Hyundai Kona Electric gets sporty with new N Line model

Two new N Line models add some more jazz and groove to the already formidable Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona Electric has always been an impressive all-rounder. We recently reviewed the second-generation model with futuristic new looks and sophisticated upgrades at ev.tips.

Our impressions were similar this time around as the previous model: a refined, comfortable, spacious, safe car that’s it’s efficient, easy to drive, practical and most importantly, competitively priced — especially important in the compact SUV category where competition is fierce and choice aplenty.

But now, taking the already formidable electric version to a next step, Hyundai has introduced the brand-new N Line model, which is basically the South Korean manufacturer’s way of saying that it’s jazzed up with some sportiness.

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The Kona, which has won a number of accolades in the awards season, including Auto Express 2023 Car of the Year, and is also Hyundai’s best-selling electric car in Europe, now is certain to garner an ever wider appeal with the N Line.

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The company has announced that the sporty Kona will be available in two trims: N-Line, priced at £40,395 and the N-Line S trim, available for a little more at £43,095. The models come with new bumpers at the front and back, new side skirts and unique 19-inch alloy wheels.

And of course, there are the sporty ‘N’Line’ badges so others know you picked a ‘Sporty’ Kona – with the interior treated to sports seats, red highlights and red stitching, as well as ambient lighting, heated seats front and back, powered tailgate and wireless phone charger.

The N Line S meanwhile, builds on the N Line with additional equipment including N Line Alcantara and leather-trimmed seats that are both heated and ventilated, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control with rear air vents and Bose premium sound system with seven speakers and subwoofer.

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Hyundai also added that the N Line will be eventually offered with the smaller 48kWh battery, but for now, it’s just in the larger 65kWh battery form, which we feel is a weird choice as it is more than likely to reduce the range. But maybe Hyundai isn’t too bothered with the range performance on the sportier models. But we expect the range to be somewhat similar to the Ultimate spec version of the regular Kona, around 280 miles (though in our real-world tests, it came out to be about 230 miles).

And not that there was the need, but Hyundai has still confirmed that neither the N Line nor N Line additions impact on the Kona Electric 64kWh model’s efficiency or performance. Like on the standard car, the larger rims decrease range to 282 miles and the 0-62mph time stands at 7.8 seconds, with the twin-motors producing 188 lb-ft of torque.

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