The Kona Electric is better than the conventional version, though it's significantly more expensive.
Its 201-hp electric motor makes the car quick, with smooth and quiet acceleration.
Its range is a robust 258 miles.
It takes 9 hours to charge the 64-kilowatt-hour battery from empty on a 240-volt connector.
Unlike the regular Kona, the electric version is front-wheel drive only.
It has nimble handling, which makes the Kona responsive when going through corners.
The ride, however, is stiff.
The controls are very straightforward, though the EV has a push-button gear selector that is challenging to use at a glance.
Standard safety features include FCW, AEB, BSW, and rear cross traffic warning.
The Kona Electric is available in limited states.