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Hyundai Kona and Honda e: slowly ma need new excuses

Too little range, as simple as the interest and much too expensive. Up until now it was actually very easy to decide against an electric car. You didn't even have to parrot the wrong studies that you hear at every round table. But now things are getting really tight with the excuses, as the two electric cars that we just had in the test fleet - the Hyundai Kona and the Honda e.

Actually, the fact that they are fundamentally different would speak against dealing with them in one text, but in this case it is different. They show the diversity of the current electric cars so beautifully. One is an SUV with an enormous range, the other is almost a small car, quasi for the urban area, and therefore with a corresponding range.

The Kona is exactly how you imagine an SUV. A feat, the car is also available as a combustion engine, as a hybrid and, on top of that, as an electric car. Well, as an electric car, the Kona costs 8,000 euros more than the gasoline engine, but we now know that you get back the extra investment when you buy it the longer it is in operation - even if the fuel is cheap.

The Honda e is practically the exact opposite of the Kona. It's small, it's cute, with a range of 210 kilometers (according to WLTP), it's not even half that of the Kona, which, according to the standard consumption, can travel 484 kilometers on one charge. So much for the manufacturer's data.

In the test, the values ​​were completely different. The Kona did not even consume 11 kWh instead of the specified 15.4 kWh, and the Honda just 16 kWh per 100 kilometers instead of the 17.8.

Good, heating and air conditioning were just as rarely used in the test as the right foot touched the floor plate - but the result is astonishing. Also because the large SUV is more economical than the compact small car or small compact car. As they want.

The logic behind it

Both manufacturers approach the topic of e-mobility completely differently. Honda relies fully on lifestyle, digital experience and charismatic extravagance. A smartphone came along with the test car. Connectivity. And I'll eat my hat if the test Honda doesn't know my wedding day by now.

A wall of screens - including screen rear-view mirrors - spreads out in front of the driver and front passenger. There you can play a fish aquarium, at least at the stand, and there is even an HDMI connection. The still very young colleague, Thorben, almost toddled himself when he saw him and offered to plug in his game console soon. The boss then gave him the new MX-5 - according to the motto, the boy should play with something clever.

The Hyundai, yes, it is also fully digital, but not so intrusive. You can drive it even if you don't have a cornea from various fact displays on your paws. On the other hand, it is more than just a charging station ahead of the Honda in terms of potential savings when driving.

The Honda is a show-off when it comes to driving. Strong acceleration, strong recuperation. No eco mode. Of course, all of this keeps the electricity meter running.

The Kona has an eco mode and in this an accelerator pedal characteristic that is so gentle that you can drive it economically even with ski boots. The best, however, is the automatic recuperation. If this is activated, the Kona recognizes the traffic ahead and brakes itself when you take your foot off the accelerator so that the decent distance is maintained. It loads the braking energy gained back into the batteries. Once you are used to it, you will never want to be without it again.

Oh yes, we met the colleague from foreign policy by chance and let this skeptic do a lap with the Kona. And what did he say after a good ten minutes? "Why don't we all drive like this for a long time?"

He's also run out of excuses: when stepping on the gas - because an economical electric car accelerates badly from below - as well as because of the comfort and the calculation of the bottom line for such a car after ten years. (Guido Gluschitsch, October 9, 2020)

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