Kona 64kWh

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Scally
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Re: Kona 64kWh

Postby Scally » Thu May 09, 2019 11:21 am

What do I need to check for at pick-up? Two charging cables, obviously. Software upgrades?
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Re: Kona 64kWh

Postby Chunkybuns » Thu May 09, 2019 11:44 am

You can.....I didn't.... But you can :lol:

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Re: Kona 64kWh

Postby Chunkybuns » Mon May 27, 2019 2:59 pm

Been awful quiet Scally. Is that a good thing?? Did you get the car yet?

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Re: Kona 64kWh

Postby Scally » Mon May 27, 2019 10:16 pm

Finally picked up the (ceramic blue) Kona 64 SE today from Hyundai Stirling: long story, but the EST computer lost the application for a loan on 2nd April, and took 8 more weeks to finally process it, with the result that the car stood there for over three weeeks awaiting the finance.. Anyway, she's a lovely car, and will find a good home here to replace my wife's aging 2010 Nissan Note. Yes, six years after buying Nissan Leaf #1 in 2013, we are finally an all-electric family!

My wife was too nervous to drive her home from Stirling, so I manfully stood up to the crease :lol:

First impressions very favourable: l like the high seat position and HUD, instrumentation looks good, plenty of features to explore, fun to drive, great acceleration.

Steering wheel a bit plasticky for my taste, but thats really just a quibble - oh, and the wrong kind of Kona driver side floor mat was provided... for some bizarre reason - it doesnt fit the hooks.

It has been a bit of an epic two year search: it was obvious we needed to replace the rattly 2010 Nissan Note after 100,000 miles, but ...,Which Car?
We tried many of them: the Nissan Leaf 40, Jaguar i-Pace, BMW i3, even the rather lovely Kia Soul, Tesla, but none of them really sang to us
The Kona finally just hit our sweet spot: affordable, great performance, huge range, great looks, and building on the superbly efficient engineering of the Ioniq, (a car I greatly admire but just don't fancy, stylewise) ;-) I'm so glad we put down the deposit in September, and proud to be one in a Thousand!
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Re: Kona 64kWh

Postby Chunkybuns » Tue May 28, 2019 2:35 pm

That's great to hear. I have to say, my experience with the Kona has been fantastic.

I enjoyed driving my Leaf, but having 250-300 miles of range and all the toys makes for a far more enjoyable experience.

I didn't even realise I had range anxiety until I didn't have it anymore.

Even driving from Aberdeen to Great Yarmouth in the depths of winter wasn't a major headache. Something I wouldn't have tackled in the Leaf even in the height of summer.

Look forward to hearing about your experience going forward. :D

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Re: Kona 64kWh

Postby Scally » Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:52 pm

Off next weekend to Cheltenham, with a side trip to Heathrow: that should test the range and functions quite well, I think. Nearly 1,000 miles in 4 days. Looking foorward to it, but a bit nervous of the Ecotricity ones, will try some other rapids.
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Re: Kona 64kWh

Postby Chunkybuns » Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:29 am

Google the Lidl chargers on your route. They are pod point and free.

That's all I used once I left Scotland. Knaresborough and Norwich were particularly good.

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Re: Kona 64kWh

Postby Scally » Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:24 am

I just used Ecotricity (and the granny charger) : got good results at both Kinnington Lake and Stafford.
Blown away: to do a 360 mile trip in one stop coming home is a revelation. And at a steady 70 mph on autopilot too!
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Re: Kona 64kWh

Postby Scally » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:16 pm

2500 miles since 27th May: and the Kona is still like driving a dream: I've a few minor quibbles, but mainly because there is so much new tech like paddles and autopilot stuff to get your head around and the acceleration is eye-poppingly startling: but yes, I have had five adults in there, and yes, the car really does deliver a true 265 miles range. Still love our Leaf, but Kona is King.
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Re: Kona 64kWh

Postby Chunkybuns » Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:40 am

I agree. When I put my order in the quoted range was 300 miles and based on my Leaf experience I figured if it did 80% of that I would be happy. Then they reduced the quoted range to 279 which disappointed me but still effectively meant 220 miles based on my driving style. Well bugger me, in winter I was getting 250 and now its warm I'm getting 270-280. I really am loving driving the car. Like you, I have a few niggles around certain design aspects, but overall I am very satisfied and actually wish I had bought two.


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