My new Kona Electric and my first impressions

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by Domenick, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Wildeyed

    Wildeyed Well-Known Member

    It sounds like you had the winter tires installed on the original aluminum rims. I'm buying a full set of steel rims for winter use so I either have to buy the sensors for the new set of wheels or go without.
     
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  2. Wildeyed

    Wildeyed Well-Known Member

    Again, sounds like you are using the oem wheels that came with the car. The trouble with that is that when/if you change back and forth between winter and summer you're really beating up the seal. I wouldn't want to do that more than a couple times. I was just curious if anybody had experience getting aftermarket sensors to sync up with the Hyundai system. No biggie.
     
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  3. CJC

    CJC Well-Known Member

    Glad that you wrote about this as my husband thought that was the case when we switched out our stock Nexen tires for Michelin CrossClimate before we brought the car home. He says in the future it is important that they match up the correct tires to the previous position so that you know that the shown tire pressure on the gauge is for the correct tire. Sounds like you got very good price!
     
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  4. Shawn Schinkel

    Shawn Schinkel Active Member

    I bought steel wheels with aftermarket sensors and they are working just fine. My brother in law (also my tire guy) said they'll need to be run faster than 30kph for at least 15 minutes. Yesterday when I brought the car home the light stayed on the whole time, but I also had the factory tires in the trunk so I was probably trying to read 8 sensors. This morning driving to work I had no issues and no tire warning lights.
     
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  5. Wildeyed

    Wildeyed Well-Known Member

    Cool. Thanks for the info.
     
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  6. E-Shark

    E-Shark Active Member

    You're welcome, it was great to randomly meet a fellow Kona EV owner and forum member! Good thing we got it done that day, before the snow hit.
    Thanks for the link, will definitely check it out.
    Keep me updated when you decide to go to Whistler.
     
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  7. Shawn Schinkel

    Shawn Schinkel Active Member

    I gotta say, this new car is pretty slick. I've been driving a Chevy Volt for the last 2 years so it's not quite as much of a shock switching over to the electric motor style of driving with instant power and low noise. That being said, this thing is very powerful, quiet, and it seems to have better traction than my Volt did. It always seemed like I had to feather the throttle off the line in the Volt or I would roast the tires every time whereas the Kona is more forgiving (as long as the lead foot doesn't get too excited!)
     
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  8. Shawn Schinkel

    Shawn Schinkel Active Member

    Still not sure about the "anti-personnel moaning mermaids" noise at low speed though lol
     
  9. CJC

    CJC Well-Known Member

    Actually "moaning mermaids" kinda fits. lol
     
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  10. Shawn Schinkel

    Shawn Schinkel Active Member

    Just to make us all feel better, I'm going to think of it as the wail of all the incompetent people in head office who got fired because of this whole pre-order fiasco ;)
     
  11. Colin Munro

    Colin Munro New Member

    Picked up my Kona yesterday from Bexhill-On-Sea, my first impressions are very positive, it goes like the clappers and is very comfortable to drive. I think the tyre noise is a bit loud but perhaps that because it’s not covered by the engine noise. Someone said on line that when it’s new tyre time he’d choose a different tyre, but that’s for the future. My wife loves the colour we went for blue two tone white roof 64kwh she feel it’s nicer looking than in the photos. Rear leg rooms a bit tight but then I don’t sit in the back and mostly it’s just the two of us. There’s a lot of switches to Learn about so I’ll take my time getting to know what does what, one pedal driving feel very odd at the moment, I keep going to brake and then remembering the paddles! but I’m sure given time it’ll all come naturally, I might try setting the predictive regeneration and see how it works out. At the moment I’ve left it in stage one regeneration and that feel similar to how an ICE works. It’s early days but I’m really delighted with my purchase.
     
  12. Colin Munro

    Colin Munro New Member

    Ours has the lighter blue/grey upholstery in leather and it’s really smashing, just so long as it kept clean!
     
  13. CJC

    CJC Well-Known Member

    We have the Ceramic Blue with light interior too, but we couldn't get the white roof. I'm still tempted to wrap it at some point as I do like the white roof. Only problem with that is our Ceramic Blue has the black trim over the wheels, etc. so it might not look so good. Congratulations on your new car. We have had ours for about a week and a half now and like it very much.
     
  14. Esprit1st

    Esprit1st Well-Known Member

    What color is the dashboard in the light interior? I heard a lot of Bolt owners complained about the light dashboard being reflected in the windscreen. Do you have the same issue or is it not a problem?

    Sent from my moto x4 using Tapatalk
     
  15. Shawn Schinkel

    Shawn Schinkel Active Member

    I have the light dash in mine. It is a light grey with almost ceramic blue accents. It looks very good and I haven't had any reflection issues at all so far even with a a super sunny afternoon yesterday.
     
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  16. Shawn Schinkel

    Shawn Schinkel Active Member

    Here's a few pictures of the light coloured dash. I took them inside my garage with all the garage Led lights on which are pretty bright. I can see a bit of dash reflection, but I didn't really notice it until I looked for it. Ignore the garage mess, work in progress!

    The dash is quite light coloured, but it is also a fairly matte material so I don't think it will produce a ton of glare. IMG_20190216_085052.jpeg IMG_20190216_085101.jpeg IMG_20190216_085108.jpeg IMG_20190216_085144.jpeg
     
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  17. Esprit1st

    Esprit1st Well-Known Member

    It looks nice. We live in Las Vegas now, so I am thinking light colors to reduce need for AC. But I'm a little concerned with glare on the windshield. That's why I asked. It seems though that the glare you produced is from a lower angle than you would have sitting in the car.

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  18. CJC

    CJC Well-Known Member

    No glare so far from our dash with light interior. Hasn't been an issue at all.
     
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  19. Wildeyed

    Wildeyed Well-Known Member

    It's all about the angle of the glass. Nothing to do with the dash colour.
     
  20. I went on vacation and left my Kona in my cold garage for 15 days. Just checked and battery was only down from 100% to 99%. I am impresssd.
     
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