subcompact Electric Excellence



The Kona Electric is a small car, and while the front has room for adults with elbows, the back is a little cramped and best used for kids, laptop bags, or purses. The seating positioning is high even in its lowest position, and the Limited trim gets power adjustments in eight directions for the driver and leather-trimmed seats for everyone compared to the cloth items on the base trim.Hyundai’s infotainment system is intuitive to navigate, particularly in 10.25-inch size as standard on the Limited trim, and the buttons surrounding it are well marked, something we’ve missed during recent Volkswagen reviews. Both models now get a 10.25-inch digital cluster, which looks good and responds well. The seats are comfortable, something we’ve also stopped taking for granted in entry-level models since driving the Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Cargo space is another consideration, and its 19.2 cubic feet is par for the sub-compact crossover course. That’s enough cargo space with the seats up for a weekend away for a couple and not much more. The Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf offer better rear passenger legroom and more cargo space, but it’s not a night and day difference.