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2020 Hyundai Kona Electric rocks a familiar form

Not every EV needs to look like something out of a dime-store novel.

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The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is easy to like. 

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It offers a sense of conventionality that should ease the transition from gas to plug.

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It doesn't hurt that its gas-driven sibling is also very excellent.

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Losing the internal combustion engine means the Kona Electric doesn't need a grille.

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Thus, it's been ditched in favor of a dimpled front end. 

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A panel on the driver's side of the "grille" hides the CCS Combo charging port, and there's a small battery-level gauge right there to let me know the battery's level at a quick glance.

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The Kona Electric's 64-kilowatt-hour battery is good for an EPA-estimated range of 258 miles, or about 4 miles per kilowatt-hour.

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However, in Michigan's 40-degree weather, I never saw the topped-off range displaying higher than 228 miles.

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Driving the Kona Electric as I would any other car, I'm impressed with the economy, which translates to between 3.8 and 4.6 miles per kilowatt-hour, right on track with EPA estimates.

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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out even more pictures of the Kona Electric, and don't forget to read our full review.

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